Experience the best of the city on this Bogota Sightseeing tour. You will visit the most important sites and learn about the development of Bogota’s oldest neighborhoods.
This Bogota Sightseeing City and Neighborhood Tour combines a general city tour with an alternative tour of some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Along with an expert guide, you will visit some of the city’s most important and memorable locations: La Candelaria, Botero Museum, Chorro de Quevedo, Plaza de Bolivar, Gold Museum, and Parque Santander.
Then, see how peace trumps violence as you witness the resilience of a group of young people from the Egipto neighborhood in Bogotá. You will hear from ex-gang members who turned their lives around and chose peace. You will be amazed by their fascinating life stories, especially their radical transformations from gang members to tour guides. They are eager to show you how their personal development influenced their social environment in a very positive way. This tour is a great way to learn about the reality of many Colombian underprivileged neighborhoods.
Duration: Full Day, 7 hours
Start and end location: Bogotá
Part One – City Tour
Our first stop on your Bogota Sightseeing tour will be a visit through the picturesque cobble-stoned streets of La Candelaria. You will visit the Botero Museum, which has many works of the eccentric artist Fernando Botero, who has become an icon of Colombian contemporary art. You will also stop at the plaza Chorro de Quevedo and hear about its history.
After a walking tour in La Candelaria, your Bogota Sightseeing tour continues as you visit Plaza de Bolívar, the historical center of Bogotá. Here, you will find administrative and governmental buildings surrounding the main square of the Plaza. These buildings have become historical icons. You will also have the chance to enter the Prime Cathedral.
Finally, you will cross La Candelaria’s border by the Eje Ambiental, where you will become immersed in the world’s most impressive collection of indigenous gold at the Gold Museum. As you leave, you’ll have the chance to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander.
You have the option of visiting Monserrate Sanctuary, located within the imposing Eastern Hills of the city, at an altitude of 10,335 feet (3150 meters). Ascending to the top of the mountain on a cable car, you will reach the most famous pilgrimage point of the city and perhaps the most incredible lookout spot of the capital below. This is the best Bogota sightseeing spot to understand the city in terms of history and geography.
Part Two – Neighborhood Tour
The second part of your tour starts as you are taken to El Chorro de Quevedo, the founding place of Bogotá.
Then, you will pass through the cobble-stoned streets of the La Candelaria neighborhood. It is full of vibrant colors and had the first aqueduct of Bogotá. From there, you will go up some stairs to “Nuestra Señora de Egipto,” which was once a hermit’s home, later became a temple, and nowadays is a church.
In front of this church, the people of Bogotá celebrate the “Fiesta de Reyes,” an important 3-day religious carnival starting every 6th of January. It is one of the oldest festivals of Bogotá. From there, you will go deeper into the neighborhood through Calle 10, a so-called “Royal Street,” where you will also find cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses with balconies. In the past, it was the only street that Egipto inhabitants could use to go to the city center.
Next, you will reach “El Cuadrado,” which once was a strategic territorial control point for gangs. Here, your tour guide will talk about why the community divided into two enemy gangs and why this violent conflict didn’t seem to have an end. Your guide will also describe life as a criminal and gang member and the inspiring process it took to break out of almost three decades of conflict. At this point, you will have the chance to try a home-brewed “chicha” (corn beer) and a local snack.
After that, you will pass through a slum, where you will see the characteristics of an underdeveloped community. The community still struggles with access to basic utilities and most of the people don’t have a comfortable lifestyle. However, they are full of life, warmth, and joy, thanks to their children’s desire to fight for their dreams.
The final stop of the tour will show how the neighborhood has transformed. At the highest part of Egipto, there is a communal football field. There, you will have the chance to interact with kids and play some football with them. Here, you will hear why this field is so important for reconciliation and the construction of a sustainable peace.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.