Five Things to see in Bogotà and surroundings
There are plenty of things to visit in Bogotà: museums, parks, churches, monuments, and countless attractions more or less important. In this article we have selected 5 things to see in and around the city and the surrounding area: from the museum of Colombia's most famous artist of the entire South America, Fernando Botero, to the spectacular Cerro de Monserrate, where you can enjoy a magnificent view on the Colombian capital. First on our list of 5 things to see is the Gold Museum of Republic of Columbia's Bank.
THE MUSEUM OF GOLD, TO ENJOY COLOMBIAN ART
Better known as the Gold Museum, this building contains the largest collection in the world of pre-Columbian gold artifacts. The exhibit includes jewelry, headdresses, ritual objects, wood, stone, and metal sculptures. Located in the Santander Park, on Carrera 5 and Calle 16, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays and holidays from 10am to 4pm.
BOTERO MUSEUM, FOR THOSE WHO LOVE ART
With 123 works by Botero and 85 works by international artists, the Botero Museum is the place to visit for those who want to learn more about the extraordinary career of the Colombian painter and sculptor. Some of his works are exposed right outside the museum as well as in various parts of the city, while his paintings are inside. The opening hours are every day (except Tuesday) from 9 am to 7pm and Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 5pm.
THE SIMON BOLIVAR METROPOLITAN PARK
If you look for a little relaxation, then you must visit the Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, named after the political founder of the Gran Colombia and main architect of Colombia'a independence from Spain. The park is way larger than Central Park (over 400 hectares) and has many different attractions such as a temple, a museum, a library, and a botanical garden.
MONSERRATE AND THE CHURCH OF SENOR
The Cerro Monserrate is one of the biggest reliefs that surrounds Bogotà. On the top, besides enjoying a magnificent view, you can visit the Basilica del Senor, built in 1925 and still in excellent condition. Since there are no paved roads, there are only three ways to get to the church and its square: walking along a footpath, by cable or funicular.
CATEDRAL DE SAL DI ZIPAQUIRA AND THE PARQUE DE LA SAL
If you can imagine a church built in the bowels of the earth, inside a salt mine, then you might have an idea of what the Catedral de Sal di Zipaquira is: a unique and fascinating place, that has been suggested as one of the new seven modern wonders. The cathedral, wanted by the miners, is part of a museum complex called Parque de la sal. Taking guided tour is an extremely exciting experience.