Sprawling, unexpectedly alluring, and energetic, Bogota is the vibrantly thumping heart of Colombia. Bogota´s beautiful colonial buildings first established by the Spaniards way back in the 1500s belie Bogota´s urgently modern pizazz and incredibly raucous nightlife.
Bogotá’s airport, Aeropuerto El Dorado, is around 15km to the northwest of the city and from there a taxi to the city centre should cost you about US$10 (avoid unofficial taxis). There are buses available, which are much cheaper but come with their own risks, and it can be difficult if you have a lot of baggage with you.
What to do in Bogota
There’s no shortage of things to do in Bogotá, but for the time-constrained we suggest visiting the beautiful Plaza de Bolivar, which is surrounded by the Corte de Justicia, the Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá, the Capitolio Nacional and the Catedral. For a spectacular view of the city, take the funicular up to the top of Cerro de Monserrate. A visit to the city´s museums and galleries is essential – particularly the Museo de Oro and the Donación Botero. A great place to relax in the day, and home to the pick of the nightlife, La Candelaria is Bogotá’s most popular tourist point.
The city’s average temperatures are around 14-20°c in the day time and 9°c at night. In rainy season this difference is less pronounced.