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.

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La Ciclovía: Bogotá is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Latin America.

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.

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pan de bocadillo and orange juice

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.