Bogota (population: 8 million), the beautiful and vibrant capital of Columbia, has emerged as one of the hottest travel destinations in South America. Popularly known as the Athens of South America, Bogota is a treasure trove of museums, art galleries, cultural events and international fairs. Named as the UNESCO City of Music in the year 2013, Bogota is always a pleasure for music lovers. And the sophisticated gourmet scene has also led to the development of splendid eateries all across the city.
Heart of Columbia
The heart and soul of Bogota can be found in La Candelaria, the historic downtown area that is home to most of the top tourist attractions. Start your Bogota explorations at the Museo del Oro, the go-to destination for pre-Columbian gold artifacts, religion, art and culture. The International Emerald Museum also gives you a chance to see some of the best emeralds found in the most fertile mines on the planet. Cerro de Monserrate offers scintillating views of the city and a number of authentic souvenir stores. Finally, Usaquen is where you go for quirky restaurants, live music and bars.
Getting Around Bogota
Ciclovia, the world’s largest bicycling network, can be found in Bogota. Needless to say, riding a bike or walking is the best way to explore the city. The city is relatively flat and major streets are also closed on Sundays to offer extra room for bikes. Other options include the TransMilenio, a bus system that feels more like a subway network and taxis.