Top 5 Must Do's in Bogota

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1. Museu del Oro, Calle 16 number 5 to 41

Home to the largest collection of Pre-Colombian gold in the world, this family-friendly museum is a must-see for any visitor to Bogota. The intricate gold works made using early tools will astound, and there is also an extensive collection of other archeaologial treasures such as pottery and textiles.

2. Monserrate

A cable car and funicular railway transport whisk visitors to the peak of this towering mountain to the east of Central Bogota. Kids will love the dizzying ascent to the top, and the views across the Colombian capital are impressive. A church, snack bars and even a reconstruction of a Bogota street circa the1880s can be found at the top, making this a good place to spend at least a half day.

3. La Candalaria

Bogota’s historic district is jam-packed with museums, galleries, impressive churches and handsome colonial homes. Many of the sights can be visited free of charge, and the winding cobbled streets lead to impressive buildings on every corner. Highlights include Plaza Bolivar, with what is said to be South America’s earliest statue of liberator Simon Bolivar. There are plenty of good places to eat here for any budget, and many backpacker hostels are located in the historic neighborhood. Watch your valuables and take taxis after dark.

4. Zona Rosa Nightlife

Bogota has a reputation for some of the most sophisticated nightlife in South America, and discerning nightowls make their way to the upscale Zona Rosa district when they want to party the night away. From chic pavement bars and gourmet dining to pumping nightclubs, this is the place to see and be seen on a trip to Bogota. Although this is a largely safe neighborhood, be sure to take taxis at night.

5. Parque de la Independencia, Calle 26, Central Bogota

This attractive park with its well-maintained gardens and tree-lined walkways is a great spot to relax during a sightseeing tour of Bogota. The neo-classical design by Italian architect Pietro Cantini makes the Quiosco de la Luz, the park’s café, an appealing place to take in the atmosphere, while the park’s small planetarium will appeal to even the youngest members of the family. There are frequent live music performances in the park, from rock to classical.

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