Bogotá Blitz: A 48-Hour Itinerary for Exploring Colombia’s Capital

It is the largest meeting point in tourism, so it is diverse and multicultural. In this article we are going to see what to visit in Bogotá in 2 days, and the best 10 places in the city to learn about its history, its gastronomy and the culture of Colombia.

Bogotá is located in the middle of abundant vegetation that achieves one of the most beautiful green landscapes in the region. It is in the center of the country and is part of the Andean region, an area also known as the Bogotá Savannah. This is why the seasons of the year are practically not differentiated. As the weather is always mild and pleasant, all year round is a good time to visit the city.

The 10 best places to visit in Bogotá In 2 days

Throughout our 2-day stay in the Colombian capital, we visited the different most striking tourist spots in the city. We really enjoyed our trip through the Coffee Country and in this case, Bogotá did not disappoint us. We hope that you can also enjoy these points during your visit to Bogotá in 2 days.

Mobility data to take into account for your visit to Bogotá in 2 days:

In our case we moved from the hotel to the center only in uber, cabify or taxiwhich come out at most 5 or 6 dollars considering that we were 20km from La Candelaria.

If you prefer to take the opportunity to walk, What is used the most in the city are bicycles. 500 KM and 30 different routes. The system for using the bikes is very similar to the one we use in Buenos Aires, using an app the bike is unlocked and ready to use. This costs $9,990 in Colombian currency per day, which includes 4 60-minute trips.

In the case of those who choose to walk, we believe it is the best option, especially if they are staying near the center. And if you are a little further away and need transportation but would like to save, always the best option is the transmilenio or bus. They are used with a “Your Key” card which is like our “Sube”, and They have an App called “Transmilenio” where you can see the schedules, stops and even where to load the card.

La Candelaria – What to visit in Bogotá in 2 days.

Apart from the tourist movement that the neighborhood has, the most picturesque thing are the alleys full of murals made by different street artists in the city. Just as they also told us that it is a neighborhood where perhaps we should be careful due to insecurity, we felt quite safe.

La Candelaria is the heart of the historic center. There you will find large mansions built in the colonial era and the mythical Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo, one of the most characteristic points of the capital. It was the place where the city was founded in 1538 and takes its name from a Catholic chapel located in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria. The best way to explore the neighborhood is definitely walking it.

Botero museum

For art lovers in different cities around the world, this is a museum to take advantage of since admission is completely free. It is within the La Candelaria neighborhood. It not only has original pieces by Master Fernando Botero, the main exponent of art in Colombia, but it also has paintings by incredible artists such as Picasso, Renoir and Miró, among others. All the works in the museum were donated by him.

Among other typical Colombian foods Who made the decision to create a museum in his name to house all of the artist’s works.

The hours are: Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM. Closed every Tuesday. And on Sundays and holidays it opens from 10 AM to 5 PM. Free entrance.

La Puerta Falsa – The oldest restaurant in the city

The recipes for the most famous tamales in the city have lasted for seven generations of a family. Along with Santa Fe chocolate that is made in water and the country’s most traditional sweets.

When Carlos Eduardo Sabogal Rubio’s great-great-grandmother, current co-owner, decided to create a business where Bogota residents could eat and talk. This arose from an argument between her and the priest of the Cathedral at the time. After 200 years, La Puerta Falsa remains standing thanks to the family, the Church and the clients.

According to this story, it was passed from mouth to mouth through the generations. It all started because this woman saw in the Cathedral how the women and children who visited the cathedral spent hours and hours without eating or drinking anything. Since there was no place in the surrounding area to sit down to eat or spend the afternoon, she decided to start offering this place to parishioners who came during the festivities. Apparently this bothered the Priest at that time and he reprimanded this woman in front of a crowd. So it was then, as a result of a small discussion, the oldest restaurant in the city of Bogotá was born.

Simon Bolivar Square

It is a giant square, colonial style and very beautiful, where several of the most important buildings in the country are located.

Some structures still remain from the colonial era such as the Capilla del Sagrario, and the Primate Cathedral of Bogotá, built in the 19th century and in a neoclassical style. Admission to the Cathedral is free. In this Cathedral the first mass was given after the official founding of the city for its independence, and where today you can visit the tomb of the Spanish conqueror Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. The first Colombian Wonder.

Something really unmissable to visit in Bogotá in 2 days is the Salt Cathedral. It is a cathedral inside the salt mines of the city of Zipaquirá. It is the work of the architect Roswell Garavito Pearl in 1932. The director of the Bank of the Republic was the one who decided to build this underground chapel, astonished by the devotion of the miners who carved images of saints from whom they asked for protection. It was inaugurated in the salt mine in 1954, which was active until then. But in the ’90s it had to be closed to be rebuilt 200m further down due to its lack of structural solidity.

Today it has capacity for 10,000 people. With a giant cross carved on the back wall, and its naves excavated on the sides that illustrate the life of Christ from his birth to his crucifixion, it is considered the first wonder of the country. Even so, it is not officially recognized by the Catholic Church.

Being an incredible attraction to visit means that events such as weddings or parties of different types can be held.

Te price for locals starts at $61,000 for adults and $50,000 for children and seniors.

Journalists Park

It is called this way because in the 60s, journalists, writers and poets met in this square, which at the time surrounded the main buildings where the media was managed. It is in the middle of the road between La Candelaria going towards Cerro Monserrate.

The emblematic buildings that are still preserved around the park are the ICFES, an Institute linked to the Ministry of Education of the Nation. And the building of the Colombian Academy of Language and the Las Aguas Transmilenio station.

Cerro Monserrate – A must-see to visit in Bogotá in 2 days.

To climb Cerro Monserrate, the ticket price is US$5 per person and can be paid with card or cash. You can choose funicular or cable car. It is located no more and no less than 3,152 meters above sea level. The basilica houses the image of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate, a Christ who according to the faithful performs miracles. The most notable thing is obviously the incredible view of Bogotá, being able to see all its vegetation and beautiful green spaces around the city. If you prefer, you can choose to go up or down walking along the paths of the hill, where you can take the “Via Crucis” route.

In the sanctuary at the top of the hill there are places to eat, both fast food and more complete restaurants. Bakeries, cafes, and all kinds of gastronomic proposals. Also behind the sanctuary there is a large square with crafts and souvenirs. We do not know the prices at the height of the hill.

Bogotá T Zone

The T zone is a neighborhood more dedicated to nightlife with its restaurants and bars to enjoy the best of Colombia: music. Its name was given because its streets make up the appearance of the letter “T”. It is located from Carreras 11 to 15, and Calles 82 to 86. Carrera 12 and Calle 85 are the center of the T.

It is the busiest place throughout the day, and all the places are beautiful and with incredible gastronomy. There is also a shopping center for those who always like to walk around to compare prices or brands. So, to make a small comparison, it would be like walking through the Palermo neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

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