Delicious chicken soup with a great variety of potatoes.
Mixture of beans, egg, meat, rice, plantain, chorizo, and cracklings.
Drink based on aguardiente with cinnamon.
Drink based on rice, sugar, clove, and cinnamon.
Typical food of Bogota, Colombia
This city offers a wide variety of dishes based on a mixture of fresh indigenous and Spanish ingredients with a strong African influence in their preparation.
In Bogotá, as in the rest of the country, it is very traditional to prepare dishes based on pork, potatoes, beans, corn, rice, and soups. Among the most typical dishes in the region is "ajiaco santafereño", a delicious chicken soup with a wide variety of potatoes; "lechona", pork stuffed with rice and typical meat of Tolima; the exquisite "Bandeja Paisa", a mixture of beans, egg, meat, rice, and plantains; it can also contain pork derives, such as chorizoand cracklings. In this destination you can also enjoy exquisite patties with rice, meat, and vegetables.
To accompany any of these dishes, it is quite common to find refreshing fruit juices made of passion fruit, strawberries, blackberries, and guava. One of the typical drinks of Bogotá is "masato", made of rice, sugar, clove, and cinnamon. On the other hand, you can also enjoy the traditional liquor made with sugarcane alcohol and anise. During the cold seasons you can try a beverage called "El Canelazo", prepared with "panela", cinnamon, and "aguardiente"; it is usually enjoyed in clay jars or in thick cups.
To sweeten the palate you can also enjoy wafers filled with "arequipe" (sweet made with milk and sugar) curdled with muskmelon. Rice pudding and custards can be considered typical desserts of Bogota. It is also important to mention the sweets with blackberry syrup, lemon, and mountain papaya.
In Bogotá you can find numerous restaurants serving excellent and delicious dishes. You should undoubtedly visit Restaurante Casa San Isidro, located on the top of Mount Monserrate, where you can enjoy dishes as "lomito de res", "pescado congrio", and salmon. Casa Vieja is another excellent choice to try typical dishes, as "ajiaco santafereño" and the classic "postre de natas".
The weather of Bogota is very humid. Since rainfall is common, you should always carry an umbrella with you, even in the dry season.
Bogotá is quite sunny during the dry season. Use sunscreen and drink lots of water to protect yourself and your children from the sun and dehydration.
The city has a diverse and casual style; jeans and a jacket will do for most occasions. If you wish to go to a fine restaurant or nightclubs, you will need to dress more elegantly.
The weather in Bogota, Colombia
Bogotá has a temperate climate due to its high altitude of 2,625 meters (8610 ft) above sea level. The annual average temperature is 14 ºC (57 °F), with little variation throughout the year due to its low latitude. The dry and rainy seasons alternate during the year, but rainfall is not unusual in the dry seasons. The annual average humidity is 76%.
What to bring by season
Rainy season (March to May and September to November): these months are characterized for being mostly cloudy, with low clouds and some wind. The average high temperature is 20 °C (68 °F), while the average low may drop down to 9 °C (48 °F). Fog is common, with about 220 hazy days a year. Hailstorms are also common, particularly in October. You should wear light comfortable clothing during the day, as well as a sweater in the evenings and a coat in the chiller evenings. Remember to pack non-slip shoes and an umbrella or a rain jacket.
Dry season (June to August and December to February): average temperatures remain almost the same as in the rainy season, with average highs of 20 ºC (68 °F), but with lows averaging 8 °C (46 °F) in January. It is commonly sunny, so you should bring light and comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a light sweater during the day. For the afternoons and the evenings, you should wear a coat or a jacket.
Bogotá is located in a high plateau in the Andes, 2,640 meters (8,661 ft) above sea level, and it was the capital of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. The city has a very rich history, housing some of the main scientific and cultural institutions of the Spanish colonial period, including the first astronomical observatory in the Americas.
Bogotá is the main financial center of Colombia, where some of the main industries are set. There is also an increasing number of shopping centers, especially in the famous Zona Rosa, an area where some of the most exclusive shops are set. Mercado de Pulgas (the flea market) can be found in downtown Bogotá; it is a very famous place full of handicrafts, antiques, and art works made by Colombian artisans.
In recent years, Bogotá has become the most popular destination of Colombia, given that it offers attractions including Jardín Botánico José Celestino Mutis, Quinta de Bolívar, which was once home of Simón Bolívar; Planetario de Bogotá, and Maloka, a science and technology theme park.
The historic center of La Candelaria is one of the city icons, a picturesque place which houses some theaters, as La Candelaria, Colón, Seki Sano, and Centro Cultural García Márquez; there are also several museums such as Casa de la Moneda or Museo Militar, in addition to Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, one of the most visited libraries in Latin America.
Another popular landmark is Museo Botero, with art works by Renoir, Dalí, and Picasso, among others, plus more than 100 pieces by Fernando Botero, one of the most famous art representatives of Colombia. You can also find Cerro de Monserrate, where you can visit Santuario del Señor Caído, situated on the top of the mountain, by taking a cable car ride. There are places around the city that should not be missed, as Parque Jaime Duque, housing a zoo and replicas of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, including the Taj Mahal. The natural parks Chingaza and Sumapaz are ideal for camping.
***The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP).