The Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Bogotá

Park in Bogotá, Colombia
Park in Bogotá, Colombia | © diego vanegas / Flickr
Chris Bell

Bogotá doesn’t have a reputation as a particularly green city, but there are plenty of excellent parks and gardens to enjoy in spite of that. From beautiful botanical gardens to huge urban green spaces, here are the most beautiful parks and gardens to visit in Bogotá, Colombia.

1. Bogotá Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

The José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden (its full name) is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Bogotá, and an excellent place to visit if you’re interested in Colombia’s unique and diverse ecosystems, many of which are represented in the stunning greenhouses and flower displays. With a very reasonable entrance fee, as well as a restaurant and café, this botanical garden is an excellent place to spend a morning.

2. Parque El Chico

Park

One of Bogotá’s fancier parks, Chico Park is just alongside the ritzy Parque 93 neighbourhood. With shady, tree-lined avenues and pretty water features, it’s popular with families and couples on weekends. There’s even an actual double-decker London bus in the park that serves coffee!

Parque El Chico, #a 92a-61, Cra. 7 #921, Bogotá, Colombia

Simon Bolivar Park

Bogotá’s largest park is a truly impressive 400 hectares and is so big that it’s easy to forget that you’re in a city of almost 10 million inhabitants. Dominated by a large central lake – which you can hire pedalos or canoes to explore – and surrounded by playing fields, woods, small cafés and restaurants, as well as running and cycling tracks, there’s truly something for everyone at Simon Bolivar Park.

Simon Bolivar Park, Av. Calle 53 y Av. Esmeralda #s/n, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia, +57 317 6600266

Simon Bolivar Park

3. Parque de Los Novios

Botanical Garden, Park

The third in a trio of nearby green spaces – along with the Bogotá Botanical Garden and Simon Bolivar Park – The Lover’s Park is as romantic as its name suggests. Smaller and more intimate than Simon Bolivar, with a lake and some pretty water features, the park is a perfect place for a romantic picnic or stroll, with plenty of scenic bridges and park benches to enjoy.

Parque de Los Novios, Ac 63 #45-10, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2217476

4. Parque Nacional

Park

The National Park sits alongside Seventh Avenue between the old town of La Candelaria and the more modern Chapinero neighbourhood. Its urban location makes it a popular spot for joggers, dog-walkers, and students, and it really comes to life on weekends when it fills up with fitness-fanatics doing public dance and yoga classes. The park also continues up the mountainside where there are some excellent hiking trails. It’s also lovely at Christmas when it is home to some of Bogotá’s loveliest light displays.

Parque Nacional, a 5a-94, Cl. 36 #5a-2, Bogotá, Colombia

Parque Nacional in Bogota | © Mario Carvajal / Flickr

5. Parque La Florida

Park

Florida Park is right on the western city limits of Bogotá but has become increasingly well known in recent years among birders visiting the city due to its impressive populations of several important endemic species such as the Bogotá Rail and Apolinar’s Wren. The main park is busy at weekends with families enjoying barbeques and flying kites, but the protected part of the park has a lovely lake and reedbeds full of birdlife, and even wild guinea pigs!

Parque La Florida, Cota, Cundinamarca, Colombia, +57 1 4336241

6. Cerro de La Conejera Park

Park

Bogotá boasts a number of humedales – protected wetland areas popular with naturalists – and La Conejera is one of the biggest and best of them. There’s a more traditional park adjacent to the wetlands, but the real treat is exploring the woods, marshes, and lakes in search of beautiful birdlife, including two species of owls. If you fancy yourself an urban birder, then La Conejera is definitely the park for you!

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