Colombia Attractions: Top Five Places to See in Bogota
by Tess Pajaron
Laguna Sagrada - © Rei Ayanami
Bogota - © Jorge Diaz
La Candelaria - © Pedro Szekely
As one of South America’s largest cities and the capital of Colombia, Bogota is a great place to get a feel for the country’s vibrant culture and fascinating architecture.
Whether you’re a history buff, night owl or nature lover, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, from museums, lakes and parks to cafes, restaurants and nightclubs.
To give you an idea of what’s in store should you decide to visit; here are the top five places to visit in Bogota:
1. Museo Del Oro:
If you’ve only got time for one museum while visiting this lively city, it should be Museo Del Oro. Also known as the Gold Museum, this museum has an impressive selection of gold work from the pre-Hispanic era.
It is known for being the world’s largest museum of its kind, with over 6,500 pieces of gold and other archeological objects made from pottery, stone, wood, ceramic and textile. This is one of Bogota’s top attractions.
2. Cerro de Monserrate:
Cerro de Monserrate is known as the main symbol of Bogota. The mountain’s peak, at 3150 meters, provides a stunning view of the city below. Also atop the mountain is a historical church that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
The top of the mountain can be reached by cable car or funicular railway a few times a day. You’ll also find restaurants, cafes, food stalls and a beautiful park, so it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours relaxing and taking in the views.
3. Laguna De Guatavita:
Lake Guatavita is the source of the legend of El Dorado, which makes it more than just a beautiful nature spot. It’s located about 40 km outside of Bogota and you will have to pay an entrance fee of around 13,200 COP or 8 USD, but it is worth it to see this natural wonder.
You can hike around the lake to admire the views and lovely nature all around, and if you hire a guide you’ll get plenty of information on the history and legends of this mysterious lake. Try to arrive early on and leave before five, as the traffic on your way back into town can get pretty crazy later in the day.
4. Cascada La Chorrera:
Another natural wonder that is definitely worth seeing is Cascada La Chorrera, Columbia’s tallest waterfall. It is approximately 590 meters and is located about 45 minutes out of Bogota. It can only be reached by foot and the entire hike lasts about an hour and 15 minutes, so be sure to don appropriate footwear.
The hike is part of the fun though, and you’ll be able to enjoy the lush green forests, a spectacular view of the mountains beyond, and even a delicious nature picnic. Other activities include horse riding or camping, and the very brave can go for a swim in the freezing waters.
5. La Candelaria Neighborhood:
If you have an afternoon to spare, be sure to visit La Candelaria, a happening neighborhood in downtown Bogota. It’s a great place to admire quaint architecture, nose around in vintage shops, relax at one of many cafes or restaurants and take minute to watch local street musicians and artists.
A few other Colombian attractions in the area include the Bogota Cathedral, the Religious Art Museum and the Library Luis Angel Arango.
About the Author:
Tess Pajaron is part of the team behind Open Colleges. She has traveled to many different countries and loves to discover new and exciting places. She can be also seen on her social media profile at Google+.
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