Touristing in Bogotá

Dear Spouse drops me tomorrow at the São Paulo airport and continues on to Bogotá for a couple days. Here are some ideas for him for his very short stay:

Exploring Bogotá

  • Take the funicular or cable car to the top of Monserrate for a view of the Andes and a drink at the mountaintop restaurant. The cable car runs from 9AM to 11PM daily; the funicular runs only on Sunday between 5:30AM and 6PM.
  • Stroll through the colorful neighborhood of Macarena
  • Explore the small shops and history in La Candelaria (but be careful there at night)
  • Check out historic architecture:
    • Palacio de San Francisco
    • Iglesia de San Ignacio
    • Iglesia de Santa Clara
    • Plaza de Bolivar
  • Visit the Museo del Oro, home to more than 30,000 objects of pre-Colombian goldwork

Shopping and eating

  • Buy your wife something made of emeralds
  • Eat ceviche: try Central Cevicheria at Carrera 13 No 85-14
  • Have tapas in Macarena at Donostia (Calle 29 bis No. 5-84)
  • Drink beer at a pub like Bogotá Beer Company where they brew locally (British-style pubs are popular in Bogotá, and are part of the experience)
  • A great option is to head to the student bars around “The Funnel,” an old, crazily narrow street frequented by university students, who crowd into little funky bars which play metal, punk, and salsa in delightful randomness.”

References

NYTimes

Lonely Planet

Trip Advisor

About.com

off2colombia.com

The Colombia Travel Guide

Embrace Bogota