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There are a variety of places to visit if you have only 3 days to know Bogota. In this guide I will show you the traditional places and some others that, as a local, I think you can not miss at all.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
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  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

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15 Places

Day 1

Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao

Flea & Street Markets

Mount Monserrate

Mountains, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

La Candelaria

Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Neighbourhoods

Plaza de Bolivar

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Speciality Museums

Day 2

Salt Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

El Tambor

Restaurants

Parque de Usaquen

Parks

Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen

Flea & Street Markets

Abasto

Restaurants

Day 3

Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis

Gardens

Dona Elvira

Restaurants

Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Zona G Bogota

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

La Calera

Destinations

Maria Camila R's City Tips

  • If you prefer to take a cab, there are free mobile apps to order the service, it is easy and safer.
  • If you like the experience of taking a bus, you must buy “Tu Llave”, a rechargeable card to access to the Integrated Public Transport System (SITP).
  • The time you take to go from any place to another depends on the hour and traffic; keep this in mind for your itineraries.
  • Sadly but true. You must be careful with your bags, cell phone, and camera, because there are pickpockets around the city, on the streets, and on public transport.
  • Bogota is cold and has the oddest weather of the world! So you will need to be prepared with light clothes, a coat and an umbrella because you never know at what time it will be sunny or rainy!
    Day 1
  • Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This is one of my favorite places in the entire city. Walking into the market transports you to another world, as you are surrounded by the beautiful scents and colors of local produce, flowers, and plants. You can try a variety of foods grown all over Colombia here, and enjoy getting to know the friendly locals who sell them.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The market closes at 4pm.
    • You can have breakfast or lunch at the market. I recommend going with an appetite because you’ll find amazing Colombian food at reasonable prices.
    • Go first thing in the morning to find the freshest flowers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fruit paradise 18/08/2016
    • Pretty standard market 16/08/2016
    • Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao
    Address:
    Calle 19 # 25-04
    Bogota 111611
    Colombia
    Phone:
    5717426664
    Other:
  • Mount Monserrate
    Mountains, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    Monserrate is one of the most well known icons of Bogota, famous for the church at the top of its hill which offers the best views of the city. Many people (mainly locals) reach the top by walking — it takes about an hour — while others opt to take the funicular or cable car up. However you decide to get here, the panoramas are definitely worth it, and if like me, traditional food is always important to you when sightseeing, you won't be disappointed by the authentic restaurants, and typical street food stalls you'll find here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take an extra layer because it’s always cold up here.
    • I recommend you try "agua de panela" with "pandebono" here; the best food and drink combination to take away the cold.
    • I prefer to go up by cable car, but if you want to sample both modes of transport, you could the funicular on the way back down.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • THE best views, great outdoor spaces along the way 28/08/2016
    • Wonderfull view 27/08/2016
    • Mount Monserrate
    Address:
    Carrera 2 E No. 21-48
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    57 1 284 5700
    Other:
  • La Candelaria
    Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Neighbourhoods
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    La Candelaria is the old quarter of Bogotá. I love this neighborhood because you actually don't have to 'do' anything here, besides walk through its narrow streets and enjoy the colorful facades. Recognized for its architecture and history, throughout the neighborhood you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes, cultural centers, and museums, as well as markets selling local and handmade goods. Take your time exploring every corner!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I recommend visiting this area during the day so that you can take advantage of the many cultural sights and activities that it has to offer.
    • Allow time to explore the graffiti and street art that is becoming more prominent, and an accepted part of Bogotá's culture.
    • There are many myths and legends about ghosts inhabiting the houses of the Candelaria, so if you are interested in haunted houses you should definitely ask the locals for a tour!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 58 Shopping in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely neghborhood 27/08/2016
    • Safe to walk and visit 21/08/2016
    • La Candelaria
    Address:
    Carrera 8 No. 11-39
    Bogota 111711
    Colombia
    Phone:
    57572832319
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$50
    Other:
  • Plaza de Bolivar
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This is the principle plaza of Bogota, which houses the most important government buildings of Colombia. Here you will find the National Capitol Building, the Palace of Justice, the Cathedral, and the Palacio Liévano (the government headquarters of Bogota.) During your stay, you are likely to find plenty of entertainment and special events held in the plaza, such as concerts, farmer’s markets, and festivals — do a little research before you arrive!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You will find people selling food for the pigeons and offering to take your picture with the birds. I prefer not to partake in this activity, but it's a popular pastime for kids.
    • Around the plaza there are many carts selling food. Don’t leave without trying the "agua aromatica." It has a delicious flavor that you will not find anywhere else.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pigeons!!! 27/08/2016
    • Impressive 26/08/2016
    • Plaza de Bolivar
    Address:
    Between Carreras 7 and 8 at Calle 10
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Other:
  • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Speciality Museums
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    In my opinion, this museum best exhibits the heritage of the pre-Colombian cultures that once inhabited what is now known as the country of Colombia. The museum is a must-see for its extensive collection of golden ware and pottery; objects that represent many of the legends and beliefs of these ancient cultures, and that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free on Sundays.
    • Upon finishing your visit to the museum, you can enjoy a delicious local coffee at the museum cafe.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays (including Colombian national holidays.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The variety of gold in this collection is amazing - and gorgeous! 27/08/2016
    • So much fun, so much to learn 27/08/2016
    • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Address:
    Carrera 5
    Calle 16
    Bogota 110321
    Colombia
    Phone:
    571-3432222
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Salt Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    Take a half-day trip to visit the underground Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral,) located just a short distance from Bogota in the famous mining town of Zipaquira. The cathedral, a part of the Parque de la Sal, is one of the most highly visited tourist attractions in the country, due not only to its religious importance, but also for its historical and architectural significance. Enjoy exploring this impressive and unique work of art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The easiest way to get there is by the transmilenio. Get off at Portal Norte, and then catch another bus that will head straight to Zipaquira. It takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
    • It is best to arrive early in the morning to allow enough time to wander through the park and the cathedral.
    • Open every day from 9am to 5.30pm.
    • Entrance is by guided tour only (included in ticket price.)
    • There are several types of entry ticket available, ranging from basic (tour included) to packages which include the museum and other attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Zipaquira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Catedral de la Sal - You Are Stunning! 27/08/2016
    • Zipaquirá 27/08/2016
    • Salt Cathedral
    Address:
    Carrera 6 calle 1
    Zipaquira 250252
    Colombia
    Phone:
    594 5959
    Other:
  • El Tambor
    Restaurants
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This traditional restaurant is a great place to try the famous 'picada,' a dish that includes beef, pork, corn, plantains, and many other local ingredients. The country setting has ample space and fresh air, making it ideal for families or groups.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for the "arepa de choclo," it’s the house specialty and also my favorite!
    • If you go on a weekend, it is best to arrive early in order to avoid a long wait.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 1,681 restaurants in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best in Bogota for Colombian Parrillada‬! 29/07/2016
    • so amazing food!!!! 27/02/2016
    • El Tambor
    Address:
    Autopista Norte Calle 220 Costado Oriental Multiparque
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    6761539
    Other:
  • Parque de Usaquen
    Parks
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    The Plaza de Usaquen, situated in the northern part of the city, attracts many visitors thanks to its growing gastronomic scene and cultural activities. Originally an independent town, the growth of the city has meant Usaquen has been swallowed up, and transformed into another Bogota barrio. The small-town feel and colonial architecture has been well preserved however, and you can really feel this as you explore the beautiful setting of the plaza.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon or an evening stroll.
    • An ideal place to stop off on your way back from the Salt Cathedral.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go on Sunday - it's family day for locals, plenty going on 27/08/2016
    • Park 93 23/08/2016
    • Parque de Usaquen
    Address:
    Carrera 6A
    Calle 118
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Other:
  • Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This flea market, formerly known as Mercado de San Pelayo, has existed for more than 15 years, and was created to promote arts and crafts in this area of the city. The market traditionally operates on Sundays only, when the public plaza and its surrounding streets, are filled with handmade crafts, art, music, antiques, and artisanal foods.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Most of the activity around the market occurs on Sundays, however you can also find merchants selling some of their local products during the week.
    • The market is a great place to buy more unique Colombian souvenirs, and other gifts while supporting the local artisans.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good on a Sunday 23/08/2016
    • Great local finds but being local currency 14/08/2016
    • Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen
    Address:
    Carrera 5 120a 07
    Usaquen
    Bogota 110111
    Colombia
    Phone:
    491 10 04
    Other:
  • Abasto
    Restaurants (Colombian, International, Vegetarian Friendly)
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This is one of the best restaurants in Usaquen, thanks to its modern approach to typical Colombian dishes. It utilizes fresh and organic ingredients, with an updated take on homestyle cooking.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • It offers a variety of vegetarian dishes.
    • Avoid long lines by arriving early or making reservations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 1,681 restaurants in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ok 21/08/2016
    • Good brunch! 17/08/2016
    • Abasto
    Address:
    Cerratera 6
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    215-1286
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    07:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    07:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    07:00 - 10:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis
    Gardens
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This is a beautiful place to find nature right in the middle of the city. It is the largest botanical garden in Colombia, and also hosts sporting competitions for both children and adults, as well as a variety of cultural activities — from concerts to theater to festivals — plus expositions such as the annual orchid show.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is open every day.
    • Free Yoga classes are held here every Sunday morning at 9am. (You only have to pay the park entrance fee.)
    • The entrance fee is very reasonable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing way to spend an afternoon in nature 27/08/2016
    • Lush garden 27/08/2016
    • Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis
    Address:
    Calle 63 No 68-95
    Calle 12 D, No 1-27
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4377060
    Other:
  • Dona Elvira
    Restaurants (Colombian)
    Maria Camila R Says:

    I have many fond memories of this place since I was a child, because it has always been my family's favorite traditional restaurant. I love it! It was first created in the home of a family 80 years ago, and has gradually grown through every generation. Today its unique flavors are still recognizable in each of the typical Colombian and Bogotan dishes it serves.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open from Wednesday through Sunday. (I recommend going on weekends because then they offer all the options featured on the menu.)
    • I recommend asking for an order of "arveja verde con pata," which is the best accompaniment for all dishes.
    • Take advantage of the variety of exotic fruits we have in Colombia and order a natural juice here; they are all delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 1,681 restaurants in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Traditional, tasty, respectful food 27/08/2016
    • Meeting ancient recipies from Bogota 21/08/2016
    • Dona Elvira
    Address:
    Calle 50 # 20-26
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    1 2358275
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    12:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    This is a sight worth seeing, not only for its religious significance, but also to admire the architecture of the main plaza of the hip Chapinero neighborhood. The construction of the church began in 1875, and its stunning Gothic style architecture has since been carefully preserved through two rounds of restoration. The inside is also equally as impressive.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a stroll around the plaza where you will find numerous cafes and restaurants. Like the church, these are part of the appeal of the neighborhood.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GOTHIC, BEAUTIFUL 18/08/2016
    • Gorgeous church 24/07/2016
    • Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
    Address:
    Calle 63a # 10-09
    Bogota 111061
    Colombia
    Phone:
    (1) 2497033
  • Zona G Bogota
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
    Maria Camila R Says:

    In recent years, this area has transformed into one of the city's most prominent gastronomic hubs, and is commonly known as the 'Zona Gourmet.' Here you will find many of the best restaurants in the city, with enough variety to satisfy almost any palette. A great choice for a last supper in Bogota.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Zona G is located between Calle 67 and Calle 72, and Carrera 7a and 4a.
    • Do not expect to find cheap restaurants here, but the diversity of high quality dishes make it worth both the trip, and the expense.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 295 things to do in Bogota
    • Whatever your heart desires 24/08/2016
    • good dining 18/08/2016
    Address:
    Cra 4 Calles 67 y 68
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    8637880
    Other:
  • La Calera
    Destinations
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    Maria Camila R Says:

    La Calera is a little town located in the northeast of Bogota. The hilltops along the road leading to this spot are popular with locals and tourists alike for the amazing views they provide over the whole of Bogota. There are also numerous outdoor restaurants here, where tasty dishes are served alongside an impressive panorama.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This area is fairly busy at night. Join the locals who stop at the hill to gaze over the city, drink beer, and then sit down to eat "mazorca asada" at one of the restaurants along the road.
    • The easiest way to get here is to take a bus from the corner of Calle 72 and Carrera 7. Buses that go to La Calera always depart from that point and take 20 to 30 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • La Calera
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