Today we have chosen for you 15 plans near Bogotá, tourist sites near Bogotá, loaded with nature, history and culture, where in addition to getting away from the chaos of the city, you will find incredible places to visit this weekend.
VILLAGES AND PLANS NEAR BOGOTÁ
Before starting with the recommended plans and the towns near Bogotá that you can visit as a family, as a couple or alone, keep in mind that all the information in this travel guide is current as of February 2020.
1. VILLA DE LEYVA, BOYACÁ
Villa de Leyva, is one of the most beautiful towns near Bogotá that you can find, a small town with stone streets, white facades, colonial houses and flowered gardens.
This boyacense municipality, 3 hours from the capital, is one of the Heritage Towns of Colombia and one of the towns near Bogotá, which is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit at any time of the year.
In Villa de Leyva you can visit several museums, such as the Chocolate Museum, the Antonio Ricaurte House Museum and the Carmen Museum, discover the Pozos Azules and the Terracotta House.
Recommended tour | 1 day excursion to Villa de Leyva, includes round trip transportation from Bogotá, bilingual guide and visit to Ráquira.
HOW TO GET TO VILLA DE LEYVA FROM BOGOTÁ?
You can get to Villa de Leyva by bus from the Terminal de Transportes Salitre Bogotá. The trip lasts 3 and a half hours, and each trip you find from $30,000 COP.
If you travel in a group, a good alternative is to rent a car, drive on your own to Villa de Leyva and on the way stop at other towns in Boyacá.
WHERE TO STAY IN VILLA DE LEYVA?
Villa de Leyva, being one of the most popular plans near Bogotá, is a place where it can sometimes be difficult to get a room, so always book in advance.
If you do not know which accommodation to decide on, we help you, Hostal Magma, Hostal Everest, Hotel Jardines De La Villa and Hotel La Posada de San Antonio, have an excellent location and a great vibes.
2. GUATAVITA LAGOON AND TOMINÉ RESERVOIR
Guatavita is located in the department of Cundinamarca approximately 1 hour and a half from Bogotá, and it is one of the best plans near Bogotá that you can do on a weekend.
Some of the main tourist sites in Cundinamarca are in Guatavita, among them the Tominé River Reservoir that extends to the municipality of Sesquilé, the Guatavita Lagoon and obviously its little town.
In reality, the Guatavita Lagoon is not found in Guatavita, but in the neighboring municipality of Sesquilé.
A beautiful body of emerald green waters in which the legend of El Dorado unfolds, a mysticism that was born hundreds of years ago with the Muiscas indigenous people and was reinforced with the Spanish colony.
At Tominé Reservoir you can practice water sports, ride a sailboat or simply walk along its trails in search of a little tranquility and calm.
Keep in mind that visiting the town, the surroundings of the reservoir and going to the lagoon are very time consuming, so this is one of the best plans near Bogotá for couples and families who want to travel by car.
Recommended | Bilingual guided tour to the Guatavita lagoon and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, includes round-trip transportation from the La Candelaria neighborhood or the Parque de La 93, and entrance fees.
HOW TO GET TO GUATAVITA FROM BOGOTÁ?
To get to the municipality of Guatavita from Bogotá, you must go to the Salitre Transport Terminal and take a bus from Flota Valle de Tenza, these take 1 hour and a half to arrive and charge $10,000 COP each way.
Lagoon schedule: 8:30 a.m – 4 p.m. Open from Tuesday to Sunday and Monday holidays. Price: Colombians $13,000 COP and foreigners $18,000 COP.
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WHERE TO STAY IN GUATAVITA?
3. LA CHORRERA DE CHOACHÍ, CUNDINAMARCA
In the municipality of Choachí is the Parque Aventura La Chorrera, one of the tourist sites close to Bogotá, where you will find the El Chiflón and La Chorrera waterfalls, horseback riding, walks through the cloud forest, caving and rappelling.
La Chorrera is a beautiful waterfall of at least 590 meters high, which is listed as one of the highest waterfalls in Colombia, the sixth in South America and the 60th in the world!
While the El Chiflón Waterfall, is about 55 meters high, and is ideal for extreme sports, a perfect plan for a weekend. Definitely, one of the parks near Bogotá that you must visit at least once.
Recommended | Hike to La Chorrera de Choachí, includes private transportation from Bogotá, walk through the forest, environmental interpreter, visit to La Chorrera and El Chiflón, entrance to the park, snack and insurance lunch. Next departure: May 23, 2020.
HOW TO GET TO THE CHOACHÍ WATERFALLS FROM BOGOTÁ?
To get to La Chorrera de Choachí you must take a bus from Transoriente or Cootransfómeque on Calle 6 with Av. Caracas. The trip lasts 1 hour and a half, the buses leave from 5 a.m. Until 8 pm. and the ticket costs $10,000 COP.
The bus will leave you on the road that leads to the park, so you must walk to the ticket office or take a motorcycle taxi for $5,000 COP. In the park there is a parking lot and to get there by car or motorcycle you can put La Chorrera Adventure Park on Google Maps or Waze.
Entrance fee to Parque Aventura La Chorrera: $15.000 COP.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHOACHÍ?
In Parque Aventura La Chorrera you can get camping areas from $15,000 COP, and although you must bring your own tent, the space is equipped with bathrooms, campfire and drinking water.
4. SUESCA, CUNDINAMARCA
Suesca is 1 hour from Bogotá and is known as the largest climbing park in Colombia, and it’s not for less, as its rock formations make it an ideal and challenging destination for adrenaline lovers.
Suesca is one of the towns near Bogotá that you can visit whenever you want, a perfect place to have fun. There you can learn to climb or try one of the 300 routes that are available.
In Suesca you can also rappel, bungee jump, mountain biking, walk on the old train tracks, or spend the day doing caving, an underground experience that will allow you to learn more about the region.
Activity | Bungee Jumping for 2 people, includes round trip transportation from the main square of Suesca, guide and certified equipment.
HOW TO GET TO SUESCA FROM BOGOTÁ?
Suesca is one of the best plans near Bogotá and getting there on your own is very easy, you just have to go to the North Portal of Transmilenio and take a bus that takes 1 hour to get there and that charges $8,000 COP per way.
Keep in mind that the Rocks of Suesca are located 5 minutes before reaching the town, so you can ask the bus driver to leave you there or walk from your accommodation.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SUESCA?
If you are looking for a good, beautiful and cheap accommodation in Suesca, that allows you to have extra money for adventure plans, keep in mind that Hostal Caminos de Suesca, Hostal Torre Alta y Hostal Casa Andina offer rooms from $40,000 COP.
5. LA VEGA, CUNDINAMARCA
On the outskirts of Bogotá, 1 hour and 40 minutes away is La Vega, Cundinamarca, a destination with a pleasant warm climate that remains almost always at 23ºC, ideal for spending a weekend in nature.
La Vega is one of those beautiful little towns near Bogotá, where you can practice some extreme sports, mountain biking, ecological tourism or simply seek tranquility and rest.
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WHAT TO DO NEAR BOGOTA IN LA VEGA?
La Vega is one of the Cundinamarca tourist sites with the greatest water and cultural wealth, and 7 kilometers from the town is the Laguna El Tabacal Ecological Park.
The Laguna El Tabacal Ecological Park is in the same place that the Panches indigenous people lived, who consider this lagoon as a sanctuary of high mythological value.
The entrance to the park is priced at $4,000 COP and you can access it by private vehicle or take a bus from La Vega for $3,000 COP.
Very close to the lagoon you will find perfect places for ecological walks that lead to beautiful waterfalls in Natauta and Chupal. The entrance to these waterfalls costs approximately $10,000 COP.
In addition, if you want to get into nature you can get a local guide to accompany you to climb Cerro del Butulú, and if you want more extreme sports you can go to Tobia, in the neighboring municipality of Nimaima, where you can find rafting, hiking and torrentism from $70,000 COP.
Recommended plan | 1-day walk to the Chupal waterfalls in La Vega, includes private transport to and from Bogotá, ecological walk, visit to the Laguna el Tabacal and the Chupal Falls, snack lunch, guide, insurance and entrance fees. Next trip: May 3, 2020.
HOW TO GET TO LA VEGA FROM BOGOTÁ?
You can get to La Vega by bus from the Salitre Transport Terminal, the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes and you get each ticket from $12,000 COP.
WHERE TO STAY IN LA VEGA?
In La Vega you can find lodgings that will make your trip an experience, the prices for one night in a room for two people can get from $80,000 COP.
6. GLAMPING NEAR BOGOTÁ
Glamping is a type of accommodation that mixes the experience of camping outdoors with the comfort of the best hotels, and properly going from Glamping near Bogotá is an excellent plan to do with your partner or family.
On the outskirts of Bogotá there are several glamping, and among the favorite places to live this experience, are Guatavita and Suesca, specifically around the Tominé Reservoir and the Suesca Lagoon, respectively.
In Guatavita the options you have to go Glamping near Bogotá are: Bajo El Cielo Glamping, EnCubo Glamping, Kingdome Glamping and Glamping Guatavita. While in Suesca, some of the options are: Niddo Suesca and Glamping Laguna Suesca.
All the domes, tents and containers of these lodgings have a special charm, which goes to another level thanks to the incredible landscape that surrounds them.
In addition, it is important that you know that sleeping in a Glamping near Bogotá, is not as expensive as it seems, if you reserve in advance, the domes or tents for two people can be obtained from $290,000 COP.
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7. SUTATAUSA, CUNDINAMARCA
Another of the plans close to Bogotá is to visit the beautiful municipality of Sutatausa, a small town that you will easily recognize and remember for its incredible landscapes and the tranquility of its streets.
Sutatausa, will offer you natural viewpoints that will leave you breathless, since being located between the Ubaté valleys and the Bogotá savanna in the Cundiboyacense highlands, it enjoys dense vegetation.
So when you visit this town near Bogotá, take the opportunity to climb the Farallones de Sutatausa, the trail is just to the right of the church, it is signposted and you can reach the top in 2 hours.
The Farallones de Sutatausa stretch throughout the town, they are surrounded by an incredible fauna and flora, and along the way you can find some rocks with rock art and viewpoints that will leave you breathless.
Recommended tour | Trekking through the Farallones de Sutatausa, includes private transportation to and from Bogotá, hike to the top of the farallones, accompaniment and guidance throughout the tour, snacks and insurance.
HOW TO GET TO SUTATAUSA FROM BOGOTÁ?
You can get to Sutatausa by bus from the North Transmilenio Portal of Bogotá, boarding a bus to Ubaté and asking the driver to leave Sutatausa. The trip lasts 1 hour and a half, and each trip can be purchased from $10,000 COP.
WHERE TO STAY IN SUTATAUSA?
If you are looking to spend the night in Sutatausa in a totally natural environment, you can consider booking at least one night in the beautiful cabins of Kamp Nattivo, Bosque Escondido or in Casa Rural El Rincón.
8. CHINGAZA NATIONAL NATURAL PARK
The Chingaza National Natural Park is a natural treasure in the middle of the eastern mountain range of the Andes, is shared by 7 municipalities of Cundinamarca and 4 municipalities of Meta, and is the place where the Chingaza and Siecha lagoons lie.
The Siecha lagoons are a set of lagoons and lagoons of glacial origin, surrounded by a mountain range known as Cuchilla de Siecha.
While the Chingaza lagoon has almost 88 hectares, being the largest lagoon in the park and one of the most beautiful in Colombia.
During your tour of Chingaza it is sure that you will meet the beautiful frailejones, multiple water births, and you will even be able to meet some family of spectacled bears, one or two white-tailed deer and even see tapirs and the condor of the Andes.
Recommended plan | 1 Day trip to the Chingaza National Natural Park, includes transportation to and from Bogotá, departures every weekend, certified guide, snack lunch and entrance to the park.
9. MONGUÍ, BOYACÁ
Monguí is another of the small towns near Bogotá that are part of the Heritage Towns of Colombia. A very quiet place where you can find great adventures in the middle of nature.
In Monguí where you can walk quietly through its colonial streets, visit the beautiful Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Monguí, take a tour of the Franciscan Convent and tour the ancient bridge of Calicanto.
So for the weekend or the day you visit Monguí, be sure to explore all its corners and discover why it is known as the most beautiful town in Boyacá and one of the plans near Bogotá preferred by lovers of architecture and nature.
On the outskirts of this beautiful town of Boyacá you will find the Ocetá paramo, an ecosystem rated by many environmental organizations as the most beautiful paramo in the world.
To the Ocetá páramo you must go in the company of a local guide, who will take you on a walk of up to 7 hours through natural settings such as Caja del Rey, Laguna Negra, Valle de los Lupinos and El Pedrisco.
It is worth remembering that the paramo, like most natural ecosystems, is very fragile, so make sure that your presence does not leave a trace, take care of the frailejones, return your garbage and do not leave food scraps.
HOW TO GET TO MONGUÍ FROM BOGOTÁ?
To get to Monguí by bus, you must first go to Sogamoso from Terminal Salitre Bogotá. The journey can last about 3 hours and the passage in the Libertadores company is available from $30,000 COP.
From Sogamoso it is very easy to go to Monguí, because every 20 minutes buses leave that take 40 minutes to arrive and their price per trip is $4,000 COP.
Recommended exprience | 2-day trip to Monguí and the Ocetá paramo, includes private transportation to and from Bogotá, accommodation in Monguí, visit to Pueblito Boyacense, Nobsa, guides and travel insurance. Next tour: July 25, 2020.
WHERE TO STAY IN MONGUÍ?
10. ZIPAQUIRÁ, CUNDINAMARCA
Zipaquirá is one of the towns near Bogotá that cannot be missing from your plans if you are passionate about religion or architecture.
In Zipaquirá is the Salt Cathedral, a beautiful Catholic temple built in a mine 180 meters underground, an artistic and architectural gem considered one of the 7 wonders of Colombia.
You can visit the Salt Cathedral in a guided way or on your own. In any case, you must descend through the mine and go through each station of the Way of the Cross, until you reach the place where the light show is performed and the Tree of Life is found.
After touring the Salt Cathedral you can walk through the Historic Center, and visit the Plaza de Los Comuneros, where you can photograph the Mayor’s Office and many other buildings that retain their colonial style.
Recommended | 1 day tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, includes transportation from Bogotá, bilingual guide, entrance to the cathedral and visit to the old town.
HOW TO GET TO THE ZIPAQUIRÁ SALT CATHEDRAL FROM BOGOTÁ?
You can get to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá by bus from the Salitre Transport Terminal or Portal Norte de Transmilenio. The trip lasts 1.5 hours and each trip can be found from $6,000 COP.
Round-trip train transportation costs $ 60,000 COP. The train leaves at 9 a.m. from the Usaquén Station and tickets you can buy at turistren.com.co. You can buy the entrance to the cathedral at catedraldesal.gov.co.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ZIPAQUIRÁ?
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is one of the places and plans near Bogotá that you must visit at least once in your life.
So you want to spend more than 1 day in one of the quietest and most colonial towns near Bogotá, you can stay at the Hotel Camino de la Sal, Hotel Boutique El Libertador, Vieja Aduana Hostel or El Cacique Real.
11. CUCUNUBÁ, CUNDINAMARCA
Two and a half hours away by road, in the province of the Ubaté Valley is Cucunubá, one of the best places to visit near Bogotá and find a town of traditional, cobbled streets and architecture.
The first thing you can do in Cucunubá is to tour the town, delight in the tranquility that is breathed in this place where the colonial architecture seems almost intact, and where its cobbled streets transport you to an earlier time.
In the main town square, you will find most of the town’s shops and the Church of the Divine Savior, an open-door museum where you can find some works dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Another of the must-see plans in Cucunubá, is to go up to the Cerro de la Capilla de Lourdes or the little Monserrate. To climb it you must walk along a path that is a couple of blocks from the main park and from above you can see the Ubaté Valley.
Finally, keep in mind that every November the International Andean Music Festival is held in Cucunubá, an event in which in addition to singing songs, notes and sounds typical of the region, artistic and gastronomic samples are held.
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HOW TO GET TO CUCUNUBÁ?
You can get to Cucunubá from Ubaté, so you must first go from Bogotá to Ubaté on a bus that you can take at the Salitre Transport Terminal or the North Portal of Transmilenio. The trip lasts 2 and a half hours and the journey can be purchased from $6,000 COP.
When you arrive in Ubaté you must board another bus that takes you directly to Cucunubá, this bus can be obtained from $3,000 COP.
WHERE TO STAY IN CUCUNUBÁ?
Some of the lodgings that you can find in Cucunubá are Estancia Orgánica Cucunuvaca and Hotel Campestre los Duraznos, in the latter you can totally disconnect from the city and find rooms from $36,000 COP.
Keep in mind that 19 kilometers from Cucunubá you can visit the Laguna de Suesca.
12. DUITAMA AND PUEBLITO BOYACENSE
Duitama is 3 hours from Bogotá, and is known as La Perla and the civic capital of Boyacá, because its streets highlight the culture, gastronomy, music and crafts of one of the most charming plans near Bogotá.
Duitama is one of the tourist sites near Bogotá that arouses the most curiosity among travelers, because in addition to being one of the most beautiful towns in Boyacá, it is home to the beautiful Pueblito Boyacense.
WHAT TO DO IN DUITAMA AND PUEBLITO BOYACENSE?
In Duitama, the main patch is to visit Pueblito Boyacense, a residential complex of 7 blocks and more than 100 houses, which recreate the architecture of Villa de Leyva, Tibasosa, Ráquira, Tenza, Monguí, Sáchica and El Cocuy.
In addition, in its instagrammable streets you can find typical and international restaurants, chapels, original cafes, regional products, craft breweries and even a spa with a heated pool and romantic plans for couples.
Another of the plans near Bogotá that you can do in Duitama, are to visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Casona de Culturama, the old mill of Tundama, the Parque los Libertadores and the ecological trails of La Zarza, El Raizal and Buenavista.
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HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE TO STAY IN PUEBLITO BOYACENSE?
Getting to Duitama and Pueblito Boyacense from Bogotá is easy. At the Salitre Terminal you can take a bus from Libertadores, the trip lasts 3 hours and the ticket costs $30,000 COP. In a car, take the North Highway, there are 4 tolls one way and 3 return.
The entrance to Pueblito Boyacense has a price of $2,000 COP and the parking fee is $3,000 COP. In restaurants you can get à la carte dishes with prices ranging from $12,000 COP to $25,000 COP.
In Pueblito Boyacense you can spend the night at Casa Posada Maestro Carlos Aranguren, Samay Boutique Hotel, Los Geranios, Sumercé Posada Pintoresca and La Cueva de la Luna. On the outskirts you can sleep at Aldebarán Farming & Glamping or Mi Casa, Tu Casa Hostal.
13. PAIPA, BOYACÁ
Paipa is one of the most welcoming towns near Bogotá to spend the weekend, this warm-weather town in Boyacá is located just 40 minutes from Tunja and 3 hours from Bogotá, a tourist site where you can also enjoy its famous hot springs.
So if you are wondering what to do near Bogotá, Paipa is a destination that mixes nature and the stories of the liberating deed. Since it is part of the Liberating Route where the Battle of the Vargas Swamp took place, a crucial fight for Independence.
WHAT TO DO IN PAIPA?
In Paipa you can find plans for couples and rest days, since this little town stands out for having thermal water wells that are frequented for curative or therapeutic purposes.
One of the tourist places near Bogotá where travelers in search of history arrive, and one of the most visited places is the Pantano de Vargas, one of the largest sculptures in Colombia, which pays tribute to the lancers who They fought in the Battle of Boyacá in 1819.
Also, you can find activities such as water skiing and kayaking, two activities that can be done in Lake Sochagota, located about 15 minutes from the main park in Paipa.
On the other hand, a place where you can enjoy the thermal waters are the pools of the Paipa Thermal Park, located 10 minutes by car from the main park of Paipa.
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HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE TO STAY IN PAIPA?
Getting to Paipa can take about 3 hours on a road trip, and you can get there by bus from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá, and the cost of the ticket per person is from $24,000 COP.
In Paipa you can find hotels with great architectural value, so we suggest you stay at the Hacienda El Salitre or the Hotel Estelar Spa– If you go on a family plan, you can do it at Posada Bicentenario, Paraíso Villa Connie or Miravalle Suites.
14. TOTA LAKE, BOYACÁ
Tota Lake is one of the best known lagoons in Colombia and one of the tourist places near Bogotá that you can visit as a family, friends or partner.
At more than 3,000 meters above sea level, there is Lake Tota, the second highest navigable lake in South America, after Lake Titicaca.
WHAT TO DO IN LAKE TOTA?
La Tota Lake is one of the plans near Bogotá, which can be classified as a must-see, because on one of the banks of this beautiful body of water you will find the natural wonder of Playa Blanca.
Playa Blanca is an unexpected white sand beach between the mountains and the haze of the Colombian Andes. A space worthy of the country of magical realism, where you can fly kites, walk through the forest and along the surrounding roads.
In addition, you can take advantage of your visit to the lake to tour and visit one of the 3 islands of the lagoon, a tour that will take you to discover small paradises far from the most visited sites.
However, keep in mind that in recent years, Lake Tota and especially Playa Blanca, have been affected by tourism and the negligence of people who throw their garbage into the lake or leave it anywhere.
So, if you plan to travel Lake Tota or make any of these plans close to Bogotá, you should be very aware of the environmental impact that you can generate, and above all, return all your garbage to your home.
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HOW TO GET TO LAKE TOTA FROM BOGOTÁ?
To get to Lake Tota, you can do it by bus from Bogotá, although you must first go to Sogamoso. The bus to Sogamoso leaves from Terminal Salitre and the price of the ticket is from $25,000 COP.
Once you are in Sogamoso, you can take a bus from the transport company Cootracero, Rapido Duitama or Transcondor. The passage to Playa Blanca you get from $7,000 COP.
WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE TOTA?
Also, you can find camping areas in Playa Blanca from $20,000 COP. In case of camping, remember to take warm clothes, a good blanket, flashlight, your personal hygiene implements and be very careful with your trash.
15. SANCTUARY OF FLORA AND FAUNA OF IGUAQUE, BOYACÁ
The Iguaque Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is one of the best plans near Bogotá there is. In the natural park you will find the sacred Iguaque lagoon which, according to Muisca mythology, is the cradle of humanity.
The walk to the highest peak of the sanctuary lasts 3 hours, and at the end your reward will be to reach the legendary and mythical Laguna de Iguaque, a place of spiritual pilgrimage where Bachué, the goddess and mother of the Chibchas was born.
Somos un medio de comunicación que conecta viajeros amantes de la naturaleza y la aventura con historias que inspiran a descubrir la Colombia inexplorada.