Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá is perched up in the Andes at 2,600 meters high. It’s considered Colombia’s melting pot because people from all corners of Colombia – and the world – come to live there.
It’s a big city with a population of around 8 million people so there is no shortage of neighborhoods to stay in.
The public transit bus system of Bogotá is reliable and convenient, so it’s easy to get around the city. That means you book accommodation in the neighborhood that sounds most intriguing to you without worrying about finding a place in the main touristy areas.
Below is a list of the Best areas to stay in Bogotá, Colombia.
The best area to stay in Bogota for sightseeing is hands down La Candelaria. It’s a unique neighborhood that transports you back in time as you wander along the cobblestone streets and observe the old buildings.
It’s the most popular tourist spot in the city because it’s got museums and art galleries galore. There is a large concentration of must-see places in one La Candelaria so you wouldn’t have to go too far from your accommodation to explore.
If you don’t mind a bumpy ride, then I recommend a bike tour. You can ask about tours at your lodging. In La Candelaria, there are all kinds of hostels and hotels – some cheap- some not so cheap but there are loads of options.
In the northeast of the city is a place called Chapinero. It’s considered to be the most affluent neighborhood, and it’s got a major university so you will see students roaming around between their classes.
Chapinero technically covers a large area of Bogota that includes the hip neighborhoods of La Zona Rosa, Chicó, and Parque 93 but most locals consider Chapinero to be its own little barrio ( neighborhood).
There are high-end restaurants and trendy coffee shops and it has a boho chic vibe that college towns frequently have. It’s very walkable and it’s also one of the most LGBQT+-friendly regions of Bogota.
La Zona Rosa
La Zona Rosa is for those who love to go out. It’s got the best nightlife in the city by far.
The bars and discos in this region tend to be a little more upscalethan the ones in other neighborhoods, and tourists will definitely be able to find some foreign bars and restaurants. Although if you’re in Colombia, I recommend checking out the Colombian party scene.
The locals are really friendly and are usually excited to meet foreigners. So dance the night away and try to learn a few salsa moves.
La Zona Rosa is also known for its plethora of cuisines. From french food to Mexican food – you can find it all here. Some of the city’s best hostels are here too but be warned, that they are usually filled with backpackers ready for a fiesta.
Chicó and el Parque 93
Chico and el Parque 93 are considered one area. It’s safe and within walking distance, of La Zona Rosa so it has the best of both worlds.
This is the neighborhood for avid sports fans as there are lots of sports bars in this zone and they have a more laid-back vibe than bars from other districts.
Before traveling, check out Parque 93’s event schedule. It’s a beautiful outdoor space that’s perfect for festivals or outdoor art installations.
Usaquén is a charming area that is a bit upscale. If you are eager to visit Bogota’s surrounding villages and get out of the city, this is the best place to stay.
It’s on the outskirts of the city to the north and it has Spanish Colonial-style architecture similar to La Candelaria. You will enjoy just walking around the streets and admiring the buildings.
One of the highlights of Usaquén is definitely its weekly flea market. It’s the perfect place to find hand-crafted artisanal goods and souvenirs for your friends at home.
Even if you aren’t keen on shopping, there is plenty of other kinds of entertainment. People from all over the city come to show off their dance moves, juggle and perform in the streets.
There aren’t quite as many hostels or fancy hotels, but if you do your research you will be able to find comfortable hotels or Air BnBs.
This is the best place for outdoorsy folks. It’s got the city’s main soccer stadium, and a state-of-the-art swimming facility located at the Olympic Water Complex.
There are basketball courts, tracks, tennis courts, and bowling alleys all within Teusaquillo. If you like to stay active while you’re on vacation, then Teusaquillo is the place for you.
In addition to all the sports venues, you can find one of the city’s finest parks; Simón Bolívar Park: It’s got lots of greenery, and it’s filled with locals practicing all kinds of sports. Simón Bolívar Park is another park that holds festivals and concerts.
Some other plus sides are that you can find a few of the city’s major museums there and it’s in a central location.
To Sum Up
There are a few different neighborhoods to stay in in Bogota. Think about which one sounds more up your alley, and make your bookings. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.