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  • Address: Carrera 8
Enormous and austere, Bogota’s broad, bricked central plaza was designed in 1553 to be the gathering place for tens of thousands at the hub of the federal government. Then, known simply as the Plaza Mayor, “Main Plaza,” and home to the city market, it is a classic example of monumental Spanish civil engineering. The city’s heart is surrounded by its most important edifices: the soaring neoclassical national cathedral; the appropriately federalist capitol building; French neoclassical Edificio Liévano, seat of city government; and the ultra-modern stylized arches of the imposing Palace of Justice, most recently rebuilt after a 1985 terrorist attack.

At the center of it all is Simon Bolivar, a statue erected in 1846 to honor the man who liberated so much of South America from the Spanish.

Unless there’s a festival or political rally the enormous brick expanse is fairly quiet, quickly crisscrossed by crisply suited officials talking seriously into cell phones, vendors selling snacks, souvenirs, and photos with adorably outfitted llamas, and the constant thrum of pigeon wings as great flocks whirl around endlessly. The people watching is outstanding and you’re a stones’ throw from a dozen museums, churches and other attractions well worth seeing.

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Bogotá City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Lunch and Cable Car Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Explore the city of Bogotá on this guided sightseeing tour to some of the most famous attractions in the city! Walk through the cobblestone streets of La ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 or 8 hrs

From USD $55.99

Shop like a Local: Small-Group Tour of Bogotá Artisan Markets

Immerse yourself in the traditional handicrafts of Colombia on this intriguing 4-hour tour of Bogotá’s artisan markets. Head off the beaten path to find ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.99

Bogotá by Night City Tour

Discover the city of Bogotá at night on this sightseeing tour! See the city lights of Colombia’s capital as you travel around the city with your ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.99

Bike Tour of Bogotá

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the city of Bogotá on this bike tour! Visit some of the city’s historical areas by bike, including La Candelaria and Plaza de San Diego. See ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.99

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