No visit to Colombia is complete without a trip to Bogota, a city where awe-inspiring Andean peaks, glorious colonial architecture and rustic cobbled streets all meet to form an exciting cosmopolitan capital. The country’s largest city also houses its most valuable treasures: prestigious museums, lavish squares and opulent churches. Moreover, holidays in Bogota will be the ideal starting point for exploring both historic and modern wonders of this fast-developing South American country.
- The oldest and biggest museum in the country, the Colombian National Museum provides a comprehensive insight into its history, culture and art.
- The Bolivar Square represents the heart of Bogota and the home to some of its most exquisite buildings, including Palace of Justice, National Capitol, Primary Cathedral of Bogota and Liévano Palace.
- La Candelaria is the historic neighborhood where you will find the most intriguing examples of Bogota’s architecture. In terms of style, this district blends Baroque, Spanish colonial and art deco aesthetics.
- Gold Museum is one of the most famous tourists sights in Colombia. It houses a whopping 30,000 gold artefacts that date back to pre-Hispanic era.
- Every Friday and Saturday night, the Carrera Séptima (major central street) becomes pedestrianized and packed with various live performers, so if you’re in Bogota over the weekend make sure to pay it a visit.
- If you’re a sports fan, be sure to catch a game at the El Campin Stadium. You will get to experience the local fervor and perhaps meet a few friendly rolos (Bogota local) along the way. Just make sure to avoid north and south stands, as these are reserved for the die-hard supporters.
- The busiest times in Bogota for tourists are during the dry season, between the months of December and March. If you want to experience the Colombian capital at its most exuberant, make sure to visit during the carnival festivities, from late July to early August.