Posted: 2/24/2023 | February 24th, 2023
Located on a high Andean plateau at 2,640 meters (8,660 feet) above sea level, Bogotá is the third-highest capital city in the world (after Quito and La Paz). Most travelers usually bypass it in favor of the popular digital nomad hot spot of Medellín or the coastal city of Cartegena.
Most travelers think that Bogotá is only worth spending a few days in. I think that’s a shame and does this vibrant destination a disservice. I loved my time in Bogotá and ended up extending my visit here! This city just feels more Colombian than some of the other bigger cities that have developed a larger expat and tourist population.
There is a lot to do and see here from museums, parks, walking tours, amazing street art, great nightlife, and an incredible gastronomic scene.
With that in mind, you’ll want to choose where to stay in Bogotá carefully. It’s a huge city, divided into different estratos, or zones, and there are a few “no-go” areas that you’ll want to steer clear of as well. Bogota has a lot of petty crime so don’t venture too far off the beaten path.
Here is my breakdown of the best neighborhoods in Bogota for visitors (as well as suggested accommodations in each).
But, first, here are some frequent questions I get asked about staying in Bogotá:
What’s the best neighborhood for sightseeing?
If you just want to see the main tourist sites, I recommend staying in La Candelaria, so you’re within walking distance of everything.
What’s the best neighborhood for travelers on a budget?
La Candelaria is also the best neighborhood for travelers on a budget. It’s one of the cheapest areas of town, and with many hostels located here, it’s backpacker central. Since so many of the main tourist attractions are nearby, you’ll save on transportation too.
What’s the best neighborhood for digital nomads?
Chapinero is the trendiest district and, while it’s a bit more expensive than La Candeleria, it’s great for digital nomads who want a cool place to work from.
What’s the best neighborhood for nightlife?
If you are staying for more than a few nights and are more interested in enjoying Bogotá’s vibrant nightlife, then I recommend Zona Rosa or Chapinero.
What are the safest areas of Bogotá?
Affluent Zona Rosa and Chapinero are both considered among the safest areas of town. La Candeleria is pretty safe during the day but you’ll want to stick to the main streets at night.
What’s the best neighborhood overall?
As long as you don’t mind traveling a bit to some of the main sights, Chapinero is the best area to stay in, due to its cool vibe, great restaurants, fantastic nightlife, and ample accommodation options.
So, with those questions answered, here’s a breakdown of each neighborhood, with suggested accommodations for each, so you know exactly where to stay in Bogotá:
Bogotá Neighborhood Overview
La Candelaria is the city’s historic center, and all of the main things to do in Bogotá are within walking distance from here, including the Gothic National Shrine of Our Lady of Carmen, the Botero Museum, and the Gold Museum. It’s also the main area for backpackers, with many hostels located here. If you’re on a budget and/or want to spend a lot of your time seeing the sights, stay in La Candelaria.
Just keep in mind that although it is reasonably safe during the day, you should exercise caution at night. Make sure to follow my safety tips for traveling in Colombia if you’re staying here.
Best places to stay in La Candelaria:
Chapinero is a trendy and bohemian neighborhood (there’s a park here called Hippie Park). It’s known for its street art, coffee shops, local markets, and thriving LGBTQ+ community (Theatron, the largest LGBTQ+ nightclub in South America is located here). Additionally, Chapinero is heaven for foodies, and home to Zona G (for gourmet), a concentration of the best fine-dining restaurants in town. It’s also one of the safest districts in the city.
Best places to stay in Chapinero:
While there’s great nightlife to be found in Chapinero, if you really want to be in the middle of it all, stay in Zona Rosa. Also known as Zona T for its shape, the area is home to countless trendy nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, as well as high-end shopping malls and designer stores. It’s a bit more expensive to stay here, as this is the most fashionable area of town. Local bogotanos come here from all over the city to party and shop, and it’s pedestrian-friendly both by day and by night.
Best places to stay in Zona Rosa:
Located just north of La Candelaria, Teusaquillo is a great place to stay if you want to be close to all the main attractions but don’t want to stay within La Candelaria. It’s a huge district that is mostly residential, with tree-lined streets and 20th-century mansions and architecture from when the neighborhood grew in conjunction with the city’s upper class.
The area is known for its green spaces, including Bogotá’s largest park, Simón Bolívar, as well as the city’s botanic gardens, and the Parque de los Novios, locally famous for its large kids’ play area. There’s also a sizable financial center in Teusaquillo, so there are many hotels here geared toward the business-traveler crowd.
Best places to stay in Teusaquillo:
Deciding where to stay in Bogotá is a crucial decision for any traveler visiting the Colombian capital. This huge, sprawling city can take some time to get around, and there are some real safety concerns here as well. Choose an area based on what you want to spend most of your time doing, and then hop around via the TransMilenio (the bus rapid transit system that has its own dedicated lanes and is often faster than traveling by taxi or Uber).
And, if you can, plan more time here than you might otherwise think you need. Bogotá has so much to offer. I can’t speak highly enough of it.
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