Bogotá is one of the highest capitals in the world.
With an average height of 2,500 meters above sea level, it rivals large Latin American metropolises such as La Paz or Quito.
Discover in this article one of the most important and least known viewpoints in the city? ️
This enormous and intricate region located between savanna, hills and mountains has several viewpoints of great tourist interest.
In addition to the well-known Cerro de Monserrate and Cerro de Guadalupe, today I’m going to tell you about one that is located in the financial center of the city and that is probably less famous than the previous ones:
the viewpoint of the Colpatria tower.
The Colpatria tower is located in the heart of Bogotá, next to the Planetarium and the Independence Park. With its 196 meters high it stands as the tallest skyscraper in Colombia.
That is until the construction of the BD Bacatá tower, a monster of 66 floors and approximately 220 meters, is definitively completed, which will receive the honors of the most prominent building in the country.
Its privileged location in Carrera 7 No. 24-89, in the international center, offers wonderful views of the capital.
If you are taking a walk through the center of Bogotá to visit the National museum, the Gold museum or simply to feel the day-to-day life of Bogotá in Carrera 7, Colpatria is relatively close on foot.
Climbing the viewpoint and views
The climb is done by elevator to the 46th floor and from there you walk up two more levels to the roof, where we find a large rectangular space with various electrical structures that occupy the center and an area open to the public.
Which can be walked around it completely to be able to enjoy from all angles of the city of Bogotá.
At first glance you can distinguish some of the major communication routes in the city, such as Carrera 7 or Calle 26 in the direction of the airport.
Without forgetting the magnificent views of the eastern hills and another of the city’s great viewpoints. , the aforementioned Monserrate hill.
- In the areas surrounding the tower you can see the old Santamaría bullring (today converted into a multicultural and leisure space)
The Bogotá Planetarium (recently renovated and a recommended visit) or the Tequendama hotel building, which probably sounds familiar to you if you are a regular follower of the Narcos series.
This interests you:
If we look up to the west of the city we will lose ourselves in a sea of buildings and constructions that seems to have no end, while heading south we can enjoy the buildings of the downtown area and the oldest neighborhoods that sit on the slopes of hills such as La Candelaria, Egypt and Las Nieves.
The views from the tower are truly exceptional. That added to the fact that the building is located in the historical-tourist center of the city, make this visit to Colpatria a highly recommended plan.
As a curiosity, I tell you that for several years resistance races have been held in the building, in which the participants must climb its almost 1,000 steps as quickly as possible. You can’t take the elevator there 😉
One of the great advances of the tower was the installation in 2012 of a series of LED lights that cover a large part of the structure and in which typical Colombian images and motifs are projected.
As a “multipurpose” building and emblem of the city, it usually “dresses up” in the colors of Colombia when the team plays (quite an event for the country) or becomes a giant sign when an important event is coming.
The visiting hours of the Colpatria tower usually vary quite a bit, depending on festivities or sporting events.
Normally the hours are Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You can call from the street for very little pesos through a minute seller