Things to do and see in Bogota

Bogota in one day:

I once had a visit of a friend of mine, who on her way to Europe had a stop-over in Bogota. It turned out that the main tourists attractions in Bogota can be visited in a just few hours. Although Bogota, as most of Latin Americas capitals, doesn’t attract many tourists, there are some very nice places worth visiting:

Mount Monserrat. To get there, there are 3 options: funicular, cable car or walking (in can take up to 2 hours). When buying the tickets we were told that the last cable car will get down at 1 PM due to the weather forecast. From there you can enjoy panoramic views of Bogota from one side and the rainforest on the other side. There is a church, restaurant and handicraft market where you can have a cup of tea of coca if you are affected by the altitude. Monserrate lies at 3.172 (10,407 ft) meters above sea level.


Plaza Bolivar – a historic neighbourhood in the centre of Bogota.

The Museum of Gold and Museum Botero that are close to Plaza Bolívar.

Candelaria – have a stroll on the picturesque streets of Candelaria. During the week there are a lot of students from the University de los Andes.


Bogota in more days:

Usaquen – residential neighbourhood in Bogota. The main square is full of trendy restaurants and bars and a market on Sundays. There is also a Financial district Santa Barbara.



Guadalupe Hill – can be reached by bus or taxi at a flat fare previously negotiated or by bike (I saw quite a few bikers however due to safety reasons I would not recommend it).

The Salt Mine Zipaquira and the Guatavita Lake in the north can be visited in one go.

Chorrea Watefall – in the south of Bogota. It can be reached by bus or an organized excursion. It is a perfect place for hiking. Chorrea is the highest waterfall in Colombia – 590 meters. It can be reached by a regular bus or an organized trip by a travel agency.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *