In the latest edition of the annual World’s Best Cities report by prominent consultancy Resonance, Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, has positioned among the 100 best cities globally. This comprehensive study evaluates cities with populations exceeding one million, considering 24 metrics categorized under habitability, friendliness, and prosperity.
Bogota’s Unique Appeal
The Colombian capital, Bogota, ranks 81st, according to Resonance’s analysis. Describing it as “part cosmopolitan city and part high-fashion center with pure charm,” the consultancy highlights key elements contributing to its appeal.
The presence of skyscrapers adorning its skyline, its sophisticated center, and the focus on sustainability are emphasized. While acknowledging that changes are being implemented gradually and not without challenges, Resonance highlights the love and effort dedicated by Bogotans and visitors to raise the city’s profile on the world stage.
Key reasons to visit Bogota
Rich History and Culture: Bogota is a treasure trove of history and culture dating back to pre-Columbian times. With 63 museums, over 60 cultural and heritage tourist attractions, and emblematic neighborhoods like La Candelaria, Chapinero, and Teusaquillo imbued with history, the city offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in its fascinating narrative.
Community Tourism: Bogota is not just a tourist destination but also takes pride in strengthening rural tourism through 28 initiatives driven by the District Institute of Tourism (IDT). These initiatives not only preserve the traditions and knowledge of rural communities but also contribute to economic diversification and the strengthening of social and community environments.
Urban Biodiversity: Contrary to the traditional image of a metropolis, Bogota embraces nature with 560 kilometers of cycle paths, 5,000 urban parks, and the opportunity for bird watching in the wetland network. Visitors can experience adventures in nature, disconnect, and gain physical and mental benefits within the city itself.
Exquisite Gastronomy: Gastronomy stands as a fundamental pillar of tourism development in Bogota. With over 7,500 restaurants, the culinary offering has become an unmissable experience and a central motivation to visit the Colombian capital. From gastronomic zones to bakeries and cafes, the city provides a diverse range of options to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
Top global cities in 2024
The Resonance report highlights other cities on the world stage. In the top ten are iconic megacities like London, Paris, New York, and Tokyo. Emerging cities like Barcelona and Seoul also hold privileged positions.
From Melbourne to Mexico City, the list includes diverse destinations, each with its unique charm and attractions. Bogota stands out as an emerging destination, offering visitors a unique combination of history, culture, nature, and gastronomy. The inclusion of Bogota in this list highlights its evolution and its potential to become a constantly growing tourism gem in Latin America.