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Hotel Cabrera Imperial is a contemporary hotel located in the north of Bogota 7.5 miles from the El Dorado International Airport in the Chico neighborhood. The Chico neighborhood is one of the most attractive areas in the city and centrally located to the most popular Bogota things to do. It has a wide range of restaurants, shops, malls and entertainment, and also has a high concentration of national and international company headquarters. The hotel is just 5 blocks from the city’s financial district. The main attractions in Bogota, Colombia are easily accessible from the hotel. Shopping, dining and entertainment venues are a short walk away, including the Andino Mall, T Zone, 93 Street, 11th Avenue, 82 Street, 85 Street, 7th Avenue and 15th Avenue.
Top 10 Bogota Attractions
The Candelaria is often the one of the first attractions in Bogota, Colombia visitors flock to. This historic, bohemian neighborhood is filled with Spanish colonial buildings, quaint alleyways, wooden cathedrals and cobblestone streets as well as striking pieces of street art. It meshes the colorful old colonial city with the new. Plaza de Bolivar, the Gold Museum and Monserrate are in this district.
Plaza de Bolivar
Plaza de Bolivar is the center of government in Bogota and the country of Columbia. The wide open square features the National Capitol building, Palace of Justice and Cathedral of Bogota. A statue of Simon Bolivar stands in front of the National Capitol building. On a narrow street off Plaza de Bolivar is row of restaurants serving traditional foods of Bogota and Colombia, including ajiaco, a thick hearty soup consisting of shredded chicken, potatoes, and a chunk of corn on the cob. Cream, capers, and avocado are also added.
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Bogota's Gold Museum, Museo del Oro, is the largest gold museum in Colombia.
One can easily spend an hour or two wandering its vast exhibits of pre-Hispanic gold, the biggest collection in the world. Photography is allowed, so you can share your discoveries with the world. It houses most of the gold collection from the Musica tribes who inhabited the area prior to the Spanish conquest. Many of these items were collected from the Laguna de Guatavita, the inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado.
Botero Museum (Donacion Botero & Museo Botero)
Fernando Botero is Colombia’s most famous artist, and his work can be seen around the world, as both paintings and sculptures. Originally from Medellin, he has donated a large number of pieces to several museums in the country, including the Donacion Botero in Bogota. Additional works by Picasso, Renoir and Dali are also on display. Entrance is free and photos are allowed without a flash. The Museo Botero is a larger museum featuring Botero’s work as well as a wider array of Latin artists.
The Monserrate is Bogota's most famous mountaintop offering sweeping views of the capital. A stone cathedral is situated at the top of the mountain, built on the edge of the cliff. There is a tourist market here where you can buy souvenirs and have a cup of famous cocoa tea.
Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral (Cathedral de Sal)
About an hour outside of Bogota is the town of Zipaquira, where a salt mine was converted into an underground cathedral. There are a number of tunnels with various alters throughout the system, all of which contain stone carved crosses and impressive formations from the salt on the cave walls. Colorful lighting helps to brighten the interior. Guided tours are available for about $8.00 USD. No flash photography is allowed.
After a visit to the mine, check out the small town square of Zipaquira and climb to the overlook for a fantastic view of the valley and cathedral.
Santamaria Bull Ring
Bogota's Santamaria Bull Ring was built in 1931 and sits in the center of the city. Like many Latin American countries, bullfighting is a celebrated sport. The ring holds 14,500 people. Although bull fighting is controversial, it is seen as a celebration among this culture.
La Zona Rosa
Bogota's major nightlife district is the Zona Rosa (literally “Pink Zone”), located between Calles 79-85 and Carreras 11-15. It’s packed with restaurants, bars, discos and other exciting Bogota things to do. Catering to upper middle class Colombians and tourists, the prices tend to be higher than in other parts of the city. The center of the area is a modern shopping mall filled with many name brand stores and restaurants.
Villa de Leyva
A visit to Villa de Leyva is a lovely side trip which can be done in a day but is more leisurely done with an overnight stay or two. Villa de Leyva is a Spanish town left in time with no modernization at all. It is filled with original buildings and cobblestone streets. The square is the most popular among Bogota attractions, with a small fountain and a white cathedral that sits against an amazing backdrop of the Colombian Highlands.
Laguna de Guatavita
Laguna de Guatavita is a deep pool of water situated in the mountains. It is the lake where the Musica tribes performed their ceremonies and is the sole inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado. The tribes adorned their chief with gold then floated him to the center of the lake and dropped him in the water. Leaving the gold to float to the bottom was an offering to the gods. For this reason, the Spanish drained and irrigated this lake for many years in search of the gold. It is about an hour hike to the lake.