What to do in Bogota

What to do in Bogota

In one day you can go around Bogota and see and discover different things. Here we will propose some routes for you to choose depending on your preferences.

1. If you love museums. Near Bogota Bed & Breakfast INN, no more than 2 to 4 km from our B&B, you can find both art and history museums. For the most part they are displayed in beautiful old houses in La Candelaria. You will find the Botero Museum, the Gold Museum, among others. For more information, you can click here or visit our Bogota Museum Guide in our web site (How to Spend your Days). There you will find hours of operation, ticket prices, distance from our Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN, and other important information.

At lunchtime you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants in La Candelaria, like La Puerta Falsa or Casa Vieja. Close to our B&B there is Las Acacias, El Barrio -at the Park Way and four blocks away you find La Casa de la Pasta (owned and operated by an Italian family). You can also have a nice cup of coffee in Juan Valdez coffee shop, Oma Coffee Shop or in our Vereda Central, small coffee producer, its really good!! and really close to our house. Within an 8-block area from Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN you will find many small coffee shops, bakeries, eateries, etc.

2. Another great option is visiting the Cerro de Monserrate. There are two options to go up: taking the regular telesférico (cable car) or the funicular (train). Some times the trail is opened and you can walk all the way until the top.

Monserrat Mountain is 3,152 mts over sea level. It is located in the Eastern Hills of Bogota. It is said that Cerro Monserrate is the guardian of the city.

From this magical place it is possible to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Bogota and enjoy the typical and international gastronomy in the two restaurants you find at the top of the mountain. After taking nice and awesome pictures at Monserrat Mountain you can go down and visit the Quinta de Bolivar, which is located near to the Monserrat Station.  The Quinta de Bolivar was the residence of Simon Bolivar after the war of independence and is now a museum dedicated to his life.

For information on visit hours and ticket prices click here.

3. If you like flowers and beautiful gardens you can go to The Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis) and enjoy our national flora from different climatic zones and also from other parts of the world. The visit takes about 3 hours. For more information regarding the Botanical Garden Jose Celestino Mutis, such hours, prices you can visit our web page, Bogota Museum Guide, or visit its web site http://www.jbb.gov.co.

 4. Free: La Candelaria walking Tour: this is a program from Instituto Distrital de Turismo of Bogota www.bogotaturismo.gov.co . It is a tour focused on the most important cultural and historial places in Bogota. It is carried out by proffesional guides that in a very entertaining way will tell the history of each one of the sites visited. English guided tours are Tuesday and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. This tour takes two hours. We highly recommend this tour. Please let us know if you are interested on taking this tour in order to make reservations in advance.

5. The Tranvia Tour is another fun way to get to know Bogota’s History. You will be traveling in a replica of the old Tranvia. This type of train used to be our public transportation in the first half of the last century (XX). There are two tours:

A regular tour: it is about 1:10 hour-tour. It runs by the historical center and the surroundings. This tour includes a tour guide, video and it shows people from the old time. It also includes a 10-minute stop at the waterfalls of the San Francisco River. This tour goes from Wednesday to Sunday and Holidays.

Special Tours

Friday 7 pm: it is a tour in the Tranvia with a tour guide, video, description of people of time, canelazo (agua de panela and aguardiente) and chocolate Santafereño, one stop at the Chorro de Quevedo (place said to be where our city, Bogota, was founded, in the heart of the Historic Center), and also two souvenirs as a gift. Service is approximately 2 hours. For visit time, tickets price click here.

Sunday 9 a.m. Consists of a tour in a Tranvia with a tour guide, video, description of people of the time, Breakfast Santa Fe style, two guided stops (Quinta de Bolivar and San Francisco River Waterfall), and two souvenirs. Full service approximately 2 hours.

For the special tours it is important to make a reservations one day in advance, and prepay the ticket. For more information about tickets price and hours click here.

  1. For the night owls … we have the Bogota Salsa Tour

BogotaNightlifetours brings together the best party, drinking, eating, and cultural destination that every visitor should get in Bogota. Without any doubt the best easiest, safest, and fun way to meet the nightlife of a diverse and multicultural city, such us our beloved Bogota.

Craft Beer Night. (Saturday’s) Get to know the best salsa in Bogota on a night full of dancing, history, drinks, fun, and music with the best local orchestras.

On Saturday this attraction runs from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day. For more information go to www.bogotanightlifetours.com/craft-beer-night/

Pink Party Night (Thursday’s)

Meet the best of Bogota’s LGBT scene in this six-hour tour where you’ll go from a friendly coffee lounge to the energetic local party scene.

This attraction runs on Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day. For more information go to www.bogotanightlifetours.com/pink-party-night/

Latin Party Night (Friday’s)

Live a crossover Latin party night with drinks, dancing, music and cheerful people during this six-hour and four environments tour.

This attraction runs on Fridays from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day. For more information got to www.bogotanightlifetours.com/latin-party-night/

Salsa Party Night (Saturday’s)

Meet the best salsa dancers in Bogota on a night full of dancing, history, drinks, fun and music with the best local orchestras.

This attraction runs on Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. the next day. For more information got to www.bogotanightlifetours.com/salsa-party-night/

All the above is a small sample of what you can do in Bogota. There are plenty other activities in the city and out that you can embark on. Please ask Bogota Bed and Breakfast staff for the things you will love to get to know in our great city.

Following there is some of the one-day-trips you can do in the surroundings of Bogota: the Represa Tomine, Guatavita the Town and Guativita Lagoon (the legend of El Dorado), the Nemocon Salt Mine (one of the top mines of the world), Zipaquira Salt Mine and Town. And if you want to explore a little more and far from Bogota, you can ask to go to Villa de Leyva, passing by beautiful towns like Raquira (pottery heaven), Jaime Duque Park (the Taj Mahal). Again ask Bogota Bed and Breakfast staff for more information about these fantastic destinations.