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10 Fun Things To See And Do In La Macarena, Bogotá
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10 Fun Things To See And Do In La Macarena, Bogotá

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Updated: 9 February 2017
La Macarena is a small bohemian neighborhood in the Santa Fe district of Bogotá. It sits between the lush green hills of Bogotá to the east and the ever-expanding city to the west. Once one of the historically more dangerous neighborhoods in the city, today it is frequented by artists, musicians, poets, writers and creative geniuses. The great food, beautiful landscape and love of art, culture, and history make this area an eclectic urban jungle.
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Parque La Independencia

On the western side of La Macarena is one of the most beautiful and oldest natural parks in Bogotá. It was developed in 1910 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Colombia’s independence. The green oasis is a welcome contrast to the red-brick buildings that are so common throughout Bogotá. Expect to see and smell fresh pines and eucalyptus trees that flourish in the city’s cool climate. The park is the perfect place to spend a sunny day escaping the noise and smog of the city. Bring a towel or blanket to stretch out on the lush green grass and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Parque La Independencia, Calle 26 y Carrera5, Bogotá, Colombia

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Planetario de Bogotá

The Planetarium of Bogotá is located inside Parque La Independencia. The planetarium and cultural center was first established in 1969 and have the biggest cupola in South America. It is open daily and features a number of wonderful resources such as a theater of stars, the Museum of Bogotá, souvenir shops, a modern café and several galleries with lots of information on celestial science. The planetarium recently installed a new HD projector that they use for outdoor movie screenings on clear nights. The movies are usually space or science related and are a great outdoor activity for anyone hoping to avoid the Bogotá bar and club scene.

Call in advance for opening hours or visit their website

Planetario de Bogotá, Calle 26 8 No.5 – 93,Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2814150