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The Aesthetics Traveler 48 Hour Guide To Bogotá, Colombia

August 31, 2023

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Aesthetics Traveler 48 Hour Guide To Bogotá, Colombia | www.aestheticstraveler.com Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Editorial

On my way to Lima, I had a layover in Bogotá, a city I hadn’t visited before. Looking out the window from the airport and onto the green lush scenery made me want to have a proper stopover on my way back home. 10 days and lots of ceviche and pisco sours later, I was boarding another flight to Bogotá — this time to get to know the city. My stay in Bogotá was short, and definitely sweet. While I feel you need way more than 48 hours to get to know the capital of Colombia, my time here gave me a great overview of what Bogotá has to offer. From historic centers to lush gardens and emerald streets to match the scenery, Bogotá surprised me in the most delightful way. The Aesthetics Traveler 48 hour guide to Bogotá breaks down exactly what I did with my short visit, and also adds in recommendations from locals and frequenters that I was not able to try, but that are worth the trip.

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Where to Stay 

Before we dive into the activities, you need to decide where you want to base your explorations. The city is relatively compact, and I found it easy to move from one neighborhood to the other by Uber. It took me 30 minutes by Uber to get from Zona G to La Candelaria, and then another 30 minute Uber ride to get from La Candelaria to Zona Rosa, as an example. While distance isn’t as much of a problem, where you choose to stay will inform the vibe of your trip, so it’s important to choose wisely.

My favorite neighborhood to stay — Zona G 

Zona G is the area I chose as my base in Bogotá, and it’s definitely my favorite. I stayed at the Four Seasons Casa Medina which in itself exceeded expectations. Right outside my hotel were several charming red-bricked streets full of great restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. I loved wandering around Zona G, and felt safe both day and night (my first time exploring was at night actually!). I highly recommend to make this your base if you’re a foodie and enjoy the finer things in life, with an authentic twist.

Another great option — Zona T / Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa is a great place to stay given the variety of restaurants, shops, and luxury hotels (there’s another Four Seasons here too!). However, I personally found Zona T a bit more commercial, taking away from the charm of the city.  With that being said, I would still stay in Zona T in a heartbeat, and likely will try this area as my base for my next visit to Bogotá. I think this area is best for travelers looking to stay longer in Bogotá, as it has all the luxury comforts you need to “live” the city.

Better for exploring than for staying — La Candelaria 

La Candelaria is also a popular base for travelers. While I loved strolling around La Candelaria and exploring the local markets and emerald street, I personally wouldn’t stay here. The reason being is the vibe of the area changed around 3pm, getting a bit more sketchy. I didn’t feel this change in Zona G (where I first explored at nighttime) nor Zona T. I also prefer to stay in more luxury establishments at this point in my life, which are found in Zona G and Zona T. However, I know lots of people choose La Candelaria as their base when visiting Bogotá, so it’s unfair not to mention it. If you’re into a more low-key, bohemian vibe for your base, then La Candelaria could be right for you.

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The Aesthetics Traveler 48 Hour Guide To Bogotá, Colombia

Day 1 – Exploring Zona G and Monserrate

Monserrate

Monserrate is Bogotá’s mountain which is in the middle of city. It is a beloved place to get panoramic views of the city, and the heart and soul of the Colombian capital. To get to the top, you can access through the “teleférico” (aka a tram) or you can hike up a long staircase. If you choose the stairs, a local mentioned it takes about 1 hour, and it’s a gorgeous hike through the woods with lots of nature. You’ll get views along the way, before reaching your reward at the very top. It’s important to note that Bogotá is at a bit of a higher altitude, and therefore, should keep this in mind for any strenuous activities. I experienced a bit of altitude sickness in the form of dizziness and light nausea on my first day in Bogotá, and because of this I decided to opt out of Monserrate. I tried to go the next day after visiting La Candelaria, but realized the teleferico was closed (at least according to Google maps). Turns out the tram only takes you up in the early morning hours, between 6-11:30am. That’s why I recommend you take this into consideration when planning your 2-day trip to Bogotá.

In short: If you want to use the tram, then go early in the morning (between 6-11:30am). If you want to hike up, it’s best you check for any symptoms of altitude sickness and plan your adventure accordingly (aka maybe flip the itinerary around and hike on the 2nd day).

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Zona G

Zona G is what I chose as my base, and it’s a highly recommended area if you like good food. Zona G is a red-bricked authentic yet elevated neighborhood. It’s rather small, with the culinary district consisting of a handful of streets, yet these are packed with restaurants, coffee shops, and some boutiques. I loved walking around Zona G and wandering into coffee shops, plant and pet shops, before choosing a place for dinner. My first night I had dinner at Olivia, and it was very good. I can’t give a full review on it as I was feeling a bit of altitude sickness so I kept it light. I even had to cancel my wine 🥺. In general, this area is great for lunch or dinner and serves as a great place to recharge after wandering up Monserrate.

Day 2 – Exploring La Candelaria and Zona Rosa

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La Candelaria 

La Candelaria is Bogotá’s historic district, and one of the most beautiful places to wander in the city. This area is home to many artists, colonial buildings, jewelry shops, and museums like Casa De La Moneda and the Botero Art Museum. You will want to reserve at least half a day here, as it’s worth diving into the history by visiting the museums, and taking some time to shop along the Emerald Street.

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Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen

This gorgeous church is where I started my route along La Candelaria. Its stunning white and pink façade is worthy of hundreds of aesthetic photos, and the interior is out of this world. Since it is a church, I didn’t take any pictures of the interior out of respect, but I definitely recommend you take a peak inside. After you’re done admiring this architectural work of art, simply walk downhill towards the Emerald Street. 

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Treat yourself to some fine jewelry at Carrera 6: The Emerald Street

Carrera 6 is a street full of fine jewelry stores, specializing in Emeralds. I didn’t know this prior to visiting Bogotá, but Colombia is actually the number 1 producer of Emeralds in the world! This street specifically happens to be one of the best places to buy emerald jewelry in Colombia, as the gems get mined in nearby towns. What a treat! If you love emeralds (like I do, it’s my favorite stone), then shopping along this street is for you. There are tons of fine jewelry stores specializing in gorgeous 18k gold and real emerald jewelry. From earrings to pendants and engagement rings, you’re bound to find something to make you fall in love. I inquired about some small pair of emerald earrings and they were between $450-$800 USD. So while it’s not cheap, it’s a fair price for high-quality emeralds set on 18k real gold. 

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Take in the sights and sounds of Plaza de Bolívar 

Come for the pictures, stay for the bird feedings and random musical performances. This plaza houses several traditional architectural buildings, making for a great photo spot. It’s just a few minutes further downhill from Carrera 6 (The Emerald Street). 

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Pasaje Rivas (Carrera 9A)

This cute little alley is perfect to buy traditional handmade artisan items to take home with you. The street is full of small stores specializing in straw, wooden, and ceramic items. From wooden spoons for the kitchen to straw bassinets for babies, they have a little bit of everything, and everything is oh so aesthetic. 

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Casa De La Moneda (free admission) 

Casa de la moneda is a free museum that highlights the tumultuous history of money in Colombia. It dates back to the 1600s, and has an impressive collection of old coins used in the country. It was a great stop in between shopping and exploring, and definitely an interesting cultural experience to get a better understanding of the country. It’s important to note that it’s a worthy stop even if you don’t want to learn about money, as the museum is set inside a gorgeous old colonial home. Just at the entrance you’ll find an aesthetic fountain surrounded by ample greenery. A worthy stop I’m telling you. 

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Lunch at Quinoa y Amaranto

I found this restaurant through the recommendation of Salt In Our Hair, a couple I’ve admired since first starting travel blogging back in 2016. This restaurant is nothing fancy, but it is aesthetic in an authentic way. From the outside it looks like a whole-in-the-wall, because it is. They work off a daily menu consisting of a starter, entree, and dessert which is accompanied by a traditional herbal tea. Since I was feeling the altitude a bit, I decided to opt out of the full menu and only order a bowl of the carrot cream soup; which was the special for the day. This restaurant is mainly vegan and vegetarian, which was perfect for a light healthy meal in between exploring La Candelaria and the rest of Bogotá. 

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Walk, Shop, & Eat in Zona Rosa / Zona T 

Bogotá’s most upscale neighborhood is a great place to walk around, shop, and explore cafes and restaurants. Here you can find great high-end places to eat as well as some nightclubs. After exploring La Candelaria, I took an Uber to Zona T to wander around the area. Zona T is similar to Zona G in the wide variety of culinary options, although Zona T seems to be larger in size overall. It’s definitely a good choice to come after exploring the more historic center, and grabbing a coffee or dinner here. In Zona T you can also find designer stores like Cartier and more accessible stores like Zara. 

Pick me up at Libertario Coffee & Roasters 

If you’re in need of a quick pick me up, I highly recommend stopping by Libertario Coffee & Roasters. This cute coffee shop has things like specialty Colombian coffee (of course), kombucha, herbal teas, sandwiches, and small treats like croissants and cookies. It’s also located right in from of the Four Seasons, so if you decide to stay there it could be your morning and afternoon go-to coffee shop. Manifesting this for you ✨

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Dinner at Vitto, Zona G 

For dinner I actually headed back to Zona G, as I needed a rest before more culinary adventures. I decided to try out Vitto, a warm and welcoming Italian restaurant just a few steps away from Casa Medina. The restaurant has ample seating, both inside and out on the terrace. Dim lighting and upbeat ambient music make the vibe, as well as prompt and courteous service. I came as a solo walk-in and was seated right away. If you’re traveling solo you can choose from your own small candle-lit table or bar seating. Since I’m petite, I tend to prefer table over bar, as the high stools make my feet dangle (#shortgirlproblems). I chose the 4 cheese green Capelleti with a white sauce base and was given bread and olive oil as a house courtesy. I also accompanied my pasta with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc as this was the only wine they offered by the glass, the rest of the selection was by the bottle. Both the pasta and wine were great choices, and the bread with olive oil were worthy of being called Italian. Vitto is a great choice for a nice, well-priced restaurant in the Zona G neighborhood. 

Overall I highly enjoyed my time in Bogotá and look forward to a follow up visit where I can live the city a bit more. While following this 48 hour guide to Bogotá, is a great intro to what the capital city has to offer, there’s also so much more to see and try! I’d love to come back and treat myself to a “K” emerald necklace from the Emerald Street, try out Andrés Carnes de Res, dive deeper into the Botero Museum, and take a day trip to the salt mines of Zipaquira. I hope you enjoy your visit to Bogotá, and do let me know if you discover other places worthy of adding to this list!

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The Aesthetics Traveler 48 Hour Guide To Bogotá, Colombia

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Trip Details:
  • The Cusco & Sacred Valley Tours were booked with Cusi Travels.
  • Train rides to and from Machu Picchu were booked with Peru Rail.
  • All international flights need to go through Lima.
  • This itinerary DOES NOT include any hikes to Machu Picchu. 
  • I recommend you add at least 2 days before or after Cusco to explore Lima. 

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