On our recent trip to Colombia, we spent a day and a half in the country’s capital, Bogota! Here are our top 9 things to do while you’re there…
- Explore La Candelaria, Bogota’s old city! One of the highlights in this historic neighborhood is Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of the city where you’ll see Colombia’s parliament building, the palace of justice and the cathedral. Other sites to look for are the presidential palace and the El Carmen church that sticks out in the neighborhood with its Gothic style among all of the colonial buildings.
- Visit the Botero Museum! Fernando Botero is a Colombian artist who’s known for playing with volume in his paintings and sculptures with exaggerated proportions in his subjects. Keep an eye out for his version of the Mona Lisa!
- Learn about Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures at the Gold Museum. Exhibits at the gold museum tell the history of the people living in what is now Colombia prior to the Spanish conquest. You can see all kinds of artifacts on display including all kinds of gold pieces, from jewelry to armor to artifacts hinting towards the existence of El Dorado, the City of Gold!
- Take the teleferico up Monserrate mountain! To get to the top of Bogota’s iconic mountain, we took the teleferico (cable car) but you can also take the train or walk if you’re feeling adventurous. At the top, there is a church that was built in the 17th century, a couple of restaurants and a market where you can buy souvenirs. And of course, being more than 10,000 feet above sea level, you can see some incredible views of the sprawling city of Bogota!
- Try your hand at Tejo, the national sport of Colombia! The game reminded us of cornhole, but instead of throwing bean bags at a board, you throw heavy metal disks at a mud target. And to add some excitement, there are little triangles of gun powder that explode when you hit them! (Check out our experience in this post!)
- Stumble upon some awesome street art! As a way of discouraging vandalism graffiti, the city promotes graffiti recognizing that it can be a form of artistic expression. It seemed like we found more everywhere we turned!
- Check out a local flower market. Flowers are one of Colombia’s main exports, we accidentally found ourselves in the middle of a flower market full of beautiful flowers during a walk near our hotel!
- Try some local foods – or at least a coffee! While we were in Bogota, we tried some delicious foods. Some we’d recommend trying are Ajiaco, a Colombian chicken soup; tamales and empanadas; and try some juices or fruits! And if you’re a coffee connoisseur, be sure to try some of Colombia’s famous coffee as well!
- Spend an evening in Zona Rosa! By day, Zona Rosa is a great place to do some shopping at many high-end stores and a large shopping mall. Then it turns into a lively area full of restaurants and bars by night!
And those are our top 9 things to do in Colombia’s capital city! What would you add to our list?