Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá

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Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá

Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá
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Famous square marking a historic turning point in Colombia's colonial past.
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Neighborhood: La Candelaria
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Michelle T
New York City, NY573 contributions
May 2022
This is the most signature plaza in Bogota. We arrived around 9am on a Monday - the day after voting day - so they were still some leftover tents still around.

There are a ton of vendors in the plaza - early in the morning there were vendors selling corn to feed the pigeons and some llamas around for children's rides. Later in the afternoon, there were a ton of food carts selling drinks, fruit, baked goods, etc. There were also a lot of street performers in the plaza as well. We saw a high school marching band performing, which was really cool.

Do be careful of your wallets and phones, as it does get super crowded and I'm sure pickpockets around.
Written June 17, 2022
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sunsun69s
Hong Kong, China583 contributions
Jun 2022
Was raining heavily during my visit but I had no regret busily finding shelter for the scattered pours.
It is definitely a must-see if one is here visiting Bogota.
Many heritage buildings and eateries to explore.
If you are tired, just stop by a cafe to "get recharged".
I found one and will post it under a separate post.
Written June 16, 2022
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schnaklefarg
Denver, CO3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
A thriving plaza in the heart of Bogotá’s historic government district. The square is bordered by the senior cathedral in Colombia (Cathedral Primada) and archbishop’s palace, the Capitol building, the Alcalda (mayor and city government), and the Supreme Court of Colombia. A statue of the libertador of Gran Colombia, Simon Bolivar, occupies the space and the center of the plaza. On the holiday I was there, the square was populated with a lively crowd of solos, young couples, families with children, and elderly Bogotueños enjoying the sunny afternoon. The cathedral is open to view except during services. Perhaps best of all, the plaza is immediately adjacent to Bogotá’s historic, picturesque Candelaria neighborhood, with its many shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Written April 3, 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,389 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
We walked around the Plaza and couldn't believe how beautiful the set up around it was, but also the thousands of pigeons everywhere. The locals are really pushy with wanting you to buy birds seeds, or take pictures with the lama. Nonetheless, one of the coolest things to see in Bogota.
Written November 16, 2020
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Yingyang54
Tucson, AZ34 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
After visiting and getting a photo taken with the llama (only about $5 usd), I started wondering who Simon Bolivar was. This led me to read about the life of the amazing “Liberator” of South America. I will now search out biographies written about him.
Written January 25, 2021
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Darby I
London, UK294 contributions
Mar 2022
The actual plaza is nothing special in my opinion other than a bunch of hustlers trying to get you to take pictures with them or take a picture of you and then expecting a tip afterwards. Nothing against people hustling but when we say no, leave us alone please. Also, the pigeons are absolutely everywhere and don't give a fork where you're trying to walk!
Written May 18, 2022
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,767 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is the main plaza of the city and is surrounded by some governmental buildings. Noted some small groups demostrators demonstrating here. One of the groups are the indigenous who came from a village. A great place for photo stop.
Written June 6, 2020
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,652 contributions
Dec 2021
The entire area is full os homeless and beggars. So, be careful. If you want to visit, I recommend to go very early and on a week day. On weekends it gets terribly crowded and even dirtier. I have to say that I expected way more from the center of Bogotá.
Written December 29, 2021
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Jay A
Montrose, CO607 contributions
Feb 2020
Plaza Bolívar is in the center of La Candelaria, the old colonial town of Bogotá. There are several nice attractions in the neighborhood like the cathedral, the Museo Botero, The Museo Santa Clara and the Presidential Palace. It is named for Simón Bolívar, the leader of the effort to liberate Colombia and its neighbors from Spain and establish democratic government.

The Plaza itself, however, is pretty ordinary and one should be particularly careful of pick-pockets and others who might pray upon tourists.

Enjoy the sights near-by but don't waste a lot of effort on seeing this plaza.
Written September 7, 2020
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JMGeneva
Geneva, Switzerland1,780 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This square is large and bordered by the major buildings of all State institutions. It’s general ambiance is however pretty poor. Very empty and unappealing, except maybe for the zillions of pigeons. Impossible to miss if you stroll close to the Candelaria.
Written February 9, 2020
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