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Our most recommended La Candelaria Activities

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

1. 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.

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Bogota: Colombian Emerald Ring Workshop

2. Bogota: Colombian Emerald Ring Workshop

After meeting at the center, you will meet your guide who is a jeweler with her own collection of rings, earrings and necklaces produced by herself in a local co-workshop. By creating your own ring, you will learn how emeralds have become the most important and precious stone for Colombians, as well as about their influence in Colombian society and economy. You will work in the middle of the emerald and jewelry cluster of Bogota, one of the leading cities for this industry in South America. Your experience will begin at the La Casa de la Moneda Museum, where you will learn the importance that metals had throughout pre-Hispanic and colonial times. After you get inspired by the crown jewels, you will go to your guide's workshop where she will teach you how to create your own emerald ring. You will decide the shape, the stone, and the design of your silver ring, learning the several steps in the production of a ring at your guide's advisory. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be able to wear your own creation, an authentic emerald Colombian ring.

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Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

3. 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.

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Bogotá: Colombian Breakfast Discovery Tour

4. Bogotá: Colombian Breakfast Discovery Tour

Breakfast is considered the most important meal for Colombians, with many locals living by the expression "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper". Throughout this experience you will encounter 5 different traditional restaurants, each offering specialties of the regional breakfasts of this exotic country. This tour will involve you being delighted by delicious food whilst having the historical background of each plate explained to you. All of the restaurants chosen are a mix of local and traditional, and contain authentic rich family atmospheres. The tour is located in the center of Bogotá, with all the spots being within walking distance of one another. You will try traditional plates from various areas including the Bogotá region, Caribbean region, Antioquia region, and Pacific Coast region.

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Bogotá: Group Tejo and Beer Tour

5. 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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Bogota: All-In-One Private City Tour

6. Bogota: All-In-One Private City Tour

Enjoy an exclusive, 8-hour private tour of Bogota's top highlights with convenient and comfortable transport between stops. Get picked up from your accommodation and head to the top of Montserrate, the hill that dominates the Bogota skyline. Admire the stunning panoramic views of the city from a place considered sacred since pre-Colombian times.  Then head to the famous Gold Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of gold artifacts. Learn about the fascinating history, thought, and culture of the indigenous societies that flourished before the Spanish conquest of the territory that makes up present-day Colombia. After working up an appetite touring through the museum, enjoy an open menu lunch at a restaurant that takes an original approach to traditional Colombian cuisine. From there, continue on to the historic La Candelaria neighborhood and wander through the characteristic cobble-stoned streets, admiring the colorful houses and learning more about Colombia's dynamic history as you go. Finally, visit the museum dedicated to the work of the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero. Get to know his signature "Boterismo" style comprised of exaggerated shapes and rounded figures. 

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What people are saying about La Candelaria

Fredy gave us an absolutely wonderful tour through La Candalaria and the surrounding areas as we visited 5 different locations for an experience of Colombian breakfast dishes. Not only was each location and dish spectacular, Fredy possesses a vast amount of historical and cultural knowledge of Colombia, and Colombian appetites that really makes this tour about much more than just the food. I learned a lot, and it certainly doesn't hurt that Fredy is super friendly and easy to talk to. Overall, we booked this tour because we wanted an authentic Colombian food experience, something different than the typical touristy dining establishments, and it went way above and beyond our expectations. I highly recommend going! Thank you Fredy!

The walking tour was amazing. We really enjoyed learning about all the different foods from the different regions in Colombia. And they were really healthy portions. The foods were so delicious and as an added bonus our fantastic guide Yuli took us down streets with graffiti. It was almost two tours in one! I definitely recommend this tour if you want to learn about food history in Colombia. Ask for Yuli! She was the absolute best and was very personable. We would definitely do this tour again!

I really loved this tour. Santiago was the best tour guide I could ask for. His knowledge about the history of Bogotá and Colombia is very impressive, and I learned so much about Colombia’s past, present, and the direction of the future. I enjoyed walking around La Candelaria and learning about the different squares and buildings. The Gold Museum is very cool also and is tied directly into the history of the country. Go see this tour if you can!

This is a fun tour with interesting food (not things you would expect). Everything was delicious and our guide Julie was kind, fun, and informative. We really enjoyed it as did all of the people on the tour. I would highly recommend it.

Absolutely fascinating and camilla as a tour guide was so knowledgeable and so articulate - best tour so far