Bogotá’s Skyline — Photo courtesy of ProColombia

Colombia is perhaps best known for its abundant natural beauty and high level of biodiversity, but this South American nation is also home to some pretty spectacular city destinations. For example, the bustling capital of Bogotá, a sprawling metropolis that dates back to the early 1500s.

In the modern era, the city is one of Colombia’s premier destinations for a luxury getaway, equipped with a slew of high-end hotels, vibrant neighborhoods and gourmet restaurants. If you’re planning to visit Bogotá in the near future, don’t miss these must-do experiences.

Relax in one of Bogotá’s most luxurious hotels

The entrance to the Four Seasons Casa MedinaThe entrance to the Four Seasons Casa Medina — Photo courtesy of Christian Horan

Modern luxury meets old-school charm at the Four Seasons Casa Medina, an opulent mansion located in the heart of Bogotá’s Zona G neighborhood. Originally built in 1946 to serve as the family home of architect Santiago Medina Mejia, Casa Medina has retained much of its charm over the years, fitted with towering ceilings, stained glass windows, a spiral staircase ornate and detailed tapestries adorning the walls.

While the surrounding neighborhood is renowned for its high concentration of spectacular restaurants, guests can experience fine dining and drinking at Castanyoles, an ultra-fine on-site venue that offers classic Spanish and Colombian cuisine paired with perfectly crafted cocktails.

See Colombia’s most dazzling golden artifacts

Exhibition of masks at the Gold MuseumExhibition of masks at the Gold Museum — Photo courtesy of ProColombia

Since 1939, the Gold Museum has been one of Bogotá’s most famous institutions for locals and tourists alike, equipped with tens of thousands of golden trinkets, accessories and tools made before the arrival of the Spaniards in the late 1400s. While there is an abundance of glittering artifacts to gaze at, the museum also does a spectacular job of showcasing the diverse indigenous cultures that stretch from Colombia’s Pacific coast to the River Orinoco.

For best results, be sure to spend some time marveling at the crown jewel of the Gold Museum – the Balsa Muisca, an incredibly intricate gold artifact that depicts a ritual once practiced by the central Muisca people from Colombia.

Find fine bars and restaurants in Zona G

Gourmet cuisine in Zona GFine dining in Zona G — Photo courtesy of ProColombia

Colombia is home to a wide array of acclaimed dishes – arepas, bandeja paisa and the beloved caldo de costilla, to name a few – and there’s no better place for a culinary deep dive than Zona G. One spot in particular — Restaurante Armadillo — has been a neighborhood mainstay since 1995, serving up mouth-watering dishes like veal ossobuco and roast suckling pig all within sight of the property’s towering, spirit-filled backbar.

If you’re in the mood for classic levant-style dishes like kibbeh nayyeh and sfiha, be sure to visit the Lebanese-inspired El Árabe, while nearby Elektra is a haven for plant-based cuisine served in an animated frame.

Party the night away in Zona T

Inside Andrés DC in Zona TInside Andres DC in Zona T — Photo courtesy of Andres DC

As well as being hospitable and incredibly friendly, Colombians certainly know how to party – a quality that can be experienced firsthand in the lively Zona Rosa or Zona T neighborhoods. This charming little neighborhood is home to an abundance of outdoor bars air that are perfect for a cocktail at dusk.

Head to La Cervecería for a few Club Colombias or grab some frozen margaritas at Vapiano, then it’s time to head south for a night out at one of the hottest clubs in town. Known as Andrés DC, this downtown venue offers a mind-blowing food and drink menu as well as a sprawling dance floor perfect for partying late into the night.

Immerse yourself in the world of Colombian coffee

A coffee tasting at Café San AlbertoA coffee tasting at Cafe San Alberto — Photo courtesy of Cafe San Alberto

There’s no shortage of places to grab a coffee around Bogotá, but for a detailed immersion in the industry, a visit to Café San Alberto is definitely a must. Located right next to the Gold Museum, Café San Alberto’s downtown location offers a host of sensory experiences that showcase the exceptional quality of their coffee through food and drink pairings.

Visiting spirits enthusiasts should be sure to book the Baptism of Coffee with Rum, a tasting that showcases fresh San Alberto coffee complemented with sugarcane distillate, while those who prefer a touch of sweetness can indulge in the baptism of coffee with honey.

Explore Bogotá’s booming beer scene

A draft beer at El Mono BandidoDraft beer at El Mono Bandido — Photo courtesy of El Mono Bandido

Colombia may not be particularly known for its brewing prowess, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some spectacular craft beer across the country. For example, El Mono Bandido, Bogotá’s ultra-chic brewery chain with five establishments dotted around the city. Visitors are invited to grab a crisp pilsner in the lush Parque 93, or head to the Quinta Camacho branch for a Hoppy Red paired with hearty camarón tacos.

Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa day

The treatment room at the Four Seasons BogotáThe Four Seasons Bogotá treatment room — Photo courtesy of Christian Horan

If you feel exhausted after a few days of exploring Usaquén, Chapinero and La Candelaria, the perfect antidote can be found right in the heart of Zona T at the Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá. The on-site spa is perfect for facials and body massages. It even offers a few Colombia-specific treatments, like the green coffee wrap, a method that uses locally grown beans to rejuvenate the skin. For ultimate relaxation, follow your treatment with fresh shrimp tostadas and an Aperol spritz at La Biblioteca, the hotel’s charming and elegant lounge.

Visit the most prestigious museum in Colombia

Opened in 1823, the National Museum of Colombia is the oldest museum in the country, offering visitors an up-close encounter with some of the country’s most acclaimed artifacts. The exhibits here span eons, ranging from pre-Hispanic tools and trinkets to extravagant creations by Fernando Botero, Gregorio Vásquez and many other iconic Colombian artists.

While the nearby Gold Museum focuses on gilded artifacts, the National Museum of Colombia offers a much more diverse collection of ancient indigenous relics, including stone-carved figures, arrowheads and a stone vessel. ruin dating from 3100 BCE.