How to Spend 24 Hours in Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá's famous Monserrate
Bogotá's famous Monserrate | © Juan Carlos Pachon / Flickr
Photo of Anny Wooldridge
10 May 2017

Bogotá is a rapidly growing and developing city with over eight million residents. There is a thriving culture and it is filled with vibrant and unique places to be. Colombia and its capital have enjoyed a steady increase in tourism over the past five years. The city provides the perfect destination for tourists, offering a large number of cultural sights, unique experiences, colonial architecture and traditional meals. If you only have 24 hours to spend in Bogotá, make sure you check out these places and restaurants.

Monserrate

No trip to Bogotá is complete without a trip 3,152 meters (10,341 feet) up into the mountains to the Monserrate cathedral and its spectacular viewing point. The view from the top of the mountain gives you a real sense of the size and seemingly endless boundaries of the city. To reach the top of the mountain and the cathedral you can take a cable car, train, or alternatively trek up to the top.

Bogotá’s Famous Monserrate © Juan Carlos Pachon / Flickr | © Juan Carlos Pachon / Flickr

Sample local cuisine

Aijaco is a typical soup dish from the Bogotá region made with chicken, a variety of potatoes and herbs. The dish is often served with rice, corn and avocado. There is a traditional and somewhat unique restaurant hidden in an underground area within La Candelaria, called Bolera San Francisco. This restaurant also serves traditional Colombian dishes, prime cuts of beef and other local cuisine containing rice, beans and potatoes.

La Candelaria

La Candelaria is the historic center of Bogotá, where the city was first founded over 300 years ago. Much of the neighborhood is made up of colorful colonial buildings, with much of the period architecture being preserved alongside the modern office buildings occupying the area. Plaza Bolivar is a huge square plaza in the middle of the city surrounded by a cathedral and ministry buildings.

Plaza Bolivar, Bogotá, Colombia © Leah Jones / Flickr | © Leah Jones/Flickr

The Gold Museum is another must-see attraction in downtown Bogotá and contains over 55,000 hand crafted pieces of gold, found in various regions of the country.

La Candelaria neighborhood in Bogota | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/arttesano/14037455410/in/photolist-mqMQzf-mqMPRG-mqLCxF-mqMPyN-nGHtPa-nornx8-nCTqML-norMhF-norCrh-nGHu2z-fMJVcf-nCTqc7-FCQqm2-RXCRs3-Sm9bya-RXCTPs-SizPyw-RfJBrA-4Kim4z-6Pz1PZ-7XAeCL-7XAdWy-EPfZxf-FJGDpR-FJGx8T-FJGrLa-pR1k9A-pyuWU4-q6fERN-rNYwNw-saq5g-QFKR61-PYDMpq-Rg5zHX-FE1LC-oX5tez-2M4VWA-2M4V6d-jBcp8k-2LZxtn-nDpwnN-8RSnSw-Magopi-7JBkRH-ofY9fe-2LZy8p-nDpdmB-ofY9ux-Mads5m-2M4UY

If you are in the city on a Friday or Saturday night be sure to visit Bogotá’s uniquely decorated restaurant Andrés, that has branches close to the Andino shopping center and another in Chia, around one hour north of the city. Alternatively you can watch the sun set over the city from Apache, a rooftop bar with panoramic views and an extensive cocktail list.

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