Bogota is the land of Botero and the perfect place for a weekend getaway. The capital of Colombia is located at an elevation of ~8,000 ft so it is not for the faint of heart. For a fun-filled weekend of delicious food, historical museums, let Bogota be your next destination. Non-Stop Flights from these U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington D.C., Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.
1 pm: Time to wake up with some Colombian coffee! Head to Amor Perfecto in Chapinero where two reigning national barista champions serve coffee (yes, that’s a thing). Try the raw sugar cane infused coffee.
2 pm: Culture yourself at the Botero Museum in the historic Candelaria district. Colombian artist Fernando Botero is showcased at this amazing art museum. The nearby Gold Museum is also a hot attraction in Bogota. Explore how this precious metal influenced Colombia to what it is today.
4 pm: Explore the Plaza Simon Bolivar, a gigantic square in the Candelaria district. Similar to St. Marks Square or Times Square, it’s a must-see despite the crowd.
8 pm: Feast your eyes and your belly on the prized Peruvian food at La Mar, Bogota’s favorite cevicheria (cebicheria in Espanol). Located in the trendy Usaquen neighborhood, this restaurant carefully creates enchanted culinary concoctions that leave your taste buds smiling. Order the ceviche (duh) and the Tacu Tacu, a delicious mixture of shrimp and tender beef.
11 pm: It’s time to shake that moneymaker at Au Room at the posh W Hotel. Dance until the wee hours of the morning at this jet setting hotspot.
10 am: Nosh on organic local Colombian food in the Usaquen neighborhood at Abasto. Take your pick from over 10+ egg dishes, including favorites “in a clay pot” and “friend ranchers.” Save room for the tender corn bread muffin…it’s to die for.
12 pm: Wander through the streets of Usaquen and shop at their Saturday morning market for local arts and crafts.
2 pm: Head down to the eastern hills of Bogota to Monserrate, a guardian hill of Bogota. Take the cable car up to 3152 meters to enjoy breathtaking views over Bogota.
8 pm: Dinner at Bogota staple, Andres Carne de Res, a four-story passport to gastronomical heaven. Order the lomo (tenderloin) and Rum (wine is heavily taxed here!). As the night goes on and the music gets louder, ditch the table for some dancing.
1 pm: Head to the hip district of Zona Rosa, where you can shop till you drop. This includes some of Colombia’s most famous designers such as the menswear shop “Juan,” by prominent brothers Gustavo & Viviana Lozano.
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