If you ever ask me about visiting Colombia, I will rave. As a country in general I loved it. Medellin and Cartagena were two of my favorite places in all of South America. But Bogota was the first place in Colombia I landed in and to me, it just felt like a city.
Bogota is the largest and capital city of Colombia. If you are traveling through Colombia you will prob stop by on your way in or out but I think you don’t need to spend too much time here unless you are missing big city life. Here’s how to spend two days in Bogota.
La Candeleria and the Monserrate Cable Car are what Bogota is most known for in terms of tourist attractions. Spend the day wandering La Candeleria, stopping in a museum or two, wandering the colorful old streets and people watching on the plaza before heading up on the Monserrate Cable Car and watching the sunset over the city.
On your second day experience a little bit of modern Bogota. Head over to the Chico District in Chapinero. Have coffee or lunch on Parque 93, spend the afternoon shopping and then have dinner and drinks in Zona T. Andrés Carne de Res is a very popular place to eat and drink.
IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME
The other two popular activities in Bogota are a day trip to the Salt Cathedral and a visit to the fruit and flower market, Paloquemao. There are organized tours to the Cathedral but you can get there on your own if you are on a budget.
*Uber is the easiest way to get around and is much cheaper than a taxi.
*Bogota is a much bigger city than I expected. Within La Candeleria or Chapinero you can walk but you will have to take a taxi or transport between the areas.
*I was going to splurge here but the Republica Hostel Bogota got such amazing reviews (and I couldn’t pass up the price $13/night), I decided to stay. Except for the horrible snoring guy in my bunk one night it was a beautifully designed hostal with an excellent breakfast.