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Welcome to Bogotá

A city of contrasts—and one of South America’s most exciting capitals—Bogotá is a sprawling metropolis steeped in history and cosmopolitan cool. Hit the old town of La Candelaria for world-class museums and street art. Further north, the neighborhoods of Chapinero and Zona Rosa are centers for nightlife and fashion, while the Usaquén district is the go-to destination for food lovers. Walking tours and guided bike rides are a great way to see and feel the many atmospheres around, as well as to create an appetite for local food and nightlife. For farther-flung Colombia highlights, day trips take travelers to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, coffee plantations, the sacred ground of the pre-Colombian Muisca people at Guatavita Lake, and La Chorrera and El Chiflón waterfalls.

Top 10 attractions in Bogotá

Plaza de Bolivar

Plaza de Bolivar

Bogotá’s main square is built on a grand scale, from a landmark statue of Simón Bolívar to the 16th-century La Catedral Primada. In between is a colorful crowd of vendors, travelers, and downtown workers. A starting point for exploring the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, the Plaza de Bolivar is a key stop for visitors to Bogotá.More
Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Towering 10,341 feet (3,152 meters) tall at the edge of Bogotá, forested Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate) can be spotted from across the city. Set like a pearl on the summit is the Monserrate Sanctuary, a 17th-century church whose shrine is a major pilgrimage place for Colombian Catholics.More
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It sparkles with more than 55,000 priceless archaeological and artistic treasures. Only a fraction can be displayed at any one time, laid out to tell tales of pre-Colombian mining, manufacturing, and metallurgy of pre-Hispanic Colombians.More
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.More
Bogotá Mint Museum (Museo Casa de la Moneda)

Bogotá Mint Museum (Museo Casa de la Moneda)

Aside from the thrill of “discovering” new lands, the Spanish conquistadoreswere endlessly driven by thoughts of discovering gold. Here at the Bogotá Mint Museum (Museo Casa de la Moneda), walk amidst the spot where gold was first minted in Colombia, having stood in this spot since 1622 when the King of Spain ordered the production of gold coins in Bogota. Since money and power seem to go hand in hand, this museum that’s based around Colombian currency has many political undertones, where the type of currency that’s been minted through the years shows fascinating parallels between the political era and Colombia’s historical events. From the initial barter of ceramics and pots that was used by indigenous tribes, the currencies weave a chronological tale as viewed through production of money.More
Quinta de Bolívar Museum

Quinta de Bolívar Museum

Simon Bolivar is an absolute legend in much of Latin America. Considered “The Liberator” for much of the continent, he fought tirelessly for numerous nations to gain their independence—and lived here, in Quinta de Bolivar, between his political conquests. Set in Bogota’s eastern hills, Quinta de Bolivar Museum is a humble home that’s rung by spectacular gardens, and riddled with history on South America’s most notorious and popular son. When visiting the small, but fascinating house, hear the tales of how Simon Bolivar would relax and rest between battles, and five flags now fly in the garden that mark the modern, Latin American countries where Bolivar brought independence. Aside from the history of Bolivar himself, the house is a look at Bogota life in the 18th and 19th century, with antique furniture, clothing, and weaponry displayed throughout the home. Though the building is nowhere as near grandiose as the story of Bolivar himself, it’s a laidback, calming, and fascinating look at Bolivar’s moments of peace. To maximize what you can learn at the site, visit as part of a guided historical tour of greaterBogota, or as part of a private Bogota tour that’s catered around its best sites.More
Lake Guatavita

Lake Guatavita

Conquistadors dreamed of a golden city called El Dorado, and modern-day archaeologists find traces of that myth in historic practices at Colombia’s Lake Guatavita. Here, the Indigenous Muisca people are believed to have made offerings to the gods by casting gold figures into the crater lake—a scenic and popular day trip from Bogotá.More
International Emerald Museum (Museo Internacional de la Esmeralda)

International Emerald Museum (Museo Internacional de la Esmeralda)

As Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds, a trip to the International Emerald Museum (Museo Internacional de la Esmeralda) in Bogota comes highly recommended. Located on the 23rd floor of the Avianca Building, here you’ll get the chance to learn about the history and processes of emerald mining in Colombia, as well as admiring some of the country’s most prized pieces. This small museum boasts in the region of 3000 of the finest emeralds in the world. On the museum tour, you’ll enter a 27 ­square ­meter tunnel with samples of the emerald deposits, plus real veins extracted from real mines. In the workshop, you’ll learn about the process of how an emerald is created, and observe the different qualities and characteristics of the collections on display. The gift shop is a big draw for those interested in taking some of Columbia's finest gems home with them, with a range of jewellery and cut emeralds for sale. Those particularly interested in emeralds and their history in Columbia should join a dedicated Bogotá emerald gemstone tour, which includes visiting the attractions of Parque Santander, a stroll through the center of the emerald market, and a trip to theGalería de Artesanías y Esmeraldas de Colombia.More
La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá, Colombia. Now a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses, La Candelaria centers on Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.More
Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

While the plump proportions of Fernando Botero’s sculptures have earned him international acclaim, it’s his generosity that’s made the artist Colombia’s favorite son. At the peak of his fame, the artist donated more than 150 pieces worth $200 million to the Colombian government—you can enjoy all of this art for free at Museo Botero.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bogotá

A great experience
JenniferS, Jun 2021
Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)
They were very helpful with advice and recommendations throughout the city and she spoke very good English so I was able to understand everything although my boyfriend speaks fluent Spanish.
Best All-In-One Tour of Bogota!
Kim_C, Apr 2021
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
Luis was everything a guide should be: he comminuicate with me before the tour to assure the correct pickup location and that the driver would be on time, he spoke excellent English and provided a wealth of information about each site we visited as well as personal and cultural background information.
Superb tour - would recommend!
Ruth_H, Nov 2020
Bogotá Bike Tour
Juan Felipe was a brilliant guide, his English was perfect and he was so passionate and knowledgable about Bogota and Columbian history.
Excellent people to visit Bogota with
aude_d, Mar 2020
Layover / transit customized tour with locals (airport pickup)
I only had 6 hours to visit Bogota and really it was fast but managed to do as much as possible in the little time we had and with the bad weather.
Great tour when you have little time to explore the city
Monika, Mar 2020
Bogota In Transit Transportation 4-6-Hour Layover Experience
We had only half day in Bogota so this is a great way how to see as much as possible.
Richard_D, Feb 2020
SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
One of the best things to do from Bogota.
Good tour
lauradokkenlarson1, Feb 2020
City Tour: Bogotá Essentials
Ana was an excellent tour guide, very fluent in english and very knowledgable of Bogota.
Amazing Tour
ervisg24, Feb 2020
Bogotá Bike Tour
Lot's of beautiful things to see in Bogota.
Great day trip!
plzaharia, Aug 2019
Waterfall La Chorrera de Choachí Hike Tour + Optional Lunch
This was a super cool day trip Fromm Bogota, allowing to see the amazing nature and the waterfalls close to the city!
Tour around Bogota
SteffenE82, Jul 2019
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
it was a perfect day with a lot of interesting thing to see and we had a lot of information about everything we saw during our day tour.
Worth it!
Global312983, Jun 2019
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
Got to see so many historical aspects of Bogota.
A good way to see the essential...
Kenneth Choy, Oct 2017
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
A good way to see the essential parts of Bogota, and our tour guide Felipe is great!
This is a great tour for anyone...
HT, Mar 2018
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
This is a great tour for anyone wanting to visit some of the must see sights in Bogota.
Riding the Transmilenio was a crash...
gerryc, Mar 2018
Walking Urban Experience Bogotá Tour. (5 Hrs.)
Ariel, the guide, was fluent in English and was knowledgeable about the artifacts in the Gold museum and art works in the Botero museum.
A nice private tour to see the salt...
Alvin T, Oct 2017
Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares
A nice private tour to see the salt cathedral.
This was a great tour to fill up our...
earlyne.alexander, Jan 2018
Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.)
Out tour guide, Clara, is very knowledgeable and spoke English perfectly.
This is a very good tour. The guide...
Jason A, Jan 2017
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota
The guide was very good and spoke good English.
Fantastic tour... get to see a side...
David N, Jul 2015
Bogota Bike Tour with street art
get to see a side to Bogota which few probably do.
The pick up and drop off went...
Meghan M, Feb 2016
Bogota In Transit Tour (4-6-hour layover experience)
It was definitely pricey for a short tour but a great way to see some of Bogota on a layover.
The Bogota Private City Tour with...
Wendell M, Nov 2013
Bogota In Transit Tour (4-6-hour layover experience)
Also, I was able to choose which places I'd like to visit.

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When to visit

Predictably warm and wet year-round, Bogota is an easy destination to plan for. Visit in spring to catch events such as the Ibero-American Theater Festival, which shakes up streets and stages every two years, or join the crowds at Rock al Parque, a free concert held every summer. Showers are common regardless of the season, so pack rain gear.

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