Bogota and Beyond: Discover Colombia’s Colorful Streets, Majestic Mountains, and Beautiful Beaches!

Bogota, the bustling capital of Colombia, is a city that offers a little something for everyone. With its vibrant street art, historic landmarks, and stunning natural landscapes, it’s a destination that is sure to captivate any traveler. Whether you are looking to delve into the local culture, indulge in the local cuisine, or simply explore the hidden gems that the city has to offer, there is no shortage of experiences to be had in Bogota.

Bogota historic area

One of the first things you will notice upon arriving in Bogota is the colorful street art that adorns many of the city’s buildings. The street art scene in Bogota is one of the most vibrant in the world, and taking a tour of the city’s murals is a must for anyone visiting for the first time. The La Candelaria neighborhood is a great place to start your tour, with its narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial architecture. From there, you can head to the nearby Plaza Bolivar, where you will find the iconic Cathedral of Bogota, as well as many other historic landmarks.

Bogota colorful cobblestone streets

After exploring the historic district, it is time to head out into the natural landscapes that surround the city. One of the best places to start is Monserrate, a mountain that rises over 10,000 feet above sea level and offers breathtaking views of the city below. You can reach the top of the mountain via cable car or hiking trail, and once you are there, you will find a beautiful church, several restaurants, and a souvenir market. For an even more unforgettable experience, try visiting the mountain during sunset or at night, when the city lights up below you.

Colombian Cuisine

Colombian Cuisine in Bogota Colombia

Of course, no trip to Bogota would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Colombian food is hearty, flavorful, and diverse, with influences from Spain, Africa, and indigenous cultures. Some of the must-try dishes include arepas (cornmeal cakes stuffed with meat, cheese, or beans), bandeja paisa (a hearty platter of rice, beans, meat, and avocado), and changua (a breakfast soup made with milk, scallions, and eggs). For a truly authentic experience, try visiting one of Bogota’s many street food markets, where you can sample a wide range of traditional dishes and snacks.

Traditional Empanada in Colombia

Getting Beyond Bogota to Cartagena and Santa Marta

Cartagena, Colombia

While Bogotá is an amazing destination in its own right, it is also a great starting point for exploring other parts of Colombia. For getting from point A to point B, using is a great option, you can easily transfer from Bogota to Cartagena and Santa Marta, two of the country’s other must-visit destinations. Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coast, is known for its colorful colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife. Santa Marta, also on the Caribbean coast, is a wonderful place to experience the natural beauty of Colombia, with its national parks, waterfalls, and pristine beaches.

Santa Marta Colombia

Colombia has become a highly sought-after destination for globetrotters in recent years, thanks to its rich history, diverse culture, breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, and affordability. Among the many must-visit locations in Colombia, Bogota, Cartagena, and Santa Marta top the list. Bogota, the thriving capital city, boasts a plethora of museums, stunning colonial architecture, and colorful street art that reflects the city’s cultural and historical significance. On the Caribbean coast lies Cartagena, famous for its lively nightlife, pristine beaches, and iconic colonial buildings that paint a vivid picture of the city’s past. For nature enthusiasts, Santa Marta is a must-see destination with its national parks, cascading waterfalls, and pristine beaches that offer endless opportunities to bask in the beauty of nature. What makes these destinations even more attractive is their accessibility, with easy transfer options available, making it convenient to discover all that Colombia has to offer.

Bogota Horseback show at Marketplace

If you’re interested in reading more about getting beyond Bogota, read my in-depth article and itinerary: Burgeoning Bogotá – A First-Timers Experience in Colombia.

If you have any questions about visiting Colombia, leave a comment below. So, until next time, we’ll see ya on the road…

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.