Bogota Food and Wine Tours
The city of both calm and bustling streets with fantastic cuisine
Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is a high-altitude city that is the largest and most populous city in Colombia. The city is centrally located in the country and is situated along the eastern part of the Andes Mountains. You will find contrasts throughout the city with calm parts of the region and busy parts as well – it is sure to please any traveler. Bogotá’s historically rich culture, bustling streets, and wonderful gastronomy give foodies a perfect atmosphere to enjoy typical cuisine of the region.
Stroll down the streets of the historically rich La Candelaria, the cobblestoned center of the city featuring landmarks such as the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. To go shopping and enjoy trendy nightlife, head to the Zona Rosa neighborhood. Visit the most popular museums in the area: Museo Botero and Museo del Oro. Museo Botero showcases some of the best pieces of art by Fernando Botero and Museo del Oro displays various pieces of pre-Columbian gold.
Of course, foodie getaways would not be complete without indulging in the delicious food and drink. The regional cuisine is based on many different influences from fresh indigenous and Spanish ingredients and a strong African influence as well. It is traditional to prepare dishes in this area based around pork, potatoes, beans, corn, rice, and soups.
The most typical dish of Bogotá is ajiaco santafereño - a chicken soup with a wide variety of potatoes. Try other regional dishes such as bandeja Paisa and lechona. Bandeja Paisa is a delectable mixture of beans, egg, meat rice, plantain, chorizo, and cracklings. Lechona is pork stuffed with rice and meat.
Pair your dishes with the typical drinks of the region. Fruit juices are typical in the area made of passion fruit, strawberries, blackberries, and guava. Also try masato – a drink made of rice, sugar, clove, and cinnamon. Enjoy the typical liquor of the region that is made with sugarcane and anise.
Bogotá is also a fantastic destination for foodies with a sweet tooth. Enjoy wafers filled with arequipe separated with muskmelon. Indulge in other typical desserts including rice pudding, custards, and desserts with blackberry syrup, lemon, and mountain papaya.