See up close icons of Colombian culture, whether visual artists in museums or the colonial buildings that complete the street scene

The Colombian capital may not have the sunshine of fellow countryman Cartagena, but it has a lot of story to tell. In the last decades, Bogota it underwent a process of improvements in public transport and also invested heavily in cultural centers that can be visited mainly in the historic center.

At main attractions are nearby and allow a light walk through the streets that mix the colonial aspect with exhibitions by plastic artists, such as Casa da Moeda and Chorro de Quevedo. Other highlights in the center are the Plaza Bolivar, the seat of government called Casa de Nariño, the Capitolio Nacional, the Primada cathedral, the Candelaria Church, the Colón Theater and the Palace of Justice.

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Bogota It also has institutions dedicated to great national names, such as the Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center and the Museo Botero, with more than 150 works by the most famous artist in Colombia, Fernando Botero.

But if you're looking for a panoramic view of the city, go up to the Cerro Monserrate, where you can choose to walk for 2 km or take a ride by funicular and cable car, or to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which offers a view of Bogota and from Cerro.

The capital is more than 2500 meters above sea level, which can cause symptoms such as headache and nausea, so don't overdo physical activities on the first day until your body gets used to the altitude.

What to do in Bogota

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Cerro Monserrate

The viewpoint is on top of a hill that has a beautiful view of the city, but it is necessary to overcome a walk of just over 2 km to reach the top or take a ride by funicular or cable car. Take your time, as the altitude can increase fatigue.

Quevedo's Chorro

Built in 1960 as a military base, it is now home to the city's main museums. The place shares space with a square surrounded by graffitied walls, giving the promenade a modern look.

Gold Museum

Opened in 1939, it is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to gold as a raw material. The collection traces the trajectory of the use of metals in the evolution of humanity and is spread over 3 floors.

Coin House

The building was built in 1753 in colonial style and is now home to several art exhibitions in its 10 rooms. In addition to international artists such as Delacroix and Courbet, the place has the largest collection of Colombian plastic arts in the country.

Simon Bolivar Park

Parque Simón Bolívar is the largest in Bogotá, occupying around 400 hectares. The site was built in 1968 as part of the city's preparation to receive Pope Paul VI and has lakes, a craft square, a botanical garden and museums.

Other places to visit in Bogotá:

  • Luis Angel Arango Library
  • Casa de la Moneda
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center
  • La Macarena
  • Botero Museum
  • Plaza de Bolivar
  • Sanctuary of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • Colon Theater
  • Pink Zone or T Zone

How to get to Bogota

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By airplane

El Dorado International Airport (BOG), receives flights from Brazil and is the main one in Bogotá. The companies Latam and the Avianca travel from Brazil to Bogotá.

By bus

If you are visiting neighboring countries and intend to arrive in Bogotá by land, use the company's services Ormeño Express, which has daily commutes from Quito, Ecuador and Caracas, Venezuela.

Best time to visit Bogota

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Being located at 2,640 meters above sea level, Bogotá has an extremely unpredictable climate. The rainiest months are April, May, October and November, and the driest are January, July and August.

Bogotá does not have the Caribbean climate that characterizes much of Colombia, as it is marked by cloudy and drizzly days. The temperature remains almost the same year-round with an average of 15°C, but changes in temperature throughout the day are common.

Where to stay in Bogotá

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Find accommodation in Bogotá here.

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