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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: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

2. Bogotá: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Bogotá at night on a 5-hour guided, small-group tour visiting the city's top sightseeing spots, including three main stops: Monserrate mountain, Andrés D.C. restaurant for a snack, and the trendy Usaquén district. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Bogotá's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. Kick-start your tour with a visit to the iconic Cerro de Monserrate, which stands 3,152-meter high in the city center. Stop to enjoy the sun setting over the city from your high vantage point, and watch as Bogotá's city lights start to shimmer in the night. Next, head over to one of Bogotá's traditional restaurants, Andrés D.C., for a taste of delicious Colombian food before making your way to your final stop: Usaquén. Walk through the city's first district that has now turned into a hip foodie neighborhood, enjoying local tastes and flavors from the many market stalls and small shops.

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

3. 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: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

4. Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Explore the eastern hills of Bogotá on horseback. Among these hills, the twins Guadalupe and Monserrate are most well known and visited. Enjoy the views of the bustling city below as you embark on a journey between these two hills.  Start with pickup from your hotel, and travel to Guadalupe, where you’ll enjoy a delicious local breakfast. Begin your horseback ride on the trail that connects the two hills. Mount your horse and follow the trail that will take you back in time to Colombia’s colonial period. Ride through the mountains and forests and learn of the various indigenous and rural traditions and their connection to the hills. You will then reach Monserrate with its beautiful church and magnificent views over the entire city. Rest awhile and take in the amazing views. Then, you are welcome to explore Monserrate, with its myths and legends still alive today. Before heading back down to the city, enjoy a traditional lunch, at your own expense, and visit the local artisanal market. Finally, descend back to Bogotá in the cable car or funicular, before being returned to your hotel.

Bogota: All-In-One Private City Tour

5. 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 Monserrate

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