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There may be plenty to do in Bogota, but if you’re seeking fresher air and added adrenaline, opt for one of these day trips.
La Chorrera and El Chiflon Waterfall Hike. Situated about three hours from the bustling city in the lush forests of La Chorrera and El Chiflon is this breathtaking hike. The strenuous walk takes you through the majestic countryside up to Colombia’s highest waterfall, La Chorrera.
There are ample outfitters that will lead you on this hike, but opt for one that also provides an authentic Colombian lunch to refuel after the hike.
Chingaza National Park. Head to Chingaza National Park, which is one of Colombia’s biggest natural reserves. The drive through the countryside to get there is beautiful, especially if you stop at some of the many roadside stands to buy a savory empanada or a soft arepa (griddled corncake).
There are plenty of hiking trails within the reserve, but one of the most popular is the three-hour option to Lagunas de Buitrago, which will bring you up and over a variety of terrain — from rugged mountain treks to river crossings. The walk will also introduce you to some of the park’s indigenous 1,000 plant species and more than 180 species of birds.
Golfing. You don’t have to venture far to swing a club in Bogota. The city’s premier course, Country Club de Bogota (par 72), is just a few miles from Unicentro Shopping Center and lies in the actual city limits.
A course not far from downtown is Club El Rincón de Cajicá, another par 72. It’s just outside the small town of Cajicá, about 15 miles north of Bogota. A little farther from the city center is La Cima, a par 70 course that’s near La Calera. Not nearly as manicured as the others, this mountainside course gives you sweeping views of the city and the rolling hills below from nearly 1,000 feet above sea level.