Top 5 things to do in Bogotá
OK, so you’ve arrived in Bogota; the weather may not be ideal and the latitude can take a few days to get used to but the city is full of its unique history and culture which are well worth exploring. Here are Oasis’s top 5 cultural trips that cannot be missed in Bogota:
1. Visit the Botero Museum
Even if the sculptures and paintings by Colombia’s most famous artist Fernando Botero are not your taste, a trip to this museum is essential. Aside from the 123 works of his own art (think chubby fingers) there are also 85 pieces which he donated from his impressive personal collection of art work which include some of the most famous European artists of the XIX and XX centuries such as Picasso, Renoir, Dali, Matisse, Monet and Degas.
2. Go to the salt cathereral in Zipaquirá
Sure, you might need to travel a bit outside of the city, but this enormous cathedral carved out of a salt mine, is well worth the trip.
3. Have Lunch at the Hotel de La Opera
This beautiful Colonial building turned hotel has an elegant, yet chill restaurant on the top floor with great views over the old part of the city, La Candelaria, as well as the mountains that surround Bogota. Try the local dish ajiaco, a delicious soup made of chicken, corn and potatoes, which sure to warm you up on a chilly Bogota day.
4. Museo del Oro
Talk about bling, this is the biggest and best gold museum in the entire world. The collection has some of the best pieces found in the new world from many different Pre-Hispanic cultures such as the Incas, Tairona, Uraba, Choco, Muisca, Tumaco, and others.
5. Hike or take the cable car up to Cerro de Monserrate
Cerro de Monserrate is a peak overlooking the whole city, with breathtaking views of Bogota and the mountains on the other side. The more adventurous vcan walk up the mountain to reach the top, but don’t fret, your lazy friend has the option of a convenient cable car that takes you right there. For the best experience go just before sunset so you can get the best of of both worlds.