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Torre Colpatria Viewpoint


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A little bit of peace inside the city

Translated by Kate Norman — 2 years ago

Original text by Colombian Globetrotters

The Torre Colpatria viewpoint is one of my favourite places in Bogotá. It is one of the very few places within the city where you can escape from all of the chaos and feel a little bit of calm. From up there you can contemplate all of the daily hustle and bustle of the big city and it is not difficult to come to the conclusion that it is impossible not to be influenced by the way we all rush around on a day-to-day basis.

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The Colpatria Tower is the second highest building in the city, it was the first until the construction of the main tower Bogata Downtown Bacatá. The viewpoint can be found on the 48th floor, you can go up 46 floors in the lift, but for the last two floors you will need to use the stairs. It is important to go ahead of time because some days, more often than not, you can find a queue to go up or down in the lift.

The tower is located in a very touristy area, so you can also visit the National Museum, the Planetarium and the Cinema perfectly at the same time, as well as other places you can find in the area. Or, if you prefer, you can take the Transmilenio. It is quite simple, you should walk to the San Diego station or the National Museum.

In order to get up to the viewpoint, you can go on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holidays. On Fridays it is open from 6pm until 10pm, Saturdays from 2pm until 8pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am until 5pm. My recommendation is to go on a Saturday at 5pm and then you can enjoy the whole sunset which will happen between 5:30 and 6pm. You can also contemplate the different scenes in the city by day, dusk, and night.

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It is really a spectacular view: when the sun is not yet completely gone, as the city begins to illuminate with street lights, other buildings are illuminated and you can see all the lights that move with the vehicles... I'm not exaggerating when I say that it turns out to be a wonderful sensation.

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To access the viewpoint, it will cost you $7. 000 COP for the year 2018. The price is totally worth it, at least once, the view is marvellous.

Being here, you can see some of the main streets in the city, which are the 7MA motorway and the 26 Street. You can also see the Monserrate hill and the Eastern Hills, or you can also find the Santamaría cultural square and the Bogota Planetarium, which stand out for their architecture.

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Although the visit is a little bit obscured by the bars, if you look through the vertical spaces you can enjoy it perfectly well, you can also take photos with your camera there, so they are not ruined by the bars. If you want a selfie where you can see the whole of the city, it's better to go to Monserrate.

This, I think, is one of the unmissable tourist spots in the whole of Bogota. Personally, I can't resist going more than once, it is one of my favourite feelings to be with people that you love in a calm and peaceful place. However, with that being said, make sure you wear many layers when you go because when night falls, it becomes very cold and the winds are icy.

Marcela Torres, Colombian Globetrotters.

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