For years, Colombia has had the reputation of being unsafe and difficult for travelers. But the tides have changed and this incredible country is now a traveler’s dream-come-true.
The capital city of Colombia, Bogota, is an unexpected gem that every traveler will fall in love with. Don’t believe me? Here are five reasons why you will love Bogota.
1. The local food will make you drool
From homemade tamales in local hole-in-the-wall restaurants to empanadas from the side of the street, the food in Bogota is delicious. On top of that, it is incredibly affordable. You will find it easy to feed yourself on less than 10 USD (8.88 EUR) a day. Around every corner, you will find someone selling a unique type of street food and I recommend trying it all, because it is all mouth-watering.
2. The Main Plaza will blow your mind
When you first step into the main plaza of Bogota, expect to be struck speechless. The towering buildings are absolutely incredible and the plaza itself is so full of life and energy. In this plaza you can feed the birds, dine on delicious street food, or just watch the diverse tourists, travelers, locals, and students come and go.
3. There are one-of-a-kind museums all over
Like any good city, Bogota has its fair share of museums. What sets these museums apart are the unique topics they touch on, like the Museo Botero (Botero Museum) full of Botero’s striking art, and the Gold Museum, which tells the history of gold and its importance to Colombia. Keep your eyes out for deals, like free entrance to the Gold Museum on Sundays, to get the most out of your visit.
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4. Gorgeous street art decorates every corner
One of the things that really sets Bogota apart is its lively street art scene. We are not talking your average graffiti full of swear words and illegible bubble writing. The street art in Bogota is part of the city’s history as well as an active part of life in the city today. The art is truly gorgeous and you can spend a full day wandering the streets just gazing in awe at the various masterpieces on display.
5. You can spend hours in the delightful cafés
Because of the student life in Bogota, a hip café scene has hit the city. Whether you need to check some emails or just want to enjoy a delicious drink while reading your book in the comfort of a cozy chair, the cafés in Bogota will deliver. Make sure you try Santafereño, a local specialty served at many cafés. Santafereño is a mug of hot, raw cacao served with a side of cheese—which you then dump inside the chocolate beverage and drink! It may sound bizarre, but trust me, it’s worth a try. If you are looking for some of the best, check out Cafe Camino.
Bogota is a traveler's dream destination
Bogota is a city full of endless wonders. Whether you plan a short visit on your way to somewhere else or stay for a while, you are sure to fall in love with this unmatched city in no time. It has everything a traveler could ask for … and so much more.
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