Things to Do in Bogotá

National Museum

Museums

History behind bars. This museum is set in a sturdy 19th-century prison. Today, the only inmates are the exhibits on display – three floors of Colombian miscellanea that lay bare the country’s turbulent history. Trace Colombia’s story through curiosities such as Simón Bolívar’s tattered will, golden ceremonial spoons and funky tribal crowns adorned with iridescent beetle wings.

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Planetarium

Museums

Look no further for star quality. Take one small step into this planetarium, where the mysteries of the cosmos are unravelled. You’ll get an insight into the giant leaps in space travel, from the first Apollo missions right up to the present day. Interactive exhibits, explanatory videos and fun workshops complete the picture on this educational space odyssey. Blast off!

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  • Calle 26 # 5-93, Bogotá
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00, Saturday-Sunday 09:30-18:00
Gold Museum

Museums

What is it about gold that captures the human imagination? There’s a sense of cosmic mastery, that you can cradle the glowing sun in your very hands. The Gold Museum tells the story of our gold-fixation through myriad items from Latin America’s palaces, shrines and overgrown temples. Check out ceremonial paraphernalia from funky amulets to half-human, half-beast figurines.

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Church of San Francisco

Monuments

A golden oldie. This 16th-century church is Bogotá’s longest-standing house of worship. An unremarkable stone façade conceals an ornate space so full of gold leaf that it would make King Midas go weak at the knees. The colossal, gilded altarpiece stretches from floor to ceiling and contains a dream team of saintly statuettes in various holy poses. Impressive stuff.

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Botero Museum

Museums

There aren’t many artists whose work is instantly recognisable. Fernando Botero is one of them. The Colombian’s trademark bulbous figures are just so him. This museum holds an assortment of Botero’s humorous paintings and sculptures, including a rotund Mona Lisa and various oversize nudes. Aside from Botero’s handiwork, there’s a smattering of Braque, Dalí and Picasso.

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Bolivar Square

Parks

This square is prime for people-watching. Just look at the expression on legendary statesman Simón Bolívar’s statue, who has cast an eye over all and sundry from his plinth for over a century. Snap-happy tourists, stony-faced commuters, protesters, pickpockets and buskers – all members of the ever-entertaining dramatis personae of Bolívar Square. Sit back and enjoy the show.

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  • Carrera 7 # 11-10, Bogotá
Santa Clara Church

Museums

This church’s ceiling is pretty special. Its sweeping arc is studded with gilded flowers and royal-blue leaves, following the concave curvature from entrance to apse. Santa Clara is one of Bogotá’s oldest churches, but it’s now used as a gallery of religious artworks. As you go around, don’t forget to look at the exhibits – it’s all too tempting just to gaze upwards.

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Monserrate Hill

Landmarks

Huff, puff, huff, puff, wow! Climbing this hill can be arduous, but it’s worth it for the views at the top. All Bogotá stretches out beneath you, tiny skyscrapers poking out above the cityscape like blades of grass. It’s a vista that’s best enjoyed over a glass of wine at one of the hilltop restaurants. If uphill treks aren’t your thing, pootle up on the cable car.

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  • Carrera 2 Este # 21-48, Paseo Bolívar, La Candelaria, Bogotá
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00-11:45, Saturday 07:00-16:00, Sunday 05:00-17:00
  • http://www.cerromonserrate.com/en/
Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden

Attractions

Plants and peace. This quiet botanical garden’s a place to breathe deep and find inner tranquillity. It brings together thousands of plant species from all of Colombia’s diverse ecosystems, from the cloud forests of the Andes to the frosty Páramo tundra. Once you’ve strolled among the orchids and bromeliads, enjoy the fruits of nature with a refreshing glass of juice at the café.

Accommodations near Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden
  • Avenida 63 # 68-95, Bogotá
  • Open Monday-Friday 08:00-17:00, Saturday-Sunday 09:00-17:00
  • http://www.jbb.gov.co/
Parque de la 93

Parks

It can get a little hectic in the city, so this compact park provides urbanites with a welcome dose of greenery and fresh air. Lazing on sun-drenched lawns, kicking back on shaded benches – this is how Bogotá chills in 93. The streets around the park are a hot ticket for eating out – they’re packed with eateries from familiar fast food to funky foreign fare.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Bogotá

Atton Bogotá 93

8.9 Excellent

Score from 621 reviews

$71

Average price per night
  • Calle 93 No 12-41/65, Chicó, Bogotá
Best Western Plus 93 Park Hotel

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 663 reviews

$95

Average price per night
  • Calle 93 No. 13-71. Parque de la 93., Chicó, Bogotá
Casa Dann Carlton Hotel & SPA

8.6 Excellent

Score from 773 reviews

$88

Average price per night
  • Calle 93B N° 19-44, Chicó, Bogotá
NH Royal La Boheme

8.6 Excellent

Score from 386 reviews

$92

Average price per night
  • Calle 82 No. 12-35, Zona Rosa, Bogotá
Exe Bacata 95

9 Wonderful

Score from 883 reviews

$61

Average price per night
  • Carrera 14 # 95 -21, Chicó, Bogotá
The Click Clack Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 909 reviews

$85

Average price per night
  • Carrera 11 No. 93-77, Chicó, Bogotá
Hotel Morrison 84

8.5 Very good

Score from 541 reviews

$88

Average price per night
  • Calle 84 Bis No. 13-54, Zona Rosa, Bogotá
Hotel B3 Virrey

8.8 Excellent

Score from 3064 reviews

$54

Average price per night
  • Carrera 15 No 88-36, Chicó, Bogotá
Hotel GHL 93

8.8 Excellent

Score from 717 reviews

$72

Average price per night
  • Calle 93 No. 11A 31, Chicó, Bogotá
Discover Bogotá

Popular Neighborhoods in Bogotá

Chapinero

177 properties

Variety is the spice of life in Chapinero. Young and old, rich and poor – all walks of life can be seen in “Chapi”. Duck into Lourdes Church, then grab a pastry from San Fermín Bakery. The extra energy will help with the trek up Monserrate Hill, which has unbeatable Bogotá views. Cap it off at Theatron Nightclub, among revellers of all persuasions.

Teusaquillo

149 properties

A place to nourish mind and body. Bogotano bookworms head to Virgilio Barco Library, a stunning, circular repository of hefty tomes. Casa Tomada Café fuses coffee and culture with its busy programme of poetry, film and more. Afterwards, tickle your taste buds with a freshly cooked “arepa” (flatbread sandwich) from a local street stall.

Usaquen

104 properties

History comes to life in Usaquen. This district is perfect for a Sunday stroll around its grand colonial architecture. Sit a while in Usaquen Square, where Santa Bárbara Church’s whitewashed tower peeks through eucalyptus fronds. If you’re in the market for souvenirs, mosey down to Hacienda Santa Barbara’s weekend flea market to find a bargain.

Chicó

101 properties

Keep it chic in Chicó. These tree-lined streets are home to Bogotá’s well-dressed, well-paid and well-to-do. Grab your parasol and promenade around Parque de la 93, then stock up on posh designer threads in the Zona Rosa shopping area. At night, don your best frock and cut a rug in Penthouse or Dlirio, where rumba rhythms sound till late.

Candelaria - Centro Historico

86 properties

Bogotá’s Old Town fizzles with charisma. Colonial-era churches and palaces are interspersed with tumbledown studios, and the streets buzz with performance. In Bolívar Square, gawp at governmental power wrought in brick. Head to vibrant Septimazo Market for a taste of Bogotá’s Bohemian street life, with buskers, artists and food aplenty.

Local Tips for Bogotá

Parque Nacional
Diana F. by Diana F.

Keen dancer Diana has been in Bogotá since 2002 and still loves discovering new corners of the city.

Parque Nacional is located right in the heart of the city and was one of Bogotá’s first ever parks. It’s great to visit on Sundays, when you’ll find it packed with people picnicking and enjoying activities from rollerblading and skateboarding to capoeira or even meditation.

Walking tour of La Candelaria
Nury by Nury

A Bogotá native, Nury is passionate about her city and loves showing visitors around.

Why not explore the colonial centre on foot? As well as historic buildings and museums, La Candelaria’s streets are full of quiet corners and cosy cafés where you can try a traditional santafereño hot chocolate. Just be sure to take an umbrella: you never know when it’s going to rain!

  • Bogota Bike Tours, Carrera 3 #12-72, La Candelaria, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
El Gato Gris Café Restaurante
Marcela by Marcela

Dog-lover Marcela is always keen to absorb the culture and music of each new place she visits.

I love this cosy café’s chilled terrace, open fireplace and live music. It’s located right in front of the Chorro de Quevedo fountain in La Candelaria, and it’s a perfect place to spend a romantic afternoon over a few drinks, some delicious food or a strong Colombian coffee.

  • Carrera 1A # 12B-12
  • www.gatogris.com
  • Open Monday-Saturday 07:00-03:00, Sunday 12:00-12:00
Drunken Fox Bar
Ibeth by Ibeth

Globetrotter Ibeth has been in Bogotá for a couple of years and loves rocking out at karaoke bars.

Rock fans will love this bar in Bogotá’s Zona T district. It plays videos of classic rock concerts by artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, and it’s a great spot to listen to legendary tunes while tucking into cold beers and tasty German sausages!

Parque Virrey
Pedro by Pedro

Easygoing Pedro is a proud Colombian who always tries to live life to the max.

You can’t beat this beautiful park for spending a relaxing day playing sports or just chilling out with friends. It’s surrounded by excellent cafés and restaurants, and frequently plays host to open-air concerts and food festivals.

  • Between Autopista Norte and Carrera 7, along Calle 88
Agave Azul
Adriana by Adriana

A frequent traveller, Adriana learns from each new place she visits but her heart lies in Bogotá.

My job has taken me to Mexico many times, and I’ve become a huge fan of Mexican food. Agave Azul is a genuine slice of Mexico in the heart of Bogotá – it’s hidden away and you’ll need to book in advance, but it’s well worth it for the authentic Mexican cuisine and Aztec-inspired décor.

Zipaquirá
Diana V. by Diana V.

Diana loves being in the open air, whether visiting parks or cycling through town on Sundays.

This pretty colonial town is just an hour’s train ride from Bogotá, making it ideal for a day trip. Zipaquirá is most famous for its Salt Cathedral – an underground church carved out of a salt mine. It’s also close to El Abra, thought to be the oldest human settlement in the Americas.

  • Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Sundays in Usaquén
Jairo by Jairo

Jairo enjoys getting out of the city and discovering new places through food, music and culture.

Don’t miss Usaquén – a beautiful colonial town within the city. As well as being full of great bars and restaurants, it’s a hotspot for cultural events. I’d recommend going on a Sunday to visit the bustling flea market and watch the famous ‘cuenteros’ act out stories in the town square.

Parque de los Novios
Jennifer by Jennifer

Travel-mad Jennifer loves a good meal and is always ready to hit the dance floor.

Also known as Parque El Lago, this park is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. It’s a lovely spot to go jogging or to paddle around the lake in a pedalo or kayak. If all that sounds like too much effort, bring some food and charcoal and take advantage of the public BBQ facilities!

Cinema Paraíso
Juan by Juan

Food and music are Juan’s passions in life, and he’s constantly on the lookout for new experiences.

Named after the vintage Italian film, Cinema Paraíso is a magical place with a constant exhibition of movies which you won’t find in any multiplex. It’s a great place to catch a classic film while enjoying a tasty meal or a nice glass of wine.

They were free for over 60 or very cheap for others. They were a nice size and not overwhelming. Extremely well designed with cafes for coffee and a snack.

Montserrat is a nice place to visit

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Transportation

Bogotá Transportation

Air – El Dorado International Airport

It’s easiest to take a taxi from El Dorado International Airport to the city centre: just head to the taxi ranks outside the terminal. Journey time is 35–90 minutes, depending on traffic. Expect to pay about COP 25,000. Alternatively, ‘alimentador’ shuttle buses connect to the TransMilenio bus network. No cash is accepted on the buses – you can buy a single ticket (COP 2000) or top-up card (COP 3000) at the bus stop, and you should be in the centre within 1 hour.

Car

A car can be handy for visiting nearby towns, but driving in Bogotá isn’t recommended. To tackle heavy traffic, restrictions are in place between 06:00–08:30 and 15:00–19:30 Monday to Friday, using a system of even and odd numbers relating to the date and the last number of the car’s plates. Car rental is available at the airport, but it’s best to book online. Paid parking can be found all over the city, while on-street parking is only possible in residential areas.

Bike

With 376 km of bike lanes, Bogotá is an ideal city to explore on two wheels. In some areas you can hire public bikes for 20-minute periods if you’ve signed up on the Pedalea por Bogotá website. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or book a cycling tour: popular companies include Bogotravel and Bogotá Bike Tours, which both use English-speaking local guides. On Sunday mornings most of the city’s main roads are closed to traffic and reserved exclusively for cyclists.

TransMilenio

In contrast to Bogotá’s regular bus network, the TransMilenio system is highly efficient. Operating out of 9 hubs around the city, these modern buses use their own reserved lane to avoid traffic and only stop at designated bus stops. You will need to buy a top up card to access the system, the card is COP 3000 and each journey costs COP 2000. No change is accepted on the buses. Buses run from 05:00–23:00, but some routes may start or finish earlier.

Bus

Bogotá’s notoriously nightmarish public transport has experienced a makeover in the last few years. The city’s efficient new SITP system now runs a series of colour-coded bus routes that can be easily navigated by downloading the Moovit app. Ticket prices range from COP 1700 for regular bus journeys to COP 2000 for a trip on the rapid Transmilenio buses. To pay, pick up a pre-paid travel card at any station before you hop on board.

Taxi

Taxis in Bogotá are popular and affordable, but hailing one in the street is seen as risky: if you do it, stick to busy areas during daylight hours. All taxis are black and yellow and have metered fares, with a minimum fee of COP 3800. For extra safety, download a free app like EasyTaxi or Tappsi to order taxis with detailed information about the car and driver. You can also ask your accommodation to call you a cab, but this may be significantly more expensive.

Food in Bogotá

Top Restaurants in Bogotá

Upscale Dining
Mexican
Agave Azul
Cheap Eats
International
R35
  • Carrera 13 Num 35-43, Teusaquillo
  • Open Monday-Thursday 08:00-20:00, Friday-Saturday 09:00-22:00
  • 0057 12851557
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
La Casa della Pasta
Mid-Range Fare
Indian
Dhaba Indian Cuisine
  • Calle 33A Num 19-17, Teusaquillo
  • Open Monday 12:00-15:30 and 18:0-21:00, Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-15:30 and 18:0-21:00, Sunday 12:30-16:30
  • www.dhaba.com.co
  • 0057 3186691167
Upscale Dining
American
El Once Restaurante
Cheap Eats
American
La Hamburgueseria
Mid-Range Fare
Latin American
Yorugua
Upscale Dining
American
The French Touch
Cheap Eats
Local
Comedorcito Paisa
Cheap Eats
Local
Crazon Contento
Cheap Eats
Argentinian
Kutral
Cheap Eats
French
San Just Traiteur
  • Calle 16A Num 2-73, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00-16:00, Saturday 12:30-16:30
  • 0057 14777555
Mid-Range Fare
Bakery
Café NAS
  • Avenida Jimenez Num 4-77, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Sunday 06:00-23:00
  • 0057 12838300
Cheap Eats
Italian
Trattoria Nuraghe
  • Calle 12B Num 6-58, La Candelaria
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-16:30
  • 0057 13414457
Mid-Range Fare
International
Manje
  • Carrera 5 Num 11-57, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Saturday 11:00-21:00
  • 0057 3115228795
Upscale Dining
Italian
Madre
  • Calle 12 Num 5-83, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-23:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-01:00
  • 0057 13426058
Mid-Range Fare
Peruvian
Casa de Citas
Upscale Dining
Argentinian
Mi VIejo
  • Calle 11 Num 5-41, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-17:00
  • 0057 13410971
Upscale Dining
Latin American
El Gato Gris
Upscale Dining
International
La Bruja
Cheap Eats
International
Quinua y Amaranto
Cheap Eats
Local
Fulanitos
Mid-Range Fare
Caribbean
Moros y Cristianos
  • Calle 7 Num 5-30, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Thursday 12:00-16:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-00:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00
  • www.facebook.com
  • 0057 13426273
Mid-Range Fare
French
Le Traditionnel Patisserie Francaise
  • Calle 9 Num 1-95, La Candelaria
  • Open Monday-Saturday 07:00-19:00, Sunday 09:00-18:00
  • 0057 12841065
Cheap Eats
Italian
La Monapizza
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