Bogotá is Colombia's sprawling capital. The city is the heart of the country: an engaging and vibrant sophisticated urban cool place surrounded by chilly Andean peaks. Bogotá is a vibrant, lively city I couldn't get enough of.
The city is a safe place with easy an access to many hotels and restaurants. You should definitely take precautions with your belongings like any other place. The only thing is at nights try not to stroll around the city alone! And there are few areas that you should avoid visiting. If you take these few precautions, your stay in the city will be as smooth as staying in any other place.
The city has a myriad of carefully preserved colonial buildings and is home to an excellent and stunning museums, restaurants, hotels, old houses that are as old as 300-year-old, and churches.
Actually of you ask me, almost all of Bogotá's traditional attractions are located in Bogota.
The city is still battling with it reputations for drugs and crime, but you will see such a genuine attempt that the whole city is making towards the cause!
You will see beautiful old houses to Bogotá's Andes-hugging residential buildings - a beautiful amalgamation of old and urban cool! The city is filled with incredible history, art, an exciting food scene, a wild nightlife, and super welcoming people.
When in Bogota, I will suggest few places that must-visit. I am listing them down:
Gold MuseumMonserrate: The views of Bogota and the lush Andes Mountains from Monserrate are dramatically beautiful. You can have a complete view of Andes Mountains surrounding Bogota, and trust me, the view will leave you awestruck. A cable car or funicular train takes visitors to the top, where there's a church that dates back to the 17th century, along with biblical sculptures around the grounds. The top of Monserrate has many cafes and shops. You can plan to shop for souvenir from this place. Definately plan to visit some museums because they are so enticing and colorful that you wouldnt regret visiting them. Some of them are: Botero Museum, Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and Emerald Museaum Salt Cathedral: Located about an hour's drive from the city in Zipaquirá, the Salt Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church that was built in the tunnels of an old salt mine. Explore La Candelaria: The city's cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown which you cannot miss! It is Bogota's vibrant heart, with landmarks like the colonial-era cathedral and neoclassical Capitol flanking Bolivar Plaza. Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen: It is a Gothic church located in La Candelaria. The church has a red-and-white striped pattern - both on the outside and inside - making it look like a giant candy cane. Simon Bolívar Metropolitan Park Wander Plaza Bolívar Laguna de Guatavita (Lake Guatavita) Parque 93 Gringo Tuesdays Usaquén Market Museo Santa Clara glesia de San Francisco Downtown:
The best time of year to travel to Bogotá is probably during the months of December, January, February and March. These are the months when the weather is driest. April and May usually have the highest amounts of rain, with June and July following. December, January and February are traditionally the months when it rains the least.
Bogotá is an edgy city with loads of petty crime, but you will love the atmosphere and vibe of the city. You will love the art, the museums and the food. The city has so much to offer travelers.
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