Santa Fe de Bogota is everyone’s city, as it is the capital and most important city of Colombia. It is a metropolis of more than 7 million inhabitants, many of them from different regions and other countries for multiple reasons such as job opportunities, study and forced displacement. It is the most important business center in Colombia and the headquarters of Nariño Palace, Justice Palace and the Congress. Its historic center remains intact, allowing to remember with great nostalgia the era of colonization and subsequent independence of Colombia. Bogota is the headquarters of many cultural spaces. Visitors from all over the country attend in order to have different exchanges such as the International Book Fair or Rock al Parque, the largest free music festival in Latin America. Its cosmopolitan culture allows several cultures to live together, even though Bogota traditions prevail.
Climate in Bogota
Bogota's climate is one of the most curious and unpredictable in the world. It is classified as a cold city because it is located at 2600 m.a.s.l., but it is common that in the morning the climate of Bogota is 18°C and that it can rise up to 20°C throughout the day. The nights are cold, with temperatures of 8°C and even less. Bogota is a city with a very varied climate that can have different temperatures throughout the day and that often has heavy rains and that in a matter of minutes a radiant sun rises again. This means that people have to be prepared with the appropriate clothes for each of these climate changes.
Hotels in Bogota
● Hotel Tequendama
- Address: Carrera 10 # 26-21
- Price: From COP 129,600
- Services: Tequendama Hotel is one of the most traditional hotels in Colombia, operating continuously since 1953. It is the preferred place of many artists who visit the country for its classic style and for being located in the center of Bogota. It has comfortable rooms and various amenities throughout the hotel facilities such as sauna, swimming pool, casino, spa, jacuzzi, beauty salon and gym. Hotel Tequendama offers cribs and babysitters for kids.
● ExpoHotel Bogota
- Address: Carrera 37 # 25B-65, Teusaquillo
- Price: From COP 73,333
- Services: This hotel is perfect for those who visit Bogota with the intention of attending a fair or event in Corferias, as it is only 3 blocks away. The 21 rooms have wireless internet, minibar and a very nice view of the city. In the restaurant, guests can enjoy an American breakfast or end the day with a glass of wine by the fireplace. ExpoHotel also has a laundry service and airport transfers.
● Hotel Bogota Central
- Address: Carrera 13 No. 22-24, Alameda Centro
- Price: COP 82.048
- Services: This hotel is located in a strategic point of Bogota, very close to the Colpatria Tower, the La Santamaria bullfighting arena, Bolivar’s Square and the National Museum. The 38 rooms have TV cable, private bathroom and WiFi. The hotel has a game room and an ironing room, dry cleaning and laundry.
● Hostal Chorro de Quevedo
- Address: Carrera 3 # 12D-60
- Price: COP 40,000
- Services: This hostel is ideal for backpackers who want to live closely the indescribable essence that La Candelaria has, in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere with television, internet and private bathroom in each room. The hostel is very well located, just a couple of blocks from Luis Angel Arango Library and the Gold Museum.
● Hotel Dann Avenida 19
- Address: Av 19 # 5 - 72
- Price: COP 119,351
- Services: This is the ideal hotel for business travelers, as it is close to the main government entities, shopping centers of great tradition and the financial center, as well as being close to the airport. The rooms have a private bathroom, work desk, WiFi, safe, alarm clock and telephone. Some of the rooms are equipped to receive disabled people. The hotel has a business center, convention and conference rooms with capacity for 100 people. The restaurant offers a varied menu of Colombian food and international food.
Restaurantes & Bars in Bogota
● La Jugueteria
- Address: Calle 27 No 4A-03, La Macarena
- Price: Between COP $ 34,014 - COP $ 51,020
- Services: The food is very varied, offering meat, chicken, pok, fish and soups, all with a very successful preparation, good sized portions and prices according to a quality lunch or dinner. However, the great attraction of La Jugueteria is its decoration, logically of toys. With elements from different eras, movies, cartoons, TV shows and action figures in general. This place manages to evoke memories of a wonderful time in the life of each of its guests.
● Crepes & Waffles
- Address: Several locations
- Price: From COP 15,000
- Services: Although this is a very recognized place with several presences in different cities of Colombia and Latin America, it is in Bogota where more Crepes & Waffles restaurants can be found. The preparations are very simple, they can be in crepes, in waffles, in pitas and in panne cooks, accompanied by some protein, sauce or other product that makes an ideal combination. This is a restaurant perfect for any occasion due to its abundance of places, comfortable prices, quality of food and speed of the service.
● La Puerta Falsa
- Address: Calle 11 # 6-50
- Price: From COP 6,000
- Services: This restaurant has been in the heart of Bogota since the beginning of the 19th century and has always belonged to the same family, which is why its seasoning has been maintained over the years. The menu consists of typical snacks such as chocolate with cheese, almojabana, arepa and tamale, a simple but fabulous combination that became a mandatory stop for those who visit Bolivar Square. In this place, the liberator Simon Bolivar used to eat with Manuelita Saenz. The infrastructure and decoration of the place has been maintained from that time until today.
● La Florida Bakery Shop
- Address: Carrera 7 # 21-46
- Price: From COP 1,000
- Services: La Florida has been part of the landscape of Bogota since 1936, being one of the most popular places on the capital's scene. Its wide variety of cakes, pies, cookies, biscuits, desserts and breads in general, accompanied by coffee, tea or chocolate make the perfect dish for those who leave work and want to eat something before returning home. They are also famous for their breakfasts that have different preparations of eggs or changuas, to start a day in the best way.
Touristic places in Bogota
● Monserrate: The panoramic view from this hill allows you to see how enormous Bogota is. You can get up there by cable car or funicular in 10-minute journeys. For nature and exercise enthusiasts, a trail is also enabled to climb this mountain on foot, on a journey of about an hour depending on the pace of each person. At the top of this hill is the Church of the “Fallen Lord” of Monserrate, famous for performing miracles. There is also an attractive variety of restaurants and cafeterias to have spectacular snacks while enjoying the view.
● Gold Museum: In the center of Bogota is this emblematic museum that has several of the pre-Columbian elements that abounded in this land before the Spanish conquest. Vessels and other gold elements, accompanied by the respective descriptions, allow to see the works and the symbols that they existed at that time. However, the main protagonist of this place is gold, which not only gives the name to the museum but also revives through its golden pieces, multiple accessories that represented a great value not only economic but also spiritual.
● Planetarium: This space allows science lovers to have an approach to different advances and astrological investigations that have been made in this place. The Planetarium also has an imposing dome that simulates a night sky to be able to capture on the screen all the behavior of the stars. In this dome, different concerts and attractive audiovisual functions are held.
Important dates in Bogota
● August 6: This day is Bogota's birthday and is celebrated with different free outdoor concerts to promote art and cultural diversity.
● July 20: Although this is a national date because the Colombian Independence Day, nowhere do they manage to celebrate it as it is done in Bogota. The military parades in carrera 68 and the sample of military airplanes, are a spectacle that must be lived and that makes Colombians feel proud of their homeland.
How to move around Bogota?
● Public bus: The Integrated Public Transport System SITP has several buses that travel throughout the city, covering Bogota in its entirety. Transmilenio covers the main roads of Colombia, going at a high speed thanks to having its own trunk. It is necessary to take a SITP bus to get to Transmilenio’s stations. For both services the same card works. The card must be recharged at any Transmilenio station and allows free transfer from one bus to another.
● Taxi: The supply of taxis is very wide because of the high demand for their service. The fares are charged according to a taximeter that works while the ride is in progress.
How to reach Bogota?
● Bogota by bus: Being the capital of Colombia, Bogota receives buses from all the capitals of the Atlantic Coast, Coffee Region and the South of the Country, as well as a large number of short routes within Cundinamarca. This is why it has 3 land terminals to receive and dispatch the different buses according to the destination where they travel. Traveling to Bogota is the most common destination and therefore the one that has the best chance of being available.
● Bogota by train: In Bogota there is a train that runs through all of carrera 30 and carrera 90 up to Zipaquira. This train makes stops at some points of “La Sabana de Bogota” as well as at some stations within the city. Only from these nearby municipalities Bogota can be reached by train.
● Bogota by plane: El Dorado International Airport in Bogota is one of the world’s busiest airports. It is listed as the best Airport in Latin America as well as receiving a lot of stops due to its strategic point in the Americas. National and international trips are permanent and the possibilities are very varied, mainly on flights from the United States and Latin America, although there are some that come from Europe. At El Dorado Airport there are several national flights on a daily basis, but they are mostly from the main cities of Colombia. For the rest of the regions, Puente Aereo Airport is usually used. This is a terminal dedicated to cover flights nationwide and also has a great movement every day.
Terminals in Bogota
In Bogota there are 3 land terminals given the large number of travelers who enter and leave the city on a daily basis. The north terminal and the south terminal, as the name implies, dispatch routes to these respective areas of the country. On the other hand, Salitre’s Terminal has destinations throughout the national territory, being the most important terminal in Colombia.
The Salitre Terminal is the main bus station in Bogota and Colombia. It was opened in 1984 and is located in Ciudad Salitre, west of Bogota. Currently, 86 companies operate to different national and international origins and regions. It is located in an important commercial and tourist area of the city.
Bogota´s North Terminal is relatively new, as it operates since 2017. It arises with the need to organize in a single point hundreds of inter-municipal buses that blocked the autopista norte, besides being dangerous for both passengers and pedestrians. It was also created with the intention of preventing people arriving or departing to the north of the country from having to go to one of the other two terminals. The operators of this terminal currently leave for this area of the country.
Bogota's South Terminal is a complex of 20,190 m2 that has been in operation since 2008. It is located at the intersection of Bosa Avenue and the NQS highway in south-west of Bogotá. There are currently 27 bus companies operating and 59 parking spaces. From this place, a large number of buses leave for the south of Colombia.