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Things to do in Bogota - Columbia

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Colombia is so huge and diverse and serves so many different styles of travel, the answer is: it really depends on what you’re after.


In this blog we take you around Bogota - the capital of and largest city in Colombia. It is a place of convergence for people from all around the country and is therefore diverse and multicultural. Within this city, the past and present come together.


Our intent is to offer some diverse inspiration and practical advice to round out your Colombia itinerary, to help you add a new destination to it, or to give you the building blocks to create your own from scratch.


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Monserrate Tour in Bogota




Elevated 3,152 meters (10,341 feet) above sea level, the Cerro de Monserrate has become part of the history of the capital, thanks to the large flow of Colombian and foreign visitors, who come for Catholic beliefs or for the beautiful landscape that lets enjoy.

This icon so beloved by Bogota citizens is easily recognizable by the immaculate white church built on the top of the hill, which can be appreciated from all points of the city. Its interior houses the sculpture of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate, Bogota's patron saint, which attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year seeking spiritual comfort.

Learn how this place became one of the most representative of the city and how its history dates back to pre-Hispanic times.




Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Tour

Zipaquira is a town internationally known for having one of the most visited touristic wonders in Colombia: its majestic salt cathedral. The cathedral makes part of a salt mine that is 180 meters (590 feet) underground.

Live the unique experience of visiting an underground church built in an amazing and sublime space: the magnificent Salt Cathedral, located in Zipaquirá. Carved from the depths of the largest salt deposit in Colombia (and one of the largest in America), the Salt Cathedral is a memorable and inspiring place. The Muiscas were the first to discover and take advantage of the enormous salt wealth of the place, but only until the 20th century was the current Cathedral consolidated.




La Candelaria Bogota Tour

Located among the imposing mountains of the Andes, Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is a cosmopolitan city, full of secrets and stories to be discovered.

You will encounter the fascinating culture of Bogota by taking our City Tour, where you can explore the neighborhood of La Candelaria built during the colonial period. This “historical center” is surrounded by the famous mountains of Monserrate and Guadalupe and is distinguished by its unique array of colorful colonial houses and cobble stone streets. La Candelaria is known for housing the most emblematic political, economic, and cultural institutions of the country.

During our city tour, you will enjoy a trip through time by taking in a wide array of architectural styles such as the Plaza de Bolívar, the main square of the city, and the primary Cathedral of Colombia. Next, you will discover the pre-Columbian mysteries and legends of Colombia’s indigenous communities exemplified in the exhibitions of the Museum of Gold, ranked as one of the best museums in the world by Tripadvisor.

Afterward, you will visit the Botero Museum of the Central Bank, which houses one of the most important permanent collections of contemporary art in the hemisphere, not to mention the largest collection of a master painter, Fernando Botero.




Guatavita Lake Tour

The Legend of El Dorado recounts a precolonial time when the indigenous Muisca priests submerged themselves in the sacred lake of Guatavita. Covered in gold dust, they conducted sacred ceremonies to pay tribute to the spirit of the water with gold artifacts forged and hammered by their most skilled artisans. The gold, however, was coveted by the Spanish conquistadors and subsequent gold seekers who attempted to steal the valuable pieces by different means.

During this Day Tour, you escape the urban landscape and experience a breathtaking hike to this famous lake while being escorted by our expert guides. You will travel to Guatavita in a private vehicle and will have the unique chance to also look at the fascinating natural landscapes of Bogota’s savannah. Following your visit to the lake, you will arrive in the village of New Guatavita.

The hamlet, characterized by captivating architecture and situated beside the picturesque Tomine reservoir, is notable for having some of Colombia’s most beautiful artisanry.




Taste The Best Coffee in Colombia

Visit a famous coffee farm in Cundinamarca. This coffee plantation is well known from growing varied types of exotic coffee from around the world as well as various types of their own, meaning they both import and export products. We will guide you through their growing process as you get the chance to unwind from the city and connect with nature across this beautiful plantation.

You will be in touch with locals who are involved in the production process, and learn directly from this source their knowledge about growing different types of coffee, everything from the seed to your cup. Explore and understand how each step of the process has a different effect on the final product.



Bogota Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is a world within itself. full of color and nature this park has an area of 19.5 hectares. Its name honors the memory of Jose Celestino Mutis Sage, the director of the Botanical Expedition.

The park promotes wildlife and periodically carries out conservation activities, environmental education and research on the diversity of Colombian flora and fauna to promote awareness on the subject. particularly, it has a program to educate the citizens about the area sorounding Bogota, particularly the savannah of Bogota, to help the society understand the importance of this ecosystem. The park was founded in 1955 by the Colombian scientist Enrique Perez Arbelaez and is open today to the public.



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