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August 7, 2018

Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Plaza Bolivar
Plaza Bolivar Bogota

Visited Bogota in July 2018, had a direct flight from Quito Ecuador. A round trip Air ticket was cheaper than a one way ticket from Quito to Bogota.

Weather in July - evenings and nights get cold, pack some warm clothes

Airport to Hotel Taxi, got a cab from outside the airport, and the price was U$D 15. Taxis are everywhere and have meters, not too expensive.

Hotel - Stayed at Hostal Casa Cubil, Private room was $40 a night, I loved my stay there, check booking.com for discounts

Day 1 in Bogota

I met up with a friend and we went exploring around town, mostly Zona Rosa area. After walking all afternoon/evening we ended having dinner at a empanadas street food place, I had some kind of a egg cheese empanadas for under a dollar.

At the time of writing this 1 U$D = 2900 Colombian Pesos.

Above Pictures: Juan Valdez café, there are over 100 Juan Valdez cafés in Colombia and 2nd Picture is BBC Bogota beer company, there are several of those in Bogota as well.

Day 2

I did 2 tours, the first one was a Walking tour of Bogotá and the 2 one was a Street Food Tour. Both tours met in front of the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum)

Gold Museum: Discover an incredible collection of pre-Columbian gold artifacts and learn about Colombia's indigenous cultures.

Walking Tour Walked through the charming cobblestone streets of La Candelaria, where you can find colonial-era architecture, museums, and street art.

The tour ended at Bolívar Square (Plaza de Bolívar): This historic square is surrounded by important government buildings, including the Cathedral of Bogotá and the Palace of Justice.

Food Tour: Try traditional Colombian dishes such as arepas, empanadas, and ajiaco at local markets and restaurants. Don't forget to sample Colombian coffee.

I highly recommend these tours, the Walking Tour started at 10 AM and the Food Tour at 2 PM, after the Street Food Tour most of the folks from the group ended up at BBC, and was back at my hotel by 10 PM.

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Bogota one of the best cities in the world for street art. Above picture I took during the free walking tour of Bogota at La Candelaria district, walking tour are the best way to see a city with a good local guide. La Candelaria district, the walking tour stopped for a alcoholic corn drink called 'chicha' it is sweetened with brown sugar.


Another tour, this time a history tour, we met at plaza Bolivar and talk about the history, walk to presidents house or palace. The tour guide talked about the FARC and the drug wars. The tour ended with lunch at a French café.

After lunch the group decided to go to Monserrate Mountain in Bogota for some great view of the city from the top. So we walked till the cable car station, to take the cable car to the top of the mountain was about 10 USD going and coming back.

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