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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 by meeting your local guide at your hotel. Proceed first towards the viewpoints of Monserrate. Take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most 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: Walking Tour in La Candelaria with Refreshments

2. Bogotá: Walking Tour in La Candelaria with Refreshments

Walk through Bogotá’s electric downtown neighborhood of La Candelaria with a local guide. Have your camera ready for the unique mix of architectural styles and historic sites that make the district a renowned cultural melting pot. Savor the local culinary culture with fresh fruit and coffee. Discover how the old mixes with the new and explore the Baroque, Art Deco, and colonial houses of La Candelaria. Walk through historic alleys filled with street art before heading over to the vibrant La Concordia market to mingle with the locals.  Taste refreshing traditional fruits and see the less touristy side of the area. Follow your guide past the Gold Museum and head through to Bolivar Square to learn about Colombia’s complex and resilient history. Finish the tour with some of the best coffee around and learn about how it's produced.

Bogotá: 3-Hour Private Tour of La Candelaria

3. 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: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

4. Bogotá: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

See Colombia’s history as told by its street art on this guided walking tour of Bogotá. Find out why Bogotá has become prominent the world of spray painting as you admire its impressive murals. Stop at a local café along the way to try a coca leaf tea.  Meet your guide in the Chorro de Quevedo Square. Walk thorugh the heart of the La Candelaria district. Go through an overview of the city’s iconic spray-painting works as you stroll along streets packed with graffiti art. Immerse yourself in how artists retell the story of their indigenous ancestry and its relation to the city. Get to know the work of local artists such as Carlos Trilleras, Wosnan, Ocio 4, and 3 Manos. Pass by La Concordia’s vibrant market and the Journalist’s Park. Each of these places have been meeting points and a melting pot of ideas and influences which have been key in defining the identity of Bogota’s downtown and the ideas street artists display in their work. View graffiti authored by women and hear about their role in the propagation of this art. Uncover artists like Bastardilla, Vera, and Ledania. Finish your tour by tasting a coca leaf tea at Café Herencia, a coffee shop that works and supports local artists

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

5. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

Spend a memorable day on a Bogotá private city tour. Visit Monserrate, Gold Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, Botero Museum, and La Candelaria as you learn more about Bogota's past and present. After pickup from your hotel, visit Monserrate which overlooks the entire city. Nestled in the Andean Mountains range, enjoy the beauty of nature, the sprawling city views, and the tranquil atmosphere of the Church. After visiting the hill, walk through the cobbed-stone roads of La Candelaria to uncover the city's colonial heritage and be dazzled by the beauty of Bogota's architecture. While walking around the old town, visit Colombia's finest art collection at the Botero Museum, named after the world-famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero. Next, learn more about Colombia's history with a visit to Bolivar Plaza. Pass by the Presidential Palace, Congress Building, City Mayor Building, and Justice Palace as you learn about Colombia's often turbulent history. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the Gold Museum, home of the most impressive pre-Colombian goldsmith masterpieces. At the end of the experience, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

6. Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

This combination is perfect for those who do not want to miss the main touristic and historical attractions of Bogotá, while also having some free time for other activities at sunset. Start the day visiting the Gold Museum, home to a dazzling heritage archaeological collection. The museum has become a must-see attraction you do not want to miss. It has become a relic and national pride for all the history behind it. You will see the metals come alive and tell stories of fantasy, life, and death. Also, there is no better compliment than the route to the oldest and most colorful neighborhood called “La Candelaria”. This place hides the most incredible stories, anecdotes, and secrets of our ancestors and even our former rulers. You will visit the main government buildings in the country and where the city was founded.

Bogotá: Downtown Sightseeing Biking Tour with Refreshments

7. Bogotá: Downtown Sightseeing Biking Tour with Refreshments

Join this guided bike trip for a perfect way to get a comprehensive perspective of the city. This is the best option if you're looking to cover more ground than you would by feet. Plus, being led by a local, you'll get a much deeper insight into the history and culture of Bogotá. Receive your bike and helmet, then head over to the three founding plazas in La Candelaria to understand how the city has changed over time. Then, you will cycle along the iconic 7th avenue, originally a salt road in indigenous times. Stop by the National Park and take in the half forest-reservoir, half-cultural hub. Afterward, ride along the bike roads to the Parkway Boulevard, a natural path full of trees, before crossing El Dorado Avenue and going back to La Candelaria. Cycle through hidden neighborhoods where graffiti has become a way of facing social issues. On top of that, you will taste traditional snacks and drinks in local places and finish the day by having a rewarding tree-planting experience.

Bogotá: La Candelaria Historical Walking Tour with Snacks

8. Bogotá: La Candelaria Historical Walking Tour with Snacks

Explore the Candelaria district, the oldest and most important neighborhood in Bogotá, and learn about the history, culture, and the current social and political situation in Colombia. You will start off by sampling a variety of local fruits in the second oldest market of Bogotá. Then you will enjoy chicha, the most traditional fermented drink in the city, as well as some local snacks. At the end of the tour, you will play the gunpowder game, better known as Tejo, a drinking game from the pre-Hispanic times. This tour will give you an enticing introduction to Colombia's capital. You will be able to take in the artsy and colorful streets and alleys while discussing a variety of topics. You will visit the most important spots in the city, and interact with locals. Join us on the oldest walking tour in the city! Duration: 2 to 3 hours.

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

9. Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

Embark on a comprehensive tour of Bogotá with a visit to the Monserrate Sanctuary on the imposing eastern hills of the city at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level. Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car to reach the city's most notorious site of pilgrimage and to get the best panoramic views. Next, you will go to the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and wander the picturesque cobbled streets that hold more than 400 years of history. Experience the student atmosphere within the campus of Universidad de los Andes, and then go downstream, following the Eje Ambiental to see how the city developed from the river that gave it life. Marvel at one of the most famous urban projects in Latin America, carried out by the architect Rogelio Salmona. Follow the San Francisco River to Jimenez Avenue to see an impressive collection of indigenous gold artifacts at the Gold Museum. Get the chance to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander, and then enter the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria. Wander the cobblestone streets to the Botero Museum, where works by the eccentric Colombian artist, Fernando Botero are displayed. Stop at Chorro de Quevedo to appreciate the contrasts of the historical center, and then break for lunch at an authentic local restaurant. Continue to Plaza de Bolívar to explore the historical epicenter of Bogotá and see the administrative and government buildings. Look inside the Primatial Cathedral, and then drive towards the north of the city for a panoramic sight of the International Centre, La Macarena neighborhood and National Park. End in the cozy neighborhood of Usaquén, known for its narrow streets and weekend flea market.

Bogotá: Group Tejo and Beer Tour

10. Bogotá: Group Tejo and Beer Tour

Immerse yourself in Colombian culture on this tejo and beer tour. After meeting your guide in the historical center of the city, listen to a brief introduction to the sport and its history before heading to a Tejo field in El Chorro de Quevedo, in the center of Bogotá. Here, enjoy some delicious local beers and picadas, a traditional meat appetizer which makes the perfect accompaniment for this unique sport. Each shuffle session lasts around 20 minutes and is interspersed with good beers, good food, and good conversation. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations or suggestions at the end of the night. 

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based on 307 reviews

Very good walking tour with history of Bogota and mix of fruit, coffee tasting. Also experienced Candelaria graffiti and Bolivar Square. Luis was an exceptional tour guide and spoke excellent English. The group was larger than expected.

The walking tour was great. A nice tour around the area with lots of information.

Great tour, the guide Louis was excellent, lots of interesting bits of info

We got to learn the Colombia and Bogota graffiti scene.

Very excellent guide. Knew everything. Good English