Why you should visit Bogota
- Wander along the cobbled streets of La Candelaria with its wonderfully restored and colourful colonial houses, churches and plazas.
- The Gold Museum contains an incredible number of ancient gold artefacts and is not to be missed.
- Take the cable car to the top of Cerro Monserrate to visit the church and for fantastic views of the city.
- Head out of the city to the Zipaquira salt mines to visit the fascinating underground cathedral carved into the salt. Also combine with a visit to the colonial gem of Villa de Leyva.
Our specialists 'Must Do'
For great food and vibrant nightlife head to ‘Zone T’ district of town. The most famous restaurant in the city is Andres Carne de Res, a city institution almost impossible to describe, serving up superb steaks in a vast building filled with kitsch and unusual paraphernalia. The original restaurant is located in Chia, 30 minutes out of town and well worth a visit if time.
A little more about Bogota
The majority of visitors to Colombia will arrive into Bogotá by air and spend a night or two before exploring the country further. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city, 2,640 metres above sea level and brimming with architectural contrasts. Grand colonial churches and century-old plazas are interspersed with modern business areas and shopping malls. Most visitors to Bogota find the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria irresistible. Streets are lined with a charming ensemble of colourful houses, theatres, museums, galleries and cafes; amongst them are the opulent Teatro Colón, the intriguing Museo de Oro and the candy-striped Iglesia del Carmen. Stroll around the Plaza de Bolívar nestled at the heart of Bogota’s historical district and contemplate the showcase of stately buildings including the Catedral Primada, Capitolio Nacional, and the presidential palace of Casa de Nariño. Browse for quality souvenirs at Artesanías de Colombia where you’ll find everything from straw umbrellas to hand-woven ponchos, and encapsulate this bustling metropolis in an extraordinary view from the summit of Cerro de Monserrate.
When to go
A year round destination due to its altitude, the average temperature remains at around 20°C throughout the year. December to March is the dry season when rain is less likely, but expect some at any time due to changing weather patterns.