Choosing Bogota as the place to spend your vacation and hard-earned money is always a great idea. It’s rich in history, culture, art, but the city is also modern and comfortable so no matter your tastes, you’ll have plenty of options. As for where to stay, you’ll find no shortage of great Bogota short term rentals that truly give you the best value for your money – if anything, you may even struggle with just how many great choices there are.
And once you’ve got that sorted out, you can go ahead and plan your exploration of the city. Check out some of the best places you should definitely visit!
Dubbed as the “Jewel of Colonial Architecture”, few places encapsulate Latin America as fully as Bogota’s historic center. Follow the cobblestone streets and you’ll see vibrantly colored structures and street art in every corner.
Enjoy food and drinks from the many restaurants, cafes, and bars in this area – and you may just be serenaded by the many roaming musicians!
2. Cerro de Monserrate
Rising over downtown Bogota, Cerro de Monserrate dominates the capital’s skyline – and perched right on top, over 3,000 metres above sea level, rests the Monserrate Sanctuary. Built in the 17th century by the Brotherhood of Vera Cruz, the gleaming white structure is impressive – but maybe what’s more impressive is the view from the top of the mountain. You can take a cable car or funicular to the top, but if you’re able to, wind your way up by foot. The hike takes about an hour, and you get to enjoy sprawling views of Bogota.
All of downtown and south Bogota, as well as large swathes of the north, are visible from the top of the mountain. You’ll also find a few restaurants and a snack bar on top, so stay awhile and enjoy the view.
3. Museodel Oro
It’s called the Gold Museum because it’s home to a lot of gold. Lots and lots of gold. Over 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from all of Colombia’s major pre-Hispanic cultures are displayed in thematic rooms across 3 floors.
Admire these exquisite pieces and learn how they were discovered, mined, and worked – and find out the symbolism and spiritual aspects behind one of the most treasured minerals on the planet.
4. Plaza Bolívar
Before Colombia, this site was the Muisca Confederation, which was one of the best-organized confederations of tribes on the South American continent.
Now, you’ll find the Cathedral of Bogotá, the Capitol Building, the Palace of Justice, the city mayor’s office, Liévano Palace, and the Presidential Palace or Palacio de Narino all in Plaza Bolívar, so make sure you visit the area.
5. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
Whether you’re religious or not, you’ll want to visit The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. It’s in Zipaquirá, about an hour away from the city.
The cathedral is about 180 metres underground, in a former salt mine – and you’ll beautifully lit crosses and stunning Roman Catholic icons carved out of salt. It’s an architectural wonder.
The site was declared by Colombia’s Congress as “the First Wonder of Colombia”.
6. Mercado de lasPulgas de Usaquén
This street market at Usaquén is only open on Sundays, but you’ll find what seems to be hundreds of vendors lining up selling food items, juices, bags, shoes, jewelry, and all kinds of handicrafts and trinkets here.
There are also a lot of restaurants and cafes in the area, if you’d like to eat indoors after a tiring day of shopping!