Top Attractions in Bogota
Top Attractions in Bogota
A city with a population of around 7 million people showcases its ethnicity through the traditional cultural practices. A growing metropolis, Bogota has one of the best infrastructures in the country, with Colonial and modern architecture that is sure to leave you spellbound. Guarded by majestic mountains, the city is home to many recreational centers and parks; hence the color green will be spotted in every other street. While wandering around the city, you are likely to stagger upon streets adorned with graffiti that has started to grab more attention of the art aficionados from all over. Bike along the widespread paths of the city and stumble upon the fine eateries, notable museums, classic pubs, cozy cafes and comfy inns. If you really wish to experience the rich culture of this city, do pay a visit in the month of August, as one of the biggest Carnivals in the world is not something you should miss out on. Bogotá is becoming more and more popular among the radar of the travelers, all thanks to its rapid development and architectural heritage. Being the capital of the country, this city is sure to give you unique experiences that you did not think of, when you first stepped in.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral:
Located at an hour away from the capital city, Zipaquira Salt Cathedral or Catedral de Sal is a majestic cathedral built in the depths of the biggest rock salt reserve in the world. This world-class Colombian wonder was opened to the public in 1995 and deserves every ounce of its fame. The underground materials have been manipulated by many artists and sculptors by adding some illuminating effects that gave birth to an original interpretation of religious symbols. Take a tour and go 180 metres below the surface of the earth and enter an old salt mine, which was adapted to become the now cathedral. You can also take the canopy tours to see the spectacular views of this savannah experience that stretches across the mineral plaza in a 210-meter flight starting from COP $10,000. You can also take a wall-climbing experience in this park for around COP $6,000.
Cerro de Monserrate:
Rising 10,341 feet above the ground, Cerro de Monserrate is a mountain center as well as a pilgrim destination that dominates the city. Excluding the church, the summit is home to numerous cafés, restaurants and gift shops. Known to be the guardian hill of the city, reach the peak to admire the alluring panoramas of the bustling city of Bogota and beyond or indulge into a gastronomic experience at one of the two restaurants while enjoying the breathtaking sundown. The hill-top is accessible through a cable car or the tram that leaves every half hour from Monserrate Station.
Museo del Oro:
Displaying an extraordinary range of Pre-Hispanic bullion work, this museum features the largest collection of gold in the world. Housing more than 50,000 pieces of gold artefacts and 20,000 pieces of textiles and ceramics from the Pre-Colombian period, Museo del Oro gives a rich background to the history of metals to the tourists in both English and Spanish dialects.
Plaza de Bolívar:
A pulsating hub of the city, Plaza de Bolivar gives you the perfect start to discover the town. It is popular for the bronze statue of Simón Bolívar designed by Italian Pietro Tenerani standing at the center. Surrounded by the Parliament building, Palace of Justice, a cathedral, museum and the Mayor's workplace, this plaza was the first public monument in the city and since then has been a popular tourist attraction. You are likely to get disturbed by a flock of pigeons around the corner, so make sure you carry a hat with you.
A major location for nightcrawlers in Bogotá, this park is enclosed by numerous bars, cafés, restaurants, galleries, shops and design centers. A recreational center and a commercial park, it is one of the most popular urban spaces known for its upscale zone and neighborhood. This park becomes a busy location during Christmas with its grand celebration of the festivities.
Colombian National Museum (Museo Nacional):
Museo Nacional is an exhibition space which displays the traditional art of Colombia and more than 20,000 artefacts that portray the national heritage of the country. With about 15 galleries, it is the oldest in the country and one of the most ancient museums in the continent. For the longest period of time, the museum has been dedicated to dissemination and preservation of the core cultural values of Colombia.
Bogotá Botanical Garden:
Opened in 1955, this well-maintained botanical garden features a wide variety of exotic native Flora. Whether you opt for a relaxing yoga session or head out for a picnic with La Familia, this garden is a peaceful getaway from the city’s chaos. The Botanical Garden of Bogota will make you hum to the tunes of the live music that plays in the background as you relax in the arms of nature.
Mirador Torre Colpatria:
A sky-piercing structure that stands tall with 50 floors, Mirador Torre Colpatria is the second largest building in Colombia. Reach up to the 48th floor of this skyscraper and enjoy the spellbinding views of the capital city from its four cardinal points. Take advantage of its downtown location and visit this attraction at night to be enticed by the hues that light up the city.
Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park:
Inaugurated in 1934 by the former President Enrique Olaya Herrera, this is the second park to be built in the city and is known to be a collective memory of the township. Located at an elevation of around 2600-3154 meters, this 65-hectare national park is famous for its biodiversity of flora and fauna and abundant water and forest resources that invite you to take a tour of the most universal and multifaceted scenarios of the capital city.
Emerald Street Market:
It is estimated that the country accounts for more than 70% of the world’s emerald markets. One of the major places to buy these precious stones in Colombia is the Emeralds Street Market in the capital city. Come here to be stupefied by the different cuts and colors of emeralds that give it an unearthly glow and distinctive personality to every piece. You may also indulge in some window-shopping while sipping a cup of coffee, or buy a souvenirs to take back home. Every seller in this market is as unique as the gemstones they sell.
Note: It is recommended to take someone with a good market knowledge with you, as they will help you recognize the quality and also negotiate the price.