Bogotá is a colossal city in the sky. Its cultural and recreational activities provide diverse entertainment with an exciting South American flair.

Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, is a giant metropolis sitting atop a mountain range. At 8,612 feet (2,625 meters), it is one of South America’s highest cities. This elevated location is responsible for cool temperatures, despite proximity to the equator. Colombia is a hub of culture with many universities, libraries and classy restaurants. Modern high-rises are juxtaposed with cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish churches.

Although the last century saw high crime and drug traffic in Colombia, Bogotá’s two-decade program to become a “safe city” has yielded success. Join numerous other international visitors to appreciate the popular travel destination.

Stroll to the quiet Candelaria historic town center to the National Museum of Colombia, the largest and oldest museum in the country. Browse more than 20,000 pieces of artwork and relics from various time periods, including ancient artifacts from 10,000 B.C.

Nearby, marvel at the strange, comedic and beautiful pieces in the Botero Museum. Peruse the collection of Fernando Botero’s distorted paintings and sculptures of people, animals and other objects, all plumped to obesity. Shop for gemstones in the Emerald District, just five blocks away.

Sample aguardiente, a sugarcane drink, and Colombia’s famous coffee. Join locals and visitors cycling and jogging on over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of streets designated car-free on Sundays for Ciclovia. Learn to do a salsa dance. Spend an afternoon at the Salitre Mágico amusement park. Cross through Simon Bolívar Park to reach José Celestino Botanical Gardens, featuring plants and flowers from every altitude and region of the country. Enjoy January’s Carnaval and other exciting festivals.

Ride the aerial tram or cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain, which looms over the center of the city. Alternatively, you can climb the hundreds of steps. Explore the church and shrine at the mountain’s peak. Take a break at a café or restaurant at 10,340 feet (3,150 meters) above sea level. and capture stunning photos of the panoramic view of Bogotá as the sun drops below the horizon.

Top hotels in Bogotá

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Habitel Select
Hotel Habitel Select
4.5 out of 5
Avenida El Dorado, 100-89, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
SG$81
per night
30 Nov-1 Dec

Located in Calle 26, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gran Estacion Shopping Mall, Torre Colpatria and Plaza de Bolivar. Monserrate is 8.4 mi (13.5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,387 reviews)

"Very convenient near the airport. The hotel seems to be running very efficiently. It is large with very good restaurants. Breakfast great."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov,2019

Hotel Habitel Select
Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport
4 out of 5
Avenida Calle 26, 96 J-90, Bogotá
SG$79
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

Located in Calle 26, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Zona Franca and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bogota Botanical Garden and Maloka Science Museum. Salitre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (783 reviews)

"I liked the hotel overall, only thing I didn’t like was getting there from the airport, as you gave to go down a ways and then come back towards the airport"…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct,2019

Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport
Grand Hyatt Bogota
Grand Hyatt Bogota
5 out of 5
Calle 24 A, 57-60, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
SG$149
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in the heart of Bogotá, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Simon Bolivar Park, National University of Colombia and Bogota Botanical Garden. Paloquemao ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (197 reviews)

"Very modern, spacious room, super clean, fantastic shower, great lobby, very friendly staff, one of the best in Bogota."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov,2019

Grand Hyatt Bogota

Popular things to do in Bogotá

Monserrate
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Monserrate

5/5(9 reviews)

Ride a gondola up this mountain, or hike to the summit and marvel at the panoramic views of Bogotá’s city center and surroundings.

Plaza de Bolivar
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Plaza de Bolivar

4.5/5(8 reviews)

A visit to Bogotá’s main public square offers a glimpse into the city’s architectural history and the chance to take part in free cultural events.

Bogota Botanical Garden
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Bogota Botanical Garden

4/5(1 review)

Experience the diversity of Colombia’s flora, take a yoga class or enjoy a picnic in this peaceful and well-maintained botanical garden.

Torre Colpatria
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Torre Colpatria

Enjoy panoramic views of Bogotá and spot major city landmarks from the observation deck of one of South America’s tallest buildings.

Gold Museum
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Gold Museum

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Discover one of the world’s most important exhibitions of pre-Hispanic gold, and learn about the indigenous societies that once inhabited Colombia.

Botero Museum
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Botero Museum

4.5/5(6 reviews)

See the work of a revered Colombian artist and admire the collection of paintings by celebrated international masters.

Top activities in Bogotá

Bogota Food Feast and Coffee Workshop
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Bogota Food Feast and Coffee Workshop

SG$88

Calling all foodies. Come and join our small-group Bogota food tour and get to grips with the capital's cuisine. While on the surface Colombian cuisine seems like a mystery, those whose delve deep into its underbelly find some of the most complex and nuanced fare in South America.

Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour
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Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour

SG$52

The Colombian Handicrafts Shopping Tour focuses on taking you to handpicked places where you will find a wide variety of handicrafts and local products that are hard to find elsewhere. You will be introduced to merchants with integrity, those that work very closely with the producers.

Private Full-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva & Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
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Private Full-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva & Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira

SG$124

Spend a full day basking in Colombian wonders with visits to Villa de Leyva and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. See the colonial-style buildings of Villa de Leyva resting on well-preserved cobblestone streets, then head to Zipaquira to see an amazing church built 656 feet (200 m) below the ground.

Bogotá City Tour
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Bogotá City Tour

SG$95

With our private vehicle we will pick you up at your hotel or staying place in Bogota at the time you have the best available and drive to the historic center.

Bogotá Layover Tour
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Bogotá Layover Tour

SG$55

Even if you are just visiting Bogotá for a few hours, you can make the most of your stay with our tour. This experience is designed for everyone who has a layover in Bogotá and doesn’t want to miss the chance of discovering the Andean capital.

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Admission Ticket
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Admission Ticket

SG$24

Visit: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Carrera 6 Calle 1 Parque De La Sal, Zipaquira Colombia The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá was named and considered the first wonder of Colombia due to its unique concept in architecture being found inside a salt mine.

Reviews of Bogotá

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
12
5 - Excellent 37.5%
4 - Good
12
4 - Good 37.5%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.75%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 3.125%

5/5 - Excellent

Natalie

13 Jul 2019

Surprisingly cosmopolitan, safe and up market. What a great city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jun 2019

Bogota is completely different to what I expected, as is the rest of Colombia. Friendly and welcoming, with great museums, bars and restaurants. There are lots of other areas to explore other than La Candleria!

2/5 - Disappointing

Arya

19 May 2019

Very polluted and unsafe city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 May 2019

Fantastic city with so much to offer. Loved the graffiti tour, the gold museum and the Botero Museum. Great restaurants too.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 May 2019

Not safe

5/5 - Excellent

Narene

22 Apr 2019

Bogota is a very nice place,excellent weather,good dining options,lively place.

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