9 MUST-DO Things on Your Trip to Bogota, Colombia

9 MUST-DO Things on Your Trip to Bogota, Colombia

View from the top of Monserrate Mountain, Bogota Colombia
View from the top of Monserrate Mountain

I went to Colombia for the first time last month. And I loved it. My boyfriend’s Aussie Rules football team got the opportunity to play an International tournament in Bogota. So, of course, I tagged along for the adventure! I turned his tournament into my own tour of Colombia. Our first stop was Bogota. Here’s 9 MUST-DO Things on Your Trip to Bogota, Colombia.

(If you don’t like reading just scroll down for the video!)

Inside the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia
Inside the stunning Salt Cathedral
  1. Take the cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain for a breathtaking view of the city. Just tell your taxi driver to take you to Monserrate and they will know where to go. (Don’t let anyone talk you into hiking up, it’s not worth it.)
  2. Go to Vintrash on a Tuesday to experience the infamous “Gringo Tuesday” party. From 4:00-8:00 pm it’s a language exchange for locals to practice their English on foreigners. From 8:00-2:30 am on it’s a rad multi-room club party.
  3. Go on a “coffee tour” to learn about the Colombian coffee industry. I promise you’ll feel like you never knew what coffee was! To level set, this is not a tour of a coffee farm, but rather, the specialty coffee shops in the city. I did this one.
  4. Eat at Andres Carne de Res. This famous restaurant-slash-dance-club has a menu as large as the Cheesecake Factory and a reputation to match. There are 2 locations and we went to the one in Bogota, which is far more convenient than the location outside town.
  5. Wander around the Candelaria neighborhood and pop into the Gold Museum if you like. We did a self-guided walking tour of the historic area, but I saw many people doing free guided tours as well. After much hype, we tried the Gold Museum, but would only recommend if you are a “museum person”.
  6. Try Ajiaco, a traditional Bogota lunch of chicken and potato soup. Typically served with avocado and cheese.
  7. Take a day trip to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira. We booked a private tour to the Salt Cathedral through our hotel concierge, which meant, a private car. Not a private tour of the cathedral. The drive is about 1.5 hours from Bogota and I promise an underground church made in a salt mine is something you’ve never seen before.
  8. Stop at Paloquemao Market to try exotic fruits and get a taste of local Bogota life. Just walk up to a fruit vendor, I promise they will know why you’re there! Don’t forget to wander around the stalls and marvel at the fresh options before you.
  9. Go shopping and dining around Parque 93 area for a taste of the upscale scene. I enjoyed trying the modern hipster fare at Azahar Cafe and wandering around the adorable trendy shops.
Traveling through the Candelaria Neighborhood in Bogota
Traveling through the Candelaria neighborhood in Bogota

Any specific questions? Just reach out and ask! I promise I’ll answer any Bogota question to the best of my ability.

Exotic fruit in Bogota Colombia
Tasting exotic fruit in Paloquemao Market

 

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