Travel with Children

Bogotá isn't any more or less kid-friendly than other South American cities of its size and the usual quirks apply. Generally speaking, the capital is a safe destination for kids, though you shouldn't expect facilities on par with those in European or North American destinations. Diaper-changing rooms aren't guaranteed but are a fairly common sight in non-basic establishments. With its wealth of museums, Bogotá is a wonderful spot for teaching moments, giving young travelers valuable insight into culture and history at every turn. The obvious standout kid destination, Maloka, is a child-oriented science museum with a dome cinema, but Botero's chubby art at Museo Botero can be fun as well. Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar, Bogotá's signature green space, is perfect for picnics, a game of tag or throwing a frisbee around, and popping up to the top of Monserrate is a surefire winner. Vendors sell birdseed for the (many) pigeons in Plaza de Bolívar. And you can marvel at the hats at the changing of the presidential guard at nearby Casa de Nariño.

Friendly and fun food options include diner chain Crepes & Waffles, fast-food burgers at El Corral and popsicles at La Paletteria. And don't miss Andrés Carne de Res. Better yet, if your little one has a birthday, Andrés is set up to throw the party of a lifetime!