Bogota Travel Guide & Information

Bogota, formerly named “Santa Fe de Bogota”, is the capital city of Colombia. Founded on August 6 by the Spanish, Bogota has made its mark as one of the world's premier cities, primarily due to its constant growth and development. Today, the city is classified as a major metropolitan to live in and travel to. Since inception, Bogota has developed a remarkable infrastructure and established itself as the country’s main urban center.

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Travel to Bogota, also known as the "Athens of America" due to the many universities and libraries. The city is currently one of the most important and visited metropolises in Latin America, reflected in the country's motto. Flights to Bogota are you tickets to a land of contrasts. Visitors can enjoy modern shopping malls or tour historical attractions. The city offers enough variety to amuse the most discerning travelers.

Historical monuments, excellent museums, cultural events and a thriving nightlife, alongside important architectural work and open spaces dedicated to recreation, sports and knowledge make Bogota a notable destination. Enjoy numerous museums, art galleries, monuments and more. If you are interested in experiencing the culture and richness of a South American metropolis, Bogota is where your search begins.

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Things to do in Bogota

Museums:

Bogota is home to several wonderful museums that offer an insight into the city’s magnificent past.

Children's Museum of Bogota: is a privately managed museum and foundation, which aims at teaching children about science, technology, culture and the arts. The museum houses over 23 different modules and hundreds of individual exhibits. In addition to guided tours, the Children's Museum conducts workshops, special vacation programs for children and structured events for schools.

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Maloka Museum: The Maloka Museum is an interactive science museum with a wide variety of exhibits that explore topics in Science and Technology. The museum has 9 rooms, covering different science and technology topics, like the Telecommunications Room featuring interactive games about the Binary System. The Human, is a room where visitors can explore facts about the human body. The Universe room is where visitors can conduct experiments, such as knowing a person's weight in relationship to the planets of our Solar System.

National Museum: is the biggest and oldest museum in Colombia. The museum houses a collection of over 20,000 pieces, including works of art and objects representing different national history periods. You’ll find permanent exhibits in archeology and ethnography, including samples from Colombian artifacts dating back 10,000 years BC and up to present day indigenous and Colombian art and culture.

Prominent Attractions:

Bogota is home to a myriad of other attractions well worth a visit.

Palacio de Narino: or the Palace of Narino, is the official home and principal workplace of the President of Colombia. It houses the main office of the executive branch. The design was made by architects, Gaston Lelarge and Julian Lombana. The Palace also houses works of art and furnishings from different years. Its garden houses the Observatorio Astronomico de Bogota, designed by the Capuchin friar-architect, Fray Domingo de Petres and was built in 1802 and 1803.

Donacion Botero: Surrounded by other small museums, the complex is home to dozens of works by world-famous artist, Fernando Botero. The collection includes 123 of hisown paintings, sculptures and drawings. Equally impressive, are his donation of 85 original works of renowned European and North American artists. This part of the collection, a review of art history since the late 19th century, includes original pieces by Corot, Monet, Chagall and Picasso.

Capilla del Sagrario: is located on the Plaza de Bolivar, next to the Catedral Primada. Built in the late 17th century and restored after the 1827 earthquake, it is an excellent example of colonial architecture and has an exquisite baroque facade. The chapel boasts a Mudejar vault and six large paintings by Gregorio Vasquez. For its historical significance, architectural and cultural value, the chapel, was declared a National Monument.

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Where to Stay in Bogota

Bogota offers visitors a great variety of accommodation choices ranging from cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99, youth hostels, bed and breakfast inns and extended stay hotels.

Barrio La Candelaria: is the historical neighborhood in Bogota, and offers a wide variety of accommodations. The architecture of old houses, monuments and buildings in the area is Spanish Colonial and Baroque. The area boasts several tourist attractions, like the Gold Museum, Colon Theater and Monserrate, among others. When it comes to hotels, this area has several choices, especially for those looking for luxurious hotels. Budget travelers can choose from several boutique hotels and students will find hostels that offer comfortable accommodations at very reasonable prices.

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Zona Rosa: area is located between Calles 90 and 79. Often, this area is described as one of Bogotá's best entertainment locations, with all types of restaurants and bars. For many years, this has been one of the most popular and fashionable areas in the city. Zona Rosa has many small, comfortable hotels to choose from. Visitors who want to enjoy the nightlife of this city may want to stay here.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Bogota, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* All U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Bogota and to return to the United States.

* U.S. citizens traveling to Bogota do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist stay of 60 days or less.

* Travelers entering Bogota are sometimes asked to present evidence of return or onward travel, usually in the form of a round-trip plane tickets.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Bogota. The passport must be valid for the duration of the stay in Bogota.

* However, travelers should check passport validity requirements for countries in which they are transiting.

* Canadian citizens coming to Bogota for tourist purposes do not require a visa to enter the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Bogota .

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Bogota

Travel to Bogota depends largely on the climate. The most popular time to visit Bogota is during the months of December through February, the dry season and also a time when several festivals take place.

Budget travelers can choose to travel during the off season months of April through October. However, this period is the rainy season in Bogota.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to February)

Low season: (April to October)

Bogota Weather

Bogota is, for the most part; dry, except for the rainy seasons, throughout the year.

* The driest months are, December, January, February and March; the rainiest months, are April, May, September, October and November.

* Hailstorms are common during the rainy season and can be very strong, especially in October.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The official currency of Bogota is the Peso.

We advise you to exchange money and bring travelers checks before arriving in Bogota. Alert your bank and let them know your dates of travel. Find out what the cost for cash withdraws will be.