The modern area we now know as Bogota was originally named Santa Fe de Bogota by its Spanish invaders and governed by the seat of Spain’s power in Lima. Before that, the are was inhabited by the Muisca people of Meso-america.
You can still see the Spanish influence on the streets of Bogota through its design and architecture. The Muisca people did not build the huge stone monuments and structures that are reminiscent of other central american tribes, so sadly there is little evidence of their time in this area.
5.Gabriel García Marquez Cultural Center
Throughout Colombia’s literary and cultural history one man has stood out and become the prominent figure: Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The centre has both a gallery and library within it in which you can absorb some of this country’s culture.
The library has more than 80,000 books, and the centre also boasts and auditorium that can hold over 300 people. It also has a restaurant and cafe if you need to stop for a break.
The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural center is one of the great free things to do in Bogota can be found in La Candelaria, on Calle 11 5-60. to find the opening times check the Bogota tourism website here.
4.La Calera Lookout
If spectacular views and sightseeing is your thing then number four on our list of free things to do in Bogota is for you! La Calera is only 15 minutes away from Bogota city centre and is a popular break among locals as well as tourists.
The most visited part of La Calera is the lookout, which boasts some of the best views in the whole of the city!
It is possible to come here at night for a completely different perspective. The view will be lit up by the lights of the city.
3. Paloquemao Market
Number 3 on our list of free things to do in Bogota is the Paloquemao market. These markets were founded in 1946 and have been one of the most important markets for the city ever since.
They are full of fresh meat and vegetables (if you want fresher you would have to head to the farm!) and if you head there early on a tuesday or friday you will be in time for “flower day”.
2. Museo Nacional
The Museo Nacional or The Colombian National Museum makes it to the number 2 spot on our list of free things to do in Bogota.
This museum displays around 20,000 different pieces of artwork, even some colombian artefacts from 10,000BC! It is the oldest museum in Colombia and one of the oldest in South America.
The final activity on our list of free things to do in Bogota is the Parque Simon Bolivar. The Parque Simon Bolivar is the largest park in the city of Bogota, and you are advised to spend at least an hour here to take it all in.
There is a lake where you can kayak and possibly take small boats as well as playgrounds, paths and fields. It is the most popular park in Bogota and can be found in the middle of the city.
The park is over 970 acres and is well worth a visit if you are in Bogota!
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Bogota, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!