Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Bogotá

Things to do in  Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá

A city of contrasts—and one of South America’s most exciting capitals—Bogotá is a sprawling metropolis steeped in history and cosmopolitan cool. Hit the old town of La Candelaria for world-class museums and street art. Further north, the neighborhoods of Chapinero and Zona Rosa are centers for nightlife and fashion, while the Usaquén district is the go-to destination for food lovers. Walking tours and guided bike rides are a great way to see and feel the many atmospheres around, as well as to create an appetite for local food and nightlife. For farther-flung Colombia highlights, day trips take travelers to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, coffee plantations, the sacred ground of the pre-Colombian Muisca people at Guatavita Lake, and La Chorrera and El Chiflón waterfalls.

Top 10 attractions in Bogotá

#1
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)

star-51,009
This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.More
#2
La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

star-51,811
The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá, Colombia. Now a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses, La Candelaria centers on Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.More
#3
Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate)

star-5879
Towering 10,341 feet (3,152 meters) tall at the edge of Bogotá, forested Mt. Monserrate (Cerro de Monserrate) can be spotted from across the city. Set like a pearl on the summit is the Monserrate Sanctuary, a 17th-century church whose shrine is a major pilgrimage place for Colombian Catholics.More
#4
Lake Guatavita

Lake Guatavita

star-5358
Conquistadors dreamed of a golden city called El Dorado, and modern-day archaeologists find traces of that myth in historic practices at Colombia’s Lake Guatavita. Here, the Indigenous Muisca people are believed to have made offerings to the gods by casting gold figures into the crater lake—a scenic and popular day trip from Bogotá.More
#5
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

star-51,707
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It sparkles with more than 55,000 priceless archaeological and artistic treasures. Only a fraction can be displayed at any one time, laid out to tell tales of pre-Colombian mining, manufacturing, and metallurgy of pre-Hispanic Colombians.More
#6
Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

Botero Museum (Museo Botero)

star-51,501
While the plump proportions of Fernando Botero’s sculptures have earned him international acclaim, it’s his generosity that’s made the artist Colombia’s favorite son. At the peak of his fame, the artist donated more than 150 pieces worth $200 million to the Colombian government—you can enjoy all of this art for free at Museo Botero.More
#7
Plaza de Bolivar

Plaza de Bolivar

star-52,076
Bogotá’s main square is built on a grand scale, from a landmark statue of Simón Bolívar to the 16th-century La Catedral Primada. In between is a colorful crowd of vendors, travelers, and downtown workers. A starting point for exploring the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, the Plaza de Bolivar is a key stop for visitors to Bogotá.More
#8
La Chorrera Waterfall

La Chorrera Waterfall

star-5172
A slim cascade tumbling nearly 2,000 feet (590 meters) from a cliff side in the middle of the jungle, La Chorrera is Colombia’s tallest waterfall and among it’s most striking natural attractions, hidden away in the mountains surrounding Bogota. Despite being less than an hour from the capital, La Chorrera is still one of the region’s least visited sights, making it a top choice for those looking to get off-the-beaten-track and the tranquil falls offer the ideal backdrop for adventure activities like horseback riding and abseiling.The only way to reach La Chorrera is on foot and the scenic journey is all part of the experience – an easy 1-hour hike from the nearby El Chiflón waterfalls, winding through wild rainforest trails and misty cloud forest, and offering impressive views over the Colombian Andes.More
#9
Nemocón Salt Mines (Mina de Sal Nemocón)

Nemocón Salt Mines (Mina de Sal Nemocón)

star-525
Founded by Spanish settlers in 1537, the town of Nemocón in Colombia earned fame for itshighly productive salt mine. Between 1816 and 1968, some 8 million tons of alt were extractedfrom the mine via a process of collecting water from the salt spring in clay vessels and allowingthe liquid to evaporate.The mine’s tunnels and chambers have been preserved, allowing visitors to learn about thehistory of Colombia’s salt mining industry while take in the spectacular saline formations. Attractions inside the mines include a 3,527-pound (1,600-kilogram) salt crystal carved into aheart shape and a cascade of salt. A small church within the salt mines hosts Catholic mass each Sunday.Visitors wishing to learn more about the history and importance of salt in Colombia can visit theSalt Museum, located in one ofNemocón'soldest buildings.More
#10
93 Park (Parque 93)

93 Park (Parque 93)

star-532
93 Park (Parque 93) is more than a grassy square in the center of Bogotá. It is one of the centerpieces of the city with great restaurants, exciting nightlife and outdoor activities. Many locals come here for a walk, for a sporty outing and a picnic with friends or decide to attend one of the numerous events. Not only are there are regular festivals and art installations taking place under the shady trees, but the park is often frequented by Bogotá’s wealthy. Thus, if you plan on a night out in 93 Park (Parque 93), be prepared to be surrounded by the local jet set crowd.Head to Bardot Bar, which is popular with the Colombian models and actors, or pop in at the Bogota Beer Company, where you can get some of the city’s best brews. At El Salto Del Angel you can grab both a steak and prove your salsa skills on the dance floor. Classic Colombian parties can be found at Kukaramakara and El Sitio, which are a favorite among the local crowd and feature local bands.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

How to Spend 2 Days in Bogotá

Top activities in Bogotá

Bogota City Tour

Bogota City Tour

star-5
25
From
$111.00
Hike to the highest Colombian waterfall! (La Chorrera and Chiflon)

Special Offer

Bogota • Private City Tour

Bogota • Private City Tour

star-5
17
From
$108.00
The Bogotá food experience

Special Offer

The Bogotá food experience

star-5
161
From
$25.20
$28.00  $2.80 savings
Tatacoa Desert from Bogotá.

Tatacoa Desert from Bogotá.

star-5
3
From
$452.00
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

Special Offer

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

star-5
38
From
$54.00
$60.00  $6.00 savings
Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Tour • Keep Safe from Covid
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Be a farmer for one day (Coffee farm experience)

Special Offer

Be a farmer for one day (Coffee farm experience)

star-5
44
From
$88.20
$98.00  $9.80 savings

Recent reviews from experiences in Bogotá

star-5
Money well spent
A_B, Dec 2021
Basic City Tour
You get to see ALOT in the few hours you ride around.
star-5
Although very short, worth every minute
Klaus_v, Nov 2021
La Candelaria, Optional Monserrate and Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour
His English is excellent and he is very friendly
star-5
Wonderful experience
Clarence_E, Sep 2021
Bogota Religious tour
We were able to see different churches especially the Nino Divino.
star-5
Incredible day in Bogota
jared_c, Aug 2021
Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)
This trip was worth the money and a great way to see the highlights of Bogota in a single day.
star-5
Immensely Pleasurable Expedition for my One Day in Bogota
Kiesha_H, Jan 2022
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
My husband is not a big museum fan but I am, so I loved getting to see the Museo del Oro and walk around La Candelaria and take photos of some of the street art.
star-5
LUIS + LA CANDELARIA
Alicia_P, Nov 2021
Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá + Private Transport Included
The fact that Luis spoke English was a definite plus for us.
star-4
Great tour
Carlos_H, Nov 2021
Coffee Tour in Hacienda Coloma in Fusagasugá from Bogotá (Private tour)
The tour was very cool to see the steps of how coffee is made and the finca is very cool and quaint.
star-5
Superb tour - would recommend!
Ruth_H, Nov 2020
Bogotá Bike Tour
Juan Felipe was a brilliant guide, his English was perfect and he was so passionate and knowledgable about Bogota and Columbian history.
star-5
Excellent people to visit Bogota with
Aude_D, Mar 2020
Layover / transit customized tour with locals (airport pickup)
I only had 6 hours to visit Bogota and really it was fast but managed to do as much as possible in the little time we had and with the bad weather.
star-5
Great tour when you have little time to explore the city
Monika, Mar 2020
Bogota In Transit Transportation 4-6-Hour Layover Experience
We had only half day in Bogota so this is a great way how to see as much as possible.
star-5
Bogata
Richard_D, Feb 2020
SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
One of the best things to do from Bogota.
star-5
Good tour
Laura_D, Feb 2020
City Tour: Bogotá Essentials
Ana was an excellent tour guide, very fluent in english and very knowledgable of Bogota.
star-5
Amazing Tour
Ervis_G, Feb 2020
Bogotá Bike Tour
Lot's of beautiful things to see in Bogota.
star-5
Great day trip!
plzaharia, Aug 2019
Waterfall La Chorrera de Choachí Hike Tour + Optional Lunch
This was a super cool day trip Fromm Bogota, allowing to see the amazing nature and the waterfalls close to the city!
star-5
Tour around Bogota
SteffenEisner_H, Jul 2019
La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota
it was a perfect day with a lot of interesting thing to see and we had a lot of information about everything we saw during our day tour.
star-5
Worth it!
Damalie_K, Jun 2019
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
Got to see so many historical aspects of Bogota.
star-5
A good way to see the essential...
ChauYung_C, Oct 2017
Bogota City Tour with Gold Museum and Optional Monserrate
A good way to see the essential parts of Bogota, and our tour guide Felipe is great!
star-5
This was a great tour to fill up our...
Earlyne_A, Jan 2018
Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.)
Out tour guide, Clara, is very knowledgeable and spoke English perfectly.
star-5
Riding the Transmilenio was a crash...
Gerard_C, Mar 2018
Walking Urban Experience Bogotá Tour. (5 Hrs.)
Ariel, the guide, was fluent in English and was knowledgeable about the artifacts in the Gold museum and art works in the Botero museum.
star-5
A nice private tour to see the salt...
Alvin T, Oct 2017
Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares
A nice private tour to see the salt cathedral.

All about Bogotá

When to visit

Predictably warm and wet year-round, Bogota is an easy destination to plan for. Visit in spring to catch events such as the Ibero-American Theater Festival, which shakes up streets and stages every two years, or join the crowds at Rock al Parque, a free concert held every summer. Showers are common regardless of the season, so pack rain gear.

Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Bogotá?
Q:
What are the top activities in Bogotá?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Bogotá?
A:
Check out things to do near Bogotá:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Bogotá?