Under $100: Bogotá

by Angelique Platas

Oct 7, 2018

Bogota © Ulita | Dreamstime

Under $100 / South America

The sprawling city of Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, boasts a wide array of activities and attractions — the only trouble, getting to them all. Begin with breakfast at your hotel, or somewhere within walking distance, before heading out on a big day of exploring.


In a city of so many (millions) of vehicles and motorized bikes, the fastest way to get around is to hire a car for the day and choose a few neighborhoods you are most interested in exploring.


Head to the historic Plaza Bolívar, or Bolívar Square — the main square of the city. Take in the beautiful architecture and sprawling landscape, boasting street vendors, small cafés and unique local shops.


Visit Simón Bolívar Park, walking along the lake, getting out on the water with a boat or exploring the rolling green space. Another green space worth visiting, the Bogotá Botanical Garden. Take in the beautiful blooms for around $1 entrance fee, per person.


Dining for cheap in Bogotá is easily done. Stick to the local eateries for the ultimate Colombian experience; enjoy plantanos, or fried plantains, with a smattering of fresh avocado, or enjoy an array of great pastries and coffees — around nearly every corner.


Staying within budget in Bogotá is actually incredibly easy. Take Colombian pesos out at your local bank before your trip and educate yourself on the conversion, like how $1 is nearly 3,000 Colombian pesos. Your greatest expense for the day will be transportation around the city.


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