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Famous square marking a historic turning point in Colombia's colonial past.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Bogota
Between Carreras 7 and 8 at Calle 10, Bogota, Colombia
+57 300 2675545
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I loved this plaza-it had such a Colombian vibe. It was such a nice place to walk around and “take it all in”. A lot of street food vendors and hawkers. Grab a coffee and enjoy this gem

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

you can't leave Bogota before visiting town center and the plaza. Make sure you have an amazing typical lunch at nearby Cervato restaurant!!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alanmX8004UE
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having visited this space a number of times during my week in Bogota, I can safely say that it is a great place to people watch. The square is busy at virtually all times of the day and night, so if you can find a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A good place to have a wander about but lots of pigeons which isn’t so good. There are a lot of people trying to get you to go to their restaurants it is best just to ignore them. People sell corn to encourage tourists to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Louise P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a huge open space and lovely to see so many piegons there. It's a part of the walking tour. Worth a visit

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Aashumi
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first location we have visited on our guided walking tour of Bogota with Gate1 Travel . Our excellent guide , Juan , showed us the buildings housing the main branches of power in Colombia : the Capitolio Nacional where the Congress meets...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank belleretraite
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have never seen a plaza with so many pigeons due to buying and feeding them corn. The cathedral is not amazing but the plaza is large and frequently has comedians or street art.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 404ceciliah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this historic plaza. It has the most pigeons we've ever seen in one place. There are vendors there that sell kernels of corn to feed them for very cheap. It's a short walk to and from El Museo de Oro (The Gold Museum)....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Eugenio J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An big city square full of pigeons. If you don't like birds flying around you then one to avoid. Not a great deal else to see.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank holliebobs2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the square itself is nothing special ,it does represent part of Colombian history and is the centre of some lively pedestrianised streets with cafes, street artists, street salsa dancing etc Ok we walked around on a sunny January afternoon but it was a very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Panama City, Panama
7 Hour Layover in Bogotá this Sunday (2 Replies)
We have a 7 hour layover in Bogotá, landing at 6:40a this Sunday, and departing at 2:20p. Really, we will have five to six hours of play time. We are planning to take taxis to Plaza de Bolivar, Mount Monserrate, La Candelaria. Is this possible within my time frame? Where should we go first, second, third? Thank you!
October 29, 2015|
Response fromBicks_medellin|
I think you have 4 1/2 hours of time including your taxi out. 1 hour to get out, 1 hour to get back (with a bit of fudge) and 1 hour before your flight. I would take a taxi straight to Monserrate and take the cable car up the mountain, have a look around then head back down. Assuming you have time, although you could walk, i would take a taxi to Candalaria and then take it by ear as to how much time you have left. Start at the Plaza and then walk up the hill and explore a bit. You are lucky...More
Manchester, United Kingdom
My amazing holiday to Colombia (my trip report) (2 Replies)
Firstly before writing my trip report I would like to thank the many people on here who have helped me plan my trip. There are too many people to mention everybody but I would like to thank playa4u and Marcela for their help deciding how to spend my time in Bogota and my most grateful thanks of all go to bjsabina for her help with everything to do with Cartagena. Bjsabina your help and advice really ensured we had the most fantastic holiday ever, thank you. This trip report is longer than...More
January 15, 2011|
Response frombjsabina|
Thanks so much for your kind words; I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in Colombia and agree with me that Cartagena is an amazing place to be. You're right - it's just a lovely buzz while you're in this great city!
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Private English-speaking guide + driver recommendations (5 Replies)
Hi all! My friend and I are traveling to Colombia in November, and I need a little bit of help. We are staying in Bogotá November 5th-November 8th before moving on to Medellín and Cartagena. My friend speaks passable Spanish, and I am fluent in Spanish (though a little out of practice). Despite my Spanish skills and being fairly well-traveled, we will still not pass as locals. We are staying in the Parque 93 area, and plan on sticking around there at night. While in Bogotá, we would like a...More
May 11, 2016|
Response fromRich041|
A private guide wouldn't save you any time vs. a taxi (just the opposite, since the driver/guide would have to park the car while the taxi driver wouldn't), and there's no benefit to having a personal guide in those paces. You could look at a guide for La Candelaria in general, minus the driver part.