At first glance, the cobblestone streets in the sprawling capital of Colombia seem sleepy and strangely quiet, but under the surface, Bogotá is a bustling city with various districts and lots of things to do and enjoy if you know where to look. For solo travelers, the nightlife is a revelation, accommodation is diverse, and meeting people is a breeze.
What’s the vibe for Bogotá solo travelers?
Sometimes overlooked in favor of sister city Medellín – the second-largest city in Colombia – Bogotá is a must on your itinerary. The hip capital is celebrated for its coffee-shop scene, innovative cuisine and diverse, vibrant neighborhoods, all set against an epic Andes backdrop.
Take your stay up a notch at the boldly designed W in the Usaquén neighborhood. Urban and edgy, it has a restaurant with Latin American cuisine, a spa and a funky local brewpub. Rooms are snazzy with over-the-top decor and in-room vinyl menus, featuring records and a curated music playlist paired with cocktails.
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Wake up to views of the Andes at the sociable Selina La Candelaria, housed in a neo-colonial building. The sociable hostel has a cozy cafe with locally sourced coffee, a shared kitchen, a library lounge, an on-site restaurant and a movie room. It’s easy to meet dorm-mates – events take place at the bar, and you can sign up for salsa classes, cocktail-making lessons and lettering workshops.
What to do in Bogotá
4. Visit the unique Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Rarely mentioned in guidebooks, this Florentine-Gothic Catholic church is mightily impressive. Its Byzantine-style architecture and red-and-white-striped exterior make it easy to find in the La Candelaria neighborhood. With its candy-stripe columns and arches, the interior is just as mesmerizing – peek inside when services aren’t taking place.
5. Admire the eclectic street art in La Candelaria
In the heart of Bogotá, the historic La Candelaria neighborhood is a mix of pastel-painted houses and head-turning graffiti. Get lost in the cobblestone streets to find plazas, the Botero Museum – among other popular sights – and a lively craft-beer scene at night. Take a walking tour to learn about the history.
See street art when you take part in Culture Trip’s Discover Colombian Andes adventure. The eight-day trip, led by a Local Insider, takes you through the vibrant cities, coffee culture and spectacular Colombian Andes.
For spectacular city views, take a pulse-quickening hike up this mountain and visit the picturesque church of Monserrate. On a clear day, you’ll get unparalleled views of the skyline. Not up for that degree of exertion? Take a funicular or cable car from Monserrate station, then walk down.
Named after its chef, Leonor Espinosa, the upscale Leo Restaurant is like a gastronomic journey through the regions of Colombia. Choose an eight- or 13-course tasting menu with contemporary dishes that reflect lesser-known ingredients, such as plants and seeds from the Amazon. Even the cocktail menu is based on the country’s diversity, so you can taste national specialties without leaving the city.
The whimsical Bogotá branch of Andrés Carne de Res specializes in grilled meat, with a biblical-length cocktail menu. The iconic steakhouse is loved for its fiesta-lively atmosphere – expect dancing and live music. It’s a great alternative to the original restaurant in Chía, a 45-minute drive away, especially on the weekends when tables are at a premium.
Near Plaza de Bolívar, La Puerta Falsa offers doughy tamales, chocolate completo (a traditional Colombian hot chocolate with bread and a biscuit) and almojábanas (a traditional cheese bread). This unassuming colonial-informed restaurant has been serving practically the same menu for nearly 200 years. It’s especially popular in the morning, but if you head there for lunch, try the Ajiaco santafereño, a much-loved soup of chicken, corn and potatoes.
Stay safe, stay happy in Bogotá
You’ll find yourself at ease and welcome in this vibrant capital. However, like any major city, Bogotá has its fair share of crime, so exercise the usual precautions. For example, don’t wear flashy jewelry, keep expensive phones and cameras concealed, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. To be super safe, instead of hailing taxis on the street, use one that’s been vetted by your accommodation, or opt for ride-sharing apps that track your whereabouts.
Getting around in Bogotá for solo travelers
The least-confusing options are taxis, especially if your Spanish is limited. Like cycling? Every Sunday, the city bans motorized transport between 7am and 2pm. Ask your accommodation if there are bikes available for the Ciclovía program. There are also bike-sharing stations around the city; check major parks, such as Virrey Park and Santander Park, and Plaza de Bolívar, where you can borrow bikes if you register online.
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