In the past couple of months, I have watched my traveling preferences evolve from “drinks and pool time” to “culture and adventure.” These days, I find more peace in landscapes that are a little more rugged than manicured. If you are a seasoned world explorer with a taste for something rich, raw, cosmopolitan, yet recluse and set apart, Bogota, Colombia is for you.
Nestled in the high altitudes of the Andes mountains, Bogota is a bustling city with deep indigenous roots. You can truly have it all here–from skyscraper rooftop views to expansive, mountaintop scenery.
After a quick flight from New York on Avianca, I landed in Bogota not knowing what to expect. I stayed in a gorgeous room at the Hilton Bogota Corferias with full window views of downtown Bogota and the gorgeous terrain.
The first day I took a tour of the Palequemao Market Square, where I had the opportunity to explore the large flower market and pick out fresh fruits and veggies. We were guided by Hilton Chef Javier Carcamo, who helped us pick out all the ingredients we would need to cook a traditional Colombian dish called Ajiaco. Ajiaco is a soup that includes chicken, corn, potatoes and avocado. Once back at the hotel, we helped prepare the dish and then enjoyed our delectable concoction.
In the evening, we traveled to the Hilton Bogota where we were guided through one of the most elaborate, artistic culinary experiences I have ever had in my life. The chef’s prepared an 8-course pre-hispanic meal–an ode to the indigenous people who inhabited the land before Spanish colonialism.
No adventure to Bogota is complete without taking the sky-high cable car ride up Monteserrat. The views of the city and mountains are spectacular and really gives you an opportunity to take in the diverse landscape of the city. Once we came down from the mountains, we walked the streets of the capital city which is adorned with intricate graffiti artwork. Photo opportunities, galore.
You can watch more of my Bogota adventure below: