Top 10 Things to do in Bogota, Colombia

March 22, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Ten million people call vibrant, passionate, sprawling Bogota home. The energy of this metropolitan heart of Colombia is in part fueled by its hundreds of eclectic and authentic dining hot spots, fantastic wines, and frequent foodie festivals. Ask the locals where they like to eat, then walk off your empanadas and aji with a stroll through the historic district of La Candelaria or during an indulgent shopping adventure on the North Side.
Restaurants in Bogota

1. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Carrera 6 No.15-88, Bogota 110321, Colombia +57 1 3432222
Excellent
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

The Banco de la República Gold Museum houses one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic metallurgy in the world. As its history, which dates back to 1939, has unfolded, so this institution has become a symbol of Colombia's cultural memory. Its golden exhibition, fully renewed in November, 2008, is a place you cannot miss in your next trip to Bogota.

Reviewed By C H - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This is a truly amazing collection of pieces.
The museum is laid out in a pathway for you to follow upwards, explaining both the history of precious metals and the processes that were used by different groups of people over time.
The collection is huge and well labeled and laid out. It is amazing that such a collection has been amassed and well worth a visit.

2. Mount Monserrate

Carrera 2 E No. 21-48 | Paseo Bolívar, Bogota, Colombia +57 1 2845700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Mount Monserrate

Monserrate hill provides exceptional panaromic views of Bogata and beyond.

Reviewed By HelenBorda - Santo Domingo

This is worth going. The scenic view from up top will leave you in awe! Its beatiful vegetation and sculptures are a must once in a lifetime,because it is very high and many people can not tolerate,regardless the church is nice and also two fancy restaurants to choose from. There are two ways to go up and down. Funicular and cablecars. Either is very fast and secure.

3. Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047

Calle 71 # 10-47 | Int 4, Bogota 110231, Colombia +57 1 7900012
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5 based on 136 reviews

Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047

Set within a gorgeous restored English-style mansion, this bookstore brings you home. Immense wood shelves are covered in books, and the comfortable lounge chairs and couches beg to be sat on. The selection covers it all: classic to modern literature, poetry, photography and food, graphic novels and essays. Treat yourself to a hot beverage at their coffee shop while you read or chat with friends. As if the books in English and the bilingual librarians weren't enough reasons to visit, they also have cultural programs for children, and adults can listen in as experts discuss Literary topics. This is a place to let your creativity and imagination run wild.

Reviewed By Jane E - New York City, New York

I found this bookshop and cafe in an internet search for English language books in Bogota. It turned out to have a disappointing English language range but a terrific cafe with great wifi. The Libreria ranges over 3 floors of what looks like an old...MoreJane Thanks a lot for your candid opinion. We brought books every two months. I will use yur comments to improve the selection. Best regards Yolanda

4. Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

Calle 11 No. 4-41, Bogota 250051, Colombia +57 1 3431316
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

Great little museum containing works of renowned Colombian painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero.

Reviewed By Nesligul D - Istanbul, Turkey

Botero is one of Colombia’s most famous artists and there are two important Botero museums in Colombia, one is in Bogota and the other is in his hometown, Medellín.
Both are nice and should be visited. P
This museum also has works of art of other famous artists from other countries.
All these paintings are given to the museum by Botero himself as a present.
50 of these works of art are his own and the remaining 83 are of other artists.
The building itself used to be the Moneda/ Mint of the country.

5. Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

Av. Calle 170 # 67-51 San Jose de Bavaria, Bogota, Colombia 3779840
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4.5 based on 480 reviews

Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

Reviewed By ColombiaJuanSe - Medellín, Colombia

This place offers unique and outstanding acoustics. It’s quality is world class and has nothing to envy the best Theaters around the world. It hosts magnificent events throughout the year, that range from classical music, theater, local music, Spanish, and other countries’ orchestras and showmen.
If you are in town and there is a concert scheduled, don’t hesitate; give it a try!

6. Alameda de Quebrada Vieja

Calle 71, Av Circunvalar | revisa la página de Camino Bogotano para saber si va a estar abierta, esta semana., Bogota, Colombia +57 300 2240289
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5 based on 98 reviews

Alameda de Quebrada Vieja

Reviewed By namchegompa - Bogota, Colombia

this is a great hike that'll get your heart rate up and put you in the throws of nature without the inconvenience of driving two hours out of town for the experience. the closest parking lots if you drive are down the hill a spell and you have to walk the path through an urban-ish trail until you get to the head of the hike-it adds about 15/20 minutes to your journey. if you take a taxi, have them drop you off at "mirador de la canada" (populates on google maps and waze better than the actual address, which is 'calle 71 #2-84'). it's the name of the apt building where the trail starts just behind. you walk through nice changes in scenery and even young-ish legs can make it to the top (i'd say 8yrs old and older ideal). it's better to go early and head down by 9am because the police along the trail leave by 10am. at a leisurely pace with little legs (8 and 11 yrs old) amongst us we did the round trip in 3 hrs.

7. Biblioteca Virgilio

Transversal 59A # 63, Bogota, Colombia 37935203000
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4.5 based on 407 reviews

Biblioteca Virgilio

Reviewed By FlyAaron - Boston, Massachusetts

As someone who can appreciate architecture, this is a wonderful building. I can only imagine someone who works or studies in the the architectural field would appreciate the design. There seems to be more public space than books. The floors and staircases are open-air. There's also alot of public art I really enjoyed. The library is surrounded by water and a park. Tip: make your way to the top of the building, which is a public space and outdoor theater. You get a panoramic view of the city and Mountains. You're not allowed to take any photos in this area. A security guard said I wasn't allowed to take photos. When I asked the front desk about this, she said I needed special permission.

8. Luis Angel Arango Library

Calle 11 No. 4-14, Bogota, Colombia +57 1 3431224
Excellent
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Luis Angel Arango Library

Reviewed By Marcela R - Bogota, Colombia

Located un the hearth of the Candelaria, it is more than a library... it has great art collection.... in front of it there is the sala de las custodias, which has 3 custodias in puré gold and precious stones....please do not miss it

9. Museo Santa Clara

Cl. 8 #9-29, Bogota, Colombia +57 1 3416017
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4.5 based on 298 reviews

Museo Santa Clara

Reviewed By OneAddictedTraveler - Lake Elmo, Minnesota

This building is near Plaza Bolivar. It was a colonial era religious institution. The interior is quite lovely. Many pieces of religious art are hung on the walls.
An interesting innovation is numerous computer based interactive screens which describe the objects and also include a 'nun's' recitation of her daily life.

10. Parque Central Simon Bolivar

Calle 63 no. 57-71, Bogota, Colombia +57 1 3115955
Excellent
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4.5 based on 932 reviews

Parque Central Simon Bolivar

Largest park in the city

Reviewed By mitiyitas - Seattle, Washington

Not only the biggest but also the coolest park in Bogota. There is a lake and you can rent a canoe. There are many areas to play any ball games. There are also nice running trails and biking trails. If you go on a weekend, keep in mind there will be a lot of people specially if is during 'ciclovia' hours.
Ideal place to visit with the family, your siginificant other, or just go by yourself for a nice walk.

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