Bogotá, Colombia's capital and largest city, has many facets waiting to be discovered. It is a diverse and cultural city that combines the ancient and the modern. Here, all the cultures of all the regions have a place, from the gastronomy of the coffee-growing region to the joy of the Caribbean region, from the artisan legacy of Boyacá to the fiesta of Valle del Cauca. The capital is the union of all the best of Colombia and is therefore a place you must visit. Here are some of the must-see places to visit.
The historical and cultural centre of Bogotá is located in La Candelaria, just 13km south of the Hotel Vintage.
This area stands out for the beauty of its colonial buildings, which preserve typical elements such as latticed windows and red tiles. The area is also home to many government and institutional buildings, as well as interesting museums and religious buildings.
One of the must-sees in this area is the Plaza de Bolívar, surrounded by buildings of great interest such as the Palacio Liévano, the National Capitol, the Colonial Museum, the Palacio de San Carlos, the Catedral Primada de Colombia and the Capilla del Sagrario.
It is also worth visiting the Casa de Nariño, the current seat of the Congress of the Republic.
Among the museums are the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, the Bogota Museum, the Colombian Military Museum, the Mint Museum and the Francisco José de Caldas House Museum.
The eastern hills are one of Bogotá's main tourist attractions and a great option for nature lovers and hikers. Moreover, from the top of the hills you get a privileged view of the city.
There are numerous hills in the city, including Chicó, Alto La Laguna, Pan de Azúcar, Guadalupe, Monserrate, Pico del Águila and El Cable. The best known is the hill of Monserrate, one of the symbols of the city and a place of pilgrimage, since the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate is located on its summit. It can be reached either by funicular or on foot along a 2.5 km route with several viewpoints.
Among the routes that can be done on foot, we also recommend the La Vieja ravine, just 6 km from the Hotel Vintage. Here there is a series of well-lit pedestrian paths with rest areas where you can spot different types of birds.
Other important points
Here are some other places of interest that you can visit in the city of Bogota.
- Parque 93: In the north of Bogotá and in the Chapinero district, you will find a relaxing and peaceful park with a wide variety of bars, restaurants, cafés and ice-cream parlours.
- Mirador de la Calera: Bogotá's scenic viewpoint is located in Usaquén, one of the most historic areas of the city. Let yourself be conquered by the charming atmosphere from your first visit, the place is perfect for nature lovers as it is surrounded by forests attracting thousands of visitors every year with the unbeatable view that the Colombian capital offers.
- Shopping centres: Centro Comercial Andino (the Andino is a 53,900 square metre shopping centre in Bogotá located in the El Retiro neighbourhood). Galerías Unicentro (it was the first shopping centre in Bogota and one of the main and most renowned in Colombia).