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Bogotá is a stunning example of the peaceful coexistence between the opposing ideas of tradition and modernity. From historical museums and cathedrals to a lively food scene and nightlife, the capital city of Colombia celebrates both.

The cultural opulence of Bogotá is best reflected in its museums and squares. Bolívar Square – surrounded by historical structures – and Chorro de Quevedo Plaza are two important squares that host cultural events regularly. A visit to the Gold Museum, with its large collection of gold artefacts, offers insights into pre-Spanish Columbia and the ritualistic use of gold back then. Botero Museum features Fernando Botero’s best works, including a parody of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Bogotá is known as the powerhouse of Colombia with a multitude of clubs and pubs that light up the city streets at night. Sway to the beats of Colombian music at La Negra, a popular club, and try the alcoholic beverage of aguardiente. Armando Records is another club where the terrace plays relaxing retro music while the ground floor pulsates with electro music.

Bogotá, although not a popular gastronomic destination, offers a tray full of diverse dishes. Ajiaco is a chicken soup with potatoes and corn served with rice. Visit Misia by Leo Espinosa and take a bite of the delightful arepa, a tortilla-like dish made with wheat, butter and sugar and stuffed with meat. Later, you can wash down your heavy meal with a cup of herbal fruit tea.

Tonight

From $11 per night

This weekend

From $23 per night

Next weekend

From $23 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency COP 10,000 = $2.38
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $32 per night
Average weekday price $34 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8.0

The city was safe with lots of dining options.

August 8, 2022

The city was safe with lots of dining options. Definitely would arrange a private driver next time as waiting for a white taxi took up to an hour. It is recommended that you carry an umbrella and have a light rain jacket. Hydrating is important, as well as proper breathing due to the altitude. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Johannes
Johannes
10

Lovely neighborhoods, numerous parks, museums, international...

July 26, 2022

Lovely neighborhoods, numerous parks, museums, international cuisine, coffee shops and bakeries make this city a Mecca amongst Latin American cities in the temperate zone. Though we enjoyed Medellin we found Bogota to have far more in the way of cultural offerings. Of course, traffic is indeed big city traffic but we didn’t find it to be so bad when compared to that of many other cities this size. Others may find the climate a bit chilly but for us it was wonderful not to have to cope with soaring temperatures not plummeting temperatures such as with many cities both north and south of the equator. We loved Bogota so much we’re considering moving here next year (after having traveled and lived in many other places, including Japan, China, Vietnam, Portugal, England, Korea, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the US). Highlights for eating out included Sushi Gozen, Tandoor, Marrakesh, Amma Cafe and Bakery and Colo.

Reginald
Reginald United States of America
6.0

It isn't a safest place on Earth.

July 5, 2022

It isn't a safest place on Earth.... We had few hours in between flights so we decided to go out and see something from the city. We planned to Botanical Garden nearby but our Uber driver warned us (God bless him) that soon is going to rain so we went to plan B and visited the Gold Museum which was amazing and absolutely must see category. No matter what but use Uber! On the way there we paid cca 12-15 dollars. On the way back I couldn't get an Uber (as I had no WIFI) and we grab a taxi. It was exactly 7th time more expensive and we couldn't really do anything about it. Also, the traffic after 5 p.m. gets really intense, you have to count on that. We saw a group of thieves at front of the Museum, our taxi driver told us they are the bad, young guys who smoke lots of weed and rob tourist (little did we know about it then that he is one of a kind himself too, I mean he charged us waaaaaaay toooo much) to my question how they can do with such a police precence, he said that the police is immensely corrupt, they chase the robbers til the next corner where they split the prey. Still I would spend a day or two in Bogota, because the city itself seems to be beautiful and I know there are some safer district for tourists.

Zentai
Zentai Hungary
8.0

Bogotá itself is more about museums and the Cerro Monserrate...

July 5, 2022

Bogotá itself is more about museums and the Cerro Monserrate, which offers a stunning bird-eye view of the city. There are many interesting things to see around it, in neighboring towns like Villa de Leyva. However, getting there may be challenging. Bogotá's traffic is insane and, although there are buses that take you everywhere, it usually takes them too many hours to get to places, like 5, 6 hours. That makes you waste a lot of time in just going to and back from places. Agency tours will be obviously more expensive, but also save you a lot of time and planning.

Mariana
Mariana Brazil
10

Bogota is a hidden gem overshadowed by the history of...

June 18, 2022

Bogota is a hidden gem overshadowed by the history of country. The museums and restaurants are 5 star quality. The people very friendly, and amazing sights. I definitely recommend as a travel destination. You will enjoy Michelin star worthy meals with amazing variety at fraction of price paid anywhere else on earth. I will definitely be back. So much to see and so little time.

Pooyan
Pooyan Canada
6.0

Mega city where contrast of wealth-poverty is appalling, 10+...

June 16, 2022

Mega city where contrast of wealth-poverty is appalling, 10+ million people is overwhelming. Traffic a nightmare. I’ve been in the city for work long time ago, this time it was rather disappointing. Tourists? Prepare to pay double for everything. Best in Teusaquen? Restaurant Lima1850 great food & excellent staff… and some musicians playing classic music & being ignored … caribbean band playing near the Feria de pulgas got attention.

gladys nuria
gladys nuria Netherlands

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