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  • Address: From Carrera 4 to the Carrera 10 y and from Calle 4 to Calle 22

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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)

And even today it is the cultural heart of modern Bogota’s slapdash modern sprawl: the graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as the Candelaria. The oldest part of the city is now the province of young artists and bohemian university students, whose skills in trippy graffiti and operating very hip indie businesses makes this one of Bogota’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

You might want to start your exploration at tiny Plazuela Del Chorro Del Quevedo, where this city was supposedly founded in 1537, by Spanish Conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada. (Of course it is much, much older; Jimenez merely renamed the ancient indigenous town of Bacata “Bogota.”) However, this plaza—now the epicenter of Bogota’s hipster scene, with plenty of tattoos, Chucks, handmade jewelry and fire dancers—doesn’t really get going until dusk. Be sure to stop into one of the cool little cafes for the Candelaria’s signature beverage, a traditional Andean canelazo, made with sugarcane liquor, cinnamon and panela sugar, served steaming hot for the chill altitude.

But begin instead at sprawling Plaza Bolivar, surrounded by picturesque streets lined with more tejas-topped adobes, interspersed with the city’s finest museums, coolest casas cultural, and most ornate churches. As you make your way to the most important museums close to bustling Parque Santander, be sure to check out the Emerald District (Carrera Jimenez between Calle 6 and 7), where Colombia’s signature stone can be had almost wholesale, if you’re sharp. Inexpensive eateries and artsy clubs are everywhere, but be aware that the neighborhood gets sketchy after hours; take cabs after 9pm or so.

If you’re staying in the Zona Rosa, be aware that you are a solid 45-minute, COP$10,000 (US$6) taxi ride from the Candelaria in traffic, and not all taxis are willing to make the journey—have your hotel call one ahead. TransMilenio buses make the run more quickly; get off at the Gold Museum station.

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Bogotá City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Lunch and Cable Car Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Explore the city of Bogotá on this guided sightseeing tour to some of the most famous attractions in the city! Walk through the cobblestone streets of La ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 or 8 hrs

From USD $67.50

Bogotá Layover Private City Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

While in between flights at the Bogotá airport, why not venture into the Columbian capital for some sightseeing while you wait? This five-hour panoramic ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $68.75

Bogotá Small-Group Sightseeing Tour with Shopping at Zona Rosa

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Get to know colonial Bogotá on a half-day city sightseeing tour! Stroll through the charming streets of La Candelaria, noting the contrast with the city’s ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.00

Bogotá by Night City Tour

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Discover the city of Bogotá at night on this sightseeing tour! See the city lights of Colombia’s capital as you travel around the city with your ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.75

Bogotá Emerald Gemstone Tour

Discover the world of gemstones and highest quality emeralds in the world. Colombian emeralds are famous for their exotic beauty and considered an important ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

La Candelaria Walking Tour in Bogotá

This tour is the best introduction to the old town portion of the city; a fun-filled and informative walk where you'll learn about the history, society, ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00

Bike Tour of Bogotá

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Discover the city of Bogotá on this bike tour! Visit some of the city’s historical areas by bike, including La Candelaria and Plaza de San Diego. See ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50

Bogota Combo Tour: Lake Guatavita and Gold Museum

Embark on a trip to ancient times and unveil the miseries that motivated the Spanish colonizers to explore the American Continent in search of gold.

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00

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