With its 9 million inhabitants, Bogotá is the capital of Colombia. Due to the city’s too rapid expansion, the municipality has not been able to develop an efficient public transport network. As a result, getting around is sometimes very complicated, especially during rush hours. Also, the climate in Bogotá is not known for its warmth and blue skies. The capital is surrounded by Paramos, located at about 2700 m above sea level, which are the cause of the often rainy and cloudy weather. Don’t forget to take a jacket and raincoat with you.
The traffic difficulties and the dreariness of the Cundinamarca region make Bogotá a depreciated city for many travelers.
This is a pity because the majority of them still have to land and/or depart from this airport (the largest in Colombia).
We spent a month crisscrossing the city looking for the most beautiful neighborhoods, the best accommodations, activities and gathered valuable tips on how to explore Bogotá differently. We loved the tours offered to travelers. We found them to be the best way to start discovering Bogotá.
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The North terminal is outside Bogota, and you will use it to get to Villa de Leyva & Suesca. It takes 1 hour in a taxi to get there from La Candelaria.
Bus Portal del Norte?
Portal del Norte is the last station of the Transmilenio (It’s the main public transportation system used in Bogota). You will need to buy a Transmilenio card to get inside. There are buses leaving to Zipaquira and Nemocon.
Bus Salitre Terminal?
You’ll probably arrive and leave from Salitre. It takes 30 mins in a taxi from La Candelaria. Never pay more than 30 000 COP.
Eldorado airport? (+)
The airport is located next to Salitre Bus Station. It takes 30 mins in a taxi from La Candelaria. Never pay more than 30 000 COP.
La Candelaria is the old center of Bogota. Most of the museums and street arts of the city are present there. It's the favorite district of the backpackers and travel guides. However, we think there is better. At night, many restaurants shut their doors and streets turn empty. The area becomes dodgy
Chapinero is our favorite district in Bogota. There are many fantastic restaurants and places for going out. The neighborhood is wide. I advise picking your hotel in the following areas: Quinta Camacho, Zona G, or Chapinero alto.
The Zona Rosa is the party district of Bogota. There are lots of clubs, excellent restaurants, and bars. Up north, it's the business district. By its localization, it's a bit far from the tourist sights. Therefore, we don't recommend you to stay there, except if you love partying or if you already know Bogota. Safe.
Most of the touristic sights in Bogota are located in the old city center, La Candelaria. There are many museums to understand complexe Colombia's history. As many travelers start their journey from Bogota, I recommend you to book different tours in the capital, depending on what you want to learn. By doing so, you won't be overwhelmed by the city and you will start understanding the Colombian culture.
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