Planning a trip to Bogota, Colombia? I hope so! It’s an absolutely beautiful city filled with the nicest people ever! Plus there are so many amazing things to do in Bogota that will make you want to come back for more.
I was lucky enough to get sent here for a training so was able to experience some of their amazing attractions. However, since I was there primarily for training purposes, it meant I only had a limited time window to explore. Therefore, I decided to knock out the top spots to visit in Bogota!
So if you ever get a chance to visit this gorgeous city, I definitely recommend you add the places below to your itinerary.
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Things To Do in Bogota
Since I was a lucky one to go to Bogota for a work training, I got to meet with a lot of locals. And because they knew I was on an extremely tight schedule, they recommended these as the top attractions to visit in Bogota.
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Out of all the places I visited in Bogota, this was the most recommended and #1 must-see! Monserrate is a hill that rises 3,152 m above sea level and gives you the absolute best view of the entire city!
The trick? You have to climb to the top.. Just kidding! Though it is an option for any fit lovers and rock climbers. Otherwise, other options you have to reach the top are by railway or by a cable car. We took the cable car option.
Many people have different opinions on when is the best time during the day to visit Monserrate. However, they all still agree that no matter the time you are able to go, the view is still spectacular. We decided to go in the evening so we could make it to the top before sunset. And boy, was this a great time to visit! It was a magical like experience getting to see the city from such a high angle during different times in the day…on the same day!
Once you reach the top of Monserrate, there is a church open to the public. There are also other Christian statues located throughout the top for a story-telling like experience. Lastly, there are two restaurants to end your day before having to head back down.
If visiting Bogota, this is definitely an attraction that should be added to your list!
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
When visiting a Latino or Hispanic country, you will notice that these cultures are pretty serious about their religion. They take pride in their churches and cathedrals and have worked very hard to make them look beautiful.
“La Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira,” translated to Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is a popular church with amazing architecture. It was built 600 feet underground, in a former salt mine slightly outside of Bogota, in the small town of Zipaquira.
The extremely cool thing about this church is that all the carvings made inside were made from salt! As soon as you enter, it feels as if you are being told a story as all the passages and carvings are numbered with a representation of the bible. It is truly a sight like you’ve never seen before!
Unfortunately, the church is not an active church with mass or priests, but is still a very popular place of worship. We took a tour guide out to the cathedral and was very helpful with explaining everything we were seeing. If you are not interested in paying for a tour guide, they also have self-guided tours with prerecorded tapes you can listen to as you walk through.
Once you have reached the end of the church, there is also a small replication of an Emerald mine with a real Emerald shop (with prices much cheaper than what we have in the US). This Emerald shop has a variety of jewelry items ranging from bracelets to necklaces, rings and even decor.
There are also several other gift shops selling items and decor of all sizes completely made from salt! These are truly two of the best places in Bogota to get souvenirs from as they are totally unique!
Did I forget to mention the spa? Yes, that’s right…. a spa in a cathedral! So if you are feeling blessed and wanting a place to relax during your trip, this Salt Cathedral is the place to visit! You can enjoy a complimentary SALT hand massage or upgrade to their spa room filled with salt techniques to help you relax! Who would of known?
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So, I have to be honest and say that I am not really a museum type chick. I enjoy touring them but I do it fairly quickly. Though I must say that this was NOT the case at Botero Museum.
The reason? There is a comical, “awe” and “OMG!” moment everywhere you walk, and I honestly live for these kind of moments.
This specific museum holds the unique artwork done by Fernando Botero (hence the museum name). His paintings and sculptures are easily recognized as his due to one simple detail: All his art is plump!
Yup, that’s right. Every single one of his paintings or sculptures was drawn or created to be chubby looking. Whether it was a person, an animal or even bananas! (look closer at the picture above, you’ll see)
WARNING! If you are visiting with family (aka young children), I would be cautious about taking them along as some artwork may not exactly be “appropriate” for the young viewers. However, this museum is next to quite a few other museums with content from other artists. Even just walking along the middle, there is some pretty views and is overall, worth visiting!
Ready to go to Bogota?
I hope this simple list was a great addition to finalize your trip planning. Don’t forget to include these must see attractions in Bogota, Colombia!
Have you visited any places listed above or have any additional recommendations I should add? Please drop a comment below as I would love to hear from you!
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