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The 6 Bogota Highlights You Can't Miss
Overflowing with art, music, food, and fun, Bogota is a city that absolutely cannot be missed. Located at the intersection of history and hipster, the city is at once both old and new, established and edgy—but always one hundred percent amazing. Once you check out all the highlights this fantastic metropolis has to offer, message us with any questions you have and get ready to plot your own personalized Bogota escapade!
#1: La Candelaria’s street art is unparalleled
Whether you think of it as street art or graffiti, there’s no question that La Candelaria, Bogota’s oldest neighborhood, is bursting with it. From the humorous to the political—and just downright beautiful—La Candelaria’s murals are an exhibit in and of themselves. Interestingly, this often-frowned-upon art form found its outlet in La Candelaria not as an act of rebellion, but rather as a symbol of inclusion; Bogota’s mayor actually legalized street art in 2011 as a means of repairing the relationship between the city’s disaffected youth and its government. And while graffiti tours are common, for a more intimate art experience, feel free to ask one of our local trip experts to build you a personalized offline map that’ll take you past all the must-see pieces.
#2: Monserrate—the most incredible view you’ll ever see
The dominant feature of Bogota’s skyline, Monserrate is much more than just a mountain; it’s a religious icon, pilgrimage destination, and symbol of Bogota itself. Considered holy by Colombia’s indigenous population long before the arrival of Columbus, Monserrate is now home to the 17th-century church El Señor Caído, a sacred site for Catholic pilgrims. Moreover, as the peak commands a majestic view of the city, the view from the top is often thought of as one of the most beautiful panoramas to be found anywhere in the world. And though pilgrims often climb to El Señor Caído via the mountain’s innumerable stairs, Monserrate is conveniently connected to Bogota by both funicular and aerial tramway—a ride on either being an incredible experience in itself! All to say, no visit to Bogota is complete without seeing the
#3: Tejo: the greatest game you’ve never heard of
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#4: Chapinero’s hipster charm is undeniable
Step off Brooklyn—Chapinero’s got you beat. Bogota’s most hipster-fabulous district, Chapinero is an incredible combination of hipster charm and historical beauty. Lined with coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and even microbreweries, Chapinero boasts a friendly vibe, tons to do, and even some gorgeous Victorian architecture to boot. No Colombia itinerary is complete without an amble through the quirky storefronts and exciting venues that make up this wonderful locale! Additionally, Chapinero is home to the Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, one of Bogota’s largest daily markets, where a hungry traveler can buy everything from farm-fresh fruit to delicious breakfast empanadas.
#5: Chow down and drink up—Bogota’s food and coffee are stupendous
Although you’d be remiss if you didn’t eat your way through Bogota as part of a larger Colombian itinerary, the city does capture an excellent smattering of Colombian cuisine as a whole. Arepas and empanadas can be found on nearly every street corner, chocolate con queso appears on nearly every cafe menu, and even regional specialties like
#6: Don’t underestimate Bogota’s public spaces
While most cities can boast public spaces of one sort or another, Bogota takes museums and parks to the next level. To wit, Bogota’s legendary Gold Museum offers the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world—many from Colombia’s pre-Hispanic period—and is free for both students and seniors (while eminently affordable for everyone else). Meanwhile, Simón Bolívar Park, often known as “Bogota’s Lungs”, offers outdoor activities for every type of traveler. Spanning nearly a thousand acres, Simón Bolívar Park boasts not only a fantastic accumulation of Colombia’s fabled flora and fauna, but a sports complex, concert venue, and amusement park as well. Oh, and if that weren’t enough space for public activities, it’s worth noting that every Sunday, many of Bogota’s main streets are closed to all motor traffic for the ciclovía—a weekly event that lets pedestrians, cyclists, street performers, and families take to the streets in safety for a pleasant morning