7 Day Itinerary in Bogota

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Bogota might not top the list of the world´s most obvious holiday destinations, but the Colombian capital boasts plenty to keep visitors entertained.

Day 1

Take a bus or van from your hostel or hotel to La Candelaria, the historic heart of Bogota. Explore the area on foot, taking in the handsome colonial houses and the picturesque cobbled streets (keep valuables out of sight, obviously). Don´t miss the Plaza Bolivar, home to South America´s first statue of Simon Bolivar. East of the Plaza, check out the Cathedral, a handsome 19th Century building. Stop for lunch at one of the many cafes and bars that surround the square, before checking out the 17th Century Capilla del Sagrario, with its good art collections, and the impressive Palacio Arzobispal, to the east of the Plaza. Take a bus, combi or taxi back to your accommodation and head out to the Zona Rosa at night for drinks and dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, head out to Monserrate, with its fun cable car and dizzying views over Bogota. Take a bus or taxi to the base of the hill, and take the cable car or funicular up to the top. There are snack bars and formal restaurants at the summit. After heading down, don't miss the impressive Quinta de Bolivar, a mansion house set in stunning gardens. Take public transport back to your accommodation before dinner.

Day 3

Head to Central Bogota, and make the dramatic Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) your first port of call. After a spot of shopping at the handicrafts market opposite the Gold Museum, check out the Modern Art Museum at Calle 24, and enjoy lunch at nearby Los Cauchos, with good traditional Colombian food. Check out the Iglesia de Maria del Carmen at Cra 5, before heading back to your accommodation. In the evening, enjoy a relaxed meal and drinks at Tienda de Cafe at Calle 119 in North Bogota.

Day 4

Visit North Bogota with its attractive Botanical gardens (Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis) before shopping at one of the many upscale malls to be found around Cra 68. There are good restaurants here too, along with cinemas and bars, making it easy to fill an evening before grabbing a cab home.

Day 5

More sightseeing in La Candelaria - visit the Palacio de San Carlos at Calle 10 and the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango at Calle 11 - check listings for free classical concerts in the grand concert hall here. Nearby, the Donacion Botero Museum has an art collection that includes works by Picasso, Monet and Dali. Have lunch or dinner at Cafe Pasaje, at Cra 6, which sits on a picturesque square and is a great spot for relaxed eating and drinking

Day 6

Visit the Museo Nacional in downtown Bogota, with its excellent collection of archaeological artefacts, before enjoying lunch in the museum´s cafe or formal restaurant. Grab a cab back to base before heading out for a night of partying in the competitively-priced bars of La Candelaria.

Day 7

Visit the 16th Century San Francisco church (Iglesia del San Francisco) and moden San Franciso Palace (Palacio de San Francisco) in downtown Bogota, before checking out the unusual and impressive bullring La Santamaria (worth a photo even if bullfighting is not to your tastes). In the evening, relax with a film at Cine Bar Lumiere at Cra 14.

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