This year, Colombia commemorates the bicentennial of the Independence uprising. It is a chance to reconnect with the events that took place in Santa Fe de Bogotá on July 20, 1810, which marked the beginning of the Republic’s journey towards independence.
To celebrate this date with family or friends, here are some great ways to pay tribute to.
Visit the Museo de la Independencia
According to popular legend, on July 20, 1810, it was a vase that sparked the clash between Creoles and Spaniards that culminated in Colombia’s Independence. Formerly known as the Casa del Florero, the Museo de la Independencia (Museum of Independence) pays homage to what was a historic moment for the country and to the heroes who made independence possible, such as Antonio Nariño, Simón Bolívar and Francisco de Paula Santander.
Travel through time as you walk through a building that dates back to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. As you go, you can appreciate pieces of great historical value including military uniforms, documents, paintings and even a copy of the act of independence itself.
Llorente, the restaurant inspired by July 20
What better way to celebrate the Independence of Colombia than through food? Llorente, located in a two-story colonial house in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood recently won the La Barra Award for Best New Restaurant in Bogotá. It will captivate you with a menu inspired by the July 20 fight, under the concept of ‘Cocina Mestiza’ starring local products. Try the Moroccan chicken, a sous vide chicken breast with golden berry curry and crispy coriander rice, and don’t miss the star dessert: the Llorente Vase, a feijoa and pistachio panna cotta onto which the chef will break a lemon meringue vase.
To end an irreverent dinner, go down to the first floor and enjoy the best revolutionary cocktail bar. Happy July 20!
Quinta Camacho, Carrera 9 No. 69-07
+57 1 300 3630 (+57) 318 633 8771
Pantano de Vargas
Enjoy this national celebration by heading to the outskirts of the city. Start by enjoying lunch in the unbeatable atmosphere of Andrés Carne de Res in Chía or try El Tambor’s classic fritanga in Cajicá. Then, drive along the road to Tunja to make the obligatory stop at the Boyacá Bridge, known as ‘The altar of the fatherland’. After gaining momentum from the July 20 dispute, this is where the final battle of the independence campaign was fought, led by General Simón Bolívar. Take photos, enjoy the scenery and have a nice time with your family in the heart of the Boyacá mountains.
Ph: El Tambor
Sopó, Transversal 7 No. 8-75
Andrés Carne de Res:
Chía, Calle 3 No. 11A-56