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Bogota: 5-7 Hour La Candelaria And City Walking Tour

1. Bogota: 5-7 Hour La Candelaria And City Walking Tour

Dive into Bogotá’s diversity by joining this fun 5 to 7-hour city tour. Bogotá has a lot to offer and you will receive a complete perspective of it. Start your day by meeting your local guide at your hotel. He will take you to your first stop: 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. You’ll learn about the region's ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before Spaniards arrival. Listen to 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. Once refreshed 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, jump to the Botero Museum and see some of the greatest works of Colombian modern painter Fernando Botero. After a fulfilling day finish this journey in the best way possible, by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at a 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 on restaurants and traditional meals from the guide. Keep in mind this tour can last between 5 to 7 hours, and it’s up to you. This will be nothing but a whole day of being amazed by Bogotá’s vibe.

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Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

2. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour around the historic center of the city. From here your first stop will be to Plaza de Bolivar, where you will walk along the streets and take a close look at the most important buildings of the city. You will explore buildings such as the National Capitol, which is the center of the country's legislative life; Casa de los Comuneros; Casa de Nariño, which is the Presidential house; and the Santa Clara Church Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Gold Museum, which exhibits about 34,000 pieces of metalwork from various Hispanic cultures. You will also visit the House Museum Quinta de Bolivar, which formerly belonged to Simon Bolivar. The tour will then continue to the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, which rises up to 3,152 meters above sea level. Once having ascended to the top of the hill, you will visit the sanctuary where you will find the statue of the Lord of Miracles. This peak will provide you with the best platform to enjoy the views of Bogota.

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Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

3. Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

Following pickup from your Bogotá accommodation, begin your day discovering just what the biggest city in Colombia has to offer. Stroll around its historical La Candelaria district, visiting the Gold Museum and exploring the area's other prominent landmarks. The city of Bogotá is also famous for being located right next to Monserrate Hill, which offers the most incredible panoramic views of Colombia’s capital. From up there, the bird’s-eye views of Bogotá are simply unbeatable. Later on, discover more secret gems of this fascinating city whilst learning interesting facts that you will not soon forget. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your accommodation.

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Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

4. Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

Begin your day with convenient hotel pickup to comfortably start your journey toward the town of Zipaquirá. This will be a somewhat long drive of about 2 hours, so feel free to take a nap, watch the Bogotá savanna through the window, or make small talk to your driver about anything in Colombia. Upon arrival, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá will be the first stop. Skip the ticket lines and go directly to the entrance to pick up an audio guide. Then, begin discovering an incredible monument of faith that’s a unique architectural marvel. When booking, you can choose a personal live guide instead of an audio guide, if you prefer.  Once inside, you’ll be guided through the stations that represent the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross). Understand the details in each corner of the works of art, and visit famous sights inside the halls such as the water mirrors, the virtual reality theater with its 3D movie, the dome, and a balcony where you can observe the world's largest underground cross. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Miner's Route and take part in a salt workshop if you select the option. The route is a 45-minute tour where you become a salt miner for a day, whereas the workshop consists of an explanation about salt mining and carving. To top off your experience, carve your own piece of salt to take home as a souvenir. After your visit, your driver will be waiting outside to take you back to Zipaquirá village. Here, enjoy some time to take a look around and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. From there, you will be taken back to Bogotá and dropped off at your hotel.

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Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

5. Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

Explore one of Colombia's most famous pilgrimage sites and visit the pilgrimage church on the 10,407 foot-high Monserrate. Learn about this important pilgrimage destination to a unique panoramic view of the entire city of Bogotá. Enjoy an excursion into the breathtaking mountainous landscape. During the tour, experience a bit of the Colombian lifestyle and try the local Canelazo drink with its unique, sweet taste. It's for you to decide how you'd like to climb the Monserrate: take advantage of the cable car, funicular or take the hiking trail. Either one offers you a wonderful view. On the way back, the Candelaria district awaits you with its historic buildings and interesting history. Take a look at the National Congress, the cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the town hall and the House of the 20th of July. Afterwards, try a typical Colombian dish and enjoy an individual cultural program in the afternoon. You have the option of visiting the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, the Quintade Bolivar Museum, the National Museum or the Military Museum.

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Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

6. 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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From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

7. From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

Spend a full day exploring the outskirts of Bogotá with an all-inclusive tour of Jaime Duque Park and guided tour of the famous Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá.   Get picked you up from your hotel or other accommodation in Bogotá and drive to Jaime Duque Park, located about 35 minutes outside the city in the Tocancipá municipality. The amusement park offers an array of family-friendly attractions. Enjoy a guided and all-inclusive tour with historical, architectural, technological, and environmental scenarios. Check out a replica of the Taj Mahal, a medieval castle, and the Museum of Mankind, among other attractions. Following the theme park, continue on to Zipaquirá and enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Choose between different meat dishes traditionally prepared over a fire or a vegetarian meal. Afterward, take a tour of the subterranean Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and discover the main squares of the colonial city. The Salt Cathedral is considered one of the country’s most notable architectural and artistic achievements. Your tour guide will accompany you to the entrance of the salt mine where the guided tour of the church begins. The tour is in English or Spanish and lasts about 2 hours.   Before returning to Bogotá, discover the Plaza de la Independencia and the Plaza de Armas de Zipaquirá with one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá and get dropped off at your hotel or location of your choice.

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Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

8. 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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From Bogotá: San Agustín 3-Day Trip

9. From Bogotá: San Agustín 3-Day Trip

Discover San Agustín, Colombia’s most recognized archaeological destination, on this memorable 3-day adventure. Known for its impressive natural richness and stunning mountainous landscapes, San Agustín is the location of a mysterious indigenous group that built hundreds of gigantic stone sculptures before disappearing.   Night 1: You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Bogotá at 8:00 PM and taken to the bus terminal, where you’ll continue your journey to San Agustín in a 10 to 12-hour overnight coach ride to the south of the country.   Day 1: When you arrive, a local guide will take you to your hotel to settle in and have breakfast. At 1:00 PM, you’ll be taken to San Agustín’s main archaeological park. Visit Luis Duque Gómez Museum, Fuente del Lavapatas, and Alto del Lavapatas. You’ll be amazed by the enigmatic stone sculptures and learn in detail about their possible meanings from an expert guide. Afterwards, you’ll head back to your hotel.   Day 2: After breakfast, head out at 8:00 AM to tour through San Agustín’s Touristic Peripheral Zone, where you’ll be amazed by archaeological wonders, impressive waterfalls, and stunning mountainscapes. Go to Alto de los Idolos Park, known for having the largest monolith in San Agustín. Visit a natural park, Obando Museum, and two beautiful waterfalls. When the day is over, you can choose to stay in town for dinner or head back to your hotel.   Day 3: After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at 8:00 AM for a horseback ride through 4 important archaeological sites: El Tablón, La Chaquira, Purutal, and La Pelota. This ride by horseback requires no experience; however, if you prefer, you may take a Jeep along the same route instead. After 1:00 PM, have the rest of the afternoon to yourself before departing for Bogotá at 6:00 PM. You’ll arrive in the city and be taken back to your hotel at around 6:00 AM the next day.

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Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Lunch

10. Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Discover Villa de Leyva on a full-day guided tour. See some of the most well-preserved colonial structures in Colombia, and admire the town's vibrant culture, historical sights, and striking natural beauty. Start your adventure at the breathtaking Sisga Dam. Then, head north to Raquira, a small town known for its traditional pottery. Next, take a short drive to Villa de Leyva’s Square: the largest entirely cobbled square in South America. Visit the Paleontological Museum and marvel at the fossils taken from the valley where Villa de Leyva is located. Learn their fascinating history dating back to the Cretaceous era. Stop for a quick break at a traditional restaurant and enjoy a local breakfast. Once ready, continue towards the hills to the Pozos Azules. Admire the blue-green reflection of the sky in these mineral-rich pools. Next stop: the Terracotta House. See the house made entirely out of clay and famously called "the largest piece of pottery in the world." Take some time to explore the quaint streets at your own pace before stopping once more for a delicious lunch.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

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!

The tour was great, many thanks to Luis, our highly professional , attentive and knowledgeable guid, enjoyed every minute, definitely worth recommendation Unfortunately Botero museum is closed on Tuesday , for the rest simply marvelous

What an amazing experience! Sebastian was my tour guide and was very informative about the city. Any questions I had he was able to answer. From the Gold Museum to the fruit tasting...everything was perfect!

The guide is amazing, professional in his field. Arrived exactly at the appointed time. I found a Russian translator for me. I recommend to everyone!

Recommend this tour! Tour guide was timely, very well informed, and spoke impeccable English. It was a fun time!