A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Bogota

A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Bogota

Deciding where to stay in Bogota can be challenging. But with the tips and tricks shared in this post, you won’t have any issue finding the best accommodation to suit your needs.

Though in the past people who visited Colombia would rather avoid Bogota as they perceived it as a dangerous place, the capital of Colombia has been working hard to shake off its bad reputation and in recent years it has become an important tourist destination in South America, and it is thought to be one of the best cities in Latin America.

Visit Bogota and you’ll be impressed by its array of interesting sights, good museums, excellent restaurants, cultural activities and nightlife. What’s more, Bogotanos are fantastic people – welcoming, open minded, friendly. In other words, it would be a pity to miss Bogota during your trip to Colombia.

There are some very good hotels in Bogota – but also some very bad ones. Some areas are great, others interesting but not tourist friendly. And some continue to remain just plain dangerous and you should stay away from them.

The city is massive, and your decision on where to stay will inevitably affect your experience there – indeed, some areas are more budget friendly but lack good restaurants; other areas are packed with things to do but are also more expensive.

In this post, I will help you find where to stay in Bogota, selecting the best areas to stay, the main highlight of each area as well as any safety concern; and pointing out to the best hotels and hostels in each of them.

Where to stay in Bogota

Bogota is massive, but public transportation works well

5 Things To Consider When Deciding Where To Stay In Bogota

Bogota is huge (and traffic can be an issue)

With more than 10 million inhabitants, Bogota is one of the largest cities in South America. In a city that crowded, traffic is inevitably an issue and it can take a long time to travel from one place to the other – you need to keep this in mind when deciding where to stay, as depending on that you will have to make use of public transportation or taxis.

The good news is that the web of public transportation works quite well, with the TransMilenio bus system using a dedicated lane and running from around 5:00 am in the morning until 11:15 in the evening. TransMilenio connects the center of town to the airport, and links the various neighborhoods.

Taxis in Bogota are everywhere, but you have to haggle the prices before getting on, and as there is no preferred lane for taxis your chances of getting stuck in traffic are high.

If you are a keen biker, depending on where you base yourself you may want to rent a bike. Bogota is indeed extremely bike friendly, with dedicated lanes running through the city.

The weather in Bogota isn’t exactly nice

There is nothing tropical about the weather in Bogota – in fact, it feels more like good old England for it rains so much. Located at 2600 meters above sea level and right in the heart of Colombia, Bogota gets a good dose of rain pretty much every day. And the average temperature is 13 degrees Celsius, with the hottest month being March, when it gets to a whopping 15 degrees.

Some areas are more pleasant with rain than others, as there are more museums, nice cafés and malls where you can hang out while you wait for the rain to stop.

Bogota amusement park

An amusement park in Bogota

Think about what you are looking forward to do

The main thing you need to consider when picking where to stay in Bogota is the kind of scene you are looking for, the activities you are interested in. Do you mostly want to go sightseeing and hit all the museums, churches and other places to visit? Are you looking forward to try the local specialties? Or do you just want to party?

Keep in mind that some parts of town are incredibly lively during the day, and packed with museums and places to visit, but become virtually deserted at night. Others may not offer as much in terms of cultural activities, but they offer a wider range of restaurants and are famous for their nightlife.

Make sure to read my post 17 Unmissable Things To Do In Bogota” to get a better idea of the attractions and places to visit. 

Keep your budget in mind

Bogota is mostly very budget friendly. However, some areas are more suitable than others to travelers on a budget and backpackers, as they offer a wider range of hostels and places where you can cook your own meals. There you will also find a larger selection of local budget eateries and street food. La Candelaria is generally the go-to area for backpackers, but even places like Usaquen have a good selection of hostels. Places like Zona Rosa, on the other hand, are significantly more expensive.

Some areas are still a no-no

For as much as Bogota has cleaned up in the last decade, some parts of town are still off limits to tourists, and you are better off staying away from them. Please beware that even the nicest areas are at a short distance from dodgy ones, and if you mistakenly take the wrong turn and get lost you may find yourself in an unsafe place.

Ciudad Bolivar should be avoided entirely. Cerro Montserrate, one of the nicest places to visit in Bogota for the expansive, breathtaking views, is often targeted by pickpockets and muggers. La Candelaria is safe during the day, but not as safe at night.

Let me now finally get to the aim of this post and highlight where to stay in Bogota. I will start with my favorite area.

My Views On The Best Area To Stay In Bogota

When I visited Bogota for the first time I stayed in La Candelaria. I honestly regretted it. The area is nice and lively during the day, with plenty of places to visit, things to do and people out and about. But comes 7:00 pm everything shuts, it is hard to find a decent place to eat (the only way around that is getting a hostel that allows you to use the kitchen) and there is virtually nobody around.

With this in mind, I came to the conclusion that the best area to stay in Bogota is Zona Rosa, which is where there are the best hotels, the nicest restaurants and cafés, and the best bars for a good night out. Yes, it is a little bit more expensive than the rest. But to me it is worth the investment.

Bogota Cathedral

Many people opt to stay in Candelaria – but is that the best area?

Where To Stay In Bogota – The Best Overall Options

Before getting into the details of the actual areas where to stay in Bogota, let me get highlight the best hostels, apartments and hotels in Bogota, Colombia.

Best hostels in Bogota

Casa Central

Located in Teusaquillo, this hostel is very basic (you literally just get a bed and a locker) but also extremely budget friendly, with dorms costing a mere €5 per night – and breakfast is included in the price. Rooms are spacious, and the hostel is clean. There is a bar for guests, and good working wifi. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Fernweh Photography Hostel

This lovely hostel is located in the heart of La Candelaria. It features dorms as well as private rooms. There is an on site restaurant, a bar and laundry facilities and guests can use the fully equipped kitchen. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

The Cranky Croc Hostel

Another nice find in La Candelaria, this hostel only features dorms. Guests can enjoy the use of the kitchen and the on site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is served for an extra fee. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Best apartments in Bogota

93 Luxury Suites and Residences

This beautiful apartment complex is located in Chapinero and features a fitness room, a restaurant and a bar. Apartments are fully equipped for a wonderful stay, and have a good kitchen and even a living room. Families or groups can opt for the 3 bedroom one. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Apartamentos Plaza Suites

This luxury apartment complex has a fitness center, a restaurant and a bar. The fully equipped apartments are perfect for families with children, business workers and anybody who’d rather self cater. It’s located in Usaquen. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Apartaestudios La Candelaria

If you want to stay in La Candelaria but can’t be bothered sleeping in a hostel, this is an excellent option, and very budget friendly – especially if you can share. The apartments are not nearly as luxurious as the ones mentioned above, but they have everything you may need to make your stay comfortable. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Best hotels in Bogota

Hotel El Dorado Bogota

This hotel, located in Chapinero, features modern, comfortable room. There is a fitness center, a bar and breakfast is included in the price. For extra comfort, ask for the room with the hot tub. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Grand Hyatt Bogota

One of the best hotels in Bogota, and one of the few with a pool. There is a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, and a bar. Rooms are very spacious. It’s located in Teusaquillo. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

Biohotel Organic Suites

This lovely ecohotel is located in Usaquen. It features spacious, modern rooms; a spa; a fitness center; a bar and even a restaurant. Click here for the latest rates and here for reviews.

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A beautiful nighttime view of Bogota

Where To Stay In Bogota – The Best Areas And Places To Stay

Zona Rosa – Where to stay in Bogota for partying

Zona Rosa is the most fashionable area of Bogota, with beautiful boutiques, some of the best shopping malls in town (El Retiro, Atlantide and Centro Comercial Andino), fantastic restaurants and the best parties in the city. It’s located in the North of the city, and most of its streets are pedestrian, which makes it nice and easy to explore. When in Zona Rosa, make sure to go dancing at La Villa or at Maroma Nightclub Bogota and enjoy a drink at The Pub. If shopping and partying are your things, this is the best area to stay in Bogota.

The area is safe, both during the day and at night.

Best places to stay in Zona Rosa

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Fantastic during the day; unsafe at night – that’s La Candelaria

La Candelaria – Where to stay in Bogota for budget travelers

La Candelaria can be considered the center of Bogota, and a great starting point to get to know the city. The area can be chaotic, but it’s very quaint and pretty – especially if you move to the narrow alleys packed with beautiful colonial buildings and street art.

In La Candelaria you’ll find some excellent museums such as Museo Botero and Museo del Oro; Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center; and you’ll be walking distance from the access point to Parque Montserrate. There are some nice restaurants but you’ll mostly have to rely on street food.

Keep in mind that though it is perfectly safe during the day, it’s not nearly as safe at night – so be aware of your whereabouts if you decide to stay here.

Best places to stay in La Candelaria

Usaquen – Where to stay in Bogota for families

Usaquen is where you should stay in Bogota if you are traveling with your family, as it is packed with good hotels as well as budget options, there are many excellent places to eat, street food stalls galore, and easy access to attractions such as Usaquen Park and Usaquen Sunday Flea Market. There also are an amusement center and a shopping mall.

It’s an overall safe area to stay.

Best places to stay in Usaquen

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Bogota has some interesting street art

Chapinero – Where to stay in Bogota for LGTB travelers

Chapinero is one of the best neighborhoods of Bogota, where the most affluent people in town live. There are many restaurants (especially in the famous Zona G), excellent hotels, and since it is centrally located it’s easy to reach all the main attractions. It’s also close to Zona Rosa, in case you want to have a night of partying.

Among the best things to do in Chapinero, shopping is probably the most popular one – there are some great shopping malls such as Unilago and Avenida Chile. Parque del Chicó and its museum is another must. Make sure to also stop by the Monument to the Heroes, which was dedicated to those who fought during the war of independence.

Chapinero is very LGTB friendly, to the point that it is referred to as Chapigay. Here you’ll find Theatron (which is the largest LGBT club in the world) as well as other bars that are gay friendly.

Best places to stay in Chapinero

Teusaquillo – Where to stay in Bogota for first timers

Teusaquillo is right at the heart of Bogota, and a perfect place to stay if you have a short time in the city and wish to explore it before you move on. It’s not as charming as La Candelaria in terms of historical landmarks, but there are some modern architectural gems as well as the famous Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park, which has a plethora of walking trails, a lake with paddle boats and even a playground for children, who can also enjoy the Kid’s Museum and Salitre Mágico Parque de Diversiones.

The area is overall safe.

Best places to stay in Teusaquillo

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Downtown Bogota has a lot to offer

Centro Internacional – Where to stay in Bogota for business travelers

North of La Candelaria and south of Chapinero, the Centro Internacional is the banking district of Bogota, with office buildings and a few residential ones. It’s close to the National Museum of Colombia and Plaza de Toros. It’s very well connected to the rest of the city as the TransMilenio bus has several stops in the area.

It’s an overall safe area, but make sure to know your whereabouts at night.

Best places to stay in Centro Internacional

Santa Fe – Where to stay in Bogota for museum geeks

Santa Fe can be identified as Downtown Bogota. It’s a place where you’ll come across other travelers on their ways to museums, and it’s the very place you’ll see overlooking from Cerro Montserrate, which can be easily accessed. It’s where the National Museum is located – a must see if you are keen in knowing more about Colombia’s history and culture.

It’s an overall safe area, but once again keep your wits about at night.

Best places to stay in Santa Fe

Final Tips 

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17 Unmissable Things To Do In Bogota

17 Unmissable Things To Do In Bogota

There are many interesting things to do in Bogota. The capital of Colombia, a city of no less than 7.5 million people, well deserves to be explored and has plenty of things to see and do to keep visitors entertained – though many mistakenly decide to only spend a few hours there, while on a layover to go elsewhere.

It’s a pity, really. Bogota has a lot to offer, a lot more than meets the eye, and despite being such a vast metropolis, the vibe is friendly and the locals are extremely welcoming.

Perched at 2600 meters above sea level in the Andes, Bogota it’s a world apart from the sunny Cartagena, which is on the Caribbean coast (read more about Cartagena in this post). The average temperature here is 14 degrees Celsius, and it pretty much rains every day. Upon arriving, the impression you will get is that of being in northern England, or Ireland. Definitely not the sunny, hot, salsa-dancing, tropical picture that fills up the imagination of most foreigners.

Yet, one can’t help but warming to it.

Bogota is sophisticated, progressive and at times overwhelming. It’s chaotic, but it can also be incredibly peaceful. It’s a city of contrasts: next to the colorful colonial buildings of La Candelaria, you’ll find the skyscrapers of the financial district. The center is packed with beautiful historical sights, good museums and colonial buildings.

This posts highlights the things you shouldn’t miss in Bogota, and includes a few tips on how to make the most of the city.

These are some of the best guided tours of Bogota:

 

things to do in BogotaThe beautiful cathedral in Plaza Bolivar

17 Things To Do In Bogota That You Shouldn’t Miss

Go to Plaza de Bolivar

Located in the historic heart of Bogota, Plaza de Bolivar is actually as eclectic as it gets in terms of architectural styles. The Capitolio Nacional, where the congress sits, is built in a neoclassical style. The Alcaldia (the City Hall) is built in French style and dates back to the early 20th century.

The Catedral Primada, which is on the eastern side of the square, is Bogota’s largest church and was built in neoclassical style. The only example of colonial style architecture in the square is the Capilla del Sagrario, which is right next to the Cathedral. Whichever way you look at it, Plaza de Bolivar is an interesting place and visiting is one of the things to do in Buenos Aires.

Walk around Candelaria

Visiting La Candelaria is what to do in Bogotà to appreciate the colonial feel of the city. It’s a lovely neighborhood of cobbled alleys, museums galore, theaters, cafés and street art. The area has some good hostels and other places to stay, and some fairly good restaurants too. It’s one of the safest neighborhood in Bogota, so you can safely explore by yourself. But if you are curious to learn more about the history of the area and of how it evolved into becoming a place for artists, you may as well join a guided tour.

These are some of the best tours of Bogota that include La Candelaria:

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Make sure to admire the view from Monserrate – photo courtesy of Mariusz Kluzniak (flickr)

Enjoy the view from Monserrate

Among the unmissable places to visit in Bogota there’s Cerro de Monserrate. This peak towers over Bogota with its 3200 meters. It’s been a place of pilgrimage since the 1600s and a church was built at the top in the 1650s. The views of the city from Monserrate are impressive, but the site is also famous for the statue of El Señor Caido – a statue that depicts Jesus Christ right after being taken off the cross. There is also a park, which is nice to explore.

To get to Monserrate, you have three options: you can take the cable car, which is called Teleferico, the funicular, or walk all the way up the more than 1500 steps to the top. Although there are meant to be uniformed guards on the trail, robberies are often reported so take precautions should you decide to walk it – and by all means don’t go alone.

TIP: Bogota gets terribly congested with traffic, and as the day goes along, the pollution increases and the views from Cerro Monserrate become less clear. Make sure to go up quite early in the morning for clear views. Also, keep in mind that the temperature inevitably drops even more compared to the already cold city, so bring up an extra layer.

You can also join a guided tour that goes all the way to Monserrate. These are the best options:

Enjoy a different view from Torre Colpatria  

You can get a good 360 degrees view of Bogota from its tallest skyscraper, Torre Colpatria, where you can access the mirador (viewpoint) on the 48th floor. 

Visit La Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa, whose official name is Zona T, is the upscale area of Bogota – with all the luxury shops, restaurants and hotels and some of the best bars and nightlife in the city. It’s definitely where to go in Bogota if you want to treat yourself to a good dinner, but keep in mind that prices are going to be higher than in the rest of the city.

In Zona Rosa you’ll also find the famous Andres Carne de Res, a restaurant which originally opened in Chia but that now also has opened here in Bogota. It’s more than just a restaurant – here you can spend the night dancing to salsa and merengue tunes. Spending a night there is one of the best things to do at night.

You can book a visit to Andres Carne de Res (with transfer) online:

Explore Chapinero

Chapinero is one of the nicest areas of the city and if you want to get out of the main tourist trail, visiting is what to do in Bogota. It’s where a large university is located, so the vibe is young and friendly. Here, you’ll find some very good restaurants – though not as expensive as those of Zona Rosa, and good places to stay that are a world away from the backpackers’ places of Candelaria.

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Make sure to visit Candelaria

Explore Bogota by bike

One of the things that impressed me the most about Bogota is how biking friendly the city is. There’s something like 300 km of biking lanes, that have been built since 1998, and locals regularly use this mode of transportation to go about their daily business. Needless to say, one of the top things to do in the Colombian capital to properly see it is joining a bike tour.

Most of them start in La Candelaria and make several stops throughout the day, to visit museums, have a taste of street food, admire street art. Tours vary depending on the events going on in the city.

These are some of the best bike tours of Bogota:

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Biking is the best way to move around Bogota

Join the Ciclovia Sundays

Speaking of bikes, one of the most fun things to do on Sundays is joining the Ciclovia. That’s when more than 100 km of roads are closed to traffic, and the locals get to use them to bike, skate, rollerblade, run and even walk the dogs. You can rent a bike to join in the fun. And if you get hungry you can stop at the many stalls that pop up at the side of the street.

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There’s a lot of street art in Bogota – photo courtesy of Pedro Szekely (flickr)

Admire all the street art

If you love street art, you’ll be in for a treat. Make sure to admire the many pieces of art painted on the city walls. Bogota street art is thriving, and has been so for decades – despite the fact that graffiti artists had to work at nights and under cover not to be caught by the police.

In 2011, Diego Felipe Becerra was shot by two police officers as he painted his famous Felix de Cat, causing such a reaction from the rest of the artists community and the public that the two officers were eventually arrested. That’s when graffiti art was finally legalized in certain parts of the city, and it became an integral part of Bogota identity.

You can join a guided tour of Bogota street art that will take you to the most impressive pieces – some work on a donation basis, most you have to pay. This is a selection of the best street art tours of Bogota:

Visit the incredible museums  

Colombia’s capital has some excellent museums and art galleries, and visiting them is what to do in Bogota on a rainy day. Museo del Oro is thought to be the most important gold museums in the world. Yet, if you have to pick just one museum to visit in town, go to Museo Botero.

It’s a great gallery, funded by a donation by Botero (Colombia’s most famous artist) himself. Other than his paintings, you’ll also be able to see works of Picasso, Mirò, Renoir, Dali, Matisse and Monet.

Other interesting museums include the Museo Nacional, which is located in an old prison and gives plenty of insights into the history of Colombia; the Museo de Arte Colonial; and the Museo Historico Policia, which is a rather quirky museum with dummies of drug dealers of the likes of Pablo Escobar.

If you want to make the most of Bogota’s museums, you can join a guided tour. These are two of the best:

Hang out in Simon Bolivar Park 

Simon Bolivar is to Bogota what Central Park is to New York: it’s the biggest park in the city, and it gets incredibly busy at weekends. It’s the perfect place to visit at the weekend, for a picnic, to hang out by the lake, rent a bike and take a stroll. During the summer, lots of concerts are held in the park.   

Mingle with the locals at the market

Bogota isn’t a touristy city – you can get much of a local feel here wherever you go, really. Yet, if you want to get a good understanding of the local vibe and way of life, a visit to one of the local markets is a must. The market in Plaza Paloquemao has an incredible array of fresh produce, flowers, eggs, seafood and meat. You’ll also get to taste a lot of street food.

If you prefer, you can even join a guided market tour. This is a selection of the best tours available:

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Eating arepas is a legal requirement!

Go on a food tour

Food in Colombia is quite an experience: this is a country with an incredible array of fruit that you won’t get to see anywhere else in the world. Most people who travel to Colombia complain that food is either incredibly bland, or too deep fried. In my month in Colombia, I actually tried a few things that were delicious, and I enjoyed the earthy, warm soups that are served any time of day. Bogota is a great dining destination.

Some of Colombia’s must try are:

  • Arepas – corn patties that can be plain or filled with cheese;
  • Bandeja paisa – which is actually a full meal of rice, beans, avocado, arepa, fried eggs and often also some grilled meat;
  • Sancocho de gallina – a chicken soup with potaoes, onions, corn and whatever else is available;
  • Ajaco – similar to sancocho de gallina, this soup is typical from the Bogota region and is served with rice and avocado.

While the best restaurants in Bogota are in Zona Rosa, your best bet for excellent food that is also cheap is the street, and if you dig well, you’ll find some delicious stuff. If you have just arrived in Colombia and feel overwhelmed by the incredible offer of food, you may want to opt for a food tour (even better, a street food tour) to taste all the local specialties.

Here is a selection of the best food tours of Bogota:

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Tasting coffee is a must

Learn about coffee

In a country that exports some of the best quality coffee in the world, one of the most interesting things to do is learning about the secrets to a good coffee. While the Eje Cafetero, the coffee region of Colombia is at some 10 hours drive from Bogota, you can still appreciate coffee in the capital. One of the nicest things to do in Colombia’s capital is drinking coffee, and learning more about it. There even are guided coffee crawl tours (yes, seriously!).

These are some of the best coffee tours of Bogota:

Taste some beer

Latin America was never big on good beer – no matter how hard I tried in Costa Rica or even Panama, I never found a beer that I truly enjoyed. Except in Colombia, which has its own great breweries and where you can get draft beer.

The most famous brewery is Bogota Beer Company, which has opened several locations across the city where you can walk in to enjoy some good pub food and what is unarguably the best beer in the country. They even do beer tours of the city – it certainly is what to do in Bogota if you like your pint!

These are some of the best beer tours of Bogota:

Enjoy Bogota’s nightlife

For the best nightlife in Bogota, you have to head to Zona Rosa, which attracts a good crowd of both locals and tourists. It’s where the best bars in the city are located, and home to the famous Andres Carne de Res where you can dine like a king before admiring dance shows and even dancing yourself. The gay friendly part of Bogota is Zona G, which also has some great bars.

These are some of the best night tours of Bogota:

Take a day trip to out of the city 

Bogota is lovely, but the surroundings are amazing too. Make sure to take a day trip out of the city. The following is a selection of places that can be visited from Bogota. 

Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral  

The Salt Catedral, which was born out of an old salt mine, is one of the most fascinating things to see in Colombia. It’s located near Zipaquira, which is 50 km north of Bogota. The Cathedral was open to the public in 1995 and can host up to 8400 people. Visiting is what to do in Bogota if you want to get out of the city for a day. You can get there on a combination of public transportation, or else you can join a guided tour.

These are some of the best guided tours of Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral:

Guatavita Lagoon

La Laguna de Guatavita is located at around 18 km from Guatavita, which in and of itself is quite an interesting place to visit. The lagoon is a sacred lake and the ritual center of the Muisca indigenous peoples. It’s where the myth of El Dorado was born. Visits to Guatavita often include a tour of the Museo del Oro of Bogota, as this includes a lot of pieces coming from the Guatavita region. This is one of the nicest things to do if you want to get out of the city.

You can go to Guatavita by a combination of public transportation, or opt for a guided tour. These are the best tours available:

Villa de Leyva

Villa del Leyva is a gorgeous small colonial town at about 3 hours drive from Bogota. It’s a lovely place to explore for a day, though if you have more time I actually recommend to spend at least a weekend there. It’s where people from Bogota actually go for a getaway from the city. If you are pressed for time but you still want to visit, you can go there on a day trip.

These are the best tours of Villa de Leyva departing from Bogota:

Things to do in Bogota on a layover

Bogota has a lot to offer, but if you are tight on time you can still try to make the most of the city. The best way to explore the city if you are tight on time is on a guided tour.

There are especially designed tours for people who are visiting Bogota on a layover. This is a selection of the best tours:

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There are a lot of good places to stay in Bogota

Practical Tips To Organize Your Trip To Bogota

Guided tours of Colombia that go to Bogota

If you would like to visit Colombia and Bogota, but have have little interest in organizing your trip, you should consider joining a guided tour of Colombia. G Adventures runs some excellent ones and all of them depart from its capital. I have selected the most interesting ones:

Where to stay in Bogota

Most people who visit Bogota stay in La Candelaria, where you’ll find the majority of boutique hotels and hostels. A few good ones can also be found in Chapinero and Zona Rosa.

Here’s a selection of the best places to stay in Bogota:

Make sure to also read my post A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Bogota.”

How to get to Bogota

Bogota is very well connected to the rest of the country by an incredible web of bus routes. The main bus station is La Terminal, around 5 km west of the city center in an area called La Salitre. There, you’ll find buses going to and coming from the rest of the country.

For buses from Cartagena to Bogota, click here.

For buses from Medellin to Bogota, click here.

For buses from Barranquilla to Bogota, click here.

Bogota airport is called El Dorado and has flights to various locations in the country and to the rest of the world. From there, you can get to Bogota by public transportation, taxi or private transfer. You can book your Bogota airport transfer here.

Moving around

Unless you want to move around by bike, you can count on Bogota’s very efficient bus system. The service is cheap and fast, and buses run from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Final remarks

I didn’t have any issue when I visited Bogota, and in the last few years crime rates have decreased thanks to the efforts of the police forces. Check the latest reports on safety here. However I recommend you use your caution when you walk around, especially at night. When in doubt, opt to take a taxi. Make sure to also purchase travel insurance before visiting. You can get one here.

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