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Known as the South American Athens, the city of music and sometimes called a paradise for the gastronomy, Bogota is the capital city of Colombia and has many faces awaiting for you to discover them. If you want to know more about the city, check the next information.

Arriving at Bogota

Bogota is the usual city to get into Colombia for tourists, this is because the International Airport el Dorado is located there. The capital city has the greatest airways with countries and other cities from Colombia. There’s a lot of flies every day and at good cost.

The airport its 12 km away from the city, if you’re lucky you can arrive to the city in 30 minutes approximately, but that’s only if you’re lucky, because the traffic in the city its chaotic, and easily you can make an hour and a half.

From the airport you can arrive to the city by public transport, taxi or an executive transport like apps. The combination and frequency of the bus called Transmilenio it’s wide. It’s a very cheap transport and perfect if you stay close to some bus stop.

About the taxi, the system its comfortable and fast. You should go to the window, ask for the destiny and they will give you a ticket with the cost of the ride. The cost it’s usually cheap, but if you don’t want to complicate yourself with all this process, you can easily ask for a private or executive transport.

Transport in Bogota

The traffic in Bogota it’s an authentic chaos, but there’s a lot of transport that you can use to move in the city.

Taxi in Bogota

Uber and other apps of private transport are one of the best solutions for tourists, in Colombia works better because it’s cheaper than the usual Taxi, and safer. If you use the traditional taxi, make sure to ask for this service in your hotel or some touristic place, like in a restaurant or museum, this is a good recommendation for your safety.

Transmilenio

This is the name of the buses from Bogota, and its one of the biggest line of transport in the city. There are different types of transport: corriente, expreso and superexpreso. The advantage for this transport is that counts with an exclusive track. It’s a good way to know the city and spend less.

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Accommodation in Bogota

One of the best things about travel to Colombia is that the level of life it’s very cheap, even the accommodation. Is not hard to find very good options in less than 20 USD (or less) per night.

What to do in Bogota

Below you can find the best places to visit while you’re in Bogota.

Climb the Cerro de Monserrate

The views from the Cerro de Monserrate are amazing. One can’t imagine the size of this big capital cities until you see them from the sky, and that’s the point of el Cerro de Montserrate with 3.1 km of height.

You can climb the Cerro, or get to the top by cable car.

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  • Schedule: from Monday to Saturday 6:30 – 23:30; Sundays 5:30 – 18:30
  • Fee: 3 – 6 USD round trip in cable car.

Alleys in downtown

This city has nothing to do with the Colombian cities like Medellin. Bogota has a lot to discover, and one of the best way of do it, it’s by walking for some of the most iconic streets, like the 10 street or 11 street. The historic center has its maximum exponent in the neighborhood of la Candelaria with narrow and leaning streets, with colonial houses of color.

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Visit the Gold’s Museum

The Gold’s Museum it’s an imperative plan to do in Colombia. The entry its cheap and with the different levels in the building, you can discover the past of the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations, and the legend of El Dorado. All of this thanks to the golden pieces (a collection of more than 30,000 pieces).

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  • Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00; Sundays and festive days from 10:00 to 16:00
  • Fee: 1 USD approx.

Walk by the Plaza de Bolívar

One of the best places in the city. This giant square like most of the big cities in Latin-American, full of life and beauty. The monument that highlights over all the others is the Cathedral Primada de Colombia, a big temple of neoclassical style from the XVIII century. But this is not the only place to visit, we have the Capitolio Nacional, the Palacio de Justicia and the Ayuntamiento.

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Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, is far bigger than any of us can imagine. The size of this city it’s comparable with New York City or Mexico City.

Be prepared to be amazed, here you will find the historic neighborhood known as La Candelaria, panoramic, breathtaking views of the Cerro de Monserrate, and many more touristic attractions.

Museo Santa Clara

One of the oldest museum-church; this place was built in the 17th century and is filled with the most extravagantly decorations with ornate features painted in gold, nearly 150 sculptures, and saints’ paintings decorating the walls.

This church has been transformed by the government from a church to a museum and it’s a must-see landmark in the city.

Parque 93

In the district of Chapinero, you’ll find Parque 93, considered a hotspot in Bogota where you can find the best places for dining and living the nightlife in Bogota. In the afternoon Parque 93 is one of the best places to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. This park is one of the preferred venues to celebrate art or music festivals. During the evening, travelers from all over the world enjoy the trendy restaurants and coffee shops.

The nigh life is very active in Bogota, because the place brings together several music places and beautiful, green recreation parks. Traditionally, the park is decorated with very impressive Christmas arrangements.

The Cerro de Monserrate

Cerro de Monserrate, with 3100 meters of altitude, is one of the most famous viewpoints in Bogota, in the east cordillera.

It has suffered wildfires and deforestation, but still keeps an important part of the Andean forest. The tourists can ascend by walking, cable car or funicular railway.

Although, many people ascend to contemplate the view of the capital city of Bogota, the real touristic attractive is the Basilica of the Señor de Monserrate, a place or peregrination since the colonial period.

La Candelaria

If you want extraordinary photos from your trip to Bogota, you can’t miss La Candelaria, the most emblematic neighborhood in the center of Bogota.

Walk by the narrow and steep streets, admire the petit, full of color houses from the colonial times with doors with symbols with historical meaning from the Spanish era.

Other neighborhoods from downtown are Egipto, Belen, Las Agua or Germania. Here you will find the most beautiful buildings in Bogota: The Casa de la Moneda, the Teatro Colón, La Quinta de Bolívar, among others.

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