Bogota Attractions



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  • La Candelaria
  • Bogotá is undoubtedly Colombia’s center of culture and commerce, and thanks to the recent governmental efforts to improve the urban center, the metropolis is fast becoming a popular destination which attracts both native and foreign tourist alike. Folk from all walks of life flock to the capital, to revel in the beautiful colonial architecture, visit the elegant churches and explore the impressive museums on offer.

    The most engaging area of the city to explore is La Candelaria. The historic quarter is alive with cafes, restaurants and museums, encapsulating a glorious blend of beautiful antiquity with a modern ambiance. A good place to start the city sightseeing trail is Bogota’s main square named Plaza de Bolivar. The square is not only an architectural splendor, but also holds a symbolic status for the city, many building being landmarks of historic turning points in Colombia’s past. The open square is bordered by Colombia’s most significant institutional buildings; the national congress, the Supreme Court and the Primada Cathedral. Encircled by these imposing buildings and standing grand in the middle of the plaza is the impressive statue of Simon Bolivar, being the city’s oldest public monument. For those looking for an insight into the immense importance of the vicinity, there are many guided tours available, which provide in-depth historical explanation of each site.

    After exploring the sights on foot, and once you’ve adjusted to the city’s high altitude, the best view can be found by making a trip up the “Teleferico”. The city cable car takes visitors to the top of the Cerro de Monserrate, an impressive mountain which stands at 3160 meters tall, looking over the city center. Sunday is the best day to go, as the mountain becomes a popular pilgrimage spot, where locals climb to the church on the summit of the mountain to pray to the fallen Christ statue situated right at the top.

    After the dizzy mountain top heights, come down to ground level in order to indulge in a few touristy souvenirs to commemorate the tour, the best place to go is the Expoartesanias. Here you will find a million little stalls all offering the best traditional Indian and afro-Caribbean arts and crafts around.

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    Centro Comercial Atlantis

    Cll 81 # 13-05

    Dated but fun Shopping center in the Zona Rosa...
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    Centro Comercial Santafé

    Calle 185 # 45 - 03

    Immense shopping center in north Bogota... read more

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    Taller de Te

    Calle 60a No 3a-38

    Bogota has a bohemian tea haunt now... read more

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    Paloquemao

    Avenida 19 No 25-04

    Accessible and affordable market for fresh fruit and vegetables... read more

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    Tabio

    A small town outside Bogota, home to many wonders...
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    El Retiro Centro Comercial

    Calle 81 No 11-94

    The most exclusive shopping center in Bogota...
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    Santa Ana Centro Comercial Boutique

    Avenida 9 (NQS) con Calle 110

    Best described as a smaller but perfectly formed shopping center... read more

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    Diletto Café

    Calle 70 # 5-23

    Bogota's best capuccinos?... read more

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    Authors Bookstore

    Calle 70 # 5-23

    Bogota's best English language bookstore... read more

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    Chorro de Quevedo, Bogotá

    Chorro de Quevedo, Bogotá, Colombia

    Where Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada stopped to allow his horses to drink in 1538 and founded the city of Bogota... read more

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    Gran Estación Centro Comercial

    Avenida Calle 26, Nº 62 - 47

    Enormous Shopping Mall close to the airport...
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    Centro Comercial Hacienda Santa Barbara

    Cra 7 # 115 - 60

    Out of the shell of a former colonial mansion is a huge shopping mall... read more

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    Ciclovia

    Av Carrera 7

    Hit the streets and see the sights... read more

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    Chingaza National Park

    Colombia

    Beautiful high altitude park within reach of downtown Bogota... read more

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    Biblioteca Virgilio Barco

    Avenida Carrera 60 No. 57-60

    Aesthetically pleasing library within the confines of the Parque Simon Bolivar... read more

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    Librería Lerner

    Avenida Jiménez No. 4-35

    Traditional bookshop with wide selection of titles on Colombia history... read more

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    Laguna de Guatavita (La)

    Km 15, Vía Guatavita-Sesquilé

    Magical and majestic, perhaps the basis for the El Dorado legend... read more

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    Plaza de San Victorino

    Calle 13 con Carrera 11

    Knock off jeans and curiosity shops in an edgier part of town... read more

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    Cementerio Central

    Carrera 20 No. 24-80

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    Iglesia Museo Santa Clara

    Carrera 8 No. 8-91

    Breathtaking religious edifice with some of the finest works of religious art on display... read more
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