If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know by now how much I love Colombia! Bogotá was the final destination for us in Colombia, before we started a new journey in Peru.
Bogotá gets quite a bad rep and a lot of travellers skip this destination from their itinerary or use the country only as a transport link. We spent 3 nights in the capital city and could have easily stayed for longer.
Here are my 5 awesome things to do in Bogotá:
Cerro de Monserrate
This mountain is the main attraction in Bogotá and dominates the skyline of Colombia’s capital city. Located at the top of this 3,152-metre-tall mountain sits a stunning church which can be reached by cable car (transferico) or tram (funicular) which costs 14,000COP return trip. The views from the top of cerro de Monserrate are amazing on a clear day but remember to wear sunscreen as the sun is extremely strong due to the altitude. There are restaurants and gift stores at the top of the mountain but as this is a major tourist attraction, they are quite pricey.
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
‘Catedral de Sal’ is an underground salt mine which has been transformed into a Roman catholic church. The cathedral is located in the town of Zipaquira which is 30 miles north of Bogotá and really easy to reach. Just take the metro to Portal del Norte and from there, a mini bus to ‘Zipa’ which leaves every 10 minutes.
Zipaquira is a really beautiful town and if you have the time, it would be worth spending one night here. There is a gorgeous square with lots of bars and restaurants.
Entrance to the salt cathedral is 50,000COP for tourists which includes an English-speaking tour guide. The cathedral is nothing like I expected and I was actually blown away by how cool it was.
You will find 14 small chapels which represent the stations of the cross and the main cathedral all of which are carved entirely from salt. It really is huge and I would recommend the guide although if you prefer you can do the tour alone.
The tour lasts for about an hour and you have the option to spend more time in the cathedral watching a light show and a short video at the end. We didn’t bother as it was already quite late in the afternoon and we were absolutely starving so decided to go and eat instead.
Mirador de la Calera
There is an absolutely gorgeous view point called Mirador de la Calera with panoramic views of Bogotá. This view point is best enjoyed at night when the sparkling lights illuminate the city, to get there just jump in a cab and ask for ‘Mirador de la Calera.’
There are a few bars and restaurants up the hill where you can enjoy a beer and a bite to eat but take warm clothes as it’s pretty cold!
We were recommended to visit an area called Chorro De Quevedo which is a super hip plaza with lots of bars, restaurants and unique graffiti murals.
There are many museums and tours you can do in this neighbourhood and it’s also where you will find most of the hostels.
Surrounding La Candelaria, you will find many beautiful government buildings, impressive churches, universities and parks to chill out in.
Shopping in Bogotá
I had been desperate to go shopping in Bogotá after spending 8 months travelling with the same clothes that were now falling apart. Bogotá is a shopping lover’s paradise with so many malls to choose from.
On the way back from Zipaquira, we called at Fontanar mall which had a HUGE selection of my favourite shops including H&M which is where I went a little crazy, Stradivarius, Zara, Bershka and more.
So, there you have it, my top 5 awesome things to do in Bogotá, and this doesn’t even cover half of the activities you can do in this fabulous capital city.
Have you ever been to Colombia? Did you visit Bogotá? Let me know in the comments below.
Keep on wandering.