Colombia has been rapidly growing in the last several years, and its capital and main economic center, Bogota, remains rich in culture and history while providing no shortage for the modern comforts the average traveler looks for whenever they travel. Check out long term furnished apartments in the city and you know they’re well-equipped to take in the savviest traveler!
Cerro de Monserrate rises over downtown Bogota at over 3,000 metres above sea level, and you can take a walk to the top or ride a cable car while enjoying fantastic views of the city to reach the Monserrate Sanctuary.
Built in the 17th century by the Brotherhood of Vera Cruz, the MonserrateSanctuary is a Catholic shrine, and the impressive white structure of the church is almost as captivating a view when climbing up as the city is below it.
Also known as the Gold Museum, it houses over 55,000 pieces of gold items and other materials that are all from major pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia, making it one of the most important collections in the world.
Discover intricate artwork and other pieces, and learn the story behind them from the detailed descriptions you’ll find with every piece in both English and Spanish languages. These items are spread out across 3 floors, in different thematic rooms, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore each room!
Zipaquirá’s Underground Salt Cathedral
One of the most interesting places to visit in the country is the underground salt cathedral in Zipaquirá, just outside of Bogota.
This former salt mine, now a cathedral, can be found at around 180 metres below ground. Salt mine workers from the past had set aside alcoves and little places of worship where they can pray for their safety before starting their day, and workers and artists have contributed to it since then, carving statues, icons, and floor-to-ceiling crosses entirely from salt.
In 1954, the salt mine cathedral was officially inaugurated and dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, patron saint of miners.
Whether you’re religious or not, the underground cathedral is a sight to see!
This is Bogota’s largest food market, and it’s a place you definitely want to visit for an authentic experience of what the culture is like.
You’ll find meat, seafood, vegetables, and a lot of fruits! In fact, you’ll likely find all of the best and most exotic fruits in the country here – or when they’re in season, they will eventually find their way to this place, and so should you.
You’ll also find a lot of other things here such as herbs, flowers, cheeses, bags, clothing accessories – I mean, the huge indoor market is clearly not enough because vendors have from all over the countryside have spilled out to ply their wares on the streets just outside the market.
Obviously, these 4 reasons to visit this vibrant country are just the tip of the iceberg but hopefully it’s enough to get you started!