Bogota, Colombia's capital city has a real adventure awating all
those who visit for the new year's eve celebrations. Bursting with
culture and places to explore, it's a delight for art fans, foodies
and those looking to get active.
Pencil in a visit to La Candelaria, from its Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) to the wonderful Museo Botero which is home to a grand collection from Fernando Botero along with Picasso, Monet, Dali and Matisse. This area is an architectural fans dream come true, with Neo-classical, Baroque and art deco structures to keep you entranced as you wander this historic area.
For those looking for a pilgrimage before the new year, get your walking shoes on and head up Cerro Monserrate. At the summit you will find a chapel and the statue 'El Senor Caido' (The Fallen Saint). If a hike is not your thing, then you can always jump on the cable car or funicular to take you up and down. There are some shops and a restaurant/bar that you can stop at whilst at the top. (If you are walking, please keep your wits about you and remain vigilant).
If you are like me, then you will love to see some amazing street art! There is actually a Graffiti Walking Tour where you can learn about the turbulent past of this art form and some of the cities favourite street artists.
Visit the stunning Santuario Nuestra Senora del Carmen, step inside and marvel at it's beautiful ornate interior, or explore La Catedral Primada, Columbia's largest cathedral.
Bogota has a lot of parks to choose from, so take a stroll around Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis (Botanical Gardens) or the Parque Central Simon Bolivar, which is a great place for running and cycling and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Join in the festivities and get yourself along to Carrera 7 with
Plaza Bolivar and the Torre Colpatria for the annual fireworks
display, stalls and live music. There are always big crowds drawn
here for the midnight fireworks and to celebrate the new year with
family and friends!
For a lively evening, check out Zona Rosa which has a great selection of bars, restaurants and nightclubs so you can party in to the early hours of New Years day!
Many people make their way to Andres Carne de Res at Chia for New Years eve and enjoy dinner and fun festivities with a big menu, cocktails and fantastic entertainment. (Reservations are essential though).
Some of the large hotels have New Year Parties planned, these will be ticketed events, so it's always best to book in advance. Check out the Hotel Marriot, Bogota Plaza Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton and the Casa Dann Carlton Hotel & SPA for an amazing evening.
Keep your eyes peeled for the runners of Carrera San Silvestre starting at 7am at the main park of Chia. This is an annual race that attracts thousands of participants for this 10k. There will be crowds in the streets encouraging family members and the all the athletes who have made their way to the city.
Restaurants in Bogota will have NYE specials on, so check with your preferred venue for details and prices and book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Casa San Isidro
Santa Fe Restaurante
I can't find any useful webcams at the moment, but we'll keep checking!
If you are planning NYE in Bogota, remember to plan in advance
where you want to stay so you are close to any festivities you have
lined up. Hotels will book up very quickly, especially those with
W Bogota Hotel
Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia
Casa Dann Carlton Hotel & SPA
Hotel de la Opera
To check availability and make reservations at these and all the top hotels in the area, you can make online bookings here.