Stuck on a Bogota layover at the El Nuevo Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Colombia? If so, you’ll find yourself in the largest airport in Latin America with many options to help you spend your time.
If you’re stuck in the airport during you’re Bogota layover, you’ll find a bunch of services to keep you occupied. The main terminal of the airport has duty-free shopping, snack bars and restaurants, handicraft shops, and a bank where you can exchange money for a slightly lower rate. Telecom offers telephone service, as well as fax and Internet service ($11 USD for 24 hours of WiFi access). Free Colombian coffee is available inside the customs area.
If you’re on a long layover and looking to leave the airport, El Dorado is located about 9 miles west of the city center. Please keep in mind that the airport has an Exit Fee when you leave, which costs $33 USD.
The airport connects with one of Bogota’s fastest runways – Avenida El Dorado (Calle 26) – which travels onto the city center and permanent public transportation (buses and taxis). A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost roughly $8 USD and it is recommended that you get a registered taxi from the AP booth. It is recommended that you keep a good eye on your luggage as there has been reported theft.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Bogota Layover:
There’s a bunch of different ways to see the sites of Bogota including by bike, (which comes highly recommended) as well as historic and cultural city tours. Make sure you leave plenty of time on both ends of the tour, and keep in mind customs and security for catching your next flight.
Cerro de Monserrate
The Cerro de Monserrate is a great place to get a great, panoramic view of the city of Bogota. The Monserrate lights up for Christmas December 1 and has fireworks and performances by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota. There’s also a couple of restaurants. The address is Carrera 2 E No. 21-48 Bogota.
Old Bogota (La Candelaria)
La Candelaria neighborhood is a fun historic walking area with shops and churches and features numerous attractions including The Plaza de Bolivar, The Bogota Cathedral, The Gold Museum, and The Library Luis Angel Arango.
Cathedral of Salt of Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal Zipaquira)
If you’re on a long layover, we recommend the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira (one hour from Bogota). This huge underground cathedral is considered by many to be a magical and spiritual place where one can follow the path that Jesus followed on the way to his crucifixion.
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar
Dating back to 1670, this is the home of Simon Bolivar. The museum and historic site is closed on Mondays and guided tours are offered Tuesday to Sunday 11:00am and 2:00pm.
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