Bogota Backpacking: Street Art, Traffic & More
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 Backpacking Overview
- Street Art
- Climate & Environment
- Traffic & Congestion
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 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
Bogota provides travelers with an excellent selection of Musuems to choose from. If you are looking for a particular type of museum, you are likely to find it. A nice aspect of the museums here is that most are free or are less than $5. 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. 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. Traffic in Bogota is brutal. As expected with any major city, Bogota’s traffic can make the most tranquil monk break their silence. Don’t want to be stuck all day? Make sure you are aware of your route and where you will be in the city.
Have you been to Bogota?
What do you like or dislike about the City? Have I displayed what the city is like or is the traffic even worse?
Thanks for reading and if you need any help while traveling in Colombia, please reach out. I want to see you guys enjoying everything this beautiful country has to offer. Another resource I always use for travelling is WikiTravel. Here is the WikiTravel for Bogota