Bogota Travel Guide – 7 Awesome Things to Do in Bogota
People usually think of Bogota as just a city to pass through while visiting other Colombian cities and some even may try to scare you by telling that it’s not that safe. However, the fact is that the Colombian capital has a very neat police protection and transportation facilities, and so, is absolutely safe and enjoyable for travelers.
Come on, after all it’s the home of Muisca scholar, Miguel Triana, and the beautiful actress and model, Carolina Gomez! It’s also one of world’s meccas of football and was a major venue for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup. The magnificent city is full of lovely parks, noted museums, galleries and libraries, and amazing architectural epitomes, and holds the Ibero-American Theater Festival and Bogota Carnival. Above all, it’s famous for its vibrant nightlife. Become comfortable with one of the Bogota vacation rentals and then start your tour with this Bogota travel guide.
1. Free Walking Tours
A great thing about Bogota is that it offers numerous free walking tours, such as BeyondColombia. These tours are great to get introduced to the city. You can also take a more specialized tour.
2. Casa de Narino
As mentioned earlier, Bogota is adorned with amazing architectures and Casa de Narino is one of them. It’s the President’s house. Firstly the striking neoclassical façade will welcome you, and then its interior will please you with its eye-popping sculptures, paintings and furniture from the Roman and Renaissance periods. Free 45-minute tours are offered on week days (take care to book 5 days in advance). If possible, don’t miss the changing of presidential guard at 3.30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
3. La Chorrera Waterfall
La Chorrera Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Colombia. It’s an hour away from the main city. If you book a tour, it will be expensive. But if you take a bus to Tercer Milenio, it will be cheap. But take care to check the timing of the return buses when you get off the bus. From here, you’ll have to walk towards the trailhead.
4. Bogota Botanical Garden
Get lost in the greenery and floral fragrances and colors in the Botanical Garden of Bogota which has around 20,000 plants, mainly regional, particularly the ones endemic to the Andes and other high alpine zones of South America. This is an ideal place for those who love serenity and company of plants. If you feel hungry while walking in the garden, there are some food stalls at your service too.
5. Enjoy a Shopping Spree in a Sunday Market
And if you’re a shopaholic, Bogota has a lot to offer you in the form of its many Sunday markets, such as the one near Las Aguas station or the one at Carrera 7. The Carrera 7 market is also great to relish some tasty street food. The most popular delicacy here is Lechona Tolimense (baked hog stuffed with rice).
6. Walk around La Candelaria
It’s a joy to roam around the historic and cultural neighborhood of Bogota, La Candelaria. If you’re an admirer of art, this is a heaven for you as you can see street art, museums, hip cafes and artists’ work overflowing on the narrow streets. Being located between the two universities of the city, it’s full of youth. Don’t miss the Plaza Del Chorro Del Quevedo, a small square where you can see several street performers and an artist market.
7. Bogota Nightlife
Bogota nightlife is one of its greatest attractions. Almost every neighborhood of Bogota boasts of nightclubs, bars, pubs and live music venues. The Zona Rosa area is famous for its “Gringo Tuesdays” in La Villa nightclub where the international crowd gathers for partying. El Campanario, the Colombian Pub and Mint are also famous for their highly exciting nightlife.
So, now if you’ve made up your mind to visit Bogota, remember that it’s cold and rainy, and so, carry adequate protective gear. December to March is a relatively drier period and May to June is the warmest period. Finally, travel safe, so you can enjoy to the fullest!