Family Travel Ideas in Bogota

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Safety First

With its reputation as a hot spot for kidnappings and one of the world’s highest murder rates, Colombia’s capital city might not seem like a great choice for a family vacation. Look behind the attention-grabbing statistics. Of course, it pays to be careful – take taxis at night, and make your base in North Bogota, known as the safest district of the city.

This modern, cosmopolitan city has plenty to offer families, and there is no shortage of family friendly hotels and restaurants.

The Gold Museum and Other Downtown Attractions

First on the ‘to do’ list for any family visiting Bogota should be a trip to the famous Gold Museum (Museu del Oro); a real treasure trove of gold, jewels and jems. There are more than 50,000 pre-Columbian gold objects at the museum, making it possibly the most impressive collection in all the Americas. In the Gold Room, daily light shows highlight some of the most impressive pieces to stunning effect.

Bogota’s many beautiful churches, museums and galleries might not have enormous appeal for younger children, but the Museu Nacional has something to offer most age groups. Entice the kids here by informing them of the fact that the building formally served as a prison, and then introduce them to the many archeological treasures on display here.

The pleasant, palm-lined  Parque de la Independencia is a nice spot for a family picnic, and an added bonus is the Planetarium within the park.

Cable cars

Kids with a head for heights will be dizzy with excitement at the prospect of a trip to Monserrate. This mountain peak to the east of the city is reached by steep funicular railway and cable car, and offers fabolous views of the city. A nice picnic ground by the church at the peak provides an opportunity for everybody to relax and catch their breath. At the foot of Monserrate is the former mansion home of Simon Bolivar, now a museum set in stunning gardens. Kids might be impressed by the cannons seized during the famous Battle of Boyaca.

While there are walking trails to Monserrate, for safety reasons these are not advisable for families. Take taxis to and from the funicular railway station to be on the safe side.

Food and Lodgings

While the historic La Candelaria district may be visually appealing, it can be unsafe after dark and the accommodation here is best avoided by families. The best hotels and the safest streets can be found in the north of the city, and the area north of Cra 68 considered to be the safest of all. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to be found here, and across the city, offering everything from basic sandwiches and burgers to fine dining.

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