What to do in Bogota on small a budget?

Every time we travel we do it with a budget in mind. Often, things come up, and we end up spending a bit more money than planned. If you find yourself in this situation or you simply have a small budget, do not worry. In a big city as Bogotá, it is very easy to find touristy attractions at a very low cost, in some cases, you will only spend money on your transport ticket.
Here, we listed some of the places that you can go for a low cost and enjoy the Colombian Capital:

At the top of the mountain, you will find the Santuario del Señor de Los Caidos, the Basilica de Guadalupe and an incredible panoramic view of Bogota. Located at 3,152 meters above sea level, it is one of the most visited places in Colombia. To get there, you can go up walking, if you have a good physique or you can use either the cable car or tram, the cost is $19,000 pesos round trip.

Location: check this map
More info: official website

 

Historical Center

 

La Candelaria

La Candelaria is the historical neighborhood where Bogotá was founded in 1538. It is one of the favorite places for foreigners to visit as it holds a vast amount of museums, theaters, cafes and its the center of political life in Colombia. Some of the most visited places are:

The Bolivar Square is the main square of Bogota and Colombia, where the Supreme Court of Justice, the Congress of the Republic, the Mayor’s Office of Bogota, the Cathedral of Bogota and the College of San Bartolome are located. These are all very touristic attractions.
Address: Cra. 7 #11-10  Check  map
This museum displays one of the biggest selection of Pre-Colombian gold and other metal alloys. It holds a vast array of pottery, stone, hell, wood and textile work dating back to before the Spanish conquest. It’s a must see.
*Free on Sundays
Address: Cra. 6 # 15 – 88 Check map
The Colombian Mint Museum holds the history of the Colombian currency. Found in 1621, it’s one of Bogota’s oldest buildings and it is considered to be one of the most important in the world.

Address: Calle 11 #4-93 Check map

More info: http://www.banrepcultural.org/museos-y-colecciones/casa-de-moneda

The Military and Independence history of Colombia are displayed at this museum. From the creation of the different branches to the war on drugs.
Address:  Cl. 10 # 4-92 Check map 

More info: http://museo-militar.webnode.com.co/

Fernando Botero is one of the most famous Colombian artists of the 20th and 21th Century. This Museum houses numerous artistic pieces donated by Botero with the intention of disseminating art and culture in his native country.
Address: Cl 11 # 4-21 Ver mapa

More info: http://www.banrepcultural.org/museo-botero/la-coleccion

Other interesting places nearby are:

A space of cultural encounter, where you will find antiques, appliances, clothes, books, crafts and also there are food stalls. The market is open to the public on Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Address: Cra. 7 # 24-70  Check map 
Located on Carrera 7 between 28, 29, the entrance is free. This impressive place houses more than 20 thousand symbolic pieces of the history and cultural heritage of Colombia; it has 17 permanent exhibition halls; it also has a calendar of temporary exhibitions where national and international art pieces are exhibited as well as archaeological exhibitions.
Address: Carrera 7 No. 28-66 Ver mapa

Más info: http://www.museonacional.gov.co/Paginas/default.aspx

Founded in 1934, it is the second oldest park in Bogotá. Today, it is considered to be one of the most traditional parks in the city.
It is a place full of green areas near the eastern hills between Carrera 5 and on 40th street. It contains several gardens and monuments. It is a meeting point of different cultural groups especially on weekends as it includes large spaces that transmit a magnetic and welcoming energy.

Check map

More info: http://portel.bogota.gov.co/vis/parquenal.htm

Un poco mas hacia el centro geográfico de la ciudad nos encontramos con el Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar, este parque es uno de los pulmones de la ciudad y uno de los más grandes e importantes en Bogotá, está compuesto por varios parques y zonas en el que se pueden realizar diferentes actividades recreo – deportivas. Los lugares que lo componen son los siguientes:

Su tamaño es de aproximadamente 21 hectarias compuestas de zonas verdes, un lago en el que se pueden realizar actividades con lanchas, una pista para correr, una ruta para ciclopaseo, varios mini gimnasios, parques para niños y escenarios artisticos o educativos. Es un lugar amigable con las mascotas.

Dir: Calle 63 y 53 entre carreras 48 y 68 Ver mapa

Más info: http://bogotaturismo.gov.co/parque-simon-bolivar

(or parque El Lago):

It is the closest park to our space. It is composed of pleasant green areas, a small lake than the Simon Bolivar, but you can also practice activities with boats. There are several picnic and barbecue spots that must be reserved in advance, a convenient park for children and individual who enjoy running.
Address: Calle 63 # 45-10 Check map

More infohttp://www.idrd.gov.co/sitio/idrd/?q=node/245

It’s one of Bogota’s swimming facilities. It’s available for open sessions at no cost, but you might have to wait a while.

Address: Cll 63 # 45 – 00 Check map

More info: http://www.idrd.gov.co/sitio/idrd/?q=node/475

It is a public golf course within the city limits. If you don’t have equipment, you can rent it for a small fee. You can also hire classes if you want to learn.
Address: Calle 64 No. 44 77 Check map

More info: http://www.federacioncolombianadegolf.com/website/index.php/campo-de-practica/8357-el-campo-de-practica-publico-la-puerta-de-entrada-al-golf-para-todos

It is a plaza in which artisans from different regions of the country showcase samples of their handmade goods throughout the year. The opening hours change, so it’s best to check their website for up to date information.
Address: Transversal 48 No. 63 A – 52 Check map

More info:  http://www.desarrolloeconomico.gov.co/plaza-de-los-artesanos

El Salitre is sports complex open to the public. It has outdoor as well as indoor sports facilities and it’s used as a venue for festivals and activities promoted and organized by Bogotá’s Mayor’s Office.

Address: Cra. 60 #6345 Ver mapa

More info: http://www.idrd.gov.co/sitio/idrd/?q=node/244

One of Bogotá’s most beautiful architectural pieces. It has a restaurant, water canals, and a rain water collection system. With its intricate ramp system inside a circular construction, its an avid reader and architect’s dream. It also houses over 150.000 books.
Address: Av. Cra. 60 No. 57 – 60 Check map

More info: http://www.biblored.gov.co/biblioteca-virgilio

It is an amusement park with a total of 39 mechanical attractions. 10 for adults, 15 for children and five family attractions. Tickets are approximate $35.000 CO or, for a reduced rate, go on Wednesdays for $18.000 CO.

Address: Calle 63, # 60-80  Check map

More info: http://salitremagico.com.co/co/

It is a water park that has 22 attractions for adults as well as fully covered and heated family attractions. The prices are between $13.000 CO and $40.000 CO per person. Sometimes in the year it is closed for maintenance, so it is better to check the website before you go.
Address: Avenida 68 N° 64-00 Check map

More info: http://www.ciciaquapark.com.co/

 

It is the biggest Botanical Garden in Colombia, a place where you can find an extensive collection of floral, arboreal, shrub and medicinal species from the Colombian territory. It’s a lovely place that you cannot miss, it’s one of the most visited attractions in Bogota. The entrance is only $2700 COP. Occasionally the administration of the Garden organizes learning and science activities, as well as classes to teach about the protection of natural enviroments.

Address: Avenida Calle 63 No. 68-95  Check map

More info: http://www.jbb.gov.co/

Y si vamos un poco mas hacia el norte, encontraremos:

Some years ago, as the city grew, it absorbed some of the nearby towns. Usaquen used to be a small colonial town on the north end of Bogota, and it is not one of this neighborhoods. Located on Carrera 6A between streets 119 and 120A in the historical center of this city. There you will find all kinds of handicrafts and antiques to buy. Normally, it is open on Sundays and holidays, but it’s always a good idea to check their fan page on Facebook where they let you when it will be open. Its impressive colonial architecture and great gastronomic options make it another must-see area of the city.

Check map

As you can see Bogota offers a great variety of cultural options, and there is a lot many options we didn’t list but with just what we mentioned, you will have a great time visiting all of them.
Good luck and welcome to this amazing city.

 

Photos: Oscar Lopez