Guided tour

Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

Activity provider: Colombian Touring

Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

Activity provider: Colombian Touring

From US$ 44.74 per person

Get off the tourist track and go on a walking tour of Bogotá's El Paraíso favela. See the district's colorful houses from above as you ride up the cable car ride and learn the stories behind area's inspiring street art.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup optional
Pickup and drop-off available from any neighborhoods other than La Candelaria
Wheelchair accessible
Small group available


  • Experience another side of Bogatá on a guided tour of the El Paraíso favela
  • Discover the most innovative transportation system in Bogotá
  • See inspiring graffiti street art and meet with local leaders
  • Learn about the history and contemporary changes of the El Paraíso favela
Full description

Go on a guided walking tour through Bogatá’s El Paraíso favela district. Hop on a cable car, meet with community leaders, learn about the local life, and see technicolor graffiti-filled walls. 

Start your journey with either hotel pickup, or a bus transfer, accompanied by your guide. Arrive at the cable car station and begin your ride up the hill to El Paraiso.

Takin in the panoramic views as your soar over the city. Gaze down at the colorful houses, and get a bird's eye view of the harsh living realities faced by the residents. 

After your ascent, head off on a walking tour with your local guide to get a feel for the neighborhood. Wander the bustling avenues, spotting street art among the neon-painted houses and narrow boulevards.

Meet local community leaders in charge of the New Life Foundation, learning about the positive changes that are being put into place to help revitalize this vibrant, yet underserved district. Continue to the best spot for panoramic views over the entire city, then try a traditional Colombian snack to get a feel for local culinary culture. Afterwards, head back down on the cable car, having seen a glimpse into one of Bogotá's most notorious favelas.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Transmilenio bus tickets (if option selected)
  • Cable car tickets
  • Snack and refreshments
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meeting point is in front of Museo del Oro, in the Candelaria neighborhood.

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Note that this tour visits one Bogotá's most dangerous districts. Avoid bringing valuables with you and do not display personal belongings while on the tour. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pickpocketing
  •  The walk is not very demanding, but El Paraíso's altitude is 10,100 feet (1,600 feet higher than Bogotá), so it is recommended that you drink plenty of water
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4.8 /5

based on 244 reviews

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If you're thinking about doing this experience - do it! It's such a different side to see if Bogita from the north and the La Candelaria districts. Fransisco is a wealth of knowledge. We particularly enjoyed the dog who followed us all the way from the cable car stop at the top to the end of the tour, to be fed by Fransisco - his friend! 10/10 tour.

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January 17, 2023

Our last tour on this trip started at 7am to go to Ciudad Bolivar. Our tour guide Francisco picked us up at our hotel lobby , and we walked to the bus stop to ride the Transmilenio (the main public transportation) the quickest way to get there. We rode two different buses then rode a Cable car also a public transportation that took us to El Paraiso, Bolivar. Carole Lemaine and I were nervous to be honest but we completed our tour and we are back at our hotel safely. Our tour guide is very knowledgeable about the history, and spoke good English.On the top of El Paraiso , you can see a lot of murals on the side of the houses painted by different artist. And beautiful view of Bogota, It was beautiful. It was a different experience and if ever go, you must go with a tour guide for safety♥️. Carole and I were glad we did it , we blend in with locals riding local transportation and seeing where most of them lives. It was an experience, and we feel that we are so blessed and fortunate.

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December 17, 2022

Best experience and activity to do in Bogota so far - Francisco is really interesting person acting positively to his community with his Guide activity and NGO The view you get is the best in Colombia in terms of poor neighborhoods For safety, be sure that you’re in safe hands with Francisco and John Enjoy!

December 16, 2022

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