Lives in Bogota, Colombia
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I love to travel...feeling the real magic of the places, exploring flavors, people, landscapes. I like to feel like a local everywhere, as if some friend would guiding me but at the same time I like to live my city as a traveler. I enjoy to share my city with foreigners.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mountains
Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters
If you want an authentic breakfast, this is a great place to come. The recommended dish here is 'envuelto' (Colombian-style wrapped corn cakes) with Colombian coffee or traditional hot chocolate. This place has a special magic; it has Italian inspiration yet still delivers great local food.
Monserrate is the principal attraction in Bogota — a must if it is your first time in the city. It's situated at nearly 3,200 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level, so the view of the city is awesome on clear days. There is also a handicraft market here where you can try Canelazo, a hot beverage based on aguardiente, the Colombian alcohol spirit made from sugarcane.
Walking by La Candelaria is an experience you can't miss if you are coming to Bogota. In this historic district, you can explore interesting architecture, great cafes, heritage houses and churches, and a lot of museums.
This is the most famous museum in Bogota, and a must even for people who don't usually like museums. There's really nothing else like it. Here you will find a great collection of golden pieces, some of which represent pre-Columbian culture. The big Boveda is particularly amazing.
Bolivar Square is the epicenter of government offices, and is the principal historical point of the city. Here you will find the Bogota City Hall, Casa de Nariño (Presidential House,) First Cathedral, Nacional Capitol, Nacional Courthouse, and one of the first schools of the city. Architecture lovers will enjoy discovering the various styles of buildings located here.
Fernando Botero is one of the most famous painters from Colombia, so visiting his museum is a great idea for those who love art. His paintings are pretty well known around the world, and his work is really interesting even for people who are not real art enthusiasts. The house is also an architectural point of interest. — why not take a walk around as it's free to enter.
If you are in the mood for a Bogotanian lunch, this is the place; the recommended dish is the famous 'Ajiaco' (Colombian soup based on potatoes and chicken), but you also can try tamal and puchero bogotano, among other delicious dishes here. The place is decorated in an old Bogotanian style, providing pleasant surroundings as you tuck into a delicious lunch.
This place is a historical must; it has existed since Bogota's foundation in 1538. There is a little old church, some restaurants, and it is nowadays also a special place for urban artists to get creative. Take a walk down La Calle del Embudo, a narrow cobbled street full of handicraft markets, heritage houses, and places offering traditional 'Chicha' — an indigenous drink made from fermented corn. Next, you will encounter 'La Plaza De la Concordia,' one of the first local markets in the city, where you can enjoy the heritage buildings, local food, fruits, and handicrafts, along with a theater.
Usaquen is located in the north of the city; once a small town, as the city grew, it gradually became a Bogota neighborhood. It retains the original structure of its town square, church, park, and cemetery however, and every Sunday it hosts a famous handicraft market. This is definitely the best time to visit, where you have the opportunity to buy local food, and explore the permanent gastronomic district, which includes some of the best restaurants in the city.
This shopping center is one of the most visited places in Bogota. More than just shopping however, the surrounding area - Zona Rosa or Zona T - is also pretty well known for its nightlife. Full of bars and restaurants, if you want to explore the after dark scene in Bogota, this is a must.
If you want to try exotic fruits and fusion dishes, this is the place. It's located in a new gastronomic district in a central part of the city. This restaurant is also quite interesting as they works with social-cultural projects in different communities around the country, such as in the Amazonas. They also source their ingredients and make innovative dishes from food that was on its way to the landfill! This is not your typical tourist restaurant — you will feel like a local here.
If you want to explore Colombian nightlife, this is a good place to do it; it's one of the most famous places to visit in 'La rumba Colombiana.' They offer an authentic party, with the principal headquarters located in a little town close to Bogota, and now another in Zona Rosa. Here, you can to dance to Colombian and Caribbean rhythms in between sampling Colombian food and drinks.