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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town) Tours

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La Candelaria (Historic Old Town)
The graceful and carefully planned Spanish colonial city center, known as La Candelaria, is the oldest part of Bogotá; it’s a vibrant hub of activity for young artists, Bohemian university students, and hip indie businesses. At the heart of it all is Plazuela del Chorro del Quevedo, the spot where the city was founded in 1537.
 
The Basics
This historic and hip neighborhood sits at the heart of Bogotá, and most sightseeing tours pass through these historic streets. A typical tour of the capital’s old town will include stops at Plaza de Bolivar, Chorro de Quevedo, the Botero Museum, Teatro Colón, and Casa de Nariño, where the Colombian president works and lives. Tours of La Candelaria can be combined with excursions to Mt. Monserrate or the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral in the Colombian countryside.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • La Candelaria is a must-visit for art lovers, history buffs, foodies, and all first-time visitors.
  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; the neighborhood is full of cobblestone streets.
  • Leave valuables at your hotel and be aware of your surroundings.
  • How to Get There
  • To get to La Candelaria on public transportation, take a TransMilenio bus to Museo del Oro Station. The neighborhood can get a bit seedy after dark, so plan to take a taxi for evening visits.
 
When to Get There
Plan to visit the neighborhood during the day, when museums, restaurants, churches, and shops are open for business. Though police regularly patrol the streets of La Candelaria, it’s not recommended to walk around the neighborhood after dark.
 
Canelazo, the Signature Beverage of La Candelaria
During your explorations of the old city center, be sure to stop into one of the cool little cafés for a taste of La Candelaria’s signature beverage, a traditional Andean canelazo. This warming drink is made with sugarcane liquor, cinnamon, and panela sugar, and is served steaming hot.
Address: From Carrera 4 to the Carrera 10 y and from Calle 4 to Calle 22, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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Graffiti Tour in Downtown Bogotá

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Want to know the stories behind Toxicómano, Guache, and others? Want to learn how graffiti fits into Bogotá’s history and allure?Bogotá has become a world reference in graffiti. It boasts impressive murals and street art that place it above cities like Miami, Amsterdam, Río, and México City. Its rise as one of the key city-canvases in Latin America has made it an attractive destination for the curious tourist and the bold artist. Would you have guessed?As with graffiti everywhere else, Bogotá’s history with the art has often been tense. But great art can overcome negative labels. Right now, no one would call it vandalism. It has struggled but has earned its place and the city is better for it. The mixture of social and political commentary with a twist of local and foreign styles make Bogotá’s graffiti truly a sight to behold.Join us in this tour not only of Colombia’s history as told by art but a tour of Bogotá as a curated museum of amazing artists!
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Walking Tour Bogota

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Get a deeper insight into the history and culture of Bogotá than is possible alone on this guided walking tour with a maximum of 15 people. After exploring the Botero Museum, dedicated to Colombia's most famous sculptor, stroll through the historic center and hear stories of Bogotá's beginnings. Learning also about controversial moments in the city's history, visit Congress, the Prime Cathedral, The Palace of Justice, and the City Hall.
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Private Walking Graffiti Tour in Bogota

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Sample Bogota’s thriving street art and alternative culture scenes during this 4-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the growing cultural role for street murals in Colombian culture as you explore the work of famous artists like DEXS and Toxicomano. During the trip, you’ll also get to sample the city’s numerous vintage stores, trendy bars, and alternative retailers.
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Private Photography Tour in Bogotá

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Ensure you capture the best images of Colombia’s vibrant capital on a private 5-hour tour of Bogotá, ideal for first-time visitors and photographers of all abilities. Alongside a photographer guide, you’ll focus your lens on photogenic areas such as La Candelaria (Historic Old Town), Plaza de Bolivar, and Mount Monserrate. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this tour, which involves a moderate amount of walking.
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City Tour Bogotá (Private tour)

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Hit Bogotá highlights in just a few hours when you book a guided sightseeing tour of the city. This option takes you to must-see landmarks such as Plaza de Bolivar, La Candelaria, and El Chorro de Quevedo—plus local markets and a vista point at the top of Monserrate—all in the comfort of private transportation. Along the way, your guide shares information and fun facts about each sight.
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La Candelaria Walking Tour

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From blink-and-you-miss-it alleyways full of vendors to hole-in-the-wall cafes with some of the best food around, this Bogotá city tour takes you off the beaten track to a curated selection of attractions that showcase authentic local character. Your guide shares fun facts about Colombia’s history as you walk through the city en route to top attractions like the Botero Museum as well as places most visitors overlook when exploring independently.
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Vibrant and exciting, Bogota's street art scene can't be missed. This street art tour makes sure you don't overlook a thing as your guide takes you to some of the city's essential murals in the La Candelaria urban art district. Learn about the history of Bogota and get a local perspective on its culture as you go.
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Bogota Food Feast and Coffee Workshop

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Colombian cuisine features dishes and ingredients unfamiliar to many visitors, even foodies. This small-group experience unlocks the secrets of some of the most complex and nuanced fare in South America. In the company of two food-obsessed guides, you'll embark on a feasting extravaganza through the streets of the old town and afterward take part in a coffee workshop to get familiar with some of the finest beans in the world.
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Exclusive Emerald Tour in Bogota

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Come with us to downtown Bogotá and enjoy a short, but juicy, tour of the city! Make your short stay count with us and explore what downtown Bogotá has to offer! This layover tour focuses on visiting La Candelaria and Monserrate.
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Private La Candelaria Express Tour

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The winding alleys and cobbled streets of La Candelaria (Historic Old Town) make it a difficult place for first-time visitors to navigate. Avoid wasting time getting lost, especially if you’ve only got limited time in the capital of Colombia, on an express tour that’s designed with time-pressed travelers in mind. You’ll benefit from the personalized attention of your guide and discover information that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook.
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Breakfast is considered the most important meal for Colombians, and problaby you have heart the expression "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" so in this tour you will become a Colombian king! 5 different traditional restaurants offering specialities of the regional breakfast of this exotic country. You will delighted by delicious food having the hole historical background of each plate. Come and learn with us about the breakfast culture in Colombia while you are filling your belly!All the restaurants chosen by us are a mix of local, traditional, family atmosphere and authenticity. The tour is located in the Center of Bogotá, all the spots are in a walking distance, no more than 10 minutes between them. We will try the traditional plates from the Capitals region, caribbean region, Antioquia region and pacific coats region. All plates are included and have in mind you will eat as a king, so dont make plans for lunch, we think you cant handle it ;)
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Layover La Candelaria Bogotá City Tour 4H

If you have some time to spare between flights, come with us on a short but meaningful tour to Bogotá’s Candelaria district. Airports are very boring so make your time count and explore a little bit of this city in this four-hour tour of La Candelaria!
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Food is a language of its own. There is a lot of cultures that is communicated through cooking and sharing a meal. And there is a lot to learn about people in what they eat daily.If you are eager to learn about Colombia and have an empty stomach, join us in our downtown food tour! From local snacks to hearty meals, Bogotá has a lot of history and culture packed in its food.This 2-hour food tour will begin in La Candelaria, in downtown Bogotá. After a brief introduction on the nuances of the local cuisine from our guide, the group will be taken to its first eating spot. Here you will have your first taste of food with what we call Abre Bocas(mouth openers): snacks or tea-time foods. You will have Pandebonos, Arepas, and Empanadas. All are popular around the country, but Bogotá has its own twist on the three of them.
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Bogotá, capital of Colombia, is a city that stands out for its richness and cultural and natural diversity, with its 2600 meters closer to the stars, it has the most important museums in Colombia, among which the Gold Museum, the museum stands out Colombia's most beautiful, along with other equally important nationally such as the Botero Museum, Casa de la Moneda Museum and the National Museum. Bogotá also has places of historical importance, such as the historic center La Candelaria and the Monserrate sanctuary, and a large number of cultural activities, being one of the most important stages for theater in Latin American, as well as for a large number of festivals and concerts . As for the natural part, Bogotá has a large number of parks and trails for bird enlistment or simply relaxation, among which the Jose Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden stands out.
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This Bogota city tour offers much more than an in-depth overview of the city. Pick up tickets to two museums, sample local fruits and food specialties, and learn first-hand about Colombia’s economy through workshops in emerald classification and coffee tasting—all in between checking out top landmarks with your guide. This tour packs in the value even more with a round-trip ticket to the popular Monserrate funicular.
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Enjoy the first architectural wonder of Colombia: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and discover the main squares of this colonial city. Then let yourself be amazed by Bogota, a vibrant cultural, historical and heritage metropolis.
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Bogota is a vibrant, diverse & joyful city, full of history, culture and nature. Join us to live a unique experience in a private city tour, visiting the Monserrate hill, the Bolivar square, the Candelaria neighborhood, the Botero and the Gold museums, where you’ll enjoy the colors, flavors and senses which characterizes our capitol city.
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Make the most of your Bogotá layover with this sightseeing tour of the city, modified to fit your flight schedule and accompanied by private guide. Have a chance to experience some of the Colombian capital’s top sights, including the historic La Candelaria neighborhood, the Botero Museum, Monserrate Sanctuary, a Colombian shopping mall or lunch at an authentic local restaurant. You choose the places to visit based on your interests and connecting flight times. Your tour also includes round-trip transportation to and from the airport, plus all entrance fees.
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Private Bogota Layover Tour - 4 hours. Includes transfer in & out.

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With even a short layover in Bogotá, you can explore artistic graffiti, local markets, or historic landmarks, then head to the summit of Monserrate for sweeping views across the city. Make the most of a Bogotá layover with a fully flexible, private tour that’s customized to your interests and schedule, and ensures that you’ll arrive back at the airport in time for your departing flight.
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If you’ve got limited time in Bogota, get a comprehensive overview of Colombia’s capital on a full-day tour of La Candelaria (Historic Old Town), Mount Monserrate, and Museo del Oro (Gold Museum). In a small group limited to five people, you’ll explore the mountaintop neighborhood of Monserrate; admire landmarks such as Parque Santander and Plaza Bolivar in La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city; and admire glimmering exhibits at Museo del Oro (Gold Museum). Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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