Category: Food

How many days to spend in Bogota?

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Bogota is the cosmopolitan and dynamic capital of Colombia. Here you can meet people from all corners of Colombia, and a lot of foreigners too, but in spite of its multicultural, it has its own identity, a real historic heritage, great restaurants, excellent nightlife, and really unique touristy places. You need at least 3-4 days to enjoy it, and 2 days as a minimum.

  • People get always surprised for the immensity of Bogotá and its beautiful green thanks to its mountains
  • Most international flights, especially the European flights, arrive at Bogotá, so don’t hesitate to discover this beautiful city
  • If you arrive from the USA or Canada there are more options to arrive at other small cities in Colombia, but try to no skip Bogota, it would surprise you.

The recommendation is to stay a minimum of 2 days in Bogotá:

  • day and must places: La Candelaria and the Historic Center, and enjoy lunch at the top of the Monserrate Hill with a great view of the city. Here is where the colorful colonial buildings stands next to contemporary street art, visit the Gold Museum with its great collection of more than 30,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold artefacts. You can also enjoy La Candelaria and the Historic Center in a Bike Tour.
  • Day: Paloquemao Market and Salt Cathedral.

The tour to the Paloquemao Market is a gastronomy experience selected as one of the 20 of the best food tours around the world by The Guardian, Paloquemao Market: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/26/20-best-food-tours-around-world-lisbon-lima-havana-hanoi

The marvelous Salt Cathedral is located about 600 feet underground, in a former salt mine in Zipaquira town. The cathedral is an architectural wonder, built in the caverns and tunnels left behind by miners, who extracted millions of tons of rock salt starting two centuries ago.

Any day, try to enjoy Andres DC Restaurant or Andres Carne de Res Chía. Unique decor that captures in every detail, culture and Colombian traditions. The environment is full of color, magic, music, and surprises. This place will immerse you in the authentic details of the Colombian cuisine and its way of life.

If you have extra days, you can enjoy the next following activities:

  • Villa de Leyva, is a Village out of a Straight Out of a Fairy Tale. Streets paved in stone and white, it is located 3 hours by land north of Bogotá and all the visitors feel charmed at every street corner. You can enjoy this activity on a full day, or you can spend one night in this magical town and on the way back you can enjoy another beautiful and artisan village called Raquira.
  • Colombian Chocolates Tasting
  • Full day in a Coffee Adventure
  • Best restaurants in Colombia
  • Graffiti and Urban Art Tour
  • Natural Park Chingaza: It is a magnificent cloud forest perfect for birdwatching, eco-treks, camping and lodgings on the top of a tree, a very unique natural reserve taken care of by sloths.

10 Dishes to taste on a trip to Colombia

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The best way to embrace the tastes of Colombia is to book a flight to Bogotá and set off on a culinary adventure around the country.

Packed with rich flavours, hearty ingredients and unusual taste combinations, Colombian food is as diverse as it is dazzling. Although it’s yet to really shine on the international stage like the cuisines of some its near neighbours like Brazil and Argentina, the food scene in Colombia is exciting and unique.

The best way to embrace the tastes of Colombia is to book a flight to Bogotá and set off on a culinary adventure around the country. The friendly locals are proud of their local dishes and will happily assist hungry tourists navigating their way through the options, of which there are many.

But it always pays to do some forward planning, so here is a list of 10 dishes you should sample:

01 – BANDEJA PAISA

The jewel in the crown of Colombian cuisine, this is the much-loved national dish, and an absolute must try. Bandeja Paisa is basically a selection of local flavours, a taste of Colombia on a plate, and generally features rice, avocado, plantain, beans and a LOT of meat including sausages (both chorizo and morcilla, or blood sausage), chicharrón (fried pork rind) and minced beef. It’s nourishing and delicious – but be warned, you need to bring a good appetite to the table.

02 – EMPANADAS

On the snack end of the spectrum, the delicious South American pastries known as empanadas are particularly good in Colombia for one simple reason: they’re deep fried. Think flaky pockets of pastry filled with a range of fillings depending on the region, including various meats, potatoes, rice, vegetables, crispy fries, different kinds of peppers and even peanut sauce. They are often served with a squeeze of lime and a spoonful of the spiced relish known as ají, making it the perfect quick bite, provided you can stop at one…

03 – FRITANGA

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and in a carnivorous mood (vegetarians, look away) then fritanga is the way to go. A great big plate of various types of grilled and fried meats all mixed together, it often features a variety of offal and is terrific for sharing. Not for the faint of heart, it’s a true Colombian experience and best enjoyed with toothpicks (to pick up the juicy morsels) and an icy cold local beer.

04 – SANCOCHO

For something a little lighter but just as full of meaty goodness, try a bowl of sancocho. This soup is full of treasures, usually chicken but often other meats as well, plus corn on the cob, plantain and beans. Like many Colombian dishes, it varies depending on who is making it, so you can enjoy different versions around the country, all served with rice, avocado and ají dipping sauce on the side.

05 – AJIACO

An alternative and equally excellent local soup is ajiaco, which is particularly popular in the central region of Colombia. Made with three types of potatoes from the Cundiboyacense Plateau, it also features chicken, cream and capers, as well as a special daisy-like grassy herb known as guascas that is found in the mountains and is high in minerals, giving the soup a distinct and delicious flavour.

06 – AREPAS

Another excellent snack option, often enjoyed for breakfast, are the cornmeal pancakes known as arepas. Frequently served on the side at meals, they can also be picked up at street stalls throughout the country where they are split open and filled with a tasty mix of cheese, meat and fried eggs.

07 – PATACONES

Colombia has a wide and glorious array of bananas and the locals are incredibly creative in their uses, making them an essential item to try when you’re travelling around the country. A popular way to eat them is as patacones, which are green plantains flattened and twice fried then served as little patties topped with anything from beans to meat or the tomato-based relish called hogao. Bananas are also often transformed into cayeye (a breakfast dish made from mashed guineos, a type of green banana), as well as little fried plantain balls known as marranitas when stuffed with pork and aborrajao when filled with cheese.

08 – LECHONA

For a feast, try ordering the fabulous lechona, a luscious pork roast filled with rice, onion and vegetables. The slow cooked meat and spectacular crackling, combined with the deeply flavoured rice, offers an epic dining experience usually reserved for special occasions and feast days, and best shared with a large group.

09 – FRUIT CANDIES

Sweet treats are an important part of Colombian cuisine and there are plenty of sugary delights from which to choose. Due to the vast array of fruit available in Colombia (supposedly enough to enjoy a different one every day of the year) it’s not a surprise that they feature highly in desserts and are particularly popular when made into “candies”, which are a reduction of candied fruit and sugar. The best flavours include papaya, breva, blackberry, cape gooseberry, coconut, rhubarb and guava – and working out your favourite one is the best part.

10 – OBLEAS

This street stall staple is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth: thin brown wafers (a bit like flat ice-cream cones) are sandwiched together with gooey fillings including arequipe (the local version of caramel), jam and chocolate. The flavours and toppings are laid out at each stall so you can mix and match to create your very own tailor-made Colombian dessert.