Colombia is the leading producer of high quality emeralds in the world. This experience gives you to observe gemstones such as Muzo, Chivor, Coscuez, Gachalá and Peñas Blancas, from the best emerald mines in the world.
This trip starts in Parque Santander, where you’ll be able to observe a plethora of important buildings of Bogotá, including the former building of the El Tiempo newspaper, theBank of the Republic, the Gold Museum and the churches of San Francisco, La Veracruz and La Tercera. You’ll travel up to the 23rd floor of the Avianca Building, an architectural landmark of contemporary Bogotá, and proceed into the Museo Internacional de la Esmeralda. Here. you’ll encounter a 27 square meter tunnel with samples of the emerald deposits and real veins extracted from the mines of Boyaca. You will learn about the process of working with emeralds, from its extraction in the mines to the exact method of creating beautiful jewelry.
Next on our path towards the Plazoleta del Rosario will let us experience informal traders who are buying and selling emeralds on the streets daily where you will learn the importance of acquiring stones at authorized and reliable stores. This route will take us to the Eje Ambiental and the commercial center for emeralds with the largest number of organized shops in Bogotá. Then we enter the Emerald Trade Center, a building with local and export business offices.
To conclude the day you’ll walk to La Candelaria and visit the Galería de Artesanías y Esmeraldas de Colombia, where you’ll enjoy a cup of Colombian coffee as well as emerald crafts from all over the country.
Andrés was born in Bogotá in the early nineties. He has traveled his country and has seen it change over the years until becoming the open to the world country that it is today. He is been a guide since 2011 and tells us that Colombia is so special because they are the door of South America and they have two oceans, the caribbean coast and the pacific coast. As he explains, everybody knows the beautiful caribbean coast (with famous beach towns like Cartagena, Santa Marta or Barranquilla, hometown of universal Singer Shakira), while the Pacific Coast remains mainly unknown. Andres likes to share its secret spots with the travelers that visit its unknown paradises.
During his free time, Andrés has two passions, photography and documentary films production. So if you are gonna join one of his tours, don’t forget your camera, he always provide traveler with some tips.
Andrés speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
This young Colombian, passionate about Design and Jewelry, was borned in the late eighties, in a very turbulent time for her nation. Patricia is know proud of the deep changes Colombia has suffered since she was a kid and fervently celebrates Colombian Diversity. “Everywhere you go, the environment is going to be different” says.
She claims that Colombia is the most colorful country in the world, and that’s one of the special things about Colombia you can find any single color here, in landscapes, in constructions, in art etc..
She became a guide because she considered it was one of the best ways to share the beauty of her country and the talent of its people to the world.
Patricia has been working as a guide since 2013 and she is fluent in Spanish and English.
This young Guide was born in Boogtá, in the early nineties and has been a tour guide since 2013. He is Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
It didn’t take Fabian a long time to realize the Diversity in his country, he tells us that just traveling from Bogotá to Medellín, cities about 260 miles away from each other, every single person is very different.
He claims that in Colombia they have the influence of so many different cultures (Afro-Colombians, Criollos, Romas, Sephardic Jews, Germanics…), and that you can see their influence in everything, the food, the music and dances, the architecture…
He tells us that people coming to colombia these days, will get a more authentic vision of the country and its people, since they are much more open and willing to share their country.
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.