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Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

1. Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

Dive into Bogotá’s diversity by joining a city tour. Start your day by meeting your local guide at your hotel. Proceed first towards the viewpoints of Monserrate. Here you’ll take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most amazing and breathtaking views of this city: the whole length of the valley from the best vantage point. After making your way back down La Candelaria, you will walk its cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture to the spectacular Gold Museum. Learn about the region's ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before the arrival of the Spanish. Your guide will retell the transition from indigenous to Spanish colonization at the foundational square of Chorro de Quevedo. Taste some chicha, an ancestral corn-based fermented drink nearby, in addition to some juices and snacks. Visit Simón Bolívar Square and learn how politics and conflict relate to each other and its current challenges with a peace agreement already signed. Then, make your way to the Botero Museum and see some of the greatest works of Colombian modern painter, Fernando Botero. After a fulfilling day, finish by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at a place where local and friendly baristas will teach you the basics about one of Colombia's most famous exports. Choose for yourself the duration of the tour. It can be for 7 hours with Monserrate, Gold Museum and Botero Museum, or 5 hours with either Monserrate or museums.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

2. Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bogotá at 09:00 AM or a time to suit you, and then journey to the colonial town of Zipaquirá, famous for its Salt Cathedral. Relax on the 60 to 90-minute trip to the cathedral, where on arrival you will be accompanied to the entrance of the mine for a 2-hour guided tour in English or Spanish.  Located inside the depths of the world's biggest salt rock reserve, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was adapted from an old salt mine to function as a place of worship. Marvel at the icons, ornaments and architectural details hand-carved in the halite rock. Surface the mine to enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of Zipaquirá's best restaurants. Choose from fish or vegetarian options, or savor different plates of meat prepared in the traditional way on fire. Then, explore the main sights of the town, including Independence Square and the colonial center. Admire one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá for drop-off at your accommodation, or book one of the following options to continue exploring. Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch After visiting the Salt Cathedral and enjoying a typical Colombian meal, go to the colonial town of Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Mine Tour with Lunch Once you have visited the Salt Cathedral and enjoyed a traditional Colombian lunch, discover the salt mine tunnels of Nemocón. Experience what it felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Be dropped off back in Bogotá at the end of the tour. Salt Cathedral & Villa de Levya Tour without Lunch Go from the Salt Cathedral to Villa de Leyva, famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of this charming town before returning to your accommodation in Bogotá.

Bogotá: Private Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria

3. Bogotá: Private Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria

Immerse yourself in Bogotá's booming street art scene on this tour. Starting at Chorro de Quevedo Square, learn about the city’s art history in relation to graffiti and see pieces by local artists like Ledania and 3 Manos, Wosnan and Ocio4. Next, visit a narrow street packed with graffiti that retells the indigenous ancestry of the city. Get to know the work of Carlos Trilleras and stop by a couple of murals painted by Wosnan and Ocio 4. Your next stop is the Park of La Concordia and La Concordia marketplace an important tension spot, meeting point and melting pot of ideas and influences which has been key in defining the identity of downtown Bogotá. Continue through picturesque streets, taking in more graffiti along the way. See some of the best graffiti authored by women and learn more about their role in the propagation of this art. See works by artists like Bastardilla, Vera, Ledania, and Erre,who give life to this part of the city. Follow the promenade towards Journalists Park, where journalists, poets, and writers used to gather in the 60s. Finish your tour at Café Herencia where you can admire some more of Carlos Trillera’s artworks.

Zipaquira: Half-Day Salt Cathedral Tour

4. Zipaquira: Half-Day Salt Cathedral Tour

In this Salt Cathedral tour in Zipaquira, you will travel to a place that is without a doubt a must-visit in Colombia, a monument to faith that has become an architectural piece like no other. Near Bogotá, Zipaquira is a colonial town known for its beauty, but its typical architecture is not its principal attraction. 180 meters under the ground, you will find an engineering jewel, famous around the world, known as the Salt Cathedral. Visit a unique place that will leave you breathless. Inside the mine there are different pieces of stone work and sculpture that, due to their size and illumination, make this spectacular wonder an incredible destination.

Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

5. Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

Head to the countryside from Bogotá on a 10-hour excursion to Zipaquirá. Discover the architectural achievements of architect Roswell Garavito Pearl and learn about history of salt exploitation in Colombia on a tour of the Salt Cathedral. Enjoy a typical Colombian meal at a local restaurant. See Independence Square, lovely colonial houses and the old church before continuing on to Lake Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. Take in views of the Tomine Reservoir before visiting the colonial town of Guatavitá. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

6. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour around the historic center of the city. From here your first stop will be to Plaza de Bolivar, where you will walk along the streets and take a close look at the most important buildings of the city. You will explore buildings such as the National Capitol, which is the center of the country's legislative life; Casa de los Comuneros; Casa de Nariño, which is the Presidential house; and the Santa Clara Church Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Gold Museum, which exhibits about 34,000 pieces of metalwork from various Hispanic cultures. You will also visit the House Museum Quinta de Bolivar, which formerly belonged to Simon Bolivar. The tour will then continue to the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, which rises up to 3,152 meters above sea level. Once having ascended to the top of the hill, you will visit the sanctuary where you will find the statue of the Lord of Miracles. This peak will provide you with the best platform to enjoy the views of Bogota.

From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

7. From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

The tour begins at 7:00 AM in the reception of your hotel or accommodation. Then, go to Calera town and taste the sweet water of panela with an arepa de maiz. Then head to Chingaza National Park, located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, northeast of Bogotá. At the entrance of the natural reserve, you will pick up your local guide.  The guide will take you through the trails and paths of this paradise. The tour lasts between 3 and 6 hours, depending on your resistance. You will see the lagoon of Buitrago or the lagoon of Siecha. If you are lucky, you may see spectacled bears and deer. The tour will end with an incredible view of the mountain before returning to the city of Bogotá.

Bogotá: Paloquemao Market Private Tour with Tastings

8. Bogotá: Paloquemao Market Private Tour with Tastings

The experience begins with pickup from your Bogotá accommodation and heads to the vibrant Paloquemao Market. Upon arrival, soak up the unique sights and scents of this bustling community hub and mingle with the locals going about their day. Wander between the colorful market stalls and learn about regional produce from your expert guide. As you explore, enjoy an exotic fruit tasting session, with over 15 varieties to choose from. You’ll also sample a selection of juices made from the fruits you're unable to find at the market. Finally, taste at least five traditional snacks and delicacies, and get a sense of authentic Columbian cuisine. By the end of the experience, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation for Colombian cooking, cuisine, produce, and culture.

Bogotá: 3-Hour Private Tour of La Candelaria

9. Bogotá: 3-Hour Private Tour of La Candelaria

Discover what Bogotá’s Candelaria neighbourhood has hidden away. Inscribed in graffiti and mixed in the drinks, you’ll discover Bogotá’s colonial and indigenous past, the roots of Colombian history. Explore the Chorro de Quevedo Square before continuing on to La Concordia Marketplace where you'll taste local fruits and juices. Visit Santander Square, located in between old and new Bogotá, and admire the skyscrapers on 7th Avenue, among them the impressive Avianca building. Visit the Simón Bolívar Square where you'll hear the stories of the intricate relationship between the state, drug trade, and guerrillas. Finally, visit a local café to learn about coffee culture and brewing from an expert.   Open to groups of any size, this private group tour offers hotel pick up, drop-off, and transfers in an air-conditioned car.

Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

10. Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel at your choice of either in the morning or the afternoon. From here you will be taken on a tour through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, whose name means "City of our Father" in the language of the Chibcha. Back in pre-Columbian times, salt around the area was the most important commodity and the "salt cakes" were the only currency for trading. Throughout time, technology improved and the "Muiscas" began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside you will discover a chapel titled “capilla de los mineros”, which was built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá”. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return safely back to Bogotá.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Gio was an awesome and very knowledgeable guide. I went on a Wednesday which was great in terms of avoiding crowds. For the 7H option, it was a fully comprehensive tour covering all the highlights and great if you don’t have too much time in Bogota. Gio knows his stuff and being on a private tour by myself made for a great personal experience. He made sure to stop at all the important intervals and explained all the fascinating history and background in detail which I appreciated. Apart from seeing all the great sights - the fruit, chocolate, chicha, coffee etc tasting was great. I’m a bit of a coffee snob and especially loved the cafe we stopped at for the coffee tasting. Such an awesome tour! Would recommend!

Tour was excellent and very well organized. We eventually saw all the places, and the guide adjusted as necessary to both protests, and a surprise federal holiday announced. They even continued the tour for us the next morning to see the places inaccessible during the original tour. I was most impressed by the way they worked with us and our schedule to make everything right (which was NOT their fault). Especially in Latin America, it’s rare to find that extra mile, and these guys did it.

This was a great tour. Nataly was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable of all aspects of Bogota and Columbia. I learned a lot and enjoyed the tour.

La experiencia que tuvimos con este tour va a ser inolvidable, ya que nos mostraron de lo más lindo de Bogota y más por la increíble guía.

A very good informative tour with excellent guide Gerhard Perez