As you go north of La Candelaria into the city center of Bogotá, the buildings become more modern and the business district starts to develop. There are still a few interesting places to visit, especially around Parque Santander.
Carrera 7 is a street leading away from Plaza de Bolívar to the north. It’s lined with tall buildings and shops on the ground floor, including a market selling all kinds of Colombian souvenirs at decent prices. On the Sunday I visited, the street was blocked off and fully pedestrianized and it was nice to see the street full of vendors and street performers. Other days it was open to traffic.
Iglesia de San Francisco
After a few blocks, there are three colonial churches located right next to each other. The first one and the largest is Iglesia de San Francisco, built in 1557. The interior is very impressive. It sits on a large plaza.
Iglesia de la Veracruz
The next church is Iglesia de la Veracruz. Construction on this church started in 1549.
Iglesia de la Orden Tercera
The final and most beautiful yet simple of the churches is Iglesia de la Orden Tercera. It was built in 1761 and is well worth a visit. You will appreciate the incredible wood carvings lining the walls.
Parque de los Periodistas
A few blocks to the east of Parque Santander is a nice park called Parque de los Periodistas (Journalists’ Park). It has a monument to Simón Bolívar and some great views of Cerro de Monserrate. It’s also where the fantastic Bogotá Graffiti Tour begins.