A short walk from the bus station in the planned neighborhood of Salitre, Maloka is a kid-oriented interactive center of science and technology. Lots of school kids in uniform amble about the eight rooms – using physics to lift a car, or playing in the life-size toy-block park.

There are two high-tech cinemas: Cine Domo, which plays 40-minute films on a huge domed ceiling, and a 3D cinema.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bogotá attractions

1. Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar

1.15 MILES

At 360 hectares, the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar is slightly larger than New York's Central Park, something that more than a few of the weekend…

2. Espacio KB

2.97 MILES

One of several edgy art galleries that have sprung up in San Felipe, Bogotá's next cusp-of-cool barrio, this house-turned-gallery is a magnet for the city…

4. Museo Nacional

3.59 MILES

Housed in the expansive, Greek-cross-shaped building called El Panóptico (designed as a prison by English architect Thomas Reed in 1874), the Museo…

5. Mirador Torre Colpatria

3.73 MILES

From the 48th-floor outside deck of the Colpatria Tower you can catch a superb view of the bullring, backed by office buildings and the mountains – there…

6. Museo de Arte Moderno

3.81 MILES

Opened in the mid-1980s in a spacious hall designed by revered local architect Rogelio Salmona, MAMBO focuses on various forms of visual arts (painting,…

7. Iglesia La Tercera

4.05 MILES

Boasts a fine stone facade and lovely wood-carved altars in walnut and cedar set on white walls below a wood-carved ceiling.

8. Iglesia de la Veracruz

4.07 MILES

Iglesia de la Veracruz is known as the National Pantheon because many of the heroes of the struggle for independence have been buried here.