Bogota Backpacking: Street Art, Traffic and everything in between

Welcome to Bogota. Colombia’s capital and home to more than 8 million people. Overwhelming much? Yes, but don’t let the numbers or traffic scare you off, unless you want to miss another memorable Colombian city. So why am I here & why should you be here too? Read on …..

Street Art. Bogotas street art or murals is truly a sight. With an estimated 5,000 + pieces, you are almost guaranteed to see something new around every corner. With this density of art it’s no surprise why Bogota is rated as a top 10 city for street art. Keep your eyes off of your phone and peruse the free outdoor museum.

Best way to learn about the street art and history ? Book your free tour below:

Monserrate. Aka the giant white cathedral on the hill. A pilgrimage destination as well as one of the top tourist choices in Bogota. Craving a leg burning workout? Hike up before 1pm and take in the best views of the city. Need to give your legs some solace? Use the cable cars or funicular to get yourself back down to ground level.

Cloudy vision at Monserrate. Bogota, Colombia
Cloudy vision at Monserrate. Bogota, Colombia
Cable Cars up & down at Monserrate. Bogota, Colombia
Cable Cars up & down at Monserrate. Bogota, Colombia

Food & Markets. Bogota is a melting pot of Colombians & is also a melting pot for food choices. Whether it be a 5 star restaurant that none of us backpackers are eating at. (Probably) Or Bogotas staple food, Ajiaco, your taste buds will be happier than a clam. Naturally like any other major Latin America city, the markets are a must visit. Paloquemao is a MUST, MUST, MUST. (Picture below)

Aguacate. Si o no? Bogota, Colombia
Aguacate. Si o no? Bogota, Colombia

Coffee. Coffee and Colombia are pretty much synonymous but Bogotas coffee scene like its rival city Medellin, is booming. Find yourself a solid spot and enjoy. One of these solid spots include:

  • Azahar Café
  • Café Cultor
  • Bourbon Coffee Roasters
Azahar Café. Bogota, Colombia
Azahar Café. Bogota, Colombia

Museums. I don’t go crazy for museums but I also don’t hate them. Bogota provides travelers with a wide selection ranging from art to history. Some must sees include:

  • Bortero Museum – Colombia’s most famous artist
  • Museo Del oro – The Gold museum

Climate & Environment. Bogota is situated at 8,660 feet above sea level which provides a crisp, cool environment. Bogota might be your city if you enjoy the chance to throw a sweatshirt on & hit the streets. However, unlike some of my flip flop toting travelers, they can’t live with the thought of throwing shoes and socks on.

Location. Bogotas location allows travelers to explore extreme differences in geography & activities. From the worlds largest Paramo ecosystem, Colombia’s tallest waterfall, & desert destinations, Bogota plays host for many opportunties.

Feeling adventurous? Bogota is the gateway to Colombia’s Amazonia which out of any Amazon in South America, is the least explored & arguably the best. Find out for yourself.

With the good, comes the bad. That bad as mentioned earlier, traffic, can be painfully brutal. As expected with any major city this traffic can make the most tranquil monk break his silence. Just kidding but it’s frustrating.

Have you been to Bogota? What do you like or dislike about the City? Drop a comment if I’ve missed something or if you have had the chance to enjoy some of these things.

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