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Bogota is the capital city of Colombia. This large city is located on a high plateau in the heart of the country. There are many things to do in this travel guide to Bogota, Colombia. Many amenities in Colombia including libraries, museums, national monuments, art galleries, parks, and theaters. It is currently the most diverse city in Colombia, culturally, and a frequent destination site for tourists.
Here are top things to do in Bogota that you might find interesting.
There are many sightseeing locations in Bogota. Below are a few that I personally recommend.
Monserrate is a high mountain at the center of Bogota. This mountain is considered sacred because it was where the indigenous Muisca communities resided. Now, it is a tourist attraction site that has souvenir shops, restaurants, and the Church.
It is a great location to learn the religious history of Bogota. Also, you can watch how the sun sets. Watching the sun set is personally one of my favorites.
Minas de Sal Zipaquira
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is an interesting destination you would not want to miss. Believe it or not, this Roman Catholic Church is an underground salt mine tunnel.
At the bottom of the tunnel, the Cathedral is divided into 3 sections that represent the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. Almost all the magnificent ornaments and architectural figures have been hand crafted.
Villa de Leyva
This whole colonial town is a tourist attraction site. The tourism in this town focuses primarily on the town’s plaza Mayor, which is the largest cobbled square in Colombia.
Here, you will get to learn more about the famous Antonio Ricaurte who died fighting for independence and also the history of Colombia during the colonial era.
Walk La Candelria
Visit La Candelria and embark on a journey to explore the entire Colombia’s history. I started by visiting the exact place where Bogota was established, Plazoleta Del Chorro de Quevedo. After, visit museums, ancient churches, old houses that are built using cobble stones, and universities.
You will see many international Latin- America art collections in Museo Botero (Botero Museum). The collection consists of 123 art works from famous Fernado Botero and other 85 artists. Also, the famous Botero sculpture is just at the door as you enter.
Be inspired by beautiful art that will speak to your inner soul from skillful artists.
Museo Nacional de Colombia
The National Museum has a collection of art and history of Colombia. This is the oldest and largest museum in Colombia and a must visit destination site. The museum has over 20,000 pieces of art and objects dating back to 10,000 years BC.
On my last visit here, I understood more about the history and culture of Colombia.
Outdoor activities to try
Go for a street art tour
Bogota street art is known globally. It gives insightful knowledge about the country’s politics and the artists themselves. The graffiti also provides tips on the city’s nightlife, buildings, restaurants, and all activities within the country.
Hike Cascada la Chorrera and El Chiflón Waterfalls
The nature in Bogota is beautiful. However, the experience in La Chorrera and El Chiflón Waterfalls is breathtaking. You need to take a 3 hour drive towards the outskirts of Bogota to arrive at these scenic waterfalls. The place is a bit muddy but with the many activities to do, you should enjoy your time at this scenic spot. You can also go for a swim in the cool waters, which I always like to attempt.
Explore the exciting night life in Bogota
The night life in Bogota is irresistible. Clubs are full almost on a daily basis and tourists flock these joints to have a drink and experience what the city night life is like.
Furia Rooftop Nightclub
The Furia rooftop club is a combination of modernity and urban culture. The stylish look makes the club stand out from the rest of the clubs. Take a night out at Furia rooftop club and enjoy dancing to the Latin and Anglo music.
I have had many visits to this location and it has never disappointed. From the drinks to the staff, the experience is just the best.
Baum means “tree” in German. This club has an actual tree in the middle of the club where the DJ seats. The club can host up to 900 people with a bar and outdoor seating area. Most of the DJs hosted are internationally based and there is usually an annual festival called “the Baum” in Bogota.
Entry cost is 30K$COP, beer costs 13$COP, and cocktail costs 25K$COP.
This club plays Techno and electro music, and is a must visit.
Theatron club is a popular and large gay bar and nightclub. It is located in an old movie theatre in the gay neighborhood of Bogota. There are 13 different rooms across 5 levels each room with its own theme. The theme in the room can be either salsa or the 1980s.
440 Club (with live music)
The excellent atmosphere in this place will soothe you. You will listen to different kinds of music from around the world, with a session of live music performances.
The menu at this place is a compliment of the Colombian cuisine. Everything about this place will give you an inner magical feeling you wished it never ended.
Food and Drinks
You definitely need a place to eat in Bogota. To figure out the best location, I have listed top restaurants to try.
Andres Carne de Res
My personal favorite.
When I interacted with a friend of mine a few months ago, who had been to Bogota severally, he suggested that, “if I was ever in Colombia I should make a stopover at Andres Carne de Res. They serve the best Colombian dishes.”
I discovered that Andres carne de res has the longest menu so far – about 76 pages. With the dessert section twice as long as the restaurant’s main menu. The menu itself has cheese plates, crispy beef, kidney, and intestines, among other delicacies. There is also a whole section of tequila and spirits you can try.
And that’s not all, the music! The dancing! I mean, words do not do its justice for this place. You have to see for yourself. It’s a wide and long restaurant/bar with amazing music, multiple rooms, and delicious food!
This travel guide to Bogota doesn’t even cover half the things you can experience. These are places I personally have gone to and suggest for you. Experience a moment you’ve never felt before!