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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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