Cradled by the snow-capped Andes and brimming with art and style, Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá is the country’s epicenter of cultural cool—with seven million inhabitants in the city that sits at 8,500 feet in elevation. Whether you’re looking to gallery hop, steep yourself in history, or savor a sophisticated meal, a few days in Bogotá is just what culture lovers ordered. The city is lush and green and very walkable.
Fall under a romantic spell meandering along the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria, the city’s historic center. Spiraling out from the Plaza Bolivar, the neighborhood is full of colorful buildings with an eclectic mix of architectural styles dating back to the 1500s, including some of the most important governmental buildings. Contemplate the vibrant street art here from a cafe patio that’s also perfect for people-watching. Another must-visit is the Chorro de Quevedo to appreciate the diversity of the historic center and learn more about the city’s storied history. Art and history lovers shouldn’t miss the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and the Botero Museum, a modern art museum named after famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. At the end of Jimenez Avenue, don’t miss a visit to the handicrafts market at Santander Park.
Punctuate a day of exploring with a sunset view of the city from 10,000 feet above sea level atop Monserrate. The top of the mountain can be reached via a three to four-hour hike, or by hitching a cable car ride up. Whatever way you reach the peak, enjoy the view overlooking the capital with a sugar cane tea or a glass of wine from one of the mountaintop cafes. At the top, we can also arrange a walking tour—which is quite hilly, and can be tailored to your level of fitness.
It’s a big city, and there’s a whole lot to see, which is best done with a knowledgeable local guide and personalized city tour, which can be tailored to your unique interests to include these fantastic museums, one on one meetings with artists, private gallery tours, and great dining experiences.
Reach out to our team today to plan out your time in Bogotá, the country’s epicenter of cultural cool.