Bogota is the capital and the largest city of Colombia
The city is located more than 2,500 meters above sea level
Bogota has one of the best street arts painted by world’s best-loved street artists
Most tourist attractions can be found in downtown such as Monserrate, La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolivar, and many more
For culinary destination, Arepa and Aromática are the must-try food and drink
Since Bogota is located more than 2,500 meters above sea level, the city offers wonderful sightseeing such as the view of Cerro de Monserrate to the historic surroundings of La Candelaria. Other than that, Bogota is also filled with street arts made by talented local artists.
The district of La Candelaria is the most important part of Bogota. It is the heart of the city dominated by 300-year-old houses believed to exist since the Spanish colonial era in the 17th-century. You definitely shouldn't miss the historical sites in this district such as Plaza de Bolivar and Palacio de Nariño.
You can bring home various local products in Artesanias de Colombia. It is a company that cooperates with indigenous communities to produce local items. They provide handmade crafts, chairs, ornaments, masks, jewelry, textiles, and other products. The other places to shop for local products are in La Casona del Museo and Centro Artesanal Plaza Bolivar. La Casona del Museo provides many products from hammocks and jewelry. While Centro Artesanal Plaza Bolivar provides handmade crafts of everyday items.
If Mexico is famous for its tortilla, then Colombia has Arepa. It's another name of tortilla. Arepa is made of combinations of corn, cheese, butter, sugar, and wheat flour. Each region in Colombia, especially Bogota has its own way of serving arepas. Worth to try! Another one is Aromática. It’s a herbal drink tea with combination of fruits. Since Bogota has cold temperature, this drink can warm your body.
The official language of Bogota is Spanish. Shaking hands is the common and appropriate way of greeting. Bogota is a cultural metropolis in Colombia where there are many cultural sites tourists can find in this city.
The best time to visit Bogota is from December to March.
If you are looking for a budget hotel, Hotel B3 Virrey might be your best choice. This 3-stars hotel is located nearby the city's popular destinations. Guests can rent a bike from this hotel to cycling around the city. Another worth-to-stay hotel is The Click Clack Hotel. Located nearby Parque 93, this hotel interior is designed creatively with green walls. There is also a basement restaurant worth your visit!
Bogota offers various kinds of local cuisine that you shouldn't miss. Come to Andrés Carne de Res to taste the typical Colombian cuisines such as arepas de choclo (sweet corn cakes), papas Criolla (Colombian potatoes), grilled meats, and some other local cuisines. This restaurant is 45-minutes away from the main city. Another recommended restaurant is Abasto, located in Usaquén, which serves a variety of Arepas for their main menu. This restaurant gets the ingredients from local farmers' markets.
Coffee shops in Bogota are spread throughout the city. One of them is Varietale. This cafe is designed with lush gardens with many aesthetic spots for your photo background. Arte y Pasión Café is also a must-visit café in Bogota. It is located in the downtown near the Plaza Bolivar. It is designed in vintage decoration serving cocktail, coffee, dessert, and many other menu.
There are various options of bars and clubs you can visit in Bogota. One of them is Video Club, a dance club with live techno music and outdoor terrace. This is definitely a must-visit club in Bogota. Another one is Baum, a club with 900 clubbers capacity is the perfect place to make memorable nightlife experience. This club is open every Friday and Saturday from 11 PM till 8 AM.
Numerous cultural and historical places are located in every corner of Bogota. You can visit La Candelaria, the historical center from 17th century filled with colonial-era cathedral and museums. Don’t forget to visit Monserrate, a mountain where you can find a church on top of it by hiking. No worries, you can also try on a funicular ride to reach the top. You should also visit Museo Botero, a home to the most influential Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Here, you’ll be able to see over 3000 pieces of arts since the 16th century.
Capture the best pictures for your Instagram account at La Candelaria on its ancient houses. Or visit Monserrate with a beautiful view of Bogota from the top of the mountain. There is also Bogota Ciclovia, a friendly pedestrian place and the largest place for bicycling on Sunday morning, the best instagramable spot.