One of the largest and most intense rock festivals in South America (and the world) is also free.
About This Festival
Parque Simón Bolívar|Av Carrera 68 #53-60 Bogotá, Colombia Find an Airbnb
No alcohol is served, nor is any allowed on the grounds. The same goes for smoking. No metal gear such as belts, spikes, or chains are allowed as well. Sorry, metalheads.
Being that it is a free event, Rock Al Parque attracts hundreds of thousands of people, but only has the space for a fraction those hungry fans. This leads to long waits to get in due to the short-staffed security.
Jacket and sweater required
Though the dates of Rock Al Parque vary year to year, the temperatures in Bogotá do not. Due to its latitude and elevation, you can expect temps in the day to be in the mid-to-upper 60s and lower 40s at night at any point during the calendar year. As for precipitation, it’s more than likely that one of the days of the festival will be affected by rain. 2015's edition was besieged by a thick and menacing fog – an experience enhancer for some.
Simón Bolivar Park is about five or six miles from the city’s center and is easily accessible by bus. However, take advantage of the city’s 185-mile network of bike lanes and show up to the event with a biker gang of rock fans. Renting a bike costs around $12 for half a day and $20 for a full day.
Be a tourist
When you make your way down to Colombia, we highly recommend spending a good amount of time in Bogotá. The Colombian capital finds itself in a bit of a renaissance these days, and rivals Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and other large Latin American cities as a top tourist destination. The New York Times calls the city “an explosion of culinary creativity and a rapidly increasing cool quotient” and says Bogotá “exudes verve and vitality.” Make sure you try a hearty bowl of the Bogotán delicacy ajiaco, a chicken, potato, and herb soup that’ll help you cope with those chilly nights.
If you ask anyone who’s travelled to Bogota for recommendations, they’ll almost always mention the world-renowned Bogotá Graffiti Tour. It’s an excursion into the beating heart of Bogotá’s street art scene that features works ranging from fat-lettering graffiti, Banksy-style murals, and vibrant tributes to Colombiaartistic heritage. Much like Rock Al Parque, Bogotá's graffiti art is flourishing because of support it receives from the city government, and artists are free to express themselves without the fear of being arrested for vandalism.