The beating epicentre of Colombia’s culture, Bogota is a vibrant blend of cosmopolitan and colonial styles. The Andean peaks serve as a beautiful eastern backdrop while La Candelaria is the city’s renowned cobblestoned heart featuring colonial-era landmarks, museums, restaurants and bars.
Things to do in Bogotá
The Gold Museum is a must-see attraction, housing one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic metallurgy. Browse more than 55,000 pieces of gold and other artefacts laid out in thematic rooms across three floors or join a guided walking tour. When you’re finished, stop in for a coffee or a bite to eat at the Cafe San Alberto.
If you enjoy art, visit the Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. This museum houses a fabulous collection of paintings and sculptures by renowned artist Fernando Botero. Enjoy browsing works of art in several halls throughout the two-storey building, where you’ll find work from famous artists like Picasso, Chagall, Renoir and Monet.
For spectacular views of Bogota, take the cable car up to Mount Monserrate. Bring your camera to photograph stunning vistas of the sprawling city below and indulge in some shopping or dining at the souvenir stands and food stalls at the summit.
Take a journey back in time at the Iglesia de San Francisco, Bogota’s oldest-surviving church. Its striking interior features high, looming windows and a 17th-century gilded main altarpiece. Browse a collection of ornate sculptures and lovely paintings nestled amongst the predominantly golden decor.
Getting around Bogotá
Bogota is served by El Dorado International Airport, about 20 minutes’ drive from downtown. Buses service Bogota’s main station, El Terminal de Transporte de Bogota. You can also cycle around the city, as Bogota boasts Latin America’s largest network of bicycle routes.