Most passengers looking to explore the exciting city of Bogota, will fly into the El Dorado International Airport (BOG), the key international hub for Colombia. As an airport well used to transiting passengers, you will find all the amenities you need here, such as ATMs, currency exchange booths, a wide range of restaurants and cafes, plenty of duty-free shops, and access to free WiFi.
You’ll find that the airport is 15km from the central part of the city, and traversing the distance can be done on public buses, or via the official airport taxis. You can hail a cab directly outside the airport, and a fare to downtown Bogota will cost you approximately 29000-44000COP/10-15USD ($13-20).
Fly to Bogota with Air Canada, American Airlines, and the LATAM Airlines Group.
Why visit Bogota?
The city of Bogota is one of South America’s beauties; backed by the Andean mountains, and wrapping its modern fringes around a beautiful Old Town, it is easy to see why so many people leave Bogota singing its praises. Engage in the best activities of the city, by dancing in the clubs, dining in its restaurants, and touring its museums, then use it as a base to strike out, and explore the lakes, forests and mountains of its surrounds.
Things to do in Bogota
Get a grip on the city’s layout by heading up the impressive Cerro de Monserrate, a mount in the middle of the city topped by a beautiful white-washed church. If you don’t fancy the hike up to the 3000 metre high summit, then hop on the funicular car, just don’t forget to bring your camera!
When you head back down to earth, head to old part of town, called La Candelaria. Wander its cobbled laneways, and sit and watch the world go by in its plazas. Take the time to visit Plaza Bolivar in particular, which boasts the National Capitol, the Palace of Justice and the city’s cathedral.
Investigating the city’s culture during the day will likely lead you to the fantastic Museo del Oro, a museum that has an astounding collection of gold pieces from the indigenous cultures of the region, or to the Botero Museum, an institution dedicated to Colombia’s most famous artist. Then at night, explore the culture of Bogota’s nightlife by spending the small hours in Zona Rosa, the city’s trendiest hotspot.
Outside the city, you can find the waters of Lake Guatavita, hike trails to La Chorrera, the country’s tallest waterfalls, or visit Zipaquira, and its famous Salt Cathedral.
Best time to visit Bogota
· Temperatures throughout the calendar year tend to remain in the 18-20°C range, so visiting this city is always pretty pleasant. However, it is the summertime (December-February) that really shines, when the days are dry and warm.
Arriving in Bogota by plane
· Expect when you fly to Bogota to be diverted through a couple of cities. These are usually in hubs in South America and Australasia, such as New Zealand (AKL), Lima (LIM) and Santiago (SCL).
· Colombian Peso (COP).
· Colombia allows Australians to spend up to 90 days in the country without a visa. There are some conditions to this entry, and it is subject to fees, so please visit the Foreign Affairs advice website on travel to Colombia.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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