About Maria Camila R
Lives in Bogota, Colombia
Since Feb 2012
25-34 year old female
Industrial Designer · Foodie · Traveller
Flea & Street Markets
Sacred & Religious Sites, Mountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Art Galleries, Neighbourhoods, Gift & Speciality Shops
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Flea & Street Markets
Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
This is one of my favorite places in the entire city. Walking into the market transports you to another world, as you are surrounded by the beautiful scents and colors of local produce, flowers, and plants. You can try a variety of foods grown all over Colombia here, and enjoy getting to know the friendly locals who sell them.
Monserrate is one of the most well known icons of Bogota, famous for the church at the top of its hill which offers the best views of the city. Many people (mainly locals) reach the top by walking — it takes about an hour — while others opt to take the funicular or cable car up. However you decide to get here, the panoramas are definitely worth it, and if like me, traditional food is always important to you when sightseeing, you won't be disappointed by the authentic restaurants, and typical street food stalls you'll find here.
La Candelaria is the old quarter of Bogotá. I love this neighborhood because you actually don't have to 'do' anything here, besides walk through its narrow streets and enjoy the colorful facades. Recognized for its architecture and history, throughout the neighborhood you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes, cultural centers, and museums, as well as markets selling local and handmade goods. Take your time exploring every corner!
This is the principle plaza of Bogota, which houses the most important government buildings of Colombia. Here you will find the National Capitol Building, the Palace of Justice, the Cathedral, and the Palacio Liévano (the government headquarters of Bogota.) During your stay, you are likely to find plenty of entertainment and special events held in the plaza, such as concerts, farmer’s markets, and festivals — do a little research before you arrive!
In my opinion, this museum best exhibits the heritage of the pre-Colombian cultures that once inhabited what is now known as the country of Colombia. The museum is a must-see for its extensive collection of golden ware and pottery; objects that represent many of the legends and beliefs of these ancient cultures, and that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Take a half-day trip to visit the underground Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral,) located just a short distance from Bogota in the famous mining town of Zipaquira. The cathedral, a part of the Parque de la Sal, is one of the most highly visited tourist attractions in the country, due not only to its religious importance, but also for its historical and architectural significance. Enjoy exploring this impressive and unique work of art.
This traditional restaurant is a great place to try the famous 'picada,' a dish that includes beef, pork, corn, plantains, and many other local ingredients. The country setting has ample space and fresh air, making it ideal for families or groups.
The Plaza de Usaquen, situated in the northern part of the city, attracts many visitors thanks to its growing gastronomic scene and cultural activities. Originally an independent town, the growth of the city has meant Usaquen has been swallowed up, and transformed into another Bogota barrio. The small-town feel and colonial architecture has been well preserved however, and you can really feel this as you explore the beautiful setting of the plaza.
This flea market, formerly known as Mercado de San Pelayo, has existed for more than 15 years, and was created to promote arts and crafts in this area of the city. The market traditionally operates on Sundays only, when the public plaza and its surrounding streets, are filled with handmade crafts, art, music, antiques, and artisanal foods.
This is one of the best restaurants in Usaquen, thanks to its modern approach to typical Colombian dishes. It utilizes fresh and organic ingredients, with an updated take on homestyle cooking.
This is a beautiful place to find nature right in the middle of the city. It is the largest botanical garden in Colombia, and also hosts sporting competitions for both children and adults, as well as a variety of cultural activities — from concerts to theater to festivals — plus expositions such as the annual orchid show.
I have many fond memories of this place since I was a child, because it has always been my family's favorite traditional restaurant. I love it! It was first created in the home of a family 80 years ago, and has gradually grown through every generation. Today its unique flavors are still recognizable in each of the typical Colombian and Bogotan dishes it serves.
This is a sight worth seeing, not only for its religious significance, but also to admire the architecture of the main plaza of the hip Chapinero neighborhood. The construction of the church began in 1875, and its stunning Gothic style architecture has since been carefully preserved through two rounds of restoration. The inside is also equally as impressive.
In recent years, this area has transformed into one of the city's most prominent gastronomic hubs, and is commonly known as the 'Zona Gourmet.' Here you will find many of the best restaurants in the city, with enough variety to satisfy almost any palette. A great choice for a last supper in Bogota.
La Calera is a little town located in the northeast of Bogota. The hilltops along the road leading to this spot are popular with locals and tourists alike for the amazing views they provide over the whole of Bogota. There are also numerous outdoor restaurants here, where tasty dishes are served alongside an impressive panorama.