Bogotá Sights

As you tour the city, take a taxi whenever possible—don't be carefree about strolling around, even during the day, or about lingering in places at night—it's simply not safe to do so. Keep in mind that carreras (roads) run north–south and calles (streets) run east–west. You'll probably spend much of your time in the charming neighborhood of La Candelaria. To the north of La

Candelaria is the downtown area, which is slightly forlorn-looking but holds a handful of bars and restaurants, mostly in La Macarena. Farther uptown and marked by towering office buildings is the Centro Internacional, the city's financial center. To the north is the leafy Zona Rosa, a popular shopping district anchored by an upscale shopping mall called Centro Andino. Farther north along the Carrera 7, at Calle 116, is Hacienda Santa Barbara, another high-end shopping mall built as an extension of an old mansion. A few blocks north of Hacienda Santa Barbara is the plaza of Usaquén, an Andean village that became a neighborhood as Bogotá grew but still maintains its small-town manner.

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Museo Arqueológico

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The magnificent mansion that houses the Museum of Archaeology–the facility is colloquially known around town as the MUSA–once belonged...

Museo Botero

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In 2000, world-famous artist Fernando Botero made headlines when he donated dozens of works from his private collection to Colombia.

Museo Nacional

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The striking building that houses the National Museum was a prison until 1946; some parts, particularly the narrow top-floor galleries,...

Museo de Arte Colonial

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Renovations in 1999 helped preserve this 17th-century Andalusian-style mansion, home of the Museum of Colonial Art. In its substantial...

Museo de Arte Moderno

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The huge windows in the beautifully designed Museum of Modern Art create a marvelous sense of spaciousness. Peruse the changing exhibits...

Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares

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A former Augustinian cloister dating from 1583, the Museum of Folk Art and Traditions is one of Bogotá's oldest surviving buildings.

Museo de Oro

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Bogotá's phenomenal Gold Museum contains a comprehensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. The museum's more than 34,000 pieces...

Plaza de Bolívar

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Surrounded by stately structures, this square marks the spot where Bogotá was declared the seat of New Granada's colonial government.

Plaza de Toros Santamaría

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Bogotá's bullring was designed by Rogelio Salmona in a traditional Andalusian style. For a free peek, the best time to visit is in the...

Quinta de Bolívar

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Simón Bolívar, the revolutionary hero who drove the Spanish from the northern half of the continent, passed the last years of his life...

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