Have your five senses at the ready in order to enjoy Bogotá’s culture, gastronomy and leisure activities in a truly local fashion, even if you’re here for just a short stay.

Explore the historic center’s cobblestone streets, its numerous churches and striking colonial architecture, and get acquainted with the recently-remodeled Teatro Colón, the FCE library and the central Plaza de Bolívar. Be sure to stop in at the iconic Puerta Falsa for some traditional local snacks.

Top-quality international restaurants have helped convert Bogotá into a veritable culinary capital, with cuisine from all over the world served up throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Let Colombia’s cultural history shine as you take in over 34,000 stunning artifacts dating back to the pre-Columbian era, with an awe-inspiring range of indigenous gold and metal items, including masks, containers and animal figurines.

Marvel at the mountain vegetation as you take a funicular railway to a height of 3,152 meters above sea level, where you can take in the incredible city- scape, visit the Monserrate church and grab a bite at one of the delicious restaurants.

Delve deep into the heart of Bogotá by paying a vis- it to its local markets. And there’s no better place to go than the country’s most important grocery market, where you’ll find no end of colorful exotic fruits to delight your taste buds and your eyes.

Take to the city’s main streets on Sundays and public holidays to enjoy the fun, open and relaxed atmosphere, with cyclists, joggers, skaters and dog-walkers creating a refreshingly recreational, car-free space from 7am to 2pm.

You can’t leave without trying ‘ajiaco’, the capital’s staple soup. Made with chicken, corn and three different types of potatoes, then topped with cream, capers and avocado. Casa Vieja’s is one of the most famous recipes.

Once a neighboring town, Usaquén was swallowed up by Bogotá’s rapid growth, but still retains the small town charm in its main square and church. It’s now known for its bohemian, artistic atmosphere, demonstrated in full force at its Sunday flea markets.

This living exhibition of Colombia’s stunning biodiversity is home to 20,000 marvelous plant species and offers the opportunity to learn all about urban agriculture.