El Dorado International Airport, also known as Bogota Airport, is the primary aviation terminal serving the region of Bogota in Colombia. One of the largest airports in Latin America, Bogota Airport handles international and domestic flights linking to major destinations like Barcelona, Washington, Miami, and Paris. Notably, it is the site of one of the biggest landing sites in the world, measuring about 6.9km2. Bogota Airport is situated about 15km from Bogota city centre.
If you’re coming here from Bogota, ride in comfort and safety to the terminal gates via taxi, which are well regulated. Fares from the city to Bogota Airport are about NZD15. You can hail a cab from the main road, or arrange with your hotel to call a ride for you.
The more adventurous of travellers can also reach Bogota Airport by bus. These routes are marked Aeropuerto, and they pick up and drop passengers at the bus stops (paradero) at either the main El Dorado terminal (both local and international flights) or the Puente Aerea terminal (only Avianca flights).
A ride from the city centre would take about 40 minutes. Although a fairly safe and cheaper option – fares cost less than NZD10 – buses may not be convenient for visitors unfamiliar with Bogota. If you’re travelling at night, it is recommended that you take a taxi for a safer trip.
The two terminals of Bogota Airport are linked by a free shuttle bus service, which takes 15 minutes to travel between the two buildings. If you’re in a hurry, taxis are also available for this.
What to do and see
If you’re only going to be at Bogota Airport for a short period of time, there are a number of hotels connected to the Airport. Some of them have extra services to keep their jet-setting guests comfortable, such as 24-hour pantries and entertainment lounges, and all of them are ready to put you up with a relaxing stay before you leave the area.
Or, if you’d prefer to take a trip to the historic city of Bogota, there are numerous treasures there to behold. Often regarded fondly as the Athens of South America, Bogota City is at once a thriving financial hub and a city of ancient lore.
For culture and history buffs, the city is dotted with a number of museums housing some of the most intriguing collections. The Gold Museum, for example, proudly displays the world’s most extensive selection of pre-Hispanic gold artefacts, ranging from pottery to textile archaeological gems.
The Colombian National Museum gives visitors a memorable glimpse into the development of the region, and is a must-see when in the city. And don’t miss the spectacular Maloka Museum, an interactive science museum marked by its distinct gleaming dome.
Rising up from the city is the looming height of Mount Monserrate, the stoic beauty of Bogota and a part of the Andes mountain range. Peaking at an impressive 3,152m, Monserrate is saddled by a church with a shrine dedicated to the El Señor Caído statue of Jesus Christ, with an interesting history dating back to the 17th Century. The local folks believe that this mountain is a cursed route for couples, but this superstition certainly has not stopped the thousands of visitors who throng to this locale every year.