Bogotá: 6 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in a City of 8 Million


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With a population of over eight million, and one of the highest population densities of any city in South America, Bogotá might not be the first place to come to mind when you want to enjoy the outdoors. But since it’s “on the cusp of becoming the hottest city in South America,” and a Forbes top 12 destination of 2017, we wanted to show you that it has something for both the urban explorer and the outdoors lover. You may need to cross off a sprawling green backyard from your Airbnb wishlist, but that should be the only House Hunters style compromise that you’ll have to make.

I recently headed down to the Colombian capital for some “field research.” I learned that despite the eight plus million people packed into the city, there were countless opportunities to explore the outdoors full of friendly bogotanos.

Parque Nacional Enrique Olaya Herrera

Parque Nacional Enrique Olaya Herrara in Bogota

Photo Credit: Panoramio

This park makes a great stop to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing in colorful colonial La Candelaria. Head north on Carrera 7 after making stops at the must see Museo del Oro and Museo Nacional. Once you get to Calle 36, the park opens up toward your right. It’s a great stop for a sunset picnic or to just sit and chat with your friends after being on your feet all day. If you time it right, you can catch a show at the theater inside the park.

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