A city of colour, passion and diversity, Bogota stands proud as Colombia's capital, broadcasting everything that is so wonderful about the country to the rest of the world. An intriguing combination of modern and colonial buildings line the bustling streets, many adding a splash of colour as they overshadow the roads, the green of distant parks peeking through the gaps between neighbours. Bogota has plenty to be discovered so much so that we couldn't cover it in a single post. Here's what not to miss.
Discover History, Young and Old
Bogota is home to the modern and the historic usually separated by a few blocks at the very most. The city centre has remained true to its past which is clear from the surrounding architecture, defiant against modern changes elsewhere. Explore the streets by foot, bike or even horse-drawn carriage and feast your eyes on traditional fruit stalls one minute and high-end shops the next. The Church of Our Lady of the Waters is a perfect example of the colonial beauty amidst modernity in Bogota.
A Walk in the Sunshine
A great option for a Bogota excursion would be to head to the breathtaking Laguna de Guatavita, where Colombia's natural beauty takes centre stage. Take in the gorgeous countryside with a wholly satisfying walk through greenery, up the hill to the idyllic lake below. Book a tour and learn about the nearby exhibits of the national park.
Lose Yourself in La Candelaria
Discover the lively neighbourhood of La Candelaria and find a host of small, local businesses and a string of ancient churches which help create a friendly atmosphere in the community. Here, you'll also find the Plaza De Bolivar where you can pose for pictures with llamas, feed the pigeons and, best of all, admire wonderful views of inspirational buildings. A cultural hotspot, it's also here that you'll discover the beauty of the Bogota streets, The Coin House and plenty of museums.
Chow Down in Chia
Sitting just outside Bogota is Chia, one of Colombia's finest spots for a foodie to find themselves in where the strongest pull to the town comes from your stomach. Take up the chance to sample authentic treats and local delicacies whilst you're here and try to squeeze it all into a single day - you may need to loosen that belt a little! Try a cheerfully cheesy almojábana bread baked in a traditional wood oven according to a 50-year-old recipe. Morcilla (blood sausage), Chicharrón (fried pork) and Papa Criolla (creamy, fried potatoes) will all be on the menu and you'll find no better time to give them a go!