Parque de la Independencia
Planetario de Bogotá
In and around the park are a few points of interest. The first is the Planetario de Bogotá. This planetarium is open daily except Mondays and features different programs about the universe and stars.
Plaza de Toros Santamaría
The Plaza de Toros Santamaría was built in 1931 for bullfighting. It holds 14,500 people and is currently used for concerts and cultural events. The best views of the bullring come from the rooftop of the Torre Colpatria (see below).
The tall building to the southwest of the park is Torre Colpatria. The 2nd tallest building in Colombia and the 5th tallest in South America (as of April 2017) stands 49 stories above the Bogotá skyline. There’s a rooftop viewing platformopen after 6pm Fridays and after 2pm on weekends. Admission is COP$7,000.
From the rooftop, it’s possible to spot several landmarks in the city and see the urban sprawl of Bogotá.
Colombia’s national museum is a short walk north of Parque de la Independencia. It’s housed in a building built in 1872 and used as a prison until 1946. The museum, one of the oldest in South America, was founded in 1823. Admission is COP$3,000 (as of April 2017).
The museum collection is interesting and has information in English, but we felt it was incomplete. Several aspects of Colombian history and culture that we expected to find were not covered, and it seemed at times to be more of an art museum than a national museum.
The Museo Nacional features a gift shop and café in one of its courtyards near the exit.