Bogotá: the capital of Colombia is a fascinating city rich in culture. So you can’t afford not to visit this city during your stay! Here are the top 10 places to visit in the Eastern European region.
Plaza Bolivar: Bogotá’s main square covers almost 14,000 square metres and is the central point where some of the city’s most important buildings are located: the Palace of Justice, the Capitol, the House of the Ecclesiastical Council, the Cathedral, etc.
Botanical Garden: Founded in 1955, it is the ideal place for a relaxing moment. Full of colour and fragrance, it houses plants of many species: from medicinal plants to orchids of all colours and shades, from rose gardens to bonsai trees, and even representations of the Andean rainforest.
Gold Museum: Founded in 1939, this precious treasure allows visitors to discover one of the most important resources of the Indios: gold. Inside the museum, in addition to the beauty and brilliance of the many objects on display, it is possible to see and learn how this precious metal was worked, even before the Spanish invasion.
Botero Museum: considered one of the most important art collections in Latin America, it tells the professional and artistic story of the Colombian painter and sculptor: Fernando Botero. It houses 123 works by the artist and 85 others by the greatest painters of all time (Picasso, Dali, Renoir, Monet) from Botero’s private collection.
Plazoleta Chorro de Quevedo: probably the point from which the city of Bogotá was founded in 1537, it is the oldest neighbourhood in the city, with a joyful and sparkling atmosphere. A meeting point for young people, it is full of bars, restaurants, cafes, musicians and street performers.
Monserrate: breathtaking views and clean air for a trip just outside Bogotá. Monserrate is a must-see, due to the beauty of the landscape offered at an altitude of 3,200 metres. The summit can be reached on foot, for the more adventurous, or by cable car, for a special, adrenaline-filled experience under the blue Colombian sky. From here, a fantastic view of the capital is guaranteed.
National Museum of Colombia: Founded in 1823 and used as a penitentiary until the middle of the last century, it is now one of the oldest museums in America and is another must-see when visiting Bogotá. It is the guardian of historical, archaeological and artistic evidence of pre-Columbian and Colombian history.
La Candelaria: the emblematic district of the city, La Candelaria is the ideal place for direct contact with Colombian traditions: from food sold directly in the street, to typical drinks such as Salpicon, to be sipped while strolling, to markets and restaurants offering typical cuisine.
Sanctuary Nuestra Señora del Carmen: this is one of the most beautiful and historic Catholic churches in Bogotá, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Located in La Candelaria, it was consecrated in 1938 and is known for its Florentine Gothic style. Unlike most cathedrals, there is not as much gold as red, blue and white.
Bogotá Graffiti Tour: You will visit murals by some of Bogotá’s most famous street artists, which powerfully represent the culture, struggles and people of the city. All tours are guided in English, with private tours available in Spanish or German. This tour is a wonderful way to become familiar with the urban environment and culture of Bogotá.
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