When to fly
The most popular months to take a flight to Bogota are July, August and December. These months are the driest and also see some of Bogota’s most popular festivals. August in particular tends to see the most crowds for the annual Carnival of Bogota celebration. The carnival includes lively orchestras, salsa dancers, live music from more than two thousand different music genres and many more displays of Bogota’s cultural diversity. There are also pre-carnival celebrations to get involved in, such as street theatre fairs, puppet and storytelling. To catch the main action, head to Simon Bolivar Park. December also sees a flurry of parades, lighting displays, concerts, joyful events and decorations in celebration of Christmas held in Simon Bolivar Park.
Bogota’s wettest months of April, May, June, September, October and November are considered the off-season, but travelling during these months can also allow for cheap flights to Bogota and allows visitors the opportunity to experience Festival Iberoamericano de Teatroin. The event takes place every two years in May and is the largest theatre exhibition in the Spanish speaking world. Renowned theatre groups from all over the world gather to perform in Plaza de Bolivar and the festival is introduced by a spectacular parade through the city’s streets.
You may still be able to find cheap flights to Bogota and accommodation deals during the shoulder season of January, February and March.
Take a flight to Bogota and see the Colombian capital which has come a long way from its former identity as a less-than-safe destination for visitors. Today, this mega metropolis is one of the largest in South America, and the urban city known as Bogota should top travel lists for those planning on visiting South America. World-class museums, modern shopping malls and fine dining restaurants sit alongside the colonial churches and traditional markets of Bogota’s past, inviting visitors to experience both past and present in this urban jungle.
Expect to spend most of a trip to Bogota wandering through La Candelaria, Bogota’s first neighbourhood. The city’s past is on full display in this colonial corner, where old public squares and cobblestone streets paint a picture of Colombia’s past. Filled with colonial churches, museums and slow-paced cafes pouring fresh cups of authentic Colombian coffee, La Candelaria is a welcoming introduction to the city of Bogota. Don’t miss the Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Colombian gold pieces. The nearby International Emerald Museum is also an eye-catcher, thanks to its collection of brilliant green gems from around the world.
For a more traditional experience, the neighbourhood of Usaquen and its traditional Sunday market are a must for souvenirs and shopping. It is a stark contrast from the shopping experience at Bogota’s Santa Fe Shopping Centre, the largest mall in the country.
When it comes time to dine, Bogota pleases palates with both the traditional and the modern. Areas like Usaquen are treasure troves for local flavours, while Zona G boasts some of Bogota’s most upscale affairs. After dinner, dance or drink the night away in the popular nightlife district of La Zona Rosa.