Welcome to Bogota. Colombia’s capital and home to more than 8 million people. Overwhelming much? Yes, but don’t let the numbers, cold, 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 for some insight into Bogota backpacking…..
Bogota’s street art is remarkable. 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 that Bogota is rated as a TOP 10 City in the world 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 with Bogota Graffiti Tours. These tours provide a look into the history of Bogota’s Street Art, the current state of Bogota’s art scene & a breakdown of Colombian culture. CANT BE MISSED.
Monserrate. Aka the giant white cathedral on the hill. A pilgrimage destination as well as one of the top tourist/local choices in Bogota. Craving a leg burning workout? Hike up before 1 pm 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.
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 Bogota’s 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)
Coffee. Coffee and Colombia are synonymous. Bogota’s coffee scene like its rival city Medellin, is booming. Find yourself a solid spot and enjoy. It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include coffee on this list. Go check out one of these solid options below.
- Azahar Cafe
- Café Cultor
- Bourbon Coffee Roasters
Museums. I am in no way a museum nut but if the category is right, I’m all for it. I’m not going to go out of my way for a museum but Bogota provides travelers with an excellent selection to choose from. One of the best parts about these that most are free or less than $5. Some must sees include:
- Bortero Museum – Colombia’s most famous artist
- Museo Del Oro – The Gold Museum
Climate & Environment
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. If you’re in Bogota backpacking, the location allows travelers to explore extreme differences in geography & activities. Within 6 hours from the country’s capital, visitors can:
- Explore the (Worlds Largest Paramo De Oceta [Photos],
- Hike to Colombia’s Tallest Waterfall: La Chorrera
- Stargaze in one of Colombia’s most scenic deserts, Tatacoa
- Learn about the production of some of the worlds best Coffee
- Many More ….
Feeling adventurous? Bogota is the gateway to Colombia’s Amazon, which out of any Amazon in South America, is the least explored & arguably the best. Find out for yourself or take a look at my Welcome to Colombia’s Amazon: Leticia
Traffic and Congestion
With the good, comes the bad. TRAFFIC. While I was in Bogota backpacking, the traffic was painfully brutal. As expected with any major city this traffic can make the most tranquil monk break their silence. Just kidding but it’s extremely frustrating. Planning is VERY important when structuring your day, unless you want to be stuck moving at an Ants pace.
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 while Bogota Backpacking.
Are you from Bogota? Where is your favorite local spot?
Is there something that I didn’t include? Let me know so I can add it to the list to make everyone’s Bogota experience the best it can be.