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46 Best Things to Do in Bogota (2020): What Travelers love (+bonus)

I wrote down a complete list of things to do in Bogota and around so that you can decide the length of your stay there.

Through this post, you will get insightful and practical information to decide what to do in Bogota. I put on the side all the useless stuff like visiting the commercial center or banal activities like eating an Ajiaco.

Use our post to create a fantastic itinerary to explore Bogota and its region.

Also, there is a bonus at the end of this post. I give you a list of things to do in Bogota for each day of the week. Don’t miss it. 😉

Must read: Our top-notch Bogota travel guide

Table of contents: Things to do in Bogota, Colombia

  1. Entertainment
  2. Free walking tour
  3. Paid Cultural tours
  4. Hikes in Bogota
  5. Museums
  6. Natural wonders around Bogota
  7. Cultural day trips
  8. Fun outdoor activities
  9. Cute colonial towns
  10. Cool events during the week
  11. How to decide among all these places?
  12. Lay back while we plan your trip

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What to do inside Bogota, Colombia

Let’s start this post with the best tip ever.

When visiting Bogota, the best thing to do is to take an umbrella. Indeed, it’s not unusual to get the 4 seasons in one single day.

Bogota is super stretched, and it’s NOT fun to move around – traffic jams, pollution, and so on. I recommend optimizing your days. It means that you should plan your daily activities.

Also, this why it’s important to pick carefully your district.

Must Read: Where to stay in Bogota

Entertainment in Bogota, Colombia

Things to do in Bogota

1# Go to a Language Exchange event to meet locals

Colombian woman Language Exchange

Many Colombians can’t afford to travel abroad. They’re curious to meet foreigners and crave to improve their English (or French). The best events are Gringo Tuesday and Cafe Polyglot.

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  • Where: Gringo Tuesday (Zona Rosa) & Cafe Polyglot (Candelaria)
  • Duration: 1 – 3 hours
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Gringo Tuesday is on Tuesday from 4 pm & Cafe Polyglot on Wednesday from 5 pm
  • Contact: Gringo Tuesday & Cafe Polyglot

2# Ciclovia: Bike freely in Bogota

On Sunday, Bogotanos invade the city on their bike. It’s the exercise day of the week. Don’t hesitate to wander in parks if it’s a sunny day. Virrey Park or Simon Bolivar Park are both good options.

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  • Where: There are more than 110 km of Ciclovia.
  • Duration: 7 am – 2 pm
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: On Sunday
  • Contact: Map here.

3# Flea market in Usaquen

USAQUEN BOGOTA

Usaquen is a lovely colonial town that has been soaked up by Bogota. It’s pleasant to have a walk around this area, especially when there is the flea market. It’s only on Sunday.

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  • Where: In Usaquen, Carrera 5 Calle 120 | 40 min from Chapinero
  • Duration: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Only on Sunday. Head up the hill to the flea market.
  • Info: Here

4# Taste delicious craft beers

National beers are very common in Colombia, but most of them are flavorless – as almost any national beers. Fortunately, various microbreweries pop up in the capital. Some of them are fantastic! Book a tour to find out these secret gems.

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  • Where: Chapinero | 20 min from la Candelaria
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: It’s usually at the end of the afternoon.

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5# Party in the Zona Rosa

Travelers speak all the time about the nightlife in Medellin, but did you know that it’s even better in Bogota? You must head to the Zona Rosa (Calle 84) or Parque 93.

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  • Where: Zona Rosa | 40 min from La Candelaria
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting 9:00 pm.
  • Info: Here

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6# Enjoy Chapinero, a Hipster-trendy district

Zona Rosa is fun to party at night, but if you’re looking for more underground parties, then you need to head to Chapinero. It’s my favorite district (if you know where to go).

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  • Where: South of Chapinero | 20 min from La Candelaria
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Start at 7 pm

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#7 Go dancing Salsa at night

It’s one of my favorite things to do in Colombia. You can dance Salsa in every big city in the country, but you have to find Salsa bars (otherwise you’ll spend the night moving your hips on Reggaeton music). We can plan salsa classes in different cities.

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  • Where: Sandunguera (Chapinero), Quiebra canto (Centro), El Goce Pagano (Centro) and more
  • Duration: Close around 3 am on the weekend
  • Price: $ if there is a live band
  • Tips: Better to go out from Thursday to Saturday
  • Info: A full list of the bars

8# Food excursion in La Macarena

Chapinero district is for hipsters and La Macarena is the perfect neighborhood for eating in delicious (and not expensive) restaurants and visiting art galleries. I love the restaurant Anna y Otto.

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9# Explore the art galleries in San Felipe

Art galleries things to do in Bogota

Since 2010, artists and galleries try to turn San Felipe into the new New York’s SoHo. Nowadays, there are more than 70 art spaces in this district.

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  • Where: San Felipe, next to Quinta Camacho (Chapinero).
  • Tips: There are various events organized by Open San Felipe
  • Info: Here

10# Play Tejo, a national Colombia game

It’s one of the fun things to do in Bogota. You must throw a metal disk into a box filled with clay and hope for hearing a loud explosion. You usually drink many beers too!

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  • Where: Club de Tejo La 76 (San Felipe) & The Bucaros (Centro)
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: More space during the day

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11# Horse riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Guadalupe and Monserrate are two of the highest points to admire the city of Bogota. Visit both throughout a relaxing horse riding trip – then come down with the cable car.

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  • Where: Guadalupe and Monserrate (Centro)
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Guadalupe has a reputation for being dangerous. Don’t get there on your own.

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12# Crazy dinner at Andres Carne de Res

Andres carne de res things to do in Bogota

Many guides and blogs recommend it. It’s a restaurant-nightclub for meat lovers. There are several events while you’re eating. In the end, everyone dances. It’s typical and fun.

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  • Where: Andres Carne de Res | Chia (1 hour from la Candelaria)
  • Duration: At night
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: Book it in advance, especially on the weekend. There is a small one in Parque 93
  • Contact: Website

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13# Admire the view from Torre Colpatria

Colpatria view things to do in Bogota
Photo taken by Biusch

It’s the fifth-tallest in South America, and you can get to the top to admire the view!

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  • Where: Torre Colpatria, Carrera 7 No. 24 – 79 | La Macarena (10 min from La Candelaria)
  • Duration: < 1 h
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Only open from Friday to Sunday. Opening hours.

14# Take the one and only Colombia’s train to get to the Salt Cathedrals

Train Sabana things to do in Bogota

It’s a fun thing to do in Bogota, especially if you travel with kids. The train stops at different places and you can decide to visit one of the two Salt Cathedrals.

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  • Where: Departure from Station Sabana or Station Usaquen | 45 min from La Candelaria
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: Only on Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (book it in advance if it’s the case). All the information here.
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Must read: Bogota VS Cali VS Medellin VS Cartagena

Hikes and parks in Bogota

Things to do in Bogota

The Andean mountains flank the Eastside of Bogota and there are various hiking trails you can take early in the morning. Policemen watch out the paths to ensure the security, but it’s recommended not to hike alone. Bogotanos love to do it on a Sunday morning.

Take a look at this website before organizing your hike.

15# Quebrada La Vieja

Quebrada La Vieja things to do in Bogota
Photo taken by Gabrielizalo

It’s the most visited trail. There is a cool view of Bogota. Once arrived at Claro de la Luna, this path divides into 3 sections: La Virgen (easy), Cerro de la Cruz (medium), Los paramos (difficult).

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  • Where: Departure from Carrera 7 with 71
  • Duration: 1 – 4h
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: You must first register online. Tue – Sat: 5h30 – 8h30 am; Sun: 6 – 11 am
  • Contact: Information here

16# Quebrada Las Delicias

A short hike leads to a crystalline river and a waterfall. Do not enter if you don’t see the police at the beginning of the trail.

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  • Where: Politécnico Gran Colombia campus | South of Chapinero
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Every day: 7 – 11 am
  • Contact: More information here

17# Take the stairs up to Monserrate

Monserrate Stairs

It’s tough and you will suffer, but thousands of Colombians do it every week. Avoid going on Sunday as it’s crowded. The view from the top is great. You can also take the cable car.

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  • Where: The steps start from the Cable car station (on your left) | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 1h to get to the top
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: Get there for sunset. Mon-Sat: 6h30 – 23h30; Sun: 5h30 – 16h30.
  • Contact: Here

Free walking tour in Bogota, Colombia

Things to do in Bogota

When traveling on a shoestring budget, it’s always pleasant to know the cheapest way to visit a city. Free walking tours allow you to learn about the Culture and History of a country without spending too much money. Besides, it’s super easy to organize. You just have to show up – Although it’s better if you book it online.

18# Walking tour in La Candelaria

La Candelaria Bogota

I’m a big fan of Beyond Colombia. They offer various tours in the capital, and their local guides always bring a lot of good energy. Walk around La Candelaria to learn a bit of everything about Bogota.

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  • Where: Departure point at the Gold museum | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip at the end
  • Tips: Every day, 10 am & 2 pm. Bring your umbrella.
  • Contact: Website

19# Taste Colombian specialties

Street food Colombia

Explore Bogota’s Downton while eating different types of street food. It’s fun and tasty.

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  • Where: Departure point at the Gold museum | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: $ (tips + food samples)
  • Tips: Mon – Fri: 2 pm. Bring your umbrella.
  • Contact: Website

20# Understand the fu***d up socio-political situation of Colombia

War and peace things to do in Bogota

Drug traffickers, paramilitaries, power, corruption, evil politicians… Colombia never enjoyed a long period of peace. Why is it so messed up? The War and Peace tour gives you some clear insight to get a better understanding of the situation.

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  • Where: Departure point at the Gold museum | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip at the end
  • Tips: Mon – Fri: 10 am. Bring your umbrella.
  • Contact: Website

21# Colombia is not what you think

There are tons of prejudices and wrong information about Colombia. Book a Heroe tour to be able to prove your friends back home that they’re wrong. It’s a comprehensive tour with fruit tasting and a Tejo game!

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  • Where: Bolivar square | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3h30
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip at the end
  • Tips: Every day at 10h30 am. Yellow umbrella.
  • Contact: Website

22# Admire the street arts around La Candelaria

Free Graffiti tour things to do inBogota

Thanks to Justin Bieber, artists are nowadays allowed to express their feeling with graffiti. Learn about this not-so-funny anecdote and admire the most beautiful street arts in La Candelaria.

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  • Where: Parque de Los Periodistas | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: Free, but don’t forget to let a tip at the end
  • Tips: Every day, 10 am & 2 pm. Bring your umbrella. | Look for the blue umbrella. It can be super crowded during the high season.
  • Contact: Website

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Paid cultural tours in Bogota, Colombia

Things to do in Bogota

Although free walking tours are an excellent way to discover Bogota, don’t hesitate to book a private tour (or a small size group) to discover the city. By doing so, you get a more personalized experience, and you help small local companies. 😉

23# Walking tour in La Candelaria

Walking tour things to do inBogota

It’s quite easy to move to the different Candelaria’s highlights, but it’s always better when you get the thrilling stories while strolling in the alleyways!

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  • Where: La Candelaria + Monserrate
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: The gold museum is closed on Monday. Bring your umbrella.

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24# Graffiti tour in La Candelaria

Graffiti street bogota

The guys from the Free Bogota Graffiti Tour allow you to book a private tour. It’s quite cheap and the price is fix up to 5 people. We loved it.

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  • Where: Parque de Los Periodistas | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: Bring your umbrella
  • Contact: Website

25# Ride on a bike in the various Bogota’s districts

Bike tour things to do in Bogota

It’s one of the best things to do in Bogota if you don’t have much time. Your local guide shows you different areas of Bogota (Downtown, Teusaquillo, La Macarena), plus you visit a coffee roaster, play Tejo and taste Colombian fruits.

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  • Where: Meeting point at Bogota Bike tour in La Candelaria
  • Duration: 4 h
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Everyone can do it! Just show up at 10h30 or 13h30
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26# Coffee tasting in trendy Bogota’s cafes

Coffee tours Arte late

There are several excellent coffee tours in Bogota. It’s a unique opportunity to taste different types of coffee and learn about the various preparation methods. Plus, I always love the cozy atmosphere in Bogota’s cafes.

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27# Colombian fruit tasting

Fruit tour

There are tons of delicious and juicy fruits in Colombia – some are super weird as well. Cover your eyes, and let your 4 other senses to be amazed by this experience.

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28# Devour Colombian street food

Street food Colombia Patacones

Colombia isn’t famous for its local food, and you’ll probably be tired of ordering rice, plantains, and chicken. Eating street foods is a great way to add diversity to your daily meals. Head to Paloquemao – largest market in Colombia – or have a look on Septimazo avenue. Read this post from our friend Karen to know more about street food.

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  • Where: Cranky Croc | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: $$
  • Tips: Don’t east before coming!
  • Booking: Food tour

We recommend this tour instead if you want to include Paloquemao

29# Buy ingredient at the market and cook with a local

Market cooking colombi

It’s one of my favorite things to do when traveling to a foreign country. Through cooking experiences, you share so much that you didn’t even need to be fluent to communicate. Bon appetite!

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  • Where: “Near” Chapinero | 30 min from La Candelaria
  • Duration: 3 h
  • Price: $$$

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Museums to visit in Bogota, Colombia

Things to do in Bogota

Usually, I’m quickly bored in museums. However, some of my favorite museums are in the capital, and you shouldn’t hesitate to add some to your Colombia itinerary. It’s one of the cheapest things to do in Bogota.

30# National Museum to get the full story

Museo National

I was surprised by the quality of the explanations in this museum. This old prison is an ideal stop if you want to learn about Colombia’s History.

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  • Where: Museo Nacional | La Macarena | 15 min taxi from La Candelaria
  • Duration: 2 – 4 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Almost no English explanation, but you can book an English guide in advance. Close on Monday! Get there in the morning and head to La Macarena for lunch.
  • Contact: Information

31# Beautiful Golden artifacts

Spaniards became crazy when they saw all these amazing golden artifacts made by the indigenous. Learn about the different methods used on this metal.

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  • Where: Museo del Oro | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: English explanations. Close on Monday
  • Contact: Website

32# Art Museums with 4 exhibitions

Mamu Bogota Botero

It’s an ideal thing to do in Bogota if you’re an art lover. There is a permanent exhibition of Botero – most famous Colombian artist – and paintings of Dali and Picasso. The building is quite small, and there is a lovely courtyard where people can rest.

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  • Where: Mamu Museo | La Candelaria
  • Duration: 1 – 3 hours
  • Price: Free
  • Tips: You can rent an audio guide for the Botero exhibition. Closed on Tuesday.
  • Contact: Website

Must read: Stunning day trip and multi-day trips from Bogota

Things to do outside of Bogota, Colombia

The Andean mountains surround Bogota, and there are tons of exciting day trips you can add to your Colombia itinerary. You’ll realize than you can stay over one week without being bored at all!

Stunning natural wonders you can visit from Bogota

Things to do in Bogota

Between astonishing landscapes, mighty waterfalls, and wildlife, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re a nature lover. Don’t hesitate to book a private tour to reach the different highlights faster – It takes at least one hour to get out of Bogota by public transportation.

33# The highest of Colombia’s waterfalls

With its almost 600m high, La Chorrera is an impressive waterfall you can admire from Bogota. The path is well-made, and there is a second waterfall you can admire on the way, El Chifflon.

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  • Where: On the way to Choachi. 1h bus drive + 4 km walk to arrive at the part entrance.
  • Duration: 3h inside the park
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Avoid going there during the dry season (Dec-March).
  • More information: Here

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34# Observe colorful hummingbirds

Hummingbirds Valle de Cocora Salento

Colombia is one of the countries with the most hummingbird species in the world. Don’t hesitate to plan a trip to hummingbird observatory to admire the 18 species present in this reserve. You can also stay there overnight.

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  • Where: Observatorio de Colibri | 45 min drive
  • Duration: 3h or the full-day pass
  • Price: $
  • Tips: You must book it in advance. 9 am – 4 pm
  • Contact: Website

35# The largest Paramo in Colombia

Paramos are a unique type of ecosystem present in 4 countries only. The paramo of Sumapaz is the largest in the world and the hike to get there isn’t too demanding. The landscapes are surreal. It will be complicated to do it on your own, book a tour.

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36# Mysterious Lagoon and Paramo

Chingaza hike Bogota

The Chingaza Paramo is a bit closer to Bogota than Sumapaz, but you have to pay an entrance fee to get in. Follow your guide across beautiful sceneries made up of scared lagoons and endless valleys of Frailejones – giant plants – and observe the wildlife.

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37# Visit a natural reserve (and sleep in a treehouse)

Chicaque nature reserve bogota
Photo taken by Young Shanahan

Chicaque is an excellent thing to do in Bogota if you like nature, but can’t afford a tour to the paramos. There are various well-marked trails to explore the reserve and admire the wildlife.

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  • Where: South of Bogota | 45 min
  • Duration: Day trip
  • Price: $
  • Tips: Not allowed to enter after 3 pm. You can stay overnight in a treehouse!
  • Information: Website

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38# The myth of the Eldorado

Guatavita lake near Bogota, Colombia
Guatavita lake near Bogota, Colombia

The Muiscas used to burry various golden artifacts during religious ceremonies. The stories also mention naked bodies covered by golden dust. Go to the Laguna Guatavita to hear the full story and admire the green lagoon.

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  • Where: North of Bogota, 1h drive.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: It’s better if you pair it with a tour to the Salt Cathedral or when you head to Villa de Leyva. Closed on Monday.
  • Contact: Info in Spanish

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Cultural day trips from Bogota

Things to do in Bogota

I’ve got two interesting things to do in Bogota if you want to escape the city and learn exciting facts about Colombia’s culture.

39# Go working in a coffee farm (to deserve your beverage)

Once you’ve found your favorite Bogota’s cafe, tasted various flavors and learned the different preparation methods, it’s time to visit a local coffee farm. It’s an excellent option if you don’t travel to Antioquia or the coffee region.

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  • Where: Choachi | 1h from Bogota
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $$$

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40# A famous religious Salt Cathedral

Zipaquira is one of the most well-known things to do in Bogota, but I found it disappointing. People are everywhere, and you don’t have much information about the construction. You can take the bus to Zipaquira at Portal del Norte.

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  • Where: Zipaquira | 1h up north from Bogota
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $
  • Tips: The main square is lovely. You can take the train. 😉
  • Contact: Website

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41# Another alternative to Zipaquira

If you absolutely want to visit a salt cathedral, but you’re allergic to people, then decide to include Nemocon instead of Zipaquira. Besides, the entrance fee is cheaper.

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Get your adrenaline fix outside of Bogota

Things to do in Bogota

I love outdoor activities! The two following places are ideal for adding some fun to your itinerary. There are day trips organized from Bogota, but I recommend staying overnight.

42# More than 500 climbing routes in Suesca

If you’re serious about outdoor rock climbing, then you probably have heard of “Roca de Suesca.” It’s a long cliff along a railway where Colombians love to practice during the weekend. You can rent the gear and take some classes.

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43# Extreme sports activities in Tobia

You don’t have to travel to San Gil if you want to defy a mighty river and fly over canyons. Tobia is a little town with several local agencies ready to offer you canyoning, rafting, and zipline activities.

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  • Where: Tobia | 3.5 hours from Bogota by bus
  • Duration: 1 – 3 days
  • Price: $$$
  • Tips: Go to Tobia on the weekend to be added to a Colombian group or privatize a tour!
  • More information: Read our top-notch Tobia travel guide

Lovely colonial towns close to Bogota

Things to do in Bogota

Being in Bogota for a couple of days can be quickly overwhelming. The best way to enjoy the capital and its region are to mix your itinerary with some lovely colonial towns.

44# Mongui and the Paramo de Oceta

Mongui is a little town outside of the beaten path, and it’s an excellent option to discover the quiet atmosphere in the villages in Boyaca. Hiking to the Paramo de Oceta is the main highlight in Mongui. It’s quite demanding 😉

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  • Where: 5 hours from Bogota
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tips: It’s not mandatory to hike with a local guide to the Paramo de Oceta, but I recommend it. The trail isn’t well-marked and you help the local economy by doing so. 😉
  • More information: Here

45# The unknown town of Guaduas

Guaduas Colombia
Photo taken by Mikesokete

Come to Guaduas to get fully immersed by the everyday life of a strange and typical colonial town. Pick a lovely hotel and switch between some wandering among the white alleys and short excursions in the hilly landscapes.

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  • Where: 3 hours from Bogota
  • Duration: 2 – 3 days
  • Tips: You can stop in Guaduas on your way to Medellin.
  • More information: Our multi-day trip post

46# A romantic getaway to Villa de Leyva

Villa De Leyva Guidebook

I love Villa de Leyva, and it’s a perfect place to end your adventure in Colombia. Stay in a lovely hotel with a SPA, stop in Guatavita, and Raquira on the way (you need to book a private vehicle to do so) and eat in delicious restaurants.

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Things to do in Bogota during the week

In addition to comprehensive cultural tours and museums, visiting Bogota is also an excellent opportunity to experience Colombia’s nightlife. I strongly recommend staying in Chapinero if it’s the case.

Check out the Facebook pages of the places I’ve listed below before going.

You will find the full list in our Free Colombia guidebook.

Things to do in Bogota on Monday

Things to do in Bogota on Tuesday

Things to do in Bogota on Wednesday

  • Language Exchange at Galeria 419 (Polyglot club) | 5 pm | Candelaria
  • Gay party at El Theatron (most famous electro club in Bogota) | Evening, open bar till 1 am | Chapinero
  • Salsa Live Music at Quiebra Canto | 7 pm | Candelaria

Things to in Bogota on Thursday

Things to do in Bogota on Friday

Things to do in Bogota on Saturday

  • Live Colombian music at El Sitio | Evening | Zona Rosa
  • Live music at Asilo Bar | Evening | Teusaquillo
  • DJ live at Baum | Evening | La Macarena

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Where to stay in Bogota (2020): Stop making mistakes

Where to stay in Bogota? What are the best places? Which area? Is it dangerous? Do you want to party a lot? Do you only plan to stay for 1 night? In big cities, it’s important to cautiously choose your district. Each neighborhood has something different to offer.

Districts in Bogota aren’t equal regarding the safety, the experiences and the cost of living. Let’s define together your ideal place to stay in Bogota

Best areas in Bogota: What you must know

Travelers don’t like Bogota: Bogota is a massive city, and it’s hard to fall in love with it. There are many hidden gems, but you need to find them. This is why it’s important to pick the right district.

La Candelaria: It’s the historic center of Bogota. The district is composed of private universities, museums, colonial buildings, and street arts. The vibe is pleasant during the day, but there are insecurity issues at night. Backpackers love the hostels there| My favorite hostel: Selina Candelaria | My favorite hotel: Casa Verga | Get more accommodation options in La Candelaria

La Macarena attracts artists and big eaters because of its many art galleries and affordable restaurants. The district isn’t the safest in Bogota but no need to be paranoid either. La Macarena is located between La Candelaria and Chapinero | My favorite (and unique) hostel: Pit hostel | My favorite hotel: hotel Grand Park | Get more accommodation options in La Macarena

Chapinero is the biggest district in Bogota. There are lots of residential buildings, but it’s my favorite zone in the capital. Choose your accommodation among Chapinera alto, Zona G and Quinta Camacho, and you will be sure to make a good choice. Delicious restaurants, safe and all kinds of music in the bars & nightclubs. Chapinero is located between La Macarena and Zona Rosa. For Hipsters, party goers and ex-pats| My favorite hostel: Republica | My favorite hotel: Casa Legado | Get more accommodation options in Chapinero

Zona Rosa, Parque 93 and Retiro are among the safest districts in Bogota. The Streets, large and clean, are flanked by tall and new buildings. Most of them are restaurants, nightclubs, and offices. While you won’t get too much of the famous Colombian vibe, these districts are ideal if you travel with your family or if you’re on a business trip. This zone is located between Chapinero and Envigado.| My favorite Hostel: Selina 93 | My favorite hotel: Movitch | Get more accommodation options in Zona Rosa and Parque 93

Usaquen is a town that has been “sucked” by Bogota’s expansion. As el Retiro, this half colonial town half Bogota’s district is ideal for families. There are tons of restaurants and cute cafes, which make perfect stops while you explore the area. Don’t miss the flea market on Sundays. The only negative point is that you’re far from everything. | My favorite hotel: Bio-Organic hotel | Get more accommodation options in Usaquen

Weather in Bogota: Bogota is cold and cloudy, albeit there are sunny days from December to March.

Safety in Bogota: You should always be careful in big cities, especially late at night. More safety travel tips here.

How to like Bogota: As I said, almost every traveler hates Bogota. Mostly, it’s because they arrive with flip-flops and have no idea where to go. Bogota offers kick-ass tours to learn about Colombia’s culture and history.

More information: Read this Bogota guidebook.

Itinerary ideas: Have a look here.

Take a look at our table of contents to get more in-depth information about the aforementioned topics about Bogota.

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Table of Contents: The Bogota neighborhoods

  1. Why & where should you stay in La Candelaria, Bogota
  2. Why & where should you stay in Macarena, Bogota
  3. Why & where should you stay in Chapinero, Bogota
  4. Why & where should you stay in Parque 93 / Zona Rosa
  5. Why & where should you stay in Usaquen
  6. Start creating your Colombia Itinerary
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Districts in Bogota

Yes, you can like Bogota

I travel to meet people and enjoy new experiences. For me, a fun-tipsy talk with a local in the Zona Rosa, an exhausting hike to admire Bogota from Quebrada La Vieja or a delicious dinner in the Zona G are the memories I want to bring back home. Hence, I love staying in the Chapinero district.

But, you maybe don’t have the same expectations.

Bogota doesn’t have an excellent reputation among the traveler community. I think there are three reasons for that:

  • Tourists don’t realize Bogota is at 2600 m high. It’s cold at night and cloudy/rainy most of the time
  • They want to visit a capital with 9 000 000 inhabitants within 1.5 days. Bogota is like a shy person. You have to be patient before she starts seducing you
  • They don’t know where to stay in Bogota (They always choose la Candelaria)

Don’t make the same mistakes and you’ll spend a joyful moment in the capital of Colombia.

So, ready to decide where should you stay in Bogota?

Vamos

Where to stay in La Candelaria, Bogota

1. La Candelaria, Old city center and backpacker hotspot

La Candelaria is the beating heart of Bogota. Among the streets, students wait in line to order cheap Colombian dishes for lunch or drink a hot cafe –Tinto. A little further, street vendors sit behind their stand full of handicrafts, and artists perform on Parque del Periodista to get a few bills from the passersby.

It’s noisy and messy. But it feels authentic. Not like Poblado in Medellin.

The majority of the Bogota’s ministry buildings are located in La Candelaria. On the large Bolivar square, you can admire the House of Congress facing a majestic Cathedral and the Palacio Leviano.

La Candelaria in Bogota

There are many museums that you can visit in La Candelaria (+)

  • Gold Museum – Museo Del Oro: Almost 34 000 pieces of Gold
  • The Botero Museum: Botero is a famous Colombian artist who likes to exaggerate the physical proportions of his subjects |It’s part of the MAMU Complex.
  • Centro Cultural Marquez: Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a fantastic Colombian writer. The building is an homage to the artist where you will learn about his life and his literary works
  • Fragmentos: Museum about the Colombian conflict

Learn more about La Candelaria (+)

Wedged between the Bolivar square and the Andean mountains, the Plazoleta Chorro de Quevado is full of history. The legend says that Bogota was settled in this place on August 6th, 1538. All around, liquors shop, bars, and restaurants welcome the tourists and students who want to share a beer or dinner before going home.

La Candelaria is a colorful neighborhood. Within the alleyways,  colonial houses have their walls painted in different bright colors. There is no homogeneity. Moreover,  the mayor has legalized street graffiti in Bogota, and many artists from all around the world come here to express their emotions. Don’t hesitate to book a graffiti tour to get a better understanding of their pieces of art.

2. Why would you like to stay in La Candelaria, Bogota

The reaons you could like La Candelaria (+)

  • You’re only visiting Bogota because it was the cheapest place to land in Colombia. And you don’t want to spend too much time there. You prefer skinnydipping on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. All the main highlights are in La Candelaria. Hence, you won’t waste time on public transports.
  • You’re traveling on a shoestring budget. You won’t find cheaper accommodations and restaurants than in La Candelaria.
  • You want to experience and observe the daily life in Bogota, but you don’t want to party at night
  • You love historic buildings
  • You’re a fan of museums
  • You don’t want to use private or public transport
Colorful street in La Candelaria, Bogota

3. What I don’t like about la Candelaria, Bogota

Why I'm not a big fan of La Candelaria (+)

  • The place isn’t safe at night. You should take a taxi to move around after 9 pm. Besides, all the shops close at night and nobody hangs out in the streets
  • There are not many options to go out at night
  • You’re far away from the best nightlife and restaurants
  • It’s very touristic during the day
  • It’s a small district. You quickly go around in circles

4. Our favorite hostels in La Candelaria

Selina in La Candelaria

Many colonial houses have been transformed into hostels in La Candelaria. It gives characters to the rooms and the social areas.

list of our favorite hostels to find out where to stay in Bogota (+)

Cranky Croc offers daily activities to its guests. It’s a great choice if you don’t have too much time to get some information about Bogota | Activities & Friendly Staff | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

Bogo Hostel has got a pleasant rooftop that allows guests to share beers around the pool table | Rooftop bar | $$ | Find out the best prices here

Masaya Hostel has a solid reputation among the traveler community. Upscale rooms and excellent amenities | Upscale & Quiet | $$$ | Find out the best prices

Botanico hostel is located in a splendid colonial building and the staff always organizes pleasant social events | Social Events & Building | $$ | Find out the best prices

Fernweh photography hostel covered its walls with gorgeous pictures. It gives a nice touch to the common area composed of hammocks and a fireplace | Decoration & Atmosphere | $$$ | Find out the best prices.

Sue hostel will thrill the travelers looking for parties and fun. Grab a beer at the bar and attend their social events | Party & Social | $ | Find out the best prices

Casa Bellavista is perfect for travelers who want a cheap place to rest after their excursions in Bogota | Cheap & Quiet | $ | Find out the best prices

Alegria is another quiet hotel. The staff and the dogs make you at ease as soon as you walk through the door | Cute dogs & Quiet | $ | Find out the best prices

Selina la Candelaria, based in a splendid and vast colonial building, has done a great job with the decoration. It’s also perfect to meet other travelers | Digital nomad & upscale hostel | $$$ | Find out the best prices

El Yarumo is a lovely place for people who want to take the time to explore the city and meet other travelers. Fantastic staff | Friendly & simple | $ | Find out the best prices

5. Our favorite hotels in La Candelaria

The Orchid hotel in La Candelaria

Because la Candelaria is the most touristic district, you will find a large choice of accommodations, from cheap to luxury. Some have successfully kept the colonial soul of the buildings.

List of our favorite hotels to find out where to stay in Bogota (+)

Hotel de la Opera is a luxury establishment located within a splendid colonial building. Old fashion bedrooms and a fantastic view over La Candelaria | Luxury & Colonial | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

The Orchids will seduce lovers who decided to plan a romantic getaway in Colombia | Luxury and Victorian-style | $$$$ | Find out the best prices

Casa de la Verga offers a great service for a reasonable price. Vast colonial building and cozy rooms | Affordable & pleasant | $$$ | Find out the best prices

Located on the outskirt of La Candelaria, San Lucia is a good option for not breaking the bank | SPA & Cheap | $$ | Find out the best prices

Get ideas: Read our 1-week itinerary in Bogota

Best places to stay in Santa Fe and La Macarena, Bogota

1. Santa Fe and La Macarena, a paradise for Bohemians and Art Lovers

The neighborhood La Macarena is located above la Candelaria and surrounds the park La Independencia with its green hills, a planetarium museum, and a bullring.

By the way, do you know why we call it La Macarena? It’s because of Esperanza Macarena, the bullfighter’s patron.

There are many Art galleries in la Macarena (+)

La Macarena is a district filled with Art galleries and delicious restaurants. Back in the ’70s, it was a place where bohemians and artists were organizing wild parties. They even built tiny openings between the different apartments to move around easier and escape the police.

It wasn’t a safe place, and it’s still not advised to wander alone at night. But the district has a unique personality that seduces travelers looking for artist vibes.

Then, in the early ’80s, the first art gallery has opened its doors. And many others followed.

Moreover, travelers can:

Other things to do in La Macarena

  • Visit the Modern Art Museum and The National Museum
  • Admire Bogota from the tallest tower in Colombia, Torre Colpatria
  • Learn about Simon Bolivar’s life in Casa Quinta Bolivar
  • Have a drink in the best bookstore in Bogota, in Luvina Bookstore
Streets with restaurants in La Macarena, Bogota
Streets with restaurants in La Macarena, Bogota

Find delicious and affordable restaurants in La Macarena (+)

But knowledge feeds the brain, not the belly. Fortunately, there are fantastic restaurants where visitors can exchange smart remarks from their learning day while eating a delicious meal.

  • El Boliche: Great Italian Restaurant | Around 30 000 COP for the main dish – 10 $
  • El Patio: A romantic Mediterranean French restaurant | Around 30 000 COP for the main dish – 10 $
  • Agave Azul: Secret Mexican Restaurant with delicious margaritas
  • Chib Chombia: Tasty Colombian Specialties | Around 30 000 COP for the main dish – 10 $
  • Azimos: Healthy trendy Cafe with tasty breakfast |Around 12 000 COP for breakfast – 4 $
  • Anna y Otto: Cooking in the oven specialties. It’s fantastic | 25 – 40 000 COP

2. Why should you stay in La Macarena, Bogota

The reasons you could like La Macarena (+)

  • You’re an Art Lover
  • You want to be close to the many museums in Bogota while not staying in La Candelaria
  • You’re looking for a unique-bohemian-hipster vibe
  • Delicious and affordable restaurants
  • It’s near Chapinero. Therefore it’s easy to get a drink or party hard

3. What I don’t like about La Macarena, Colombia

List of the things I don't like about La Macarena (+)

  • Some parts of La Macarena can be dodgy at night
  • Not many accommodation options for backpackers
  • There are not many options to go out late at night
  • Streets are up and down

4. Our favorite hostel in La Macarena

Pit Hostel in Bogota
Pit hostel

Our favorite hostel in La Macarena (+)

El Pit hostel is located near a bunch of delicious restaurants. Besides, they also excellent food | $$ | Food & Friendly | Find out the best prices

5. Our favorite hotel in La Macarena

Hotel Gran Park

Our favorite hotel in La Macarena (+)

Hotel Gran park seduces travelers with its swimming pool, SPA and large cozy rooms | Excellent value & Friendly staff | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

Read more: The main mistakes to avoid when creating your itinerary

Where to stay in Chapinero, Bogota

Chapinero: A perfect mix of affordable bars, restaurants, and nightclubs

I like to stay in Chapinero when I’m looking for a hostel in Bogota.

Why?

Because I want to reduce my time in public transports and taxis. The traffic in Bogota is horrible. Roads are more congested than a Canadian’s stuffy nose in winter.

And I love the nightlife in Bogota. But the best clubs are in the Zona Rosa. It’s far from La Candelaria.

Fortunately, Chapinero is in the middle, between the historic center and the party district.

Moreover, hipsters and the LGBT community took control of the neighborhood. It means excellent electro music and cheap-half abandoned-trendy bars with live music. Like in Berlin.

Check out the clubs Theatron and La Negra. I also speak more in-depth about Nightlife Bogota here

It sounds great, no?

Also, the area is a lot safer than La Candelaria at night. It’s because there are fewer gringo preys. But you should still be cautious 😉

Cafe Cultor in Quinta Camacho, Chapinero
Cafe Cultor in Quinta Camacho, Chapinero

Chapinero is perfect for eating and drinking (+)

Chapinero is not full of churches and museums. But it’s an excellent place to start enjoying Bogota. Also, you can hike to Quebrada La Vieja in the morning to admire a beautiful viewpoint of the city.

You’re in Colombia. Dedicate your morning to taste marvelous Colombian coffees and breakfasts. With a hangover or not, check out the following trendy cafe:

  • Amor Perfecto: A stylish cafe with a cafe lab. Fantastic coffee and staff
  • Cafe Cultor: Perfect coffee knowledge and brewing skills. Plus, the pastries are delicious
  • Varietale: Warm atmosphere, perfect to hang out. Coffees are excellent, especially with the carrot cake

Do you like to eat?

I bet you do. Like 99.99% of the humans.

Bogota hosts some of the best restaurants in the world. And the majority of them are in an area called The Zona Gourmet – Or Zona G.

My mouth is watering like the Trevi fountain just to think about it.

Here is a quick selection:

  • Misia by Leo Espinosa: Tasty Colombian specialties | Around 40 000 COP for the main dish – 15 $
  • Criterion: One of the most well-known restaurants in Bogota. Classic but fantastic | Menu at 200 000 COP – 70$
  • Harry Sasson: Excellent restaurant, service, and location | Around 80 000 COP for the main dish – 30 $

My favorite districts in Chapinero (+)

Chapinero is a vast district. Therefore, you have to pick the right area if you don’t wish to take a cab every time you’re going to a restaurant or a bar.

My favorite areas to stay in Chapinero are:

2. Why Should you stay in Chapinero, Colombia

Why you could like Chapinero (+)

  • You plan to stay more than 2 days in the city, and you want to have a sweet taste of Bogota’s daily life.
  • You like to party, and you’re keen to discover the Zona T. However, you prefer to stay in a hostel to meet other travelers
  • You’re traveling on a shoestring budget, but you don’t want to stay in La Candelaria
  • You’re part of the LGBT community
  • It’s safer than La Candelaria at night
  • You love gourmet restaurants
  • It’s between the Zona Rosa and Parque 93

3. What I don’t like about Chapinero, Bogota

The things I don't like about Chapinero (+)

  • It’s a vast residential district. Most of the areas are safe, but you have to take taxis to move around. Favor the following district: Chapinero Alto, Quinta Camacho, Zona G
  • Book your accommodation in the North of Chapinero if you’re a party addict
  • There is no touristic attraction

4. Our favorite hostels in Chapinero

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12:12 hostel in the Zona G, Chapinero

List of our favorite hostels in Chapinero (+)

La Pinta is a good alternative if you want to stay near the zona G and sleep in a comfy bed | Zona G & Quiet | $$ | Find out the best prices here

Aurora is a cheap option for travelers who wish to stay in Quinta Camacho, one of the coolest Bogota’s districts | Quinta Camacho & classic | $ | Find out the best prices here

Republica hostel offers spacious and comfortable rooms for a cheap price. Besides, their location is perfect | Quinta Camacho & Upscale | $ | Find out the best prices here

Selina Chapinero will seduce flashpackers looking for some comfort and social events. Moreover, it’s near the Zona Rosa | Upscale & Social | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

5. Our favorite hotels in Chapinero

Casa Legado Hotel in Bogota
Casa Legado in Quinta Camacho, Chapinero

List of our favorite hotels in Chapinero (+)

Hotel Casa Legado aims its guests feel at ease, like at home. The house is small, peaceful and well-decorated. Located in Quinta Camacho | Home & luxury | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

Casa Medina is one of the fanciest hotels in Bogota. The service is top notch and the colonial building mind-blowing. Located in Quinta Camacho | Luxury & splendid | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

Mika suites is an environmentally friendly hotel with cozy private rooms. Located in Zona G | Affordable & green |$$$ | Find out the best prices here

The Grace Hotel is a perfection option for travelers who prefer to spend their money in restaurants instead of upscale hotels | Affordable & classic |$$$| Find out the best prices

6. Lifeafar, even better than Airbnb

An apartment renovated by Lifeafar

Every traveler knows about Airbnb.

But I bet my left hand you’ve never heard of Lifeafar.

This company buys old buildings in the best districts of the largest cities in Colombia and renovates them as new. The result is astonishing.

And here is the best part. Travelers like you and I can rent these apartments for a reasonable price – Minimum stay of 3 nights.

Most of their apartments are located in Chapinero. Check prices and availability online!

Must read: 46 ways to have fun in Bogota

Best places to stay in Zona Rosa and Parque 93, Bogota

1. Zona Rosa and Parque 93: Safe and funky

The nightlife in Medellin is well-known among travelers. In Poblado, backpackers like to share some drinks in hostels before going out to the clubs near Parque Lleras.

But, I want to tell you a secret.

The Zona Rosa in Bogota is a lot better than Medellin. There are more events, many different kinds of music – Bogotanos love Electro – and fewer tourists.

However, it’s a bit more expensive, and you will have to pay a cover to get inside clubs – Around 20 000 COP, 7 $.

Basically, mid-class and upper-class Colombians head to the Zona Rosa every weekends to spend their money and dance like crazy, especially on paydays.

Zona Parque 93, Bogota
Zona Parque 93, Bogota

2.Where can you party in the Zona Rosa?

Almost everywhere.

List of our favorite bars and clubs in La Zona Rosa (+)

  • Tuesday: Gringo Tuesday at Vintrash Bar – Learn Spanish while drinking beers from 5 to 9 pm
  • Wednesday: Armando Records organizes different live band shows
  • Thursday: Presea Rooftop to learn how to dance on Reggaeton music beats.
  • Friday and Saturday: Hotel V then end the night at Mint club

Nomadic Hustle give you hips of tips about the nightlife in the Zona T

And if you’ve got some remorse because of all the alcohol you have drunk during the weekend, you can organize an early running session within one of the 2 parks nearby. Parque 93 and Parque El Virrey.

It’s a great experience on Sundays as they close down many streets for the Ciclovia.

Otherwise, plan a day trip to the tourist attractions near Bogota.

3. Why should you stay in Zona Rosa and Parque 93, Bogota

Why you could like la Zona Rosa and Parque 93 (+)

  • You want to party hard and don’t take taxis
  • You’re traveling with your family, and you’re looking for the safest district. Both districts are among the wealthiest areas in Bogota.
  • You want to sleep in a modern and luxury hotel
  • It’s clean and spacious

4. What I don’t like about Zona Rosa and Parque 93

Things I don't like about the Zona Rosa and Parque 93 (+)

  • It’s far from the tourist sights
  • It’s the most expensive district
  • Parque 93 is a business district. Therefore, there is a lack of atmosphere.

5. Our favorite hostel in the Zona Rosa and Parque 93

Selina Parque 93

List of our favorite hostels in La Zona Rosa and Parque 93 (+)

Urbana is a perfect pick for travelers who want to party and sleep for cheap | Classic | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

Selina settled his third hostel in Parque 93. Coworking area and social events. It’s a great value for digital nomad and flashpackers | Upscale & Digital Nomad | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

6. Our favorite hotels in the Zona Rosa and Parque 93

Bioxury hotel

List of our favorite hotels in La Zona Rosa and Parque 93 (+)

Hotel Cityflat makes you feel like home with its beautiful suite rooms. Besides, the service is fantastic | Well-designed & New | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

BOG is a new fancy hotel located in the business district. It’s perfect, well-designed and expensive | Luxury & Fancy | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

Movich aims to be the perfect boutique hotel in Colombia. There are four of them in the country. To me, it’s a no brainer if your budget allows it | Style & Fancy | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

Bioxury is an excellent hotel made of plant walls and well-designed bedrooms. The breakfast is tremendous | Plants & Fancy | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

But, you don’t have to break the bank to stay near Parque 93. Hotel B3 Virrey is a great value for travelers who are on a business trip | Excellent price-quality | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

Read more: Get an overall idea of all the places you can visit in Colombia

Where To Stay in Usaquen, Bogota

1. Usaquen: A lovely little town within Bogota

Before the 1950s, Usaquen was an independent colonial town.

But Bogota grew fast! Like a robust Maori baby soon ready to play with the All Blacks.

And nowadays, Usaquen is a charming upscale district with shopping centers and delicious restaurants. There are not much to do except hang out among colonial streets, between two food orgies.

Located north of El Chico, the district is safe and perfect for families. Moreover, travelers can take the Sabana train to visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira.

And, Every Sunday there is a flea market with amazing handicrafts. I’m sure you will find the perfect gifts for your favorite child aunt.

Oh, did you stop reading after “food orgies”?

List of the best restaurant in Usaquen (+)

  • Abasto: Delicious Colombian Breakfast – Eggs, arepa, … | Around 10 – 15 000 COP | 4-6 $
  • Cafe Amarti: Italian restaurant with many Vegetarian options | Around 35 – 65 000 COP | 13 – 25 $
  • 80 Sillas: Delicious Peruvian Seafood and ceviche | Around 25 000 – 40 000 COP for the main dish | 9 – 15 $
  • Casa Vieja: Tasty Colombian foods in large quantity | Around 30 000 COP for the main dish | 11 $
  • Taj Mahal: Excellent Indian restaurant Vegetarian-friendly | Around 35 000 COP for the main dish | 13 $
  • Bistronomy: Charming and tasty European restaurant | Around 40 000 COP for the main dish | 15$
Coffee experiences with Catacion Publica, Usaquen

2. Why should you stay in Usaquen, Bogota

Why you could like Usaquen (+)

  • You’re traveling with your family, and you’re looking for a peaceful and safe area
  • You don’t like to stay in big cities
  • You want to travel to Zipaquira the next day
  • You already know the main touristic attractions in Bogota

3. What I don’t like about Usaquen, Bogota

Things I don't like about Usaquen (+)

  • It’s far from the tourist sights
  • There are not many options to go out late at night
  • There is no hostel
  • It’s quite small

4. Our favorite hotels in Usaquen

Bogota W hotel
Hotel W Bogota

List of our favorite hotels in Usaquen (+)

Bio Organic hotel won’t let you down. It’s new, comfortable and for an affordable price | Ecological & Affordable | $$$ | Find out the best prices here

W Bogota is one of the most famous hotels for businessmen. The facilities are fantastic, and the staff perfectly qualified | Luxury & Efficient | $$$$ | Find out the best prices here

My 2 cents about Bogota neighborhoods

There are different districts where you can sleep in Bogota. It will depend on what you’re looking for:

  • La Candelaria: The main tourist sights and museums. There are many hostels and backpackers. However, it’s not safe at night
  • La Macarena: It’s the art district. Many art galleries expose South American artists. Moreover, there are many tasty and affordable restaurants. Authentic hipster vibe
  • Chapinero: Large area with a mix of residential buildings, excellent restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. It’s located between the Zona Rosa and La Candelaria. Perfect for going out and visiting the city.
  • Zona Rosa: It’s the party district of Bogota. It’s also one of the safest areas in Bogota
  • Usaquen: An Old colonial town with a peaceful vibe and delicious restaurants. It’s safe and perfect for Families 

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Day trips from Bogota (2020) that will boost your Colombia itinerary

Bogota is a maze made of steels, paved roads, and parks. To discover its hidden treasure, you must book some cultural tours or plan stunning day trips from Bogota. Let’s see together where to plan your best Bogota vacations.

Day trips from Bogota: What you must know

Weather in Bogota: Bogota is at 2600m above sea level. It’s cold when the sun doesn’t show up.

Best time for hiking: Bogota is surrounded by the Andean mountains. There are many excellent treks through the Paramo. The driest months are December to March, July to August.

Best time for waterfalls: During the dry seasons (months listed above), waterfall watching is less impressive.

For waterfall lovers: The most famous are Cascada de Cucuruchos (Sueva), La Chorrera, and Salto de Tenquendama. We recommend this excellent tour.

Best hikes around Bogota: There are 3 famous national parks which are Chicaque, Sumapaz, and Chingaza. Use our premium service to plan this experience.

Get your shot of Adrenaline: Stay in Tobia or Suesca to plan an exciting weekend trip filled with extreme activities.

The lovely colonial towns nearby Bogota: Ideal for a romantic 3-day trip, head to Mongui, Villa de Leyva or Guaduas.

Romantic glamping: Glamping is the new thing in Colombia, and some of them are fabulous. Check out Nido Verde, Campo Escondido, La Quinta Glamping.

Coffee tour: Many travel agencies offer you to visit a coffee farm in Hacienda Coloma. It’s a bit too touristic for our taste. We recommend this tour instead.

Salt Cathedrals: It’s one of the Bogota’s tourist attractions. You can visit Zipaquira or Nemocon (less known). I’m personally not a big fan.

Laguna Guatavita: Famous lake that gave birth to the Eldorado Myth. It can be worth it if you pair it with Zipaquira. All the information here.

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Table of contents: Day trips from Bogota

  1. Stunning waterfalls
  2. Mysterious salt cathedrals
  3. Outstanding national parks
  4. Kick-ass outdoor activities
  5. Lovely colonial towns
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Day trips from Bogota: Waterfalls

The Andean mountains cover an important proportion of the country. Hence, torrents of water run down the peaks before falling from high cliffs. Some are unbelievable. And I bet my last Kinder Bueno that you won’t dare to get wet. Grab this opportunity to chase waterfalls during mind-blowing day trips from Bogota.

Must read: You’ll never bored in Bogota if you read this

1. Day trip from Bogota: La Chorrera

La Chorrera Waterfall day trips from Bogota
La Chorrera

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La Chorrera is the highest interrupted waterfall in Colombia. 590 m! Do you imagine? It’s like if a dude from Dubai was watering people from the last Burj Khalifa’s floor. After a short drive with a local bus, travelers have to cross an eerie cloud forest – take your rain jacket – to appreciate the show. Follow muddy trails and explore a place off the beaten path! Don’t worry; it’s well indicated.

How to travel to La Chorerra from Bogota (+)

  • Take the bus direction Choachi around the corner of Calle 6 con Carrera 14 (Near the Police Station). Tell the driver you want to go to La Chorerra.
  • Bus Bogota – La Chorerra: 1 hour / 12 500 COP – 1 Way
  • You have to walk the 5 km to the entrance: 1h30
  • Hike from the entrance to La Chorrera: 1 hour
  • Entrance fee:
    • 15 000 COP
    • + 10 000 COP for a guide (Not mandatory)
  • It’s a long day trip from Bogota, you should leave early
  • More information

How long to visit la Chorera from Bogota (+)

You need 7-8 hours for this day trip from Bogota

Don’t want to do it by yourself? We recommend this tour.

2. Day trip from Bogota: Salto de Tequendama

Salto de Tequendama Day trips from Bogota
Salto de Tequendama

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Salto de Tequendama is easier to access. You just have to walk a few meters after the bus stop. A massive and mysterious scary hotel reconverted into a museum faces the cursed waterfall. Indeed, the story says that hundreds of people came to jump and disappear forever, the dead bodies carried by the strong currents. Plus, the water is extremely polluted, and a strong rotten-egg odor spread around the visitors.  Ok, it’s maybe no the best day trip from Bogota. But it could be loads of fun ^^ – I haven’t been yet.

Ready for a damp day trip from Bogota?

How to travel to Salto de Tequendama from Bogota (+)

In both cases, you just have to wave the driver to take the bus back to Bogota. Welcome to Colombia 😉

How long to visit Salto de Tequendama from Bogota (+)

You need at least 3-4 hours for this day trip from Bogota

3. Cascada de Sueva

The Sueva waterfalls ( or Nemusten) are the ideal pick if you plan to camp one day outside of Bogota. You won’t any shops. Take with you everything you need. It’s a bit far for a day trip from Bogota if you don’t have a private vehicle.

How to get the Sueva Waterfall from Bogota (+)

  • Take a bus at the Salitre bus terminal in the direction of Junin and ask the driver to stop at the hydroelectric plant of Sueva. | 3h
  • Walk the 3 km left and pay the entrance fee – 2 $. You can camp for 3-4 $.
  • For the way back, the last bus pass before 5 pm. Don’t miss it.

How long to visit Sueva from Bogota (+)

You need at least an 8h round trip to visit Sueva from Bogota. It’s not worth it for one day.

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Day trips from Bogota: Salt Cathedrals

As far as I know, there are only two countries where you can visit Salt Cathedrals: Colombia and Poland. Be a miner was an insanely dangerous and difficult job. To increase their chance of survival, they use to give offerings to deities or saints – Did you hear about El Tio in Potosi, Bolivia?

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Back in the 5th century BCE, the Muiscas – Famous indigenous – were already working in the mines of Zapaquira. Salt isn’t only a taste enhancer. It was the best method to preserve the meats from bacteria proliferation. Muiscas became wealthy and powerful thanks to the salt mines.

Around 1930, the Colombian government built the first underground church, dedicated to the Saint Lady of Rosary The Miner’s big boss. Since the first inauguration improvements have been made.

1. Day trip to Zipaquira

Salt Cathedral Zipaquira Day trips from Bogota
A nave in the Salt Cathedral Zipaquira

The travelers can quickly get to Zipaquira with public transportation. The salt mine is 5 min away from the center. There are tours in Spanish or English starting every 20-30 min. Inside, naves, marble sculptures and huge crosses are enlightened by mysterious dark blue lights.

The site is impressive. Unfortunately, the ambiance can be spoiled by hundreds of visitors. Then, it looks more like Disneyland.

How to travel to Zipaquira from Bogota (+)

  • Take the Transmilenio (Bus) or a taxi to Portal del Norte (Bus station)
  • From Portal del Norte, take the bus in the direction of Zipaquira: 45 min / 5000 COP – 1 way
  • Follow the signs and walk 10 mins to arrive at the entrance

It’s the full day if you organize this day trip to Bogota by yourself.

Do you prefer something a bit more organized? We recommend this tour.

2. The less-known Nemocon

Heart Craved Nemocon - E - Edaccor
Heart Craved in Nemocon – Credit: Edaccor/Shutterstock

There is another Salt Cathedral which is less visited and cheaper. Nemocon is not as glam than Zipaquira, so you won’t get the same “Whaou” effect. However, you’ll get a better authentic experience.

If you are a crazy salt mine lover, you can do both during the same day trip from Bogota. But you should start early!

In Nemocon, tours are only in Spanish.

Stingy Nomads helps you to choose between Zipaquira and Nemocon

How to travel to Nemocon from Bogota (+)

  • Take the bus from the main terminal (Salitre) in the direction of Nemocon
  • Counter 3 | Every 30 min
  • Bus Salitre terminal to Nemocon: 2h

Or you can take the bus from Portal del Norte – Direct bus or a change in Zipaquira

  • Bus from Portal del Norte (Bogota) to Zipaquira: 45 min – 1 way
  • Bus Zipaquira – Nemocon: 25 min
  • In case you don’t have a direct bus to Nemocon, tell the driver that you want to go to Nemocon. He should drop you near the bus stop.

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Day trips from Bogota: Paramos & National parks

The 58 National parks of Colombia cover more than 11% of the territory. These protected areas are a paradise for nature lovers.

Around Bogota, travelers can wander into a surprising new environment, called Los Paramos. It is a specific biome that occurs mainly in the Colombian Andes. To put it in simple terms, it’s the tundra/tussock grass/wetland between the timberline and the snowline. The view and landscapes are astonishing.

The Paramos are usually above 3 000 meters sea levels. You should be in a good fit and already acclimated if you plan to hike for days in the Andean mountains. Also, because of a high humidity rate, paramos are an important reserve of freshwater for the country. The weather can suddenly change, so don’t forget your raincoat and sunscreen. Also, rubber boots are the best.

1. Hiking trip from Bogota: Chingaza

Lagoons in the National park Chingaza Day trips from Bogota
Lagoons in the National park Chingaza

Chingaza is located Northeast of Bogota. It’s the principal natural reservoir water of the capital. There are 5 trails authorized for the visitors, and a guide is not obligatory. However, there is no public transport going to the 3 access points, and you should fill an entrance request 15 days before the intended visit day. Moreover, the paths are unclear => It’s better to book a tour.

This day trip from Bogota takes 8 to 10 hours.

How to get to travel to Chingaza from Bogota (+)

  • There is no public transport – 2 Hours by private transport
  • There is a camping zone in Monterredondo and cabañas
  • More information about Chingaza
  • You have to pay the entrance fee – Around 50 000 COP
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2. Hiking trip from Bogota: Sumapaz

Paramo in The national Park Sumapaz
Paramo in The national Park Sumapaz

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Sumapaz is the largest Paramo in the world, located 2 hours south of Bogota. The national park is closed to the public, but tours are leaving from the capital. They bring the visitors to different lagoons as Laguna Los Tunjos. It’s an important reserve for Colombia’s wildlife and an excellent playground for bird lovers.

This day trip from Bogota lasts at least 8 hours.

Read a day trip experience to Sumapaz 

How to travel to Sumapaz from Bogota (+)

  • Take the Transmilenio to Usme then a public transport to the access point. However, It seems the park has been closed to the public since a few years ago.
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  • A 2-hour drive from Bogota with a private car – 1 way

Make it easy: Ask these guys to show you Sumapaz

3. Hiking trip from Bogota: Chicaque

The Chicaque Nature Reserve hosts a beautiful cloud forest that you can explore on your own thanks to well-marked trails (Eagle’s peak) or with a local guide. It’s an ideal day trip for birdwatching and observing the Colombian wildlife. Inside the park, visitors can even decide to stay overnight if they’re interested in exploring Chicaque by night. It’s a cool attraction for families, with its canopy and zipline activities.

Visitors can enter until 3 pm.

How to get to Chicaque from Bogota (+)

  • On the weekend, there are direct buses leaving from Transmilenio’s southernmost station, “Terreros/Hospital” | 45 min
  • On weekdays, you can privatize a shuttle.
  • You’ve got all the information on their website.

Make it easy: Gran Colombia drives you to Chicaque

4. The mysterious Guatavita lake

Guatavita lake
Guatavita lake

Guatativa lake was sacred for the Muiscas – Indigenous – and they used to bury some golden artifacts all around during the ceremonies. The Spaniards heard about it during the colonization, and they tried for hundreds of years to empty the lake. Without success. Without gold. With tears and blood.

Do you know the legend of El Eldorado? It all begins with the Guatavita lake!

How to get to Guatavita lake from Bogota (+)

Many tours offer the possibility to visit the Guatavita Lake. You can book it from Bogota or Suesca. But, you also can get there on public transport:

  • Take the Transmilenio (Bus) or a taxi to Portal del Norte (Bus station)
  • Take the bus to Guatavita but tell the driver you want to stop at Laguna Guatavita: 1h30 / 9000 COP
  • Then you have to walk the 7 km to arrive at the entrance or take a private transport for 60 000 COP (in total). Or you can smile and hitchhike.
  • Entrance fee: 17 000 COP – With a tour guide
  • Schedule time: Tuesday to Sunday – 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

More information about Laguna Guativita (In Spanish)

Save some time: Pair Guatavita Lake and Zipaquira thanks to this tour.

Day trips from Bogota: Extreme sports

Bogotanos love to exit the capital on the weekend to practice outdoor activities. Many local agencies located in Suesca & Tobia offer interesting group package on Saturday and Sunday. It might be a bit more problematic to plan this type of day trip from Bogota during a weekday.

1. Outdoor Climbing In Suesca

Rock Climbing in Suesca Weekend trips from Bogota
Rock Climbing in Suesca

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Travelers don’t stop in Suesca for visiting the colonial streets or the church.  No, they come here because it’s a paradise for outdoor rock climbing.

A cliff of 4 km long offers more than 400 routes with different levels of difficulties. Las Rocas de Suesca is situated 1 km before the entrance of the village. Along the road, the visitors stop at the climbing agency to rent the pieces of equipment or book a tour.  Then, they have to follow the railway on the left to arrive at the foot of the cliffs. On their way back, the survivors can savor a delicious pizza before going back to Bogota.

Even if a day trip from Bogota is doable, I would recommend staying 1 or 2 nights in one of the hostels around. And if you travel on a shoestring budget, there is also a large campsite just in front Las Rocas de Suesca.

Use our premium service to include Suesca in your Colombia itinerary.

How to travel to Suesca from Bogota (+)

  • Take the Transmilenio (Bus) or a taxi to Portal del Norte (Bus station)
  • Take the bus to Suesca but tell the driver you want to stop at Las Rocas de Suesca: 1 hour / 6700 COP

Or you can take the bus from the main terminal (Salitre)

  • Bus Bogota – Suesca: 2 hours / 6700 COP
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Where to stay in Suesca (+)

  • Casona Quesada is a lovely colonial hotel in the center of Suesca. Delicious restaurant.
  • El Niddo is a luxury Glamping located 45 min away by car. Once there, you have everything you need to spend an excellent moment. They offer rock climbing, downhill biking, food, SPA, and more!

Make it easy: Club Trango does a great job

2. Extreme activities in Tobia

Tobia weekend trip Bogota

Tobia is where you must travel if you’re an addict to extreme sports. This little town at 3 hours from Bogota offers many activities like rafting, canyoning, and zipline.

Usually, the local agencies only open on the weekend. You can book a day trip from Bogota, although I recommend staying overnight in town to plan several tours. If you want to get there during a weekday, you will have to privatize a tour in advance.

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How to get to Tobia from Bogota (+)

  • Take a bus with the company Santa Fe from Terminal Salitre | 4h
  • Or, you can grab this bus at Portal 80. | 2.5h
  • It should take 2.5h with a private vehicle from Bogota.

Where to stay in Tobia (+)

  • La Gaitana is an affordable option with a pool and access to the river
  • Casa de la Estacion is an upscale hotel on the outskirts of Tobia.

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Day trips from Bogota: colonial towns

There are many appealing colonial towns in Boyaca and Tolima. The following places are worth staying for 3 days.

1. Mongui and hiking the Paramo de Oceta

Mongui Main square Colonial Town weekend trips from Bogota
The main square in Mongui

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Mongui another place to visit near Bogota. It’s a lovely colonial town with the classic combo cobblestone streets, a vast main square, and churches. The village isn’t on the Gringo highway, so you won’t meet many foreigners.

Fun fact, Mongui is the best place to find homemade traditional soccer balls. Shops sell them everywhere in the center.

Paramo de Oceta (+)

From the center, nature lovers can follow the trail going beyond the first mountains. The hike leads the adventurers above 4000 m sea level to admire the breathtaking sceneries of Paramo de Oceta. Moreover, there are petroglyphs and a lagoon on the way up.

Be careful, it’s not an easy hike (more than 1000 m of difference in level), and locals recommend taking a guide. Here is an explanation to do it without a guide.

It takes 7 – 8 hours.

How to get to Mongui from Bogota (+)

  • Take the bus from the main terminal (Salitre) to Sogamoso: 3-4 hours / 25 000 COP
  • Bus Sogamoso – Mongui: 1 hour / 3 800 COP

How long you should stay in Mongui (+)

Mongui has been elected the Most beautiful village in Boyaca. Visit the different historical sites, the ballon factories and hike to the Paramo de Oceta. It’s a perfect weekend trip from Bogota

Besides, during your trip to Mongui, you can add a stop in Sogamoso to visit the Tota lagoon.

I recommend staying for 3 days

where to stay in Mongui (+)

2. Romantic getaway to Villa De Leyva

Main Sqaure + Fountains + Kids Villa de Leyva- E-ostill
Kids playing on the main square in Villa de Leyva – Credit: Ostill/shutterstock

Villa de Leyva is a perfect getaway to escape from the big city of Bogota. Among the uneven cobblestone streets, the flourish parks offer ideal places to rest during the afternoon. People sit on benches or on the grass, beneath shady trees to savor a fresh-baked bread. At night, locals meet on the large main square to share a Pola Bogota’s slang for beer.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva (+)

Many trails are starting from town to explore the surroundings and admire the city from above. And for the bravest, they can hike to El Paramo de Iguaque.

There also is an archaeological museum, somewhat disappointing and weird house made of clay that you can visit. It’s called Terracotta house. Don’t hesitate to rent a bike to move around.

Villa de Leyva is well-known in Colombia. Many lovely hotel and delicious restaurants have opened their door to welcome tourists. Expect to see many visitors in the streets during the weekend.

Read more: Our villa de Leyva travel guide

How to get to Villa de Leyva from Bogota (+)

  • Take the bus from Terminal Satelite del Norte– It’s outside the city, a few minutes away from Portal del Norte
  • Bus Bogota – Villa de Leyva
    • There are a few direct ones (Reina or Valle de Tenza): 3 hours / 25 000 COP
    • If you can’t have them, you have to first go to Tunja then take another bus: 4 hours / 27 000 COP

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How long you should stay in Villa de Leyva (+)

Villa de Leyva is a town where it’s delightful to rest and explore the surrounding at his own pace. You won’t feel the essence of the place if you rush.

Find our favorite accommodations in Villa de Leyva here

3. Weekend trip to Guaduas

Guadas is a charming colonial town that can be an interesting stop to add to your Colombia itinerary if you decide to travel from Bogota to Medellin.

By stoping in Guaduas, you can visit several colonial buildings steeped in history or plan easy hikes to the Versalle Waterfall or Piedra Capira. There is also a fun Eco-park, Loma Aventura, that opens every weekend.

How to get to Guaduas from Bogota (+)

  • Take a direct bus from the bus terminal Salitre | 3h
  • Then you can head to Medellin | 6h

Where to stay in Guaduas (+)

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