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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 15 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
La Catedral Primada

La Catedral Primada

With a grand perch by Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá’s biggest cathedral is a neoclassical landmark with centuries of history. A chapel houses the tomb of Bogotá’s founder, and paintings deck the walls and the dome’s interior. While not as elaborate as some Colombian cathedrals, this historic place remains one of Bogota’s top attractions.More
Nariño Palace (Casa de Nariño)

Nariño Palace (Casa de Nariño)

Bolivar. Nariño. Santander. Many of Colombia’s most prominent names have all had ties to Casa de Nariño, Colombia’s Presidential Palace. Built in a Neoclassical style, the palace is located in La Candeleria—Bogotá’s popular historic district—and decorated with furniture, paintings and sculptures that date back to second century Rome and Renaissance era treasures. Even without visiting inside the palace, travelers are treated to an architectural treat outside, where fountains, sculptures and the Plaza de Armas all add to the regal exterior. Noticeable, of course, are the many guards who vigilantly stand watch by the palace, where their crisp uniforms and colorful hats form a festive, though serious, atmosphere. While the President no longer lives in the building, it’s still the site of executive offices and Colombia’s top politicians, and is the frequent site of ceremonies welcoming groups of visiting dignitaries.More
La Chorrera Waterfall

La Chorrera Waterfall

Hidden away in the mountains outside of Bogotá is La Chorrera, a slim cascade that tumbles 2,000 feet (590 meters into the jungle. This waterfall is Colombia’s tallest and among it’s most striking natural attractions.More
Salitre Mágico

Salitre Mágico

One of Bogota’s top family attractions, Salitre Magico is an adventure theme park with around 40 attractions suitable for a variety of age groups. Rides include classics such as roller coasters, bumper cars, flying swings, a carousel, and a mini­wheel, along with high­ octane rides such as the Tornado, the Double Loop, and the Screw.In addition to rides, there are also various shows, activities, and places to eat and drink within the park. Those looking for an action­packed family­friendly day out can visit Salitre Magico as part of a half­ or full­day tour that includes the Children’s Museum of Bogota, the Maloka Museum, and the Mundo Aventura Theme Park.More
Colombian National Museum (Museo Nacional de Colombia)

Colombian National Museum (Museo Nacional de Colombia)

The country’s history and heritage are on display in the Colombian National Museum, whose vast collections include more than 20,000 objects. Permanent exhibitions range from golden treasures to colonial-era artwork, paintings, sculpture, and ethnography. It’s easy to see why Colombia’s first museum remains a top destination in Bogotá.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

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The Bogotá Food Experience

The Bogotá Food Experience

Hummingbird Observatory

Hummingbird Observatory

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bogotá

Had a blast
Jazmine_L, Jul 2022
Create Your Own Colombian Emerald Ring
One of our favorite activities in Bogota.
Love this tour, we saw almost everything at once
Sandra_E, Jun 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
I highly recommend this tour if you are in Bogotá for couple days and would like to see as much as possible.
Excellent guide. Fluent English. Very knowledgeable.
Lee_R, May 2022
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
His English is fluent and he is knowledgeable about all matters Colombian: art; history; politics; architecture; wildlife etc.
Excellent value for money. You will visit all Bogotá's highlights with an experienced knowledgeable guide.
carlisdm_D, Apr 2022
Experience Bogota visiting: Monserrate, City tour, Food and Museo Oro or Botero.
You get to see all the main spots in Bogotá city in a single journey.
Amazing Bike Ride
AnaLuisa_L, Apr 2022
Chapinero Bike Tour in Bogota
Beautiful experience, another way to visit Bogotá.
Great way to have a feel about the city in 4h!
Alizee_W, Apr 2022
Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.)
It was great to be able to see the highlights of the city and learn about its history in a short amount of time.
Beauty all around
Erikbueno, Apr 2022
Hike La Chorrera and El Chiflon mighty waterfalls from Bogota
The hike was beautiful, stoped at 2 different waterfalls and beauty all around.
Visit Bogota!
Rachel, Mar 2022
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
We were glad for the the customization of the tour , information about the attractions, and conversation about life that we had during those four hours.
Steve_M, Mar 2022
Bogota City Tour
It was a really packed day full of interesting to see in Bogotá city, my tour guide George has a lot of knowledge and he is also a great guy, he explained all the places we visited in detail.
Book it!
Nabil_A, Mar 2022
Cable car to el Paraiso, the city slum
Was nice to see and learn about a side of Bogota you wouldn't normally get a chance to see.
Great trip activity
Katrina_B, Feb 2022
Villa De Leyva 4x4 Adventure
This was a great way to wrap up our trip to Bogota We spent the full day sight seeing and riding the 4 wheelers Our English guide Adriany was amazing and made the experience that much better Also shout out to our driver who drove us all over the country side Great job guys Thanks for the amazing memories
Bike tour of Bogota City
Sam_L, Jul 2022
Bike Tour in Bogota Historical Sites and Fruit Market
I was the only one in this tour so got a private tour from Miguel who was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English having lived in NY in his youth.
Great half day spent undergroud
Matt_B, Apr 2022
Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure
His English was limited but was good enough to explain what time to be back at the bus etc.
Great way to see Bogota (ask for Nick)!
Tenieka_A, Mar 2022
Experience Bogota visiting: Monserrate, City tour, Food and Museo Oro or Botero.
As for the tour, it was a great way to see Bogotá’s sights in a day.
Beautiful, charming, fun and insightful
pgrandle, Mar 2022
Discover Villa de Leyva, a colonial and historic town and enjoy the vineyard.
But after a week in Bogota it is refreshing to see some country.
Money well spent
A_B, Dec 2021
Basic City Tour
You get to see ALOT in the few hours you ride around.
Wonderful experience
Clarence_E, Sep 2021
Bogota Religious tour
We were able to see different churches especially the Nino Divino.
Incredible day in Bogota
jared_c, Aug 2021
Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira The First Wonder of Colombia and City Tour in Bogota
This trip was worth the money and a great way to see the highlights of Bogota in a single day.
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.
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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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