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Top 10 Bogota, Colombia Things to Do

Bogota is the capital of Colombia. The past, present and future all converge in this dynamic city immersed in greenery, heights, and history at every turn. Bogota is known as the epicenter of history for Colombia. Its tourists attractions include Plaza Bolivar, La Candelaria, Plaza del Chorro Quevado, Monseratte Hill, and Paloquemao and Usaquen Markets.


Whether you will spend One Day in Bogota, Colombia, or close to 2 weeks like I did, you will love it!

It's not easy to narrow down Bogota, Colombia to a Top 10 Things to Do, but here goes!


My Bogota, Colombia Things to Do includes Walking Historical Tour, Monserrate Hill, Food Tour, Plaza Bolivar, Primary Cathedral of Bogota, Paloquemao Market, Usaquen Artisan Market, Botanical Gardens, and Hotel de la Opera Day Spa Visit, and Foodie Favorites!




Bogota, Colombia
Top 10 Things to Do in Bogota, Colombia




Bogota, Colombia

Bogota is one of the most visited cities in Colombia for great reason.


Bogota, Colombia Highlights

  • Known as Gateway to South America (perfect for my first city in South America!)

  • Seen as Athens of America for its education, culture, and history.

  • One of highest points in South America at 8.600+ feet.

  • 1500+ Church's including Primary Cathedral of Bogota.

  • Over 500,000 tourists visit Gold Museum annually.

  • Named UNESCO City of Music in 2013


I share fun facts, travel, and tips in One Day in Bogota, Colombia too!



Walking Tour with Beyond Colombia in Bogota, Colombia


All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 13 or via Airbnb.




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Top 10 Bogota, Colombia Things to Do

You will find many things to do in Bogota, Colombia far beyond the Top 10 Things to Do I share.

Keep in mind, I stayed in Bogota for about a week and a half and picked what interested me more! You may want to spend more time in nature, eating food, visiting churches and museums. Always make any travels your own!


My Bogota, Colombia Things to Do includes Walking Historical Tour, Monserrate Hill, Food Tour, Plaza Bolivar, Primary Cathedral of Bogota, Paloquemao Market, Usaquen Artisan Market, Botanical Gardens, and Hotel de la Opera Day Spa Visit, and Foodie Favorites!


In putting together the Top 10 Bogota, Colombia Things to Do, I considered how I would experience travels knowing what I know now to make it easier and more enjoyable for you.

 

1 Walking Historical Tour in Bogota

Starting off your travels in Bogota with a walking historical tour is the best way to get up close and personal with Colombia. Not only that, but you support local entrepreneurs and economy as well.


While Colombia may be known for cartels and cocaine, you will discover it is equally as rich as a country. You may be surprised to know that Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, it offers coffee as its biggest export, biggest emerald exporter, and the country boasts world famous graffiti.



Mural near Plaza del Chorro de Quevado


Although Colombia may have colorful towns and a colorful history (which one doesn't?), it is absolutely bucket list worthy. While spending time in Bogota, I have felt safe as a solo female traveler. Keep in mind, I do most activities during the day and in tourist spots or with groups.



I loved my Walking Historical Tour with Beyond Colombia so much I did a second one!
Tip the Guides well! They are amazing!

The Walking Historical Tour started at 10 am. My guide was Viviana. I learned deeper insight into Colombia's history, culture, and economy. During the Walking Historical Tour in La Candelaria, we learned about the history of Colombia, visited near Museo del Oro, Santander Park, La Candelaria, Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Chorro Quevado, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Monument, Concord Square, and more!


Viviana's recollection of the history, culture, and heritage is incredible.








Whether you spend One Day in Bogota, Colombia or longer, a walking historical tour is a MUST!
 

2 Monserrate Hill

Now that you have seen Bogota up close and personal, it is time to see Bogota from up high.

I recommend you experience a sunset at over 8,600 feet over sea level at Monserrate Hill.


The BEST View of Bogota hands-down at sunset.







Monserrate dates back to pre-Colombian times. Its original name 1st name is "grandmothers foot. It originally was inhabited by Chibcha-speaking Muisca people, who believed deeply in astronomy and worshipped solar god of Sué. Later, the Catholic Era replaced all temples with Catholic buildings.


In 1620s the Cofradia de la Vera Cruz (Brotherhood of Vera Cruz) used the Monserrate for religious celebrations and started pilgrimages. In 1656, Father Rojas was assigned to guard the sanctuary and was commissioned to carve a crucifix and statue of Jesus Christ El Señor Caído.


Over the years, more and more people visited the cathedral to visit El Señor Caído instead of Our Lady, so in the 19th century she was removed and El Señor Caído took her place. Depending on your physical fitness level and how the altitude and cold affects you, you may want to walk up Monserrate for FREE during specific hours in the morning and afternoon. If you decide not to walk, there are options to take take funicular or cable car running until about 9 pm* Hours may change.



Monseratte in Bogota