Welcome to the Athens of South America! This is how Bogota is nicknamed for its many universities, museums, theaters, and for its cultural richness. The gigantic capital of Colombia is a fascinating cosmopolitan center, where many cultures of the country and the American continent can be found. Bogotá is a city of nearly 10 million inhabitants, the largest in the country, as well as its economic, political, and industrial center. If you want to enjoy a unique trip to a unique city, you can read this list of things to see in Bogota. Enjoy being 2,600 meters closer to the stars.
A colonial city, enjoy its history
This square is the center of everything that happens in Colombia. All branches of public power pass through it and the center of all artistic, cultural, and social events. It is a huge square, very typical of colonial cities in Latin America.
On its sides, you can admire very important buildings of Colombian history. The Primada de Colombia Cathedral, Palace of Justice, Bogotá City Hall, and the National Capitol surround the square. A few meters from the square you will also find the Nariño Palace which is the official residence of the President of the Republic.
Colombia is the country of colonial cities, coffee plantations, and the Caribbean. In this case, Bogotá is a sample of the first. When you arrive in Bogotá, the La Candelaria district must, without a doubt, be on your list of things to see in Bogota. This is the historic center of the city, made up of small houses that bear witness to the colonial past. Its narrow streets full of art make it a favorite place for travelers. Be sure to take advantage of the region’s graffiti.
El Chorro de Quevedo
In the heart of the La Candelaria district in El Chorro de Quevedo, a place where historians say the city of Bogotá was born, where there were a church and 12 small houses around the fountain.
If you are visiting the Colombian capital, Monserrate is certainly one of the most cited places by travelers on what to see in Bogota. This is a mountain to the east of the city, on which stands the Church of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate. Its summit is 3,100 meters above sea level and you can reach it by taking a well-marked path, a funicular or a cable car. Once at the top you will have the best view of the city. This is the only place where you can see the vastness of Bogotá.
Parks and museums
Bogotá is well known for its museums and you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Botero Museum. Located in the district of La Castellana, it exhibits in a beautiful colonial house, a large collection of works by one of the most recognized Colombian artists in the world, Fernando Botero. The entrance is free, so you can’t leave without knowing it.
You have certainly heard of the legend of El Dorado before. In this museum, you will discover the reason to believe that, very near Bogotá, there was a golden city. A collection of over 30,000 gold coins belonging to the Banco de la República can be found in this emblematic museum.
Enjoy a Sunday cycling
Bogotá is famous for its extensive network of cycle paths. In addition to this, the main avenues are closed on Sundays for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of the capital who go out on their bikes, roller skates, or play sports in the streets.
Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park
The lung of the city. It is one of the largest metropolitan parks in the world, packed with trails, lakes, sports facilities, and more. Enjoy the Salitre Mágico amusement park.
Activities to enjoy Bogota
Restaurants, bars, and nightlife
The list of things to see in Bogota is practically endless. This city vibrates with a fascinating nightlife. “Rumbea” in zone T, enjoy the bars of the park of the 93 and eat in the best restaurants of zone G.
Andrés Carne de Res
This restaurant has become a symbol of the gastronomy and culture of Bogota. What is happening there is indescribable, so we recommend that you have one of the best experiences there. When you leave, you’ll want to go back a thousand times.
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral
Let’s go to the outskirts of Bogotá city to experience what Colombians call their first of the Seven Wonders. In the municipality of Zipaquirá, 40 minutes from the city, in its metropolitan area, there is a unique Catholic cathedral. To get there you have to go down inside a mountain. This is a beautiful construction made in a salt mine.