Today I finally set out to explore Bogotá and had a perfect Sunday. Here’s my walking tour.
I left at around 11 am for Usaquén: an artistic, cute little district in the north of Bogotá. Originally it was a seperate municipality but as Bogotá has grown and grown the city has just “eaten up” the village. Now Usaquén stays a village by its own with an own nice square, cafés and cobbled streets that turn into a street market every Sunday. Lots of Colombians come here on the weekends to have brunch, stroll around or do sports. Every Sunday a big part of the city’s streets are closed for runners and cylers – it’s called the “Ciclovía” and I swear half of Bogotá is outside in the streets.
In one sentence: Usaquén is the perfect place to have breakfast, enjoy music in the streets and stroll around the market stands on a Sunday morning.
As for me I had breakfast in a cute café at the corner of Usaquén square. Outside people were dancing in the street. I was having delicious orange juice and “pan de bocadillo” (pastry filled with a Colombian sweet made of Guayaba).
Later I took a taxi to meet up with a friend in the center and made my way to the Calendaría – the historic, colonial center of Bogotá. On Sundays entrance into Bogotá’s museums is for free, so it’s the perfect day to explore the city. I started off at the “Museo de Botero” – one of Colombia’s most famous artists.
Later I strolled down the busy streets and stopped by a café that caught my attention. I entered and asked one of the meseros for a recommendation. He brought me “chocolate completo”: one cup of hot chocolate with typical colombian cheese, ovenfresh pandebono (bread made of corn flour, cassava starch, cheese and eggs) and bread with butter.
The cheese is dropped into the chocolate and eaten warm and creamy. Colombian’s love hot chocolate! For me this was always a kind of children’s drink but here hot chocolate with bread is one of the most typical dinners. I fell in love with the place before opening my Lonely Planet Guide and realizing I had landed at the legendary café “Puerta Falsa” – a cute café and bakery famous for its hot chocolates and a history dating back to 1836.
Later I strolled down Carrera 11 to land directly at Bogotás most famous square – Plaza Bolivar. From there I exlored the pedestrian zone “Carrera Septima”. On Sunday afternoons the street is full of food stands and artists.
At its’s end I took a taxi to “Parque de la 93”. A nice, clean park surrounded by bars and restaurants – ideal for having dinner around there. I had a cup of coffe at Juan Valdez – Colombia’s most popular coffee chain.
I set out without a fixed plan but ended up having just a perfect Sunday walk around Bogotá. Very much recommended. Still missing: The Monserrate – a mountain that rises up to 3,152 metres and a spectacular view over the city.