Bogota – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 The Ibero-American Theater Festival 2018 will raise its curtain this March 16 in Bogota http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/ibero-american-theater-festival-bogota/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12163 Representatives and lovers of world stage art return their attention to Bogota, the city that every two years turns into the stage of one of the most important theatrical events in the world: the Ibero-American Theater Festival. From March 16 to April 1, the capital of Colombia will be filled with magic with the production [...]

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Representatives and lovers of world stage art return their attention to Bogota, the city that every two years turns into the stage of one of the most important theatrical events in the world: the Ibero-American Theater Festival. From March 16 to April 1, the capital of Colombia will be filled with magic with the production of more than 40 plays, dances, a clown, music and cabaret from 15 countries.


During this edition, which is the sixteenth, the festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its creation. Fanny Mikey (1930-2008) -actor, director and businesswoman of Colombian-Argentinean theater- and Ramiro Osorio – Colombian cultural leader- were the founders of this extraordinary event, which was created with the goal of celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of Bogotá. Since then, the Festival has been held every two years and has become the largest theater event in Latin America.

The guest country is Argentina, who will amaze attendees with renowned international directors such as Alejandro Tantanian and Mauricio Kartun, and long-time actors like Marilú Marini. A tribute will also be paid to Tomaž Pandur (1963-2016), a Slovenian dramatist who has been an icon of the Ibero-American Theater Festival since 1990.


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Where: a total of 23 theaters were arranged for the festival. The main ones will be the Santamaría Bullring and Simón Bolívar Park. Learn about the rest of the amphitheaters.

Tickets: go to www.tuboleta.com or call the call center 5936300 to purchase tickets.

Exhibits: Discover in this link the plays you want to see. Among the classic pieces are Macbeth by director Alessandro Serra and the Italian company Serdegna Teatro; and Pinocchio, by Roseland Musical, an adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic. Those looking for a more musical show can attend Afrogitano, the work of Curro de Candela, an exponent of contemporary flamenco, while fans of circus and jazz will have their space with Scotch and Soda, by Company 2, in cabaret format.

Travel Tip: The Ibero-American Theater Festival is one of the many shows that take place in this country. Discover in this link the Festivals and Cultural Events in Colombia that are held every year and include these cultural activities in your itinerary.

Enjoy your trip in Colombia and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of Bogota’s Ibero-American Theater Festival. Take advantage of your journey through the city to experience its emblematic touristic places and its magical corners with Colombia4u. Check out our catalog of tours and activities in Colombia, and contact our Customer Service team to get rid of any doubts.

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10 tourist attractions in Bogotá you cannot miss http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/10-tourist-attractions-in-bogota/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:32:40 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11692 The Colombian Capital is rich with history, culture and adventures. Travellers can find a great variety of places to visit in every corner of the city and at any time. Following you will find 10 tourist attractions in Bogotá that will make your visit to the Colombian capital unforgettable. 1. Monserrate Whether you are a [...]

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The Colombian Capital is rich with history, culture and adventures. Travellers can find a great variety of places to visit in every corner of the city and at any time. Following you will find 10 tourist attractions in Bogotá that will make your visit to the Colombian capital unforgettable.


1. Monserrate

Touris activites in Bogotá

Monserrate is known for offering a beautiful panoramic sight of the capital. Flickr: Leandro Neumann Cluffo

Whether you are a pilgrim or a tourist, going on top of the Monserrate Hill has become one of the most traditional activities of the city. Located in the Eastern Hills at 3.152 metres high, Monserrate is known, amongst other things, for the Sanctuary of Monserrate, wide gardens perfect to have a walk, exclusive restaurants offering typical and international food and a beautiful panoramic sight of the capital. Besides, the cable car service or Funicular offers a comfortable and pleasant ride through the dense and colourful woods of the eastern hills. You can also get to Monserrate through a walking path. Going up the steps will take you approximately 40 minutes; if you feel you are up to the challenge, you should make sure you are well-hydrated and fed so that you do not get dizzy or faint because of the height. Through this walk, you will surely understand better the culture of Bogotá since the Cerro Monserrate belongs to the 10 top tourist attractions in Bogotá.

Time: The Funicular is opened from Tuesday to Friday from 6:30 y 11:45, Saturday from 6:30 to 16 and Sunday from 6:30 and 18:30. The Cable Car operates on Monday from 6:30 to midnight, from Tuesday to Saturday from midday to midnight and on Sunday from 10:30 to 16:30.

Travelling tip: The surroundings of Montserrate can be a little unsafe. You are thinking about going there at night, make sure you go with a local or check with the local authorities. Likewise, if you want to go up the hill through the walking path, do it during the day and make sure you come back before 5 pm to avoid trouble.

Official page of the Monserrate Hill.

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2. Gold Museum

Tourist attractions in Bogotá

In the Gold Museum, you will discover the biggest pre-Hispanic silver and goldsmithing collection in the world. Picture: Facebook Museo del Oro

Interesting stories are a part of this museum that offers some of the most important tourist attractions in Bogotá. Inside you will discover the biggest pre-Hispanic silver and goldsmithing collection in the world, which is why it was declared as National Monument. Since its foundation, in December 1939 when the Republican Bank acquired the first piece of this exhibition, the Gold Museum acquired about 34.000 pieces of jewellery and 20.000 lithic, ceramic and textile items as well as precious stones belonging to various cultures that lived in the Colombian territory. There is no doubt that this attraction will make you live a mystical experience in which you will learn a lot about the rich culture and the profound cosmovision of the Pre-Columbian cultures.

Time: From Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. On Sunday and on holidays from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Mondays (even if it is a holiday)

Prices: From Tuesday to Saturday and holidays: $4.000 (Colombian pesos). Entry is free on Sunday.

Official page of the Gold Museum


3. Chorro de Quevedo

Tourist attractions in Bogotá

Every day this plaza is filled with street artists, college students of the area. Flickr: Instituto Distrital de Turismo Bogotá

Formerly known as the Pueblito Rolo, the Chorro de Quevedo Plaza is an outdoors place ideal to relax and have fun. Every day this plaza is filled with street artists, college students of the area and their authentic cobblestones streets and colonial houses make for a welcoming atmosphere if you wish to enjoy a sunny afternoon, buy handicrafts or enjoy the typical Bogotá gastronomy. After having seen this place you will be able to continue your visit to one of the other interest sites of the centre of the Colombian capital such as La Candelaria of the Eje Ambiental.

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4. Plaza de Bolivar

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From here you can easily the most emblematic buildings of the capital since the plaza is surrounded by the main institutions of the national government such as the Primatial Cathedral. Flickr: Peter Lievano

This might be the best tourist attractions in Bogotá and the most important place in Colombia. This plaza has been the main scenery of significant historical events in the political, social and cultural aspects. From here you can easily the most emblematic buildings of the capital since the plaza is surrounded by the main institutions of the national government such as the Primatial Cathedral, the Capilla del Sagrario, the National Capitol, the Liévano Building, the seat of the Alcadía Mayor, the 20 July Museum. Without a doubt a place for you to visit!


5. La Carrera Séptima

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During the Septimazo you can enjoy urban art, local gastronomy, learn history and enjoy the different musical expressions. Picture

This one of the most important arteries crossing the city taken by many students and workers travelling north to south and vice versa. This road, unavoidable if you are to move through Bogotá, has also been a historical and cultural site of Bogotá. This is why the local administration has recently created the “Septimazo” (Big 7th): a cultural movement taking place on weekends, that goes through the Colpatria building until the Plaza de Bolívar, where Colombian talent is free to express itself. During the Septimazo you can enjoy urban art, local gastronomy, learn history and enjoy the different musical expressions. You should also pay attention to the eclectic architecture, typical of the city. Without any doubt, Septimazo or not, walking through the Avenida Séptima (Seventh Street) is an interesting activity that will teach you more about the culture and traditions of Bogotá.

Points of interest: The Colpatria Tower, the Republican Bank, the Gold Museum, the National Museum and the Palace of Justice, amongst other things.


6. Simón Bolívar Park

Tourist activites in Bogotá

Amongst its main attractions you will find a beautiful lake of 11 hectares: it has been set up to host aquatic sport events. Flickr: Carlos Felipe Pardo

The big lung of the city is strategically located in the heart of Bogotá and you can enjoy its 113 hectares to breathe the fresh air, have a picnic, relax and take a break from noise and contamination. Amongst its main attractions you will find a beautiful lake of 11 hectares: it has been set up to host aquatic sport events and also offers a boat and rowing service for the tourists. Another attraction of this place is the Salitre Mágico Park, where the little ones will be able to enjoy the mechanical attractions. You can also find the Cici Aquapark, where children of any age will be able to enjoy the climatised swimming pools and their sledges. In the same area, you will find other tourist attractions in Bogotá such as the Children Museum, the Botanic Garden, the Artisans Plaza and even a golf course.


7. Paloquemao Marketplace

Tourist attractions in Bogotá

The market of Paloquemao is one of the main attractions in Bogotá. Picture: Plaza de mercado de Paloquemao

The variety of colours, aromas and flavours of typical marketplaces became an important point of interest of the autochthonous local culture. Paloquemao is no exception, this is why this is one of the unmissable tourist attractions in Bogotá. This is an excellent opportunity if you wish to know the essence of Colombia and taste the best fruits, vegetables and the local gastronomy at an excellent price. Besides, You can find alternative options to have breakfast or lunch inside, since the presentation of the products their usually opens the appetite. The flowers shops are also worth a stop, so many colours usually attracts the attention.

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8. Zona Rosa

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The buildings and squares are dazzling, making Zona Rosa the perfect place for a stroll! Picture: Casaservice Bogota

Located on the north side of Bogotá, between the Calles 79 and 85 and the Carreras 11 and 15, this is where all the music and flavour of the Bogotá nights is. In this area you will find many options to have dinner, dance and have a few cups. Thanks to its attractive and varied offer of bars, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants, Zona Rosa is the most exclusive area of the city. In the surroundings you will see green gardens that decorate the streets; the buildings and squares are also dazzling, making Zona Rosa the perfect place for a stroll! In Avenida 85 you will find the best fashion and design stores and three of the most important shopping malls in the city: C.C. El Retiro, C.C. Andino and C.C. Atlantis Plaza. Other points of interest can be found on the “T”, a pedestrian street full of cool bars and restaurants as well as the Bogotá version of Andrés Carne de Res, Andrés D.C., for travellers who do not have the time to go this traditional party outside the city.


9. Usaquén

What used to be just the population living outside Bogotá after the colonial time has now become a true tourist activity in Bogotá: an important local handicrafts market that kept is authentic colonial past but also offers the modernity of the north of Bogotá. On Sunday, people usually go to Usaquén to have a walk, buy some lovely local handicrafts and enjoy the cultural and festive atmosphere that treats locals and tourists alike. You can access it easily from the Commercial Centre Hacienda Santa Bárbara – an important ranch belonging to a Spanish landlord during the colonial time. Usaquén is a traditional attraction for people living in the north of the city where the modern and the colonial worlds collide, become a beautiful place ideal if you wish to relax, take a walk, eat and do some shopping.


10. La Chorrera

Tourist attractions in Bogotá

La Chorrera is the biggest waterfall of Colombia and the sixth of Latin America. Flickr: Diana Rodríguez Piña

The perfect plan for adventurers and the most exciting tourist attractions in Bogotá. 45 minutes from Bogotá you will find the biggest waterfall of Colombia and the sixth of Latin America. Located in Choachí, Cundinamarca, this natural reserve is spectacular if you wish to live a fun day of sports: a sloping narrow path full of wet and lush vegetation will take you to La Chorrera, 2.450 metres high. The walk to La Chorrera does not require any physical condition, only the will to walk in a path in the Colombian mountains and to enjoy the fresh air offered by the Western hills that surround Bogotá.

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Por: Julio Maya, Colombian journalist specialised in culture and sports. Writer in Spanish for Daytours4u.

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5 places to visit near Bogota you cannot miss http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/5-places-to-visit-near-bogota/ Thu, 04 May 2017 16:12:42 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11471 Bogota is full of fascinating tourist sites and visitors from all around the world, yearning to discover the charm of the South American cities, keep falling in love with the Colombian capital. But the beauty of Bogota goes beyond the limits of the Capital District and a few kilometers away from this huge city you will [...]

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Bogota is full of fascinating tourist sites and visitors from all around the world, yearning to discover the charm of the South American cities, keep falling in love with the Colombian capital. But the beauty of Bogota goes beyond the limits of the Capital District and a few kilometers away from this huge city you will find some truly enchanting landscapes. Complete your travel itinerary to Colombia with those 5 places to visit near Bogota that, without a doubt, you cannot miss.

1. La Chorrera

One of the best options to enjoy a very different trip full of adrenaline without going very far from Bogota is the Hike to La Chorrera Waterfall, the largest waterfall of Colombia. You will cross flower-filled fields and see beautiful turkey hens and impressive falcons. Only 45 minutes away from the Colombian capital, in Choachí (Cundinamarca) you will find this dazzling natural reserve: a symbolic place for the locals.

The waterfall is 590 metres high and is the sixth largest of Latin America. It is located in the middle of a cloud forest where colourful butterflies, rabbits and birds live. Its waters flow into the Meta river, the largest of the Colombian Orinoquia region. In La Chorrera you can hike in the middle of the woods – you must be accompanied by an experienced guide though – but this is also the ideal place to do rappel, cavalcades and camping. Definitely one of the places to visit near Bogota!

Places to visit near Bogota La Chorrera / Colombia4u

For trekking lovers, la Chorrera is an incredible and authentic visit you cannot miss if you wish to discover its dazzling Andean landscapes / Source


2. Zipaquirá

The main attraction of this Colombian town is the spectacular Salt Cathedral, considered as one of the principal religious attractions of South America. Apart from having a great religious influence, this is a true architectural jewel and has a truly impressive construction. Zipaquirá is 25 kilometers away from Bogota and is one of the most important salt exploitation centre of Colombia.

When visitors enter the Cathedral, the first thing they will see will be salt and marble sculptures with very peculiar visual effects. The experienced guide will then explain the historical details of the construction of this blinding place and the salt mines are also available for visit. You should also go to the Gonzalez Forero Plaza in Zipaquirá: almost 300 years old buildings and colonial mansions surround this square. The Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza, where are being kept the remains of the Quevedo Family, recognised cultores of the Colombian art since the War of Independence.

Places to visit near Bogota Salt Cathedral Zipaquira / Colombia4u

One of the places to visit near Bogota is the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. However, the city of Zipaquirá itself is worth a visit / Picture by Daytours4u


3. Villa de Leyva

Among the places to visit near Bogota is the Villa de Leyva. This trip will be like going back to the remote past of Colombia since you will find there objects and constructions of the muiscas, an important indigenous people who has been living in the Colombian nation since the sixth century. Important colonial constructions will tell you the story of this city considered a national monument.

A day tour in Villa de Leyva will be more than enough to discover the most important points of interest of the town, such as the Archeological Park “El Infiernito”, the Astronomical Observatory of Zaquenzipá, where the muiscas calculated the appropriate time to harvest the fields. This is also the ideal occasion to buy souvenirs, especially handcraft memories made out of ceramic and to walk through its beautiful streets as you taste the local gastronomy. If you visit the town on a Saturday, do not forget to visit the Mercado Campesino of Villa de Leyva. It offers a lot of handicrafts, typical food and fruits and vegetables to buy and taste.

Places to visit near Bogota Villa de Leyva / Colombia4u

The market of Villa de Leyva is one of the attractions you cannot miss / Picture by Daytours4u


4. Guatavita

60 kilometres to the Northwest of Bogota is Guatavita. This is a touristic Colombian town, famous for its lovely Laguna Dorada, or Lake Guatavita, located in the neighbouring town of Sesquilé. Just as Villa de Leyva, Guatavita is a natural space sacred for the Muisca civilisation and this is where the El Dorado legend originates from.

This legend says that when a cacique (indigenous leader) was chosen, he should go to the Lagoon, pure of thought, place dusty gold on his skin and then immerse himself in the lagoon in order to gain wisdom. The community then made its offering; they threw gold and other jewels in the water. It is said that when the colonists learned this story, they tried to empty the lagoon to find the gems.

Travelling tip: Listen to the details of the El Dorado legend from the mouth of the locals with the Guatavita Golden Lake Tour: you will also taste the delicious national Colombian gastronomy in the dazzling Oriental Colombian Cordillera mountains.

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5. La Calera

La Calera is 18 kilometers away from Bogota and is an excellent option if you wish to escape the bustle of the capital and enjoy charming valleys and lovely hills. Among the places to visit near Bogota, you can go to the mirador, the Capilla Colonial, the San Rafael dam and the Chingaza National Park in la Calera, ideal to walk through amazing landscapes of the Colombian moor. If you do not have enough time to visit everything, make a choice between the Suasie Path and the Siecha Lagoons Path; they are the quickest visits but the most impressive.

During your visit to La Calera, enjoy the typical Colombian gastronomy in restaurants such as El Molina and El Tambor, where the specialty are the famous parrilladas (barbecues). To finish, do not forget to bring home wool fabric made by the local craftsmen and if you have a car with enough space, you can even take with you wicker or wooden furniture, with gorgeous designs, typical of this region.

Places to visit near Bogota La Calera / Colombia4u

La Caler is a beautiful town surrounded by valleys and lovely hills. If you come from Bogota, you wil be able to witness a marvelous sight of the north of the city / Source: Flicker


Extra Tip: Andrés Carne de Res, one of the places to visit near Bogota

“Entering this Pagan Paradise will open your eyes and your mind to a new world of possibilities where enjoyment and happiness are the unique immediate goal. Give your palate and your eyes the best there is, because here we cook and feed you the best of the best of the earth.”

With this affirmation are you received in the Andrés Carne de Res restaurant. This is much more than just a place to eat, it offers a culinary and cultural experience to all its visitors.

No trip around Bogota can be considered complete if you have not spent a night in Andrés Carne de Res – among the World’s 50 Best of Latin America, a listing with the main restaurants of the region: definitely one of the places to visit near Bogota if you like the Colombia gastronomy. This is a symbol of the night life of Bogota, ideal to have a drink, eat or dance with your friends or family. This place has about 2,000 seats – on weekends the restaurant is full – five kitchens and two dance floors.

Places to visit near Bogota André Carne de Res / Colombia4u

The Night in Andrés Carne de Res is a culinary and cultural experience / Source: Andrés Carne de Res

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Extend your travel itinerary and include this fascinating places to visit near Bogota. They offer you the perfect combination of exuberant landscapes, precolonial legends, architectural emblematic works and flavor. Do not be afraid to try new things, to experiment, to enjoy every second of your journey to this beautiful and exuberant country.

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By: Keilma Roja, Venezuelan journalist, specialised in culture and actuality. Writer in Spanish for Daytours4u. Translated to English by Grégory Noël

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10 Things You Should Know About Bogota http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/10-things-you-should-know-about-bogota/ Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:19 +0000 http://www.colombia4u.com/blog/en/?p=50 Colombia’s capital city is a vibrant place, full of history and culture. Don’t limit yourself to a layover here – give yourself enough time to explore Bogotá’s wealth of attractions. Before you visit, here are 10 things you should know about Bogotá. 1. It’s the third highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and [...]

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Colombia’s capital city is a vibrant place, full of history and culture. Don’t limit yourself to a layover here – give yourself enough time to explore Bogotá’s wealth of attractions. Before you visit, here are 10 things you should know about Bogotá.

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Bogotá at Night | Things you should know about Bogota / source

1. It’s the third highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito, at 2600m above sea level. Hence the city slogan, “2600m closer to the stars.”

2. Bogotá is the largest city in Colombia, and one of the most populated cities in South America. An estimated 8 million people live in the metropolitan area.

3. The inhabitants of Bogotá are called Bogotanos or Cachacos (which has a connotation of being helpful, polite or well-educated) and will always go out of their way to help you with a smile.

4. It is known as the ‘Athens of South America’ due to its many libraries and universities.

5. The city’s name has changed many times. It was originally called ‘Bacatá’ (planted fields) by the native Muisca people. When the Spanish took hold in 1538, it changed to ‘Santa Fe de Bacatá.’ After Colombia’s independence, led by Simon Bolivar, the name became ‘Santa Fe de Bogotá’ before being simplified to just Bogotá.

6. Bogotá’s city limits are marked by its natural surroundings. Situated on the Savannah of Bogotá, the horizon is dominated by the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes to the east. The hills running south to north, limit the city growth, and the Bogotá river forms another border on the west. If you’re ever lost, just look for the Andes mountains to help you navigate!

7. Bogotá’s streets use an easy grid system. Street numbers start from zero at the central square, Plaza Bolivar. Roads named Carrera run from North to South of the city with street numbers increasing to the North, while streets named Calles run from West to East, with numbers decreasing towards the mountains. There are occasional diagonal and transversal streets that make things slightly more complicated, but just get back on the straight and you’ll find your way again in no time.

8. The city consists of 20 districts. The wealthier neighbourhoods tend to be in the north and north-east, close to the foothills of the Eastern Cordillera, while the poorer neighbourhoods are mainly in the south and south-west. The northern zones are also where you’ll find a superb diversity of cultural, natural and architectural sites of interest and the social hub of the city.

9. The temperature is cool year round. Despite the proximity to the equator, the high altitude means that days are mild and cool, with cold nights, pretty consistently year round. The weather tends to change quickly and dramatically during the day, so it is advisable to always carry an umbrella!

10. Bogotá is considerably safer than it used to be.  Colombia’s healthy economy has sustained development in Bogotá, creating a modern, clean and welcoming centre for locals and tourists alike. As with most major cities, crime does still happen, but no more in Bogotá than any other city. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings, avoid unsafe neighbourhoods and keep an eye on your belongings. There is also taxi related crime, so its best to use an app like tappsi or uber, rather than hailing a cab off the streets.

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7 Must-See Landmarks in Colombia http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/must-see-landmarks/ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:58 +0000 http://www.colombia4u.com/blog/en/?p=71 Colombia is a wonderfully diverse country, in terms of its nature and rich cultural heritage and history. This means that there are many stunning places to visit. From cool and modern Bogotá to the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, and from the Caribbean coast to the Amazon jungle, Colombia has plenty to offer, whatever you’re interested [...]

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Colombia is a wonderfully diverse country, in terms of its nature and rich cultural heritage and history. This means that there are many stunning places to visit. From cool and modern Bogotá to the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, and from the Caribbean coast to the Amazon jungle, Colombia has plenty to offer, whatever you’re interested in. It can be difficult to narrow down where to go, so we’ve listed 7 of the most spectacular landmarks in Colombia to help you plan your vacation.

1. Monserrate, Bogotá

One of the defining features of Bogotá is Monserrate mountain rising up over the city, 3,512 metres above sea level. At the top is a church, making it a very popular pilgrim destination. There are also restaurants and cafés to allow visitors to spend time at the top, absorbing the incredible panoramic views over the entire city. It is especially pretty over the Christmas period due to the lights and decorations. Travellers have the option of taking a funicular or a cable car to the top, walking or going as part of a city tour.

Admire the breathtaking views of the capital city from atop Monserrate

Admire the breathtaking views of the capital city from atop Monserrate / source

2. Botero Plaza, Medellín

The City of Eternal Spring is also the city of endless artworks. One of its most photographed features in Medellín is the Plaza de Las Esculturas, also known as Botero Plaza. This beautiful space lies in front of the Museum of Antioquia and the Uribe Palace. Its name comes from the 23 statues by the celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero adorning the plaza. The iconic statues, such as “The Hand,” “Eve,” and “Maternity” are out in the open, free for all to enjoy. You can also learn more about them on a Fernando Botero Walking Tour.

Fernando Botero’s iconic statues are a big part of Medellín’s identity

Fernando Botero’s iconic statues are a big part of Medellín’s identity / source

3. Castillo San Felipe, Cartagena

Cartagena’s busy Caribbean port was once filled with many envoys of slaves and treasures, making it the most looted port in the New World, and forcing the Spanish to build a castle and fort to protect it. The result: Castillo San Felipe, the strongest fortress of all their colonies. Home to many battles, including a loss to a French privateer, and an impressive defence against an English Admiral with his army of 23,000, this impeccably preserved castle is striking to visit with its maze of tunnels and great views of Cartagena.

Visit Cartagena’s imposing Castillo San Felipe for a glimpse back in time.

Visit Cartagena’s imposing Castillo San Felipe for a glimpse back in time. / source

4. Mompox, River Magdalena

Officially named Santa Cruz de Mompox, and also known as Mompós, this beautiful little town on an island on the Magdalena River looks like something straight out of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. No surprise really, given that he spent his childhood navigating up and down this river. Despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it takes a fair amount of determination to get to, involving boats, ferries and buses. The most direct route to get here is from Santa Marta, although Cartagena also offers a number of options. The trip is worth it to see this colonial town where time seems to stand still.

Travel back in time to Mompox, in the heart of the Magdalena River.

Travel back in time to Mompox, in the heart of the Magdalena River. / source

5. The Lost City – Tayrona National Park

Deep in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada, are the ruins of Ciudad Perdida. The Lost City was thought to have been founded in 800AD, an entire 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu, by the Tayrona people. Unconnected to the El Dorado legend, whose mysteries are to connected to Guatavita Lake near the capital city, the Lost City holds other charms. With limited numbers allowed in, and a tough 5-day trek from Santa Marta, you won’t find the crowds of Machu Picchu. Instead, prepare for a rewarding jungle hike surrounded by pristine nature and ancient ruins.

The Lost City takes some effort to get to, but is definitely worth it.

The Lost City takes some effort to get to, but is definitely worth it. / source

6. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Bogotá

One’s of country’s biggest tourist attractions, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is in an incredible engineering feat. Initially built by miners of the salt mines as a sanctuary before work, it was later extended, with a capacity of around 8,000. After structural concerns, a new cathedral was built and opened in 1995. It’s an incredible sight, an underground labyrinth, illuminated by colourful lights. You can visit it from Bogotá on a tour to Zipaquira and Guatavita Lake.

This cathedral outside Bogotá is one of a kind

This cathedral outside Bogotá is one of a kind / source

7. Coffee Triangle

The concentrated coffee-growing region of Colombia, known in Spanish as the Eje Cafetero, is an incredibly lush and scenic area, with its many green hills and valleys, and tall waxy palms. It’s hard to pick just one spot here, since the small area invites you to explore its many secrets. Two unmissable spots, though, are the town of Salento and the nearby Cocora Valley. A visit to the Coffee Triangle is a must during your vacation in Colombia.

Cocora Valley, with its waxy palms, is one of the Coffee Triangle’s many natural attractions

Cocora Valley, with its waxy palms, is one of the Coffee Triangle’s many natural attractions / source

Colombia has plenty of other top attractions!
For more ideas on where to go and what to do in Colombia, visit
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