10 Things to do in Bogota, Colombia

When visited Bogota everyone said to stay away – it’s this and it’s that without knowing a thing about it.  I had a great time in Bogota, this city has a lot to offer and like so many other places people won’t go solely because of it’s location these are my favorite,

  1. If you do only one thing in Bogota visit Monserratte, a mountain that rises 3,152 metres (10, 341 feet) above the sea level and it dominates the city center. A church built in the 17th century sits atop it with a shrine devoted to “El Señor Caído” (Fallen Lord). The summit also has a restaurant, cafeteria and a tourist shop.A cable car takes you to the top of the mountain and as you rise higher and higher you see what a beautiful city Bogota is.  http://www.colombiainfo.org/en-us/cities/bogota/monserrate.aspx    
  2. Macarena.  This could be compared to SoHo in New York City, Palermo in Buenos Aires or Boston’s South End.  The area is surrounded by “Torres del Parque”, SantaMaria Bullring, and Monserrate Mountain.  It is an area surrounded by universities with streets lined with coffee shops, restaurants and bars. What also makes Macarena so unique is street art that adorn the side of buildings powerful images.  http://off2colombia.com/bogota-attractions-visits/la-macarena-neighborhood-in-bogota  
  3. Zipaquira is a colonial settlement with a population of around 70,000 about on hour outside of Bogota it is one of the oldest cities in Colombia dating back to the Spanish conquest. Gonzales Forero Square is the city center here you will find buildings that have conserved their colonial style, many of which are national monuments. The square is where you will find a cathedral constructed between 1760 and 1870 and City Hall and streets off the square are pedestrian walkways lined with street vendors, stores and restaurants.   http://www.colombia.travel/en/where-to-go/andean/zipaquira
  4. National Museum of Colombia – as the name says this is all about what made Colombia the country is today.  It’s history and culture.  The museum was once a prison with many exhibits in different parts of the cell. http://www.museonacional.gov.co/Paginas/default.aspx 
  5. Like the name suggests, The Gold Museum is also a place you make your way too.  Two floors of art majority made of gold, fascinating pieces.  http://www.banrepcultural.org/gold-museum 
  6. Simon Bolivar Square – this is the main square in Bogota.  It is located in the heart of the city’s historical square and hosts a statue of Simón Bolívar, sculpted in 1846 by the Italian Pietro Tenerani, which was the first public monument in the city. http://www.colombiainfo.org/en-us/cities/bogota/plazadebolivar.aspx
  7. The Salt Cathedral – the only reason this made the list is because I went there.  It is about 35, 40 minute drive and personally I feel it was a let down.  As the description reads, it is an old salt mine that has since been turned into a cathedral.  So I don’t know what I was expecting.  For those of that have an appreciation for church then you must visit.  As for the rest, it’s not a waste of time, but you can see more of Bogota instead. http://www.colombiainfo.org/en-us/cities/bogota/saltcathedral.aspx 
  8. Theatron – if you go to any nightclub in Bogota this must be it.  While it does draw a majority gay clientele it is one of the biggest nightclubs in the western hemisphere, four floors each with a multitude of smaller rooms playing all kinds of music that will satisfy every taste in music and as long as you keep your cup it is open bar. https://www.portaltheatron.co/
  9.  Iglesia Museo de Santa Clara – now this is a church, it is the oldest in Bogota and more beautiful than any church in the city.  And close to Simon Bolivar Square.  The decoration and works of art can not be missed when you are in Bogota.  And it is free – one of the travelers favorite words. https://www.triphobo.com/places/bogota-colombia/santa-clara-church-museum
  10. Futbol (Soccer) – depending on the time of year go to a game and see why this is the most popular sport in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia_national_football_team 

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