Bogotá

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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$83
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Calle 26, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gran Estacion Shopping Mall, Torre Colpatria and Monserrate. Plaza de Bolivar is 8.1 mi (13 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,497 reviews)

"Everything was good, the people who work there are very friendly"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

Hotel Habitel Select
Grand Hyatt Bogota
Grand Hyatt Bogota
5 out of 5
Calle 24 A, 57-60, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
SG$144
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

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! (268 reviews)

"The customer service was amazing, Beautiful hotel and very clean, I can say that after staying at the ritz London, and the peninsula hotel in Paris, and 4 seasons hotel around the world,"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2020

Grand Hyatt Bogota
NH Bogotá Urban 26 Royal
NH Bogotá Urban 26 Royal
4 out of 5
Carrera 33N # 25F-18, Bogotá, Distrito Capital
SG$70
per night
Mar 28 - Mar 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Corferias and within 3 miles (5 km) of U.S. Embassy Bogotá and Gold Museum. Magdalena River and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (231 reviews)

"Great hotel for the price. Staff is very friendly. Junior suite is large."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

NH Bogotá Urban 26 Royal

Popular things to do in Bogotá

Monserrate
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Monserrate

4.5/5(10 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.

Gold Museum
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Gold Museum

4.5/5(15 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(9 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

80% of travellers recommend
SG$90
Per adult
Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour
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Colombian Handicrafts Shopping tour

SG$53
Per adult
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

90% of travellers recommend
SG$159
Per adult
Bogotá City Tour
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Bogotá City Tour

SG$121
Per adult
Bogota 6-hour Layover Tour
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Bogota 6-hour Layover Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$75
Per adult
Coffee Tour Hacienda Coloma - Private Tour 1 to 3 Tourists
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Coffee Tour Hacienda Coloma - Private Tour 1 to 3 Tourists

SG$60
Per adult

Reviews of Bogotá

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.39622641509434%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.754716981132077%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Bogota is nice, much like any other capital city. We enjoyed Medellin and cartegena much much more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

I was there doing business so did not have any spare time at all. That being said, I can tell certain areas are really nice and feel safe (whereas others are not the same).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 27, 2020

Vibrant city

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 25, 2020

Loved the city, the creativity and food/drink options. It felt very unique and authentic. Its incredible how much music, dance and art you can find in one place. Also very cheap compared to other Colombian cities.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Transmilenio service is excellent.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 28, 2019

Only stopped over on our way to Cartagena.

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