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6 Top Things To Do In Bogota, Colombia
- Jonathan Chum
Bogota, Colombia is one of the most underrated cities in South America. Known as the "Athens of South America," this Colombian city has been ranked among the top 10 safest cities in Latin America and is a popular tourist destination for travelers from around the world. It's also home to some of the best museums, restaurants and shopping opportunities on earth!
Explore La Candelaria
La Candelaria is the historic center of Bogota, and it's a great place to explore the city.
With its many museums, churches, and plazas, La Candelaria has plenty to see and do.
The most popular attraction in La Candelaria is Plaza de Bolivar---a large square where you can find several important landmarks including: Museo del Oro (the Gold Museum), which houses thousands of gold artifacts that date back hundreds of years; Catedral Primada de Colombia (Cathedral Church); Palacio De Nariño (Presidential Palace); Iglesia De San Francisco; Convento De San Agustin Convento De Las Señoritas Reales; Casa Museo Del Periodista Carlos Maria Gutierrez; Casa Museo Botero; Centro Cultural Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Centro Cultural Usaquen; And Centro Cultural Santafereno
Visit the Gold Museum
The Gold Museum is located in the heart of Bogota, Colombia's capital city. It is housed inside what was originally built as a private mansion belonging to the Gómez Hermosa family. The museum has been open since 1824 and has always been dedicated to showcasing Colombia's rich history through its vast collection of gold artifacts.
The exhibits at the Gold Museum cover many different periods in Colombian history, including pre-Columbian times all the way up until modern times. Visitors will get an opportunity to explore archeological sites that have been excavated here as well as learn more about how these sites have shaped modern day Colombia and its people
Take a Cemetery Tour
One of the best ways to learn about Bogota's culture is by taking a cemetery tour. The city has one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, so it's definitely worth seeing.
You'll get an insight into all aspects of Bogotanos' lives, from their religion and beliefs to how they live their daily lives. You will also learn about how different cultures have shaped the city over time.
Amongst other things, you can visit tombs belonging to both Colombian presidents and foreign dignitaries such as Simon Bolivar (the country's national hero) or William Atkinson (an American who fought alongside Simón Bolivar).
Ride the Cable Car
The Cable Car is a fun and affordable way to get an overview of the city. It's also a great way to get up to Monserrate, a popular tourist attraction. While the trip up can take around 15 minutes, it's not so bad that you have time to be bored or look at your phone (or maybe even enjoy some scenery). And once you get there, it's pretty easy for families with young kids because there are plenty of benches around where everyone can rest when needed.
This is one of those things that anyone in Bogota should try at least once---and one that may even become part of your regular routine!
Check out the Botero Museum
The museum is located in a former prison and is filled with Botero's sculptures and paintings. It also has a large collection of his work, so you can see where he got his inspiration for many of his sculptures. The museum is located in the heart of La Candelaria and makes for an easy stop on your way to visit other attractions in Bogota.
Bogota is a city filled with history and culture.
One of the most important things to know about Bogota is that it's a city filled with history and culture. The area has been inhabited for over 8,000 years, and was founded in 1538. It's also home to over 8 million people who live there today, making it one of the largest cities in South America.
Bogota was named after its founder: Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada y Rivera. This Spanish conquistador was also responsible for founding other cities throughout Colombia like Santa Fe de Antioquia and Tunja Villa de Leyva (now known as Tunja).
Bogota is located at an elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level---which makes it hard to breathe when you first arrive! But don't worry---you'll get used to it soon enough.
We hope this list has inspired you to visit Colombia. It is a truly unique place with lots of things to see and do, but one thing is for sure---you won't be bored!