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Bogotá: Guided La Candelaria Walking Tour

Bogotá: Guided La Candelaria Walking Tour

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. 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.

Free Historic Bogota's Downtown Walking Tour (La Candelaria)

Free Historic Bogota's Downtown Walking Tour (La Candelaria)

Discover the places that have shaped the history of the city, and the country! In this a walking tour in La Candelaria, you’ll visit the beautiful historic center of Bogota, where you’ll learn about the history of the city while exploring it. Get in touch with the local culture, seeing the history come to life with stories from past and present. We’ll make sure to give you all the recommendations you may need to continue exploring Bogota on your own, whether you want to see all the museums, or eat in the best restaurants. This is a fun and informative walking tour full of curious facts about history, culture, gastronomy, architecture, places to visit, art and cultural offerings. Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Bogotá: Private City Tour of Monserrate, Gold, and Botero

Bogotá: Private City Tour of Monserrate, Gold, and Botero

During your trip to Bogotá take a guided walking tour and discover the beauty and history of the city with a private guide. Visit Monserrate and admire the views, pay a visit to the Gold Museum, visit the Plaza de Bolívar, and discover other must-see locations. Begin with pickup from your hotel and head to Monserrate. Ride the cable car to a height of 3100m, see the beautiful Monserrate Monastery, and take in the best panoramic views of the city. Head to the Gold Museum and discover their collection of gold pieces and their relationship with the Muisca culture that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. Make your way to the Candelaria neighborhood and visit the Botero Museum, named in honor of the renowned Colombian painter Fernando Botero. Then discover the Plaza de Bolívar, where the Palace of Justice, the presidential palace, the mayor's office, and the Primate Cathedral are all located. Finally, walk to the Chorro de Quevedo area and learn about different traditions and the blend of old and new.

Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

In this Bogota tour you will walk its cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture. Listen the guide retelling the transition from indigenous to Spanish colonization at the foundational square Chorro de Quevedo and taste chicha (an ancestral corn-based fermented drink). Nearby you will also taste some Colombian flavor through fruits and natural juices. Head to Bolivar Square and learn how politics and conflict relate to each other and its current challenges with a peace agreement already signed. Also, get to see the main buildings around this square: Palace of Justice, the National Capitol and the Town Hall; as well as the Presidential Palace and the Primary Cathedral of the city. After a fulfilling city tour, finish this journey in the best way possible, by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at place where local and friendly baristas will teach you the basics about our treasured good. Of course, time for lunch will be given as well as recommendations from the guide. You can’t leave this Bogotá tour without visitin the main hill of the city: Monserrate. You will 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. You will also see the Basilica of Monserrate and understand why is so important this place for locals. Besides visiting La Candelaria (and/or Monserrate) in this Bogotá tour, you can jump to Botero Museum to see a high-quality selection of national and international art. Also, learn about our ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before Spaniards arrival in the Gold Museum. Two experiences that will make the walking experience a complete introduction to the city.

Bogotá: Private City Tour with Guide and Transportation

Bogotá: Private City Tour with Guide and Transportation

Spend a memorable day on a Bogotá private city tour. Visit Monserrate, Gold Museum, Plaza de Bolívar, Botero Museum, and La Candelaria as you learn more about Bogota's past and present. After you are picked up from your hotel, you can visit Monserrate, which overlooks the entire city. Nestled in the Andean Mountains range, it offers the beauty of nature, 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. Next, visit Bolívar Plaza to learn more about Colombia's history. 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 at your hotel.

Bogotá: 3-Hour Private Tour of La Candelaria

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.

Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá with Transportation

Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá with Transportation

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.

Bogotá Private Bike Tour with Transportation

Bogotá Private Bike Tour with Transportation

Walking just doesn't do justice to a city as big and varied as Bogotá, so hop on and join us in this bike tour through Bogotá’s history, development and culture. Bogotá is packed full of history. That’s why this 4-hour private tour is designed to show a bigger face of this massive city and its more than 500 years of history. This trip will start when our local guide picks you up at the hotel. You will be headed to La Candelaria and Chorro de Quevedo Square in downtown. You will ride the bikes there and begin the adventure. First you will visit the city’s founding three plazas to understand how the city has changed over time and learn how each place has symbolically transformed over time. Then, join us at Seventh Avenue, the commercial lifeline that connects north and south. It was originally an important salt road in indigenous times, it now gathers Colombians of all walks of life in trade, culture, politics, and protests. We’ll then go to Independence Park: the oldest in the city. Around it, Bogotá’s cosmopolitanism can be better explored through the adjacent Planetarium, Santamaría Bullring, Modern Art Museum and surrounding neighborhoods. Science, art, history, and culture clash and mingle in this often-controversial space. Then, visit the National Park, half forest-reservoir, half-cultural hub and rest while tasting some fruits and exotic flavors. Once ready to continue you will get to Parkway, Bogotá’s first boulevard and another of its cultural and artistic hubs. From there you will be getting back to downtown. Challenge yourself by trying something different this time. We will be waiting for you!

Complete Walking Tour in Bogota's Downtown

Complete Walking Tour in Bogota's Downtown

In this tour through the center of Bogotá you will get to know this interesting city, its different contrasts and the historical events that have transformed Bogotá into what it is today. At the beginning of the tour you will learn about the legend El dorado, the Spanish colonization and the founding of Bogotá. We will go to Plaza del Rosario where you will learn about the informal emerald market in Colombia. We will walk along Carrera 7ma and you will learn about El Bogotazo, an uprising that wreaked havoc in the city in 1948. Then, you will visit Plaza de Bolívar, which is home to important government buildings. We will walk through the neighborhood of La Candelaria, a colonial neighborhood that houses old architecture, here you will get to know an interesting drink present since pre-Columbian times called Chicha, you will learn about the urban art of Colombia and at the end of the tour we will have a fruit tasting in the market La Concordia.

Bogota: La Candelaria Highlights Walking Tour

Bogota: La Candelaria Highlights Walking Tour

Start by visiting the main landmarks in La Candelaria and discover the stories hidden behind them. Meet the group at Plazoleta del Rosario and continue through the 7th street and visit: • Bolivar Square: Capitol, Justice Palace, City Hall and Main Cathedral of Bogota. • Teatro Colón. • Chorro de Quevedo. Then, step aside from the touristic area and visit locals favorite 4 hidden gems: • A baroque church, keeper of the most curious stories in our history. • A counter-monument build by the victims of Colombian conflict. • Virgen del Carmen Sanctuary. • A local coffee shop. • A cool spot for your insta-pictures. Get to see the most touristic neighborhood through the eyes of locals, as you listen cool stories about history, culture, current social and political situation and personal anecdotes.

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I was born and raised in Bogota and can attest that all the information provided by the guide in such an engaging way was 100% My guide was Luz and she was incredible! Very knowledgeable and extremely engaging. I also was a tour guide at some point in my life, so I know what it takes to give a good tour. Luz was great! The tour was very complete, informative, interesting and fun! I recommend 100% Beyond Bogota for a good tour of La Candelaria and other places in Colombia

Excellent service, Miguel the precise and punctual driver. David the guide was phenomenal, exhaustive in his explanations of all the splendid attractions visited in the fantastic city of Bogotá. Both Miguel and David are extremely professional as well as friendly and helpful. I recommend Nomadas Colombia 100%! Tommy

The disposition of my guide, Laura, was super attentive and patient in explaining and answering every question we had, both about the history of Bogotá and the present. The transportation was super attentive and on time, in excellent condition.

I like the passion Eric the guide will tell us the stories..

I felt very safe and the guide responded to all my requests.