| Home | 3 Guianas | Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | Paraguay | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela | Videos | Contact |

Bogota, Colombia - Top 6 Things To See & Do In The Capital

Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2011 Jul 2013 Nov 2014 May 2018   » View Photoset (169 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Bogota is a huge city, the primary difference from the other places in Colombia that I have visited is that it is much colder, especially at night! It is the
Colombia Photo - An indigenous boy and a colorful box, wall art in Bogota.
An indigenous boy and a colorful box, wall art in Bogota.
most colonial of cities I have been to in Colombia. North of Bogota are some great and popular destinations, they being the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, the salt cathedral in Zipaquira, the Spanish style town of Guatavita and Tunja - a place of interesting street food. West of Bogota if you like the jungle and river excursions is Girardot.

1. Plaza Bolivar

Plaza Bolivar is a huge open space with many interesting buildings surrounding it including palaces, government buildings and churches. Of course there is a monument to Simon Bolivar right in the middle. It was at the end of the day when I got caught up in a huge student protest right there, where
Colombia Photo - Juggling on a unicycle statue in La Candelaria in Bogota.
Juggling on a unicycle statue in La Candelaria in Bogota.
students climbed up on the monument and dressed Mr Bolivar up in alternative clothing while the riot squad formed barriers between them and the government buildings. Around this amazing plaza you see domes, clock and bell towers, statues of important people including Camilo Torres (1766-1816) a politician and Bartolome Lobo Guerrero (1546-1622) a founder. In one corner of the plaza on a tiled roof sits a sculpture of a man sitting. All around are interesting buildings like churches, colleges and monuments.

2. La Candelaria

Up the hill are the historic cobblestone streets and colorful houses known as La Candelaria, there is a lot to explore here. Many of the houses have sculptured bronze figures on the roofs
Colombia Photo - Dead Bishops painting by Fernando Botero at the National Museum in Bogota.
Dead Bishops painting by Fernando Botero at the National Museum in Bogota.
or balconies. It is a beautiful and colorful part of the city and has a lot of character with the hills in the background and the church on top of Cerro (Mountain) Monserrate visible from everywhere.

3. Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo

There is a small plaza that is in the heart of La Candelaria called Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo, a monument of an acrobat juggling 3 pins while riding a one-wheel bike stands on top of an archway. There's colorful street art on the walls, a white church and a cafe. This area is generally not policed but there are security men around so be a
Colombia Photo - A chess competition in the streets of central Bogota.
A chess competition in the streets of central Bogota.
little more careful when walking around. There is an amazing narrow alleyway that leads off this plaza heading down, the walls are painted with colorful murals of weird and wonderful things. There are art shops and hostels here too, it is a bit of a hippies area and a students hang out. At the bottom of this alleyway there is another open area. The residential streets with their interesting colorful houses are definitely worth a look.

4. Water Park and Center

The park of water, Parque Aguas is a series of water pools that flow from one to the other. It's nothing spectacular but a nice area to have a seat in the sunshine if there happens to be any. Nearby is a big dome stand with pillars and a statue of Simon Bolivar in the middle. A building that
Colombia Photo - Old womans face, great street art in Bogota.
Old womans face, great street art in Bogota.
looks like a palace Academia Colombiana with its grand pillars has monuments to Felix Restrepo S. J. (1887-1965) director of the school and to Miguel Antonio Caro (1843-1909) scholar and poet amongst other talents. Nearby is Parque Santander with its statue, pigeons and stalls selling yummy sweet things to eat. Around the corner is a great stone church Iglesia de San Francisco constructed in 1550 and taking 17yrs to complete. Nearby stands a statue of Carlos Lleras Restrepo (1908-1994) the President of Colombia from (1966-1970). Bogota is full of history and historic architecture!
Colombia Photo - An array of missiles and bombs at Museo Militar, military museum in Bogota.
An array of missiles and bombs at Museo Militar, military museum in Bogota.

5. Cerro Monserrate (Hill)

By taxi is the best way to get to Cerro Monserrate and bought a return ticket for the cable car to ascend to the top, the ticket is around $7,000 pesos each way. Monserrate is 3152 meters above sea and is the symbol of Bogota. At the foot of the cable car are some nice gardens and waterfalls. The cable car takes you up for fabulous views of the whole city, especially if it's a nice day. In my case it wasn't particually. At the top is the white church Santuario del Senor de Monserrate with its archways and colored stained glass windows. Outside are nice pathways for walking around to see the gardens, statues and monuments for which there are many. The air is very fresh up here indeed.
Colombia Photo - Mural of shoes in Bogota, in front of rough ground.
Mural of shoes in Bogota, in front of rough ground.

6. Museums

The Gold Museum

Museo del Oro is the famous gold museum. It has many many pieces of gold-work including jewelery, figures, faces, masks, tools and ornaments. All kinds of things.

Botero Museum

A short walk away is Museo Botero which features the work of Fernando Botero and his amazing sculptures and paintings. If you have visited Medellin you no doubt would have visited Parque Botero in the city. Museo Botero has many paintings by the man including Madre Superiora, La Carta, Naranjas, Pareja Bailando, El Presidente, Mona Lisa and lots more. Some of the bronze works include Gato, Maternidad, Adam and Eve (Adan y Eva) and Venus Dormida, it's worth a look!

Military Museum

Museo Militar, the military museum 1 or 2 streets away from Museo Botero. On display are canons, guns, missiles, rockets, bombs, planes, helicopters, tanks and monuments to men such as Alexandro Ioan Cuza and other military leaders. The place is run by the military, figure.

The Independence Museum

The Museo de La Independencia is a huge museum with different floors and many things to see to do with Colombia's history. I recommend it and beside is the tranquil park - Parque Independencia.

     

View all photos in the Bogota Photoset


Itineraries / Routes: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008



Distances & times (if available) from Bogota (Colombia) to:


Map location: Bogota, Colombia. The capital of Colombia is a must because there is so much to see and do! From the gold museum to Monserrate Hill, the plaza, La Candelaria, vibrant street art and so much more!
 A : Armenia - Colombia 163 kms 163 kms straight distance | 6hrs 29mins 6hrs 29mins by car (280 kms) | 7hrs 46mins 7hrs 46mins by bus (280 kms) (280 kms)
 B : Salento - Colombia 147 kms 147 kms straight distance | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by car (293 kms) | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by bus (293 kms) (293 kms)
 C : San Gil - Colombia 243 kms 243 kms straight distance | 6hrs 37mins 6hrs 37mins by car (324 kms) | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by bus (324 kms) (324 kms)
 D : Medellin to Bucaramanga - Colombia 209 kms 209 kms straight distance | 5hrs 31mins 5hrs 31mins by car (329 kms) | 6hrs 37mins 6hrs 37mins by bus (329 kms) (329 kms)
 E : Barichara - Colombia 246 kms 246 kms straight distance | 7hrs 26mins 7hrs 26mins by car (334 kms) | 8hrs 55mins 8hrs 55mins by bus (334 kms) (334 kms)
 F : Cali to Armenia - Colombia 228 kms 228 kms straight distance | 7hrs 52mins 7hrs 52mins by car (367 kms) | 9hrs 26mins 9hrs 26mins by bus (367 kms) (367 kms)
 G : Guatape / Penol - Colombia 206 kms 206 kms straight distance | 7hrs 27mins 7hrs 27mins by car (389 kms) | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by bus (389 kms) (389 kms)
 H : EAFIT University Medellin - Colombia 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by car (427 kms) | 9hrs 32mins 9hrs 32mins by bus (427 kms) (427 kms)
 I : Medellin - Colombia 235 kms 235 kms straight distance | 8hrs 29mins 8hrs 29mins by car (443 kms) | 10hrs 10mins 10hrs 10mins by bus (443 kms) (443 kms)
 J : Cali - Colombia 302 kms 302 kms straight distance | 9hrs 55mins 9hrs 55mins by car (475 kms) | 11hrs 54mins 11hrs 54mins by bus (475 kms) (475 kms)
 K : Bucaramanga - Colombia 299 kms 299 kms straight distance | 8hrs 37mins 8hrs 37mins by car (515 kms) | 10hrs 20mins 10hrs 20mins by bus (515 kms) (515 kms)
 L : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 408 kms 408 kms straight distance | 13hrs 4mins 13hrs 4mins by car (585 kms) | 15hrs 40mins 15hrs 40mins by bus (585 kms) (585 kms)
 M : Popayan - Colombia 359 kms 359 kms straight distance | 11hrs 2mins 11hrs 2mins by car (585 kms) | 13hrs 14mins 13hrs 14mins by bus (585 kms) (585 kms)
 N : Bucaramanga to Cucuta - Colombia 333 kms 333 kms straight distance | 11hrs 1min 11hrs 1min by car (593 kms) | 13hrs 13mins 13hrs 13mins by bus (593 kms) (593 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 408 kms 408 kms straight distance | 13hrs 50mins 13hrs 50mins by car (622 kms) | 16hrs 36mins 16hrs 36mins by bus (622 kms) (622 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Bogota, Colombia:

Hotel City Express Junior, Bogota, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel City Express Junior, Bogota, Colombia (September 2017 - 1 night) - A group of us were put up at this hotel for 6hrs by LATAM Airlines after our flight was delayed so we didn't pay a cent. However, I did see the prices at reception and it is $200 pesos ($65USD) for a night to stay here. It looks and feels like a flash hotel but the beds weren't that great, not mine anyway. Worst part was that we got a free meal because they put dinner on each night. Unfortunately typically for Colombia the food was terrible, the chef was not hotel standard at all! The rooms all had private bathrooms, tvs and wifi etc, but I'm sure for this price there are better places to stay in Bogota!
Casablanca 98 Hotel, Bogota, Colombia - Large Photo
Casablanca 98 Hotel, Bogota, Colombia (September 2017 - 1 night) - Just 3kms from Bogota International Airport and just $5 in an Uber taxi from the airport to the hotel! Good location if you need a cheap bed near the airport for a night. Comfortable room and friendly staff. $14USD for a private room with bathroom. Located in Fontebon.
Chia Xue Hostel, Bogota, Colombia - Large Photo
Chia Xue Hostel, Bogota, Colombia (December 2014 - 4 nights) - Chia Xue is a brand new hostel in the Chapinero neighborhood of Bogota. I stayed in a very nice private room on the top floor. The dorms have semi-double beds, the widest beds I have ever seen in a hostel! Everything here is new and in excellent condition. The kitchen is well-equiped for cooking meals. There's a free breakfast each morning and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The bathrooms are shared and the water is hot. The top floor has a TV room and a ping-pong table. Recommended.
Hotel Dann, Bogota, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel Dann, Bogota, Colombia (November 2014 - 4 nights) - Located in the very heart of Bogota city only a few blocks from Plaza Bolivar. The rooms are nice, have a TV and wifi plus bathroom. The included breakfast each morning is fantastic, an all you can eat buffet! I stayed on the 13th floor and had great city views. The staff are helpful and friendly. My only complaint is that the place is too cold for a posh hotel, the floors were not heated and to have to be in your room with a jacket and warm clothes on didn't quite seem right to me. They lent me a heater after I asked for one though. Hotel Dann is very well-priced for it's location and services. Recommended.
Tip-Top Hostal, Bogota, Colombia - Large Photo
Tip-Top Hostal, Bogota, Colombia (July 2013 - 2 nights) - This place was OK. The room was kind of half dorm, half private room, a little odd. Shared bathroom and kitchen. Located in La Candelaria area of the city.

ADD A COMMENT



Pinterest - Pin it!

Bogota, Colombia - Top 6 Things To See & Do In The Capital. The capital of Colombia is a must because there is so much to see and do! From the gold museum to Monserrate Hill, the plaza, La Candelaria, vibrant street art and so much more!

FREE APP South America Journey

Splash Screen - South America Journey Free App for Android and IOS
Popular Photos Screen - South America Journey Free App for Android and IOS
Favorite Photos Screen - South America Journey Free App for Android and IOS
Fullscreen Photo - South America Journey Free App for Android and IOS
Photos from a Place Screen - South America Journey Free App for Android and IOS

My next travel experience & photos in your inbox!