A 36 Hour Photo Tour of Bogotá, Colombia

Colombia is a destination rich with history, vibrance,​ and culture, with the country's capital of Bogotá at the center of it all. Cool in climate and endlessly metropolitan, Bogotá is quickly ascending to the top of many travel wish lists. The Zona T district is best known for nightlife and shopping, whereas Zona G is the city's historical district and known for having the best restaurants in all of Colombia. To get a little off the beaten path, make sure to discover Bogotá's town within a town - Usaquén. Located on a hilltop, this bohemian enclave is rising in popularity and home to many great boutiques, restaurants, and a Sunday market. Learn more about Bogotá and why you should visit in the list ahead.

  • 01 of 07

    Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá

    view of an outdoor bar
    ••• Michaela Trimble

    Located in the Zona G district of Colombia, Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá is the brand's newest property in this South American city. The hotel serves as a cultural monument in the Zona G district, home to Bogotá’s growing culinary scene. The design is reminiscent of old-world opulence, but with an appeal to a new class of luxury travelers, where a hotel stay is defined by spatial grandeur and floor-to-ceiling living walls. This is most evident in the design details of the property, where stone columns and hand-carved wooden doors create a property that nods to the past but is built for the future.

  • 02 of 07

    Have Coffee & Pastries at Masa in Zona G

    a juice and iced coffee in glasses on a menu
    ••• Michaela Trimble

     

    Just across the street from Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá is Masa, the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon coffee, juice or pastry. This restaurant has open-air seating beneath an array of bamboo, creating the ideal setting to relax and read a good book. 

  • 03 of 07

    Shop at Usaquén's Sunday Market

    hats for sale
    ••• Michaela Trimble

    A town on a hilltop, Usaquén is Bogotá's bohemian district, where a Sunday market displays a lively side of the city. With everything from ponchos to succulents sold, this is the perfect place to photograph an authentic Bogotá experience - plus it's a great place to shop for souvenirs. 

  • 04 of 07

    Eat at Abasto in Usaquén

    view of a menu at a bakery
    ••• Michaela Trimble

    Usaquén is home to a farm-to-table restaurant named Abasto, which is located at the very top of the neighborhood. Offering homemade breads, fresh seafood and an array of healthy vegetables, juices and salads, Abasto is as beautiful as it is delicious. The open-concept kitchen is on full display and rows of produce line the restaurant. The menu is helmed by Luz Beatriz Vélez, where the offerings change each day and are listed on the restaurant's chalkboard menu.

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  • 05 of 07

    Have an Ice Cream at Union Libre in Usaquen

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    ••• Michal Galczynski / EyeEm / Getty Images

    If you wander past the market and along the quiet streets of Usaquén, you'll stumble upon Union Libre, an ice cream parlor and coffee shop at the top of a hill. This is the perfect spot to grab a sweet treat, with many varieties of ice cream to choose from.

  • 06 of 07

    Have a Night Out in Zona T

    wall of a restaurant
    ••• Michaela Trimble

    Zona T is Bogotá's nightlife and shopping district. Enjoy perusing the boutiques in the area, and after, settle in for a drink at one of the many bars in the zone. La Imperial (pictured here) is the perfect Zona T destination for tacos and margaritas.

  • 07 of 07

    Brunch at Castanyoles at Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá

    view of two tables set at a restaurant
    ••• Michaela Trimble

    No trip to Zona G is complete without a visit to Four Seasons Casa Medina Bogotá's restaurant Castanyoles. This Spanish-style restaurant and tapas bar features mosaic-tiled floors that double as art and a naturally-lit courtyard inclusive of a glass atrium and covered outdoor terrace. This Instagram opportunities are endless.