In my last post I mentioned we were country hopping over the summer. Before heading to Ecuador, we made a short stop at Colombia.
I have decided to write this post in two parts. This is the first part where I will be giving tips and ideas on how you can spend a day in the colorful, eclectic city of Bogotá, the Colombian capital.
A lot of people choose not to spend time here. While one day is not nearly enough to delve deep into the history of the place, you can pick activities that will give you an essence. I am glad we took time to explore this beautiful place.
It’s an excellent (and cheap) stopover city if you’re heading to other parts of South America like Ecuador or Peru. The best part is that you can hit all the key spots in a day or two.
Sunset views at Monserrate Mountain
Visiting Bolivar Square
Strolling the streets of La Candelaria
Best time to visit
From June to September - when the temperatures are mild. Their busiest period starts from July when the U.S. and Europe enjoy time off from school but the temperatures are slightly higher too. Avoid the rainy December season.
Flights and Visa
We chose to fly with Avianca within South America. The flights were spacious, with good in-flight entertainment and courteous service.
Visa on arrival for Indians who hold a valid USA visa. Just carry your return ticket with you for immigration purposes.
Spanish is the official language in all Central and South American countries. Mr. A and I are quick to learn languages. We enjoyed learning a few useful Spanish words. Buenos Dias (good morning), adios (bye), hola (hello or hi), Si (yes), cuanto (how much), salida (exit), entrada (entrance), caliente leche (hot milk) and numbers from 1 to 10.
Travel and Medical Insurance, Currency
Travel Insurance is always recommended. Colombian Peso (COP) is the official currency. Note: they don't accept any other currency in the country, so be sure to carry enough cash in local currency.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the sustainable Biohotel Organic Suites in Bogotá. The room was was spacious and beautifully designed.
I chose this hotel for it's eco-friendly operations. They are powered by solar energy with water-saving systems and even have a vegetable garden using vertical agriculture.
The breakfast spread was good with fresh bread, cheese, yogurt, fruits and pastries and of course, amazing Colombian coffee.