23 Best Day Trips From Bogota for the Ultimate Experience

Are you looking for unforgettable day trips around Bogotá, Colombia?

Join me as I share firsthand experiences and insights gained from exploring the vibrant and diverse destinations surrounding Bogotá. Having navigated the city’s gems and hidden treasures, I offer practical advice and recommendations for an enriching travel experience.

In this post, you’ll discover:

  • Unexplored wonders such as Nemocón Salt Mine and its captivating scenes.
  • The charm of colonial architecture in Cucunubá, a serene escape from Bogotá’s hustle.
  • Relaxation at Termales Los Volcanes, surrounded by lush vegetation and thermal pools.
  • Nature’s wonders at Páramo de Sumapaz, the world’s largest páramo.
  • La Calera, a weekend retreat offering hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding.
  • A day of family fun at Parque Jaime Duque and the coffee-rich landscapes of Tibacuy.

In this Best Day Trips from Bogota article, you’ll gain insights into the perfect escapes surrounding the Colombian capital, ensuring each day brings a new and unforgettable adventure.

Laguna de Guatavita

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Located in a northeastern reserve near Bogota, the Guatavita Lagoon holds a place of significance in the rich tapestry of Colombian history, and one of our favorite Bogota day trips. Known for the captivating “El Dorado” legend, this lagoon was not only the muse for a popular Dreamworks film but also a sacred site for the Muisca people.

The legend unfolds with “El Dorado,” the priest responsible for special ceremonies dedicated to the Muisca water goddess. Covered in shimmering gold dust, the priest sailed on the Guatavita Lagoon, cleansing himself in a ritual of profound spiritual importance. The indigenous people honored their goddess with golden offerings, some of which are showcased at the Gold Museum of Bogotá.

Activities and Attractions:

Embark on a guided tour, available at the lagoon entrance, or explore the reserve independently. Informative signs narrate the area’s flora, fauna, and captivating history. The 40-minute hike around the lagoon, though generally easy, presents occasional challenges with steep ascents and steps—especially for those adjusting to the 3100-meter altitude. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the charming town of Guatavita, easily accessible from the lagoon entrance by bus (around 3,000 COP).

How to Get There:

Reaching the lagoon requires approximately 2 hours, as public transport doesn’t directly serve it. Catch a bus from Portal Norte in Bogotá to Guatavita town (about 9,000 COP) and ask to disembark at the Guatavita Lagoon entrance. From there, a 7 km walk or a short taxi/bus ride awaits. On weekends, buses ascend to the lagoon for 14,000 COP, while sharing a taxi with newfound friends proves cost-effective (around 60,000 COP). The walkway is straightforward, and the entrance is easily discernible.

For a more direct and comfortable journey, consider booking a tour or renting a car.

Price and Opening Hours:

Foreign visitors pay an entrance fee of 25,000 COP to access the Guatavita Lagoon. The reserve welcomes explorers Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm, with Mondays reserved for nature’s quiet reflection.

La Chorrera Waterfall

Just 45 minutes south of bustling Bogotá, near the town of Choachí, lies Colombia’s grandest waterfall—La Chorrera. Standing tall at an impressive 590 meters (1935 feet), this natural wonder offers a refreshing escape into the heart of vibrant green landscapes.

Activities and Attractions:

La Chorrera beckons adventurers with a well-organized park featuring camping facilities, an educational station, and a souvenir shop. Inside, a restaurant awaits to satiate hunger, making it an ideal day trip to disconnect from the city’s pulse and immerse oneself in nature’s embrace.

Embark on a 3 to 4-hour hiking trail, featuring seven stations showcasing the magnificent La Chorrera and El Chiflón, a smaller but no less enchanting waterfall (55 meters or 180 feet). Guides stationed along the trail provide insights into the park’s history, flora, and fauna, though not all communicate in English. A mere 15-minute walk reveals El Chiflón, known for its mesmerizing path concealed behind the waterfall’s curtain. Additionally, explore La Cueva de los Monos or “Monkey Cave” with its unique stalagmites and a panoramic view of the landscape. For the more adventurous, the park offers horse riding and rappelling experiences.

Tips:

The trail can get muddy, especially after rainfall, so leave your pristine sneakers behind and opt for hiking or rubber boots. Bring a rain jacket to navigate the humid environment and occasional rainfall or to get up close to the waterfalls without getting soaked. For a tranquil experience, consider avoiding Sundays and holidays when many locals embark on their visits.

How to Get There:

Public transport options include buses from Transoriente and Cootransfómeque heading to Choachí, departing from Calle 6 and Av. Caracas (near the Transmilenio station Tercer Milenio). Tickets cost around 9,500 COP. Notify the bus driver or ayudante of your destination, and they’ll drop you at La Chorrera’s entrance. A one-hour walk leads to the park entrance, or opt for a local taxi for 20,000 COP per person to shorten the journey. Return to Bogotá by walking back to the drop-off point and waiting on the opposite side for a bus.

Price:

Entrance fees vary, ranging from 25,000 COP for El Chiflón alone to 40,000 COP for El Chiflón, La Chorrera and the Cave (including a personal guide).

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

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Just north of Bogota lies the charming town of Zipaquirá, renowned for its extraordinary Salt Cathedral, nestled a staggering 180 meters beneath the Earth’s surface. A four-hour escapade to Zipaquirá seamlessly combines exploration of the Salt Cathedral and the town, offering a dual adventure in a single trip.

Activities and Attractions:

The Salt Cathedral beckons with guided tours or the option to explore independently with an audio guide. Commencing near the entrance with the stations of the cross, your journey unfolds amidst the awe-inspiring dome and three main chambers of the cathedral. Marvel at a captivating light installation, a grand water mirror, and the majestic “tree of life” artwork. Zipaquirá town itself invites a leisurely stroll through its historic center, featuring the Plaza de Los Comuneros, the Catedral Diocesana, and the Town Hall, all showcasing colonial architecture that adds a distinctive charm to the town.

How to Get There:

Public transport offers a convenient 45-minute journey from Portal Norte to Zipaquirá, with buses departing every 15 minutes and clearly marked “Zipa.” The cost for this trip is approximately 5,400 COP. From the bus station, a 10-minute walk, well-signed for your convenience, leads you through the town center to the Salt Cathedral. Alternatively, opt for a romantic and comfortable steam train journey from Bogotá to Zipaquirá. Departing from the Sabana Station (Calle 13 No. 18 – 24) via Usaquen (Avenida 9 No. 110 – 08), the train ticket for an adult is around 71,000 COP. Visit their website at http://www.turistren.com.co/en/ for detailed information on prices, schedules, and ticket offices.

Price:

Entrance to the Salt Cathedral costs 98,000 COP for foreigners, with discounted rates available for Colombians, seniors, and children.

Suesca

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Just an hour’s bus ride from the heart of Bogotá, Suesca stands out as a haven for active travelers and nature enthusiasts, boasting a unique landscape of 4 km-long natural rock cliffs and the serene Suesca Lake at 3,000 meters above sea level.

Activities and Attractions:

Suesca invites adventure seekers and nature lovers to explore its diverse offerings. The expansive rocky cliffs, the scenic railroad, and Suesca Lake itself provide ideal hiking opportunities. Numerous agencies at the rocks cater to varying skill levels, offering thrilling rock climbing experiences. Horse riding adds to the array of activities, while natural monoliths along hiking trails showcase the area’s natural wonders. The charming town center, featuring a noteworthy church, is a delightful stop for those with extra time. For an immersive experience, a well-equipped camping site near the cliffs awaits those who wish to extend their stay.

How to Get There:

Reaching Suesca is a breeze by bus. Board an Alianza bus (red buses) at Terminal Norte bound for Suesca, with a cost of approximately 7,000 COP. If you prefer a direct stop at the rocks, inform the bus driver in advance, and you’ll be dropped off just before the town. A brief 10-minute walk along the railroad leads you to the captivating landscape.

Price:

The cost varies for rock climbing based on time and skill level, but you can secure a guide and equipment starting from 120,000 COP. Camping at the site is an affordable option at 15,000 COP per person for a night.

Villa de Leyva

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Tucked away in the Boyaca department, approximately three hours from Bogotá, lies the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva. A serene haven frozen in time, its cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Bogotá.

Activities and Attractions:

Villa de Leyva’s enchanting town center, anchored by the expansive Plaza Mayor, beckons visitors with a timeless allure. The cobblestone streets and picturesque facades create a captivating atmosphere for leisurely strolls and delightful photo opportunities. Beyond the town’s confines, explore the Archaeological Park Monquirá, known locally as “El Infiernito” or Little Hell. Discover Los Pozos Azules, small blue pools that stand out against the arid landscape. Not to be missed is the Terracotta House, the world’s largest pottery work. All these attractions contribute to the unique charm of Villa de Leyva.

Tip:

Given the relatively long drive to Villa de Leyva, consider extending your stay beyond a single day. This approach ensures a stress-free experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the town and its captivating surroundings.

How to Get There:

Travel directly to Villa de Leyva by bus from Portal Norte or Terminal de Salitre, using companies like Flota Valle de Tenza. The three-hour bus ride typically costs around 25,000 COP.

Price:

The one-way bus fare is approximately 25,000 COP, with potential for a lower cost if your negotiation skills are adept. Admission to the Terracotta House is 10,000 COP per person, while entry to Infiernito costs 5,000 COP for adults.

Parque Natural Chicaque

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A mere 45-minute journey from Bogotá, the Natural Park Chicaque unfolds as a paradise for nature enthusiasts, showcasing the Andes’ diverse flora and fauna within its cloud-kissed embrace.

Activities and Attractions:

Chicaque invites exploration through a network of hiking trails, offering the choice of independent exploration or guided adventures. The park’s wonders include a captivating waterfall, meandering creeks, the lofty ‘eagle’s peak’ viewpoint, unique rock formations, and an enchanting oak forest. Beyond hiking, thrill-seekers can experience the exhilaration of ziplining, horseback riding, and the excitement of canopying. The park’s remarkable biodiversity unveils exotic plants and an array of birdlife. While birds are the primary residents, the lucky may spot a leisurely sloth or two. For an immersive experience, consider spending the night in diverse accommodations, from camping under the stars to cozy tree houses.

How to Get There:

On weekends, the park facilitates easy transportation from the Transmilenio station “Terreros/Hospital” directly to the entrance. Buses depart at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am, with a cost of 6,000 COP. For weekday visits, public transport becomes a bit more intricate, and we recommend opting for the park’s express service for a seamless journey.

Price:

The park’s entrance fee varies with the season, ranging between 15,000 COP and 16,500 COP for a day of nature immersion.

Tobia

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For an exhilarating day full of adrenaline, look no further than Tobia, located just beyond La Vega. This vibrant town is a haven for adventure enthusiasts, offering an array of thrilling activities, including rafting, ziplining, abseiling, and horseback riding. Tobia’s diverse options ensure an action-packed experience for all.

Activities Galore:

Tobia stands as a playground for adventure seekers, providing opportunities for rafting through rushing waters, soaring across treetops on ziplines, descending waterfalls through abseiling, and exploring the surroundings on horseback. The town also boasts several hiking trails, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. For those keen on an extended adventure, Tobia offers charming accommodation options, ensuring a comfortable overnight stay.

Warmer Climes and Accessibility:

Situated at just 750 meters (2,460 ft.) above sea level, Tobia enjoys considerably warmer temperatures than Bogotá, providing a welcoming escape for those seeking a break from the city’s cool climate.

Transportation Details:

Flota Santa Fe offers daily buses from the Bogotá bus terminal to Tobia, with the first departing at 5:00 am. For a one-day Tobia adventure, an early start is recommended to catch the morning bus. Return buses from Tobia to Bogotá are scheduled at 15:00, 17:00, and 18:00, so plan to be at the station 15 minutes before departure.

Price:

The bus ticket from Bogotá to Tobia is priced at 16,000 COP each way. For a comprehensive adventure experience, a 110,000 COP package covers rafting and waterfall abseiling, complete with lunch and access to the hotel pool—a fantastic deal for an action-packed day.

Páramo de Sumapaz

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Named for its translation as an utterly peaceful moorland, the Sumapaz Páramo, just south of Bogotá, is a hidden gem that only a fortunate few get to explore. This off-the-beaten-path destination promises a unique and untouched experience.

Activities and Attractions:

For nature lovers seeking a day of exploration, the Natural Sumapaz National Park beckons. As the world’s largest páramo, an exceptional grassland-shrubland ecosystem, Sumapaz is home to diverse wildlife, picturesque paths, and rare forms of shrubs and lakes.

While the park is undergoing a conservation project, camping is currently restricted. Opting for a guided tour is the best way to appreciate the park responsibly. Join a guided bike tour, embark on a group adventure, or explore with your family. For those aiming for the highest points, some walking is necessary, enhancing the immersive experience of this natural sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit:

Sumapaz Páramo boasts temperatures ranging from -10 °C to 17 °C, with conditions that can change suddenly. Being prepared for varying weather is crucial. The optimal time to visit is from December to February, during the drier season, ensuring a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

How to Get There:

A day trip to Sumapaz from Bogotá typically takes around 10 hours. To reach the park, take a bus to Usme and then utilize public transport to access the entry point, approximately a 2-hour journey.

Chingaza National Park

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Within a mere hour’s reach from Bogotá lies the breathtaking Chingaza National Park, renowned for its enchanting Páramo landscapes, pristine lagoons, and vibrant wildlife.

Activities and Attractions:

Chingaza beckons avid hikers with an array of trails, some suitable for solo exploration and others requiring a guide to unravel the mysteries of this unique ecosystem. The park’s commitment to conservation restricts alternative transport like horse riding or mountain biking, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking scenery and exceptional vegetation. With luck, encounters with bears, deer, and condors add an extra layer of excitement to the hiking experience. For those seeking an overnight adventure, camping facilities and simple shelters are available.

Tip:

Plan ahead by making a reservation 15 days prior to your visit. The park limits daily visitors, ensuring a more intimate and immersive experience. Email ecoturismo@parquesnacionales.gov.co to secure your spot. Given the unpredictable weather, prepare for sudden changes by bringing clothing and equipment suitable for both rain and sun.

How to Get There:

While public transport options are challenging, you can reach a nearby town, Guasca, from Bogotá. Board a TransGuasca or Flota Valle de Tenza bus at Carrera 13 with Calle 72, heading to Guasca. Inform the bus driver to drop you off at the Chingaza National Park entrance (“Paso Hondo”). However, a 6km walk to the Siecha control post awaits. For a smoother journey, we recommend private transportation or booking a tour.

Price:

The park entrance fee for foreign adults is 42,000 COP, with discounts available for children.

Termales Los Volcanes

For a charming retreat into relaxation, Termales Los Volcanes stands as the perfect day trip from Bogotá. Nestled in lush vegetation, this wellness haven is a hidden gem, offering an idyllic setting to unwind and rejuvenate.

Activities and Attractions:

At Termales Los Volcanes, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature, you’ll discover four thermal pools, a steam bath, and a gently flowing river alongside the pools. The ambiance invites tranquility, providing the perfect escape from the bustling city. For an added indulgence, consider opting for a massage, available for an extra fee. On-site, a restaurant and cafeteria ensure that your physical relaxation is complemented by culinary delights.

Operating Hours and Accessibility:

Open every day from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Termales Los Volcanes is conveniently located just an hour and a half drive away from Bogotá. If you plan your visit on a weekday, you’ll enjoy a quieter experience with fewer visitors compared to weekends or holidays, and often at a reduced cost.

Price:

The entrance fee is $27,000 COP for adults and $20,000 COP for children aged 3 to 12 years old. To access the thermal pools, a swimming cap is mandatory (available for purchase at the reception for $2,000 COP).

Cucunubá

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Tucked away in a serene green valley, Cucunubá stands as a picturesque haven where time appears to stand still. With cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, this tiny white town exudes a quiet charm. Founded in 1600, Cucunubá, with less than 10,000 inhabitants, offers a tranquil escape from the bustling pace of Bogotá.

Activities and Attractions:

One of Cucunubá’s gems is the chapel perched atop a hill, providing panoramic views of the entire valley. A brief one-hour walk leads to this vantage point, offering a perfect opportunity to connect with the town’s history and natural beauty. Following your exploration, treat yourself to a delightful experience at Casa Madera y Sandalo, a charming cafe known for its sweet indulgences. For lunch or dinner, Belle Epoque restaurant, with its quirky decor and delectable cuisine, stands out as one of the town’s culinary highlights.

How to Get There:

Cucunubá, well off the beaten path, requires about a two-hour drive from Bogotá if you have a vehicle. For those relying on public transport, the journey takes a bit longer. Begin with a bus ride to Chocontá and then transfer to another bus destined for Cucunubá. Despite the multiple steps, it remains feasible for a fulfilling day trip.

Nemocón Salt Mine

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A mere hour north of Bogotá lies the tranquil town of Nemocón, celebrated for its historic Salt Mines. While close to the renowned Zipaquirá, Nemocón offers a less touristy and more authentic experience, making it a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

Activities and Attractions:

Embark on a journey through time at the entrance of the Salt Mine, where a museum narrates the site’s rich history. A guided 1.5-hour tour unveils the geological wonders and historical significance of the mines. Marvel at the illuminated scenes, including the Salt Waterfall and Natural Mirrors, transforming the tunnels into a spectacular underground spectacle. Don’t rush your visit; take time to explore the town center, featuring the Parque Principal with the Church San Francisco de Asís and the monument Sacrificio de Los Comuneros Nemoconenses.

How to Get There:

Direct buses from Portal Norte to Nemocón make transportation a breeze. Flag them down as they approach, with a cost of approximately 7,000 COP. Alternatively, if visiting Zipaquirá first, hop on a minibus from there to Nemocón.

Price:

Entrance to the Salt Mine is 26,000 COP for adults, with discounts available for seniors and children. For more information, visit Minadesal.com (Spanish).

Pionono Ecological Park

Located just 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Bogotá, Pionono Ecological Park stands as a pristine nature reserve, offering breathtaking views, diverse paramo vegetation, and exciting activities like paragliding and mountain biking. The park’s main attraction is Mount Pionono, a peak reaching 3,200 meters (10,500 ft.) above sea level, providing panoramic vistas of Guatavita, Lake Tominé, Sopó, and the surrounding valley.

Activities and Attractions:

Embark on an easy trail leading to the summit of Mount Pionono for an unforgettable hiking experience. The trail, suitable for all ages, promises a leisurely 1.5 to 2-hour walk, making it family-friendly. Besides hiking, thrill-seekers can indulge in paragliding adventures, soaring above the picturesque landscape for an adrenaline rush.

How to Get There:

To reach Sopó from Bogotá, take a bus from the Satellite Terminal across Transmilenio’s Estación Terminal. From Sopó, a short taxi ride (approximately 5 km or 3 miles) takes you to the park’s entrance. The proximity of Sopó allows visitors to explore the town’s charming streets and admire exceptional street art.

Operating Hours and Accessibility:

Pionono is open from Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays, welcoming visitors from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Price:

The entrance fee is $5,200 COP per person, offering affordable access to nature’s wonders. Children under 12 and individuals over 60 can enter free of charge, making Pionono an inclusive destination for families and nature enthusiasts alike.

La Calera

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A mere 18 km (11 miles) from Bogotá, La Calera beckons as a beloved weekend retreat for bogotanos. Nestled alongside the scenic San Rafael reservoir, a vital water source for the capital, La Calera offers a tapestry of natural wonders, hiking trails, and outdoor adventures.

Activities and Attractions:

San Rafael reservoir, a captivating locale for hiking and mountain biking, sets the stage for outdoor enthusiasts. The surrounding fincas (farms) organize enchanting horseback riding excursions, providing a leisurely way to explore the idyllic landscapes. La Calera is also a prime hub for paragliding, offering breathtaking aerial views of the picturesque region.

The Observatorio de Colibríes (Hummingbirds Observatory) stands as a must-visit gem in La Calera. This magical haven lets you marvel at various hummingbird species amidst serene surroundings. For a truly unique experience, consider spending the night at the observatory, relishing the melodic serenade of singing birds at sunset and dawn.

How to Get There:

From Bogotá, hop on a bus to La Calera for $3,800 COP per person, departing from Calle 72 with Carrera 13. Upon reaching La Calera’s main square, take a taxi to the Hummingbirds Observatory, costing around $30,000 COP.

Price:

Entrance to the observatory is $25,000 COP for three hours, with the option to purchase a day pass for $60,000 COP per person. Advance reservations are essential for this enchanting experience.

Chía

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Just a stone’s throw north of Bogotá, en route to Zipaquirá, lies the vibrant town of Chía, offering a delightful day trip brimming with diverse experiences.

Activities and Attractions:

Chía proudly hosts the famed Andrés Carne de Res, a carnivore’s haven renowned for its festive ambiance. This unique steakhouse promises not just a meal but a lively celebration. For an optimal experience, consider arranging private transport, ensuring a seamless journey from your hotel to dinner and back.

Chía’s town center exudes charm, inviting leisurely strolls amidst pleasant surroundings. A high-end shopping mall, complemented by an excellent movie theatre, caters to those seeking a dose of retail therapy.

Capilla Valvanera treats visitors to panoramic views worth capturing, especially during sunset. For outdoor enthusiasts, Parque La Montaña del Oso beckons with its focus on eco-tourism, providing a natural escape. Capture picture-perfect moments at Castillo Marroquín, a captivating spot for memorable photos.

Insider Tips:

For an evening of dancing and revelry, a Party Bus experience awaits. Priced at 140,000 COP, the bus adventure includes an open bar, transport to Andrés Carne de Res, and a return journey to La Candelaria in Bogotá. A fantastic deal for nocturnal fun with fellow adventurers.

La Vega

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A mere 54 km from Bogotá, La Vega unfolds as a tranquil haven, offering delightful surprises for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Activities and Attractions:

Discover the enchanting Laguna El Tabacal, a serene small lake nestled in the heart of La Vega. Easily accessible and open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the lake beckons with opportunities for birdwatching and butterfly sightings. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with an entrance fee of $4,500 COP.

Embark on a short but rewarding hike to the Chupal Waterfalls, a captivating series of cascades ranging from 25 to 50 meters high. The trek unveils nature’s grandeur, and though some parts may challenge certain hikers, the spectacle is worth every step. Entrance to the waterfalls is priced at $10,000 COP per person.

Choachí

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Located in the serene mountains near Bogotá lies Choachí, a haven where the rhythm of Colombia’s capital gives way to the tranquility of a small town. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Colombian coffee farming.

Activities and Attractions:

Go on a journey to an organic coffee farm in Choachí, where the verdant plantations unfold the tales of local farmers. Engage in the life of a coffee farmer, learning their time-honored practices and traditions. A delightful Colombian breakfast, seasoned with authenticity, awaits, offering a true taste of local life.

On the journey back, relish moments of awe at captivating lookout points. The panoramic views of the countryside serve as a serene backdrop, creating a picturesque memory of your Colombian coffee adventure.

For those seeking relaxation without the trek, Choachí unfolds Termales Santa Monica. Located 60 km from Bogotá, this high-end hotel, spa, and restaurant offer a retreat in the lap of nature. Indulge in the spa’s soothing embrace, making Choachí an ideal day trip or weekend getaway.

How to Get There:

Choachí is easily accessible, merely a 1-hour bus ride from Bogotá. Whether you crave the allure of coffee traditions or the luxury of Termales Santa Monica, Choachí invites you to unwind and savor the flavors of Colombian hospitality.

Piedra Colgada

Just a stone’s throw away from Bogotá lies Piedra Colgada, a natural marvel that beckons adventure enthusiasts. This unique rock, resembling a turtle’s head, precariously extends from a massive cliff near Susa, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Activities and Attractions:

Strapped into a safety harness, brave souls can ascend to the rock’s edge, peering down into a spine-chilling 600m (1968 ft) drop. The vista below unveils lush valleys, adorned in myriad shades of green, providing a breathtaking spectacle.

Situated within a petite nature reserve close to Susa, Piedra Colgada offers more than just a daring escapade. Multiple scenic viewpoints within the reserve allow visitors to soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

On the return journey to Bogotá, a visit to Susa awaits. The town enchants with its stone-bricked church and quaint one-story homes lining narrow streets. This serene enclave captures the essence of Colombian tranquility.

How to Get There:

To get to Piedra Colgada is a two-hour journey from Bogotá by taking a bus bound for Chiquinquira from Terminal del Norte. Upon reaching Susa, hire a tuk-tuk from the main square to transport you the 10km (6 miles) to Piedra Colgada park. Alternatively, indulge in a scenic hike guided by locals through cloud forests and potato farms.

Cerro de Monserrate

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For an awe-inspiring panoramic spectacle of Bogotá, look no further than Cerro de Monserrate. This majestic mountain, standing tall at 10,000 feet, offers a breathtaking top view of the entire city, making it a must-visit destination.

Activities and Attractions:

Monserrate holds deep significance, once revered by the indigenous Muisca people who worshipped Sué, the solar god. The sun rising directly behind the mountain inspired spiritual awe. The Muiscas erected a temple, later replaced by a Catholic church during the colonial era. The prominent landmark, The Monserrate Monastery, is dedicated to the Fallen Lord, Senor El Caido.

Adjacent to Monserrate stands Cerro de Guadalupe, home to the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an emblem of the Catholic Virgin Mary. The two mountains together create a sacred skyline.

How to Get There:

To reach Monserrate, take a bus to the Los Aguas station and then embark on a picturesque walk to the mountain. The pedestrian path is open for ascent from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the descent allowed until 4 p.m. Consideration for fitness levels and proper footwear is key for the 1-2 hour climb.

For those who prefer a less strenuous journey, both funiculars and cable cars are available. The funicular operates on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Saturdays until 4:30 p.m., and Sundays until 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, the ticket costs 6,000 COP, while other days require around 10,000 COP. Cable cars are open Monday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the same pricing.

La Ciudad Bolivar

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Escape the urban hustle of Bogotá and discover the vibrant community of Ciudad Bolivar, a hidden gem just a short distance away. This picturesque day trip offers not only spectacular city views but also a journey into a transformed neighborhood.

Activities and Attractions:

Once plagued by a negative reputation, Ciudad Bolivar underwent a remarkable transformation led by local artists. Collaborating with the community, they turned the neighborhood into a canvas of vibrant murals. A street art tour is the perfect way to explore this living gallery, featuring depictions of neighborhood leaders and various collaborative works.

Engage in conversations with the friendly locals, gaining insights into their lives and the neighborhood’s rich history. As you explore, you’ll find hidden gems of artistry and cultural expression. Cap off your visit with a trip to a viewpoint offering unforgettable panoramic views of Bogotá, making this day trip a unique and immersive experience.

How to Get There:

Commence your journey by taking an Uber or taxi to the Transmilenio tunnel station, approximately 45 minutes away, depending on traffic. From here, embark on a 20-minute cable car ride up the mountain, granting you panoramic views of La Ciudad Bolivar and an insightful glimpse into local life.

Parque Jaime Duque

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Go on an extraordinary day trip just an hour away from Bogotá, exploring the unique wonders of Parque Jaime Duque. This segmented park, divided into five distinct areas, promises a diverse and captivating experience.

Diverse Zones for Every Interest:

  1. Puerto Caribe: Begin your journey with a visit to Puerto Caribe, featuring a picturesque lake perfect for kayaking and adorned with impressive monuments.
  2. Paseo de la Cultura: Immerse yourself in the cultural journey of Paseo de la Cultura, housing the 7 Wonders of the World and a captivating aviary.
  3. Plaza de Juegos: For a dose of fun, head to Plaza de Juegos, offering mechanical rides and pony adventures, making it an ideal spot for families.
  4. Jardin de los Monumentos: Explore Jardin de los Monumentos, where plane monuments, bumper cars, diverse flags, and even a replica of the Taj Mahal await your discovery.

Insider Tips:

  • Avoid Rainy Seasons: Plan your visit wisely by avoiding April and October, known for frequent rainfall.
  • Sun Protection: Given limited shaded areas, bring sunscreen and protective gear to stay comfortable during your explorations.
  • Transport Options: While hiring a car is convenient, Uber is an alternative, but ensure to arrange your return with the driver.

Price:

With an entrance fee of $23,000 COP (US$12) per person, Parque Jaime Duque offers an affordable escape filled with diverse attractions. Spend an entire day exploring the wonders this park has to offer.

Tibacuy

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Indulge your love for coffee in the charming municipality of Tibacuy, recognized as the coffee capital of the region and located approximately 54 miles from Bogotá. Steeped in indigenous history, Tibacuy offers a unique blend of cultural richness and natural beauty.

Activities and Attractions:

The crown jewel of Tibacuy is Quinini Hill, a forest reserve established in 1987, sprawling across 1,900 hectares. This reserve is not only a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna but also features agricultural plantations cultivating bananas and the finest coffee beans.

Insider Tips:

  • Dress Comfortably: Wear light, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for an enjoyable exploration of the reserve. Don’t forget to apply sunblock to protect against the sun’s rays.
  • Rainy Day Prep: Pack an extra set of clothes in case of unexpected rain, ensuring you stay comfortable throughout your visit.

How to Get There:

  1. By Bus: Opt for an economical bus ride to Tibacuy, costing around 57,250 COP. Be prepared for a scenic 2-hour journey.
  2. Taxi or Self-Drive: For a quicker travel time of about an hour, consider a taxi ride (approximately 101,000 COP) or drive yourself to Tibacuy.

Sopó

Experience the thrill of paragliding amidst the stunning landscapes of Sopó, just a short drive north of Bogotá. This exhilarating day trip offers an unforgettable tandem flight, providing a unique perspective of the Tominé reservoir and the lush valleys below. The scenic journey to Sopó, with its picturesque views of greenery and grazing cows, is complemented by challenging gravel and dirt roads, making a 4-wheel drive the preferred choice for the ascent.

Activities and Attractions:

For adventurers seeking a unique experience, the paragliding escapade is a must-try. Tandem flights ensure safety, and the 15 to 20-minute journey through the skies showcases the natural beauty of the region. The cost of renting a car for the day is approximately $100,000 COP (US$26), and paragliding expenses are separate but reasonable. Ensure you dress warmly, as the wind during the activity can make it feel colder, particularly during the recommended periods of late May to September or December to early March.

Even if the paragliding adventure isn’t on your agenda, the take-off point itself offers breathtaking views of the untouched landscapes, expansive greenery, and towering mountains.

Which of the Day Trips From Bogota is Your Favorite?

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