Want to get to know the real Bogotá, Colombia? I’ve worked to narrow down a list of things to 10 of the must-dos. Don’t worry if you can’t get to them all! You can always come back.

 

Bike The City

Bogotá is an incredibly bike-friendly city and it’s a great way to get around. I’ve been on the Bogotá Bike Tour twice and it’s the best first-day activity to get an overall feel for the city. I also love the types of spots they take you which include La Candelaria, a traditional fruit market, a coffee factory, viewing street art, and a game of Tejo, Colombia’s national sport.

 

Go To The Top Of Cerro Monserrate

Go to the top of Monserrate for a breathtaking view of the city. Once at the base of the mountain, there is a ticket booth where you can take a cable car to the top for 20K Pesos round-trip. You can also walk up the mountain for free between 5 am and 1 pm, except on Tuesdays. This is always one of my favorite stops in Bogotá because it makes you realize just how huge this city is. You can take your time walking around up top and there are plenty of vendors selling food, souvenirs, and coca leaf tea to help with elevation sickness. If it’s a clear day you’ll also be able to watch the sunset over the city at 6 PM.

 

Party At Andrés Carne de Res IN CHIA

Photo via @andres_c_de_res Instagram

Andrés Carne de Res is the most legendary party you can ever attend in Bogotá. It’s kind of hard to explain what Andrés Carne de Res is because it’s something that you have to experience to understand. There are two locations, one in the city and one in Chia. If you are going to visit Andres Carne de Rés, you need to go to the one in Chia. The Chia location is around 50 minutes from the city so I recommend booking a spot on the Andrés Carne de Res Party Bus because they take care of the transportation both ways, entrance fee, you get free cocktails on the bus ride there, and have a fun group to party with. Once there you can order typical Colombian dishes, drinks, and dance on a table. I think after going you’ll have an understanding of crazy Colombian culture.

 

Eat Ajiaco Soup

Ajiaco is a type of chicken soup that originated in Bogotá and it is perfect for the chilly weather. Most websites and guidebooks recommend trying Ajiaco at La Puerta Falsa, but I prefer to find a place that is off the beaten path and getting off the beaten path ended up being at a really nice place! I did a search in Spanish found that Hotel de la Ópera won a contest for the best Ajiaco in Bogotá a few years ago. The Ajiaco soup here did live up to its title, but the bonus was that I got to have it on a rooftop overlooking La Candelaria – and I was the only one up there!

 

Visit The Sunday Flea Market In Usaquén

On Sunday you have to spend the day in the Usaquén neighborhood. This is an artistic neighborhood with historical Spanish colonial architecture filled with trendy shops, restaurants, and bars. Every Sunday, artisans from around the city set up booths for the weekly flea market and it’s entertaining to walk around viewing handcrafts and trying delicious homemade foods.

 

Play With Pigeons In Plaza Bolivar

Visit Plaza Bolivar for an iconic photo of Bogotá. Purchase a small bag of corn from one of the vendors for 1K Pesos, put a little in your hand, and hold your arm up and some of the pigeons may fly up to eat it out of your hand. It’s may be disgusting but playing with pigeons is surprisingly fun!

 

Visit The Gold Museum

Visiting Bogotá’s famous Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) was something that kept getting left out in during my trips to Bogotá and after finally visiting it recently, it is something I recommend you must do! The museum is filled with over 6,000 artifacts of Pre-Colombian gold and it was incredible to see the craftsmanship and reasoning for each piece. The cost to enter is 4K Pesos or FREE on Sundays.

 

Drink Lots Of Coffee

If you’re going to be in Colombia you MUST try the coffee. It’s the third largest coffee producing country in the world, producing 1,785,744,000 pounds per a year, and until somewhat recently, the good stuff has been exported. But now locals are embracing high-quality coffee and a number of specialty coffee shops, barista schools, and coffee tours are popping up. Here are my favorite coffee shops in Bogotá. 

 

Shop At Boutiques From Local Designers

Bogotá is an incredibly hip and edgy city where you’ll that the locals like to express themselves with what they are wearing. And where are they getting all of these cool clothes? Possibly from an emerging scene of their own local independent designers. In Bogotá, you can find one of a kind items to bring back home and I find that the prices are very reasonable for the quality you are getting. Plus when you shop local, you are helping to support the creative design scene in Bogotá rather than buying mass-produced items at the mall. Read my post on the best places to shop items from local Colombian designers. 

 

Go On A Food Tour

The best way to get to know a city is through the food! Bogotá has an amazing gastronomic scene and the food is one of my favorite things about the city. And the best way to enjoy the food is to have a local take you around. During the Bogotá Bites: Walking Food Tour, you’ll be taken around to Bogotá’s best eateries by the bloggers of this website!


Where To Stay In Bogotá

The Artisan D.C. Hotel: This is located in Bogotá’s Zona G neighborhood (Gastronomic Zone) so you’re steps away from where the city’s most famous restaurants are currently opening. The design of the hotel is modern and quirky with industrial touches and breakfast included.

The Grace Hotel: Offers minimal, sophisticated design in the Zona G neighborhood of Bogotá. The value of the hotel is also incredible with rooms starting around $60/night with breakfast included.

The Click Clack Hotel: A small boutique hotel known for its funky decor in the upscale Parque 93 area of Bogotá. On the weekend you’ll find locals at their bubbly brunch or enjoying drinks on the Apache rooftop of the hotel.

Chapinero Hills: Each bed has private curtains, lamps, plugs, and large lockers with a delicious breakfast included in the morning. Plus you’re in a really cool area of Chapinero filled with cafes, restaurants, and bars nearby.

Aurora Hostel: This hostel incorporates minimal design with common spaces to meet other travelers in the charming and safe Quinta Camacho neighborhood. You can stay in a shared dorm for only $10/night or a private room for $30/night, making it great for travelers on a budget.


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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram at @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Joey, what a great post! You curated lots of great activities I ended doing and I love it!
    There’s one which is absolutely in my top 10 (t was the favourite walking tour i did in 6 month travel in south america travel so far, and maybe ever -I’m French): https://heroestourbogota.com
    I heard about them from other tourists in hostel, they don’t seem famous yet because I guess, this tour is kind of recent.
    I loved it because this tour is insanely informative – they explain in such an easy & interactive way things I did got to fully understand doing other tours, including in Medellin, like how was Colombia before, the independence, the reputation back in the days, and all the recent history – how the colombian conflict started, the creation of farcs and paramilitary , the current peace process and transformation of colombia…
    The guide was fantastic and passionate. I hope it helps 🙂
    Anna

    • Joey Bonura Reply

      Hi Anna! Thank you for the recommendation! If it’s one of your favorite things you did during a 6-month travel I definitely need to add it to the site. I am going to include it in this post: http://bogotivo.com/unique-bogota-tours/ and will try to go on the tour this week to check it out myself 🙂

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