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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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Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria BogotáCultural Tours

Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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Get an in-depth insight in Bogotá's oldest and most eclectic district on this guided tour of La Candelaria. Your guide points out some of the most interesting street art as you walk to a chicha bar to learn about the local alcoholic beverage, then you head to a local market to taste of some of the nation’s unique fruits. Also visit cafés for insight into Colombian coffee and to the Plaza del Rosario and Plaza Simón Bolivar.
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La Candelaria + Monserrate + Museums Bogotá City Tour 7HCultural Tours

La Candelaria + Monserrate + Museums Bogotá City Tour 7H

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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 a 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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La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in BogotaHalf-day Tours

La Candelaria, Mount Monserrate and Museo del Oro in One Day in Bogota

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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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Private Gastronomy Tour - 6 hours

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Feast your senses on the culinary culture of Bogotá on a private full-day tour of the Colombian capital. In one of Bogotá’s most traditional restaurants, you’ll sample 'tamales' and ‘arepas’, two typical Colombian snacks. Then, you’ll immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Plaza de Mercado, a market replete with exotic fruits and vegetable native to Colombia. Receive undivided attention from your private guide as you bargain with vendors, rub shoulders with locals and learn about the country’s cuisine. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Bogotá hotel is included.
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Bogota Premium City Tour • Private Half-DayCity Tours

Bogota Premium City Tour • Private Half-Day

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Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on this half-day tour of Bogota. Learn about the mix of European, indigenous, and African cultures that coexist in the city through your guide's commentary. Visit local highlights such as Mount Monserrate, the Gold Museum, the La Candelaria neighborhood, and others; traveling with a guide ensures that you won't miss anything important.
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Panoramic City Tour - Group tour and daily departureBus & Minivan Tours

Panoramic City Tour - Group tour and daily departure

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Bogotá on a half-day tour of the Colombian capital. From a guide, you’ll receive an interesting overview of the city as you visit the verdant Simon Bolivar Park and the historical neighborhood of La Candelaria. Absorb the lively atmosphere of Zona G, an area replete with coffee shops and trendy bars, and admire gastronomic hotspots in Usaquén. Coffee samples and round-trip transport from your Bogotá hotel are included.
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Bogota In Transit Tour (6-hour layover experience)Half-day Tours

Bogota In Transit Tour (6-hour layover experience)

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Make the most of your Bogotá layover on 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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Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria BogotáLiterary, Art & Music Tours

Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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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Shared Biking Tour in La Candelaria BogotáBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Shared Biking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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Explore Bogota by bike on this comprehensive tour. Start in the heart of downtown and visit the Bolivar and Santader Plazas to learn about Colombian history. Bike down Seventh Avenue and head to Independence Park and National Park to get a sense of contemporary culture in Bogota. Continue on Parkway Street, an important artistic area, before returning to Chorro de Quevedo.
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Private Bogota Layover Tour - 4 hours. Includes transfer in & out.Literary, Art & Music Tours

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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6-hour private city tour of BogotáCultural Tours

6-hour private city tour of Bogotá

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During your visit to Bogotá, Colombia Tours and Travel offers you an unforgettable experience so you can get to know Bogotá and enjoy the most representative and important attractions of the Colombian capital. Additionally, during this tour, in the company of our team you will meet and learn the most relevant events that over the years have marked the history and culture of our country.You will live an extraordinary day touring the different points of interest of our city.Notes:1- Due to the great gastronomic proposal during the tour, we do NOT include food so you can choose the proposal that best suits your tastes and budget.2- The Gold Museum DOES NOT open on Mondays, it is replaced by the visit to another attraction of interest according to availability).3- The Museums of Botero and Casa de la Moneda do not open on Tuesdays, it is replaced for more time in another attraction of the itinerary.
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Bogota - Private City Tour w/ VIP TicketsCultural Tours

Bogota - Private City Tour w/ VIP Tickets

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Live a unique experience in Bogota, joining us to a Private City Tour, visiting the Monserrate Hill with VIP Access, The Gold Museum, The Capitol Building, The Justice Palace, The Bolivar Plaza, The Candelaria Neighborhood & The Botero Museum; discover the characteristic colors, flavors & sensations of our capitol city.
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Bogotá Private 8 Hours City Tour, Lunch, All IncludedPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Bogotá Private 8 Hours City Tour, Lunch, All Included

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Let Bogotá surprise you during a comprehensive full-day tour, ideal for travelers on a time budget or first timers. Don’t worry about logistics or public transport as your guide escorts you around sights such as the Monserrate Sanctuary, the Gold Museum, and several colonial churches, before a stop for lunch. Then, continue by foot through the colorful Candelaria neighborhood and historic center.
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Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)Cultural Tours

Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)

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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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La Candelaria + Monserrate Bogotá City Tour 5HCultural Tours

La Candelaria + Monserrate Bogotá City Tour 5H

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Join us in downtown Bogotá and enjoy a short but substantial tour of the city! Visit some of the city’s most iconic landmarks in La Candelaria and enjoy amazing panoramic views in Monserrate.Come with us to this wonderful tour to sight-seeing tour in downtown Bogotá!La Candelaria is the oldest and most picturesque neighborhood downtown. It’s a place packed with history and culture. Cobblestoned streets, baroque architecture, graffiti, and art deco houses come together to paint a unique picture of Bogotá.We will then make our way to the foot of Monserrate. Here we’ll take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most amazing and breathtaking views this city has to offer: the whole length of the valley from the best vantage point. After enjoying the brisk mountain air, we’ll tour the Monserrate Cathedral and its surroundings.Note– Gold Museum is closed every Monday– Botero Museum is closed every Tuesday
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Walking Tour BogotaCultural Tours

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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Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria BogotáCultural Tours

Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria 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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Private Historical Bogotá TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Historical Bogotá Tour

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Delve into the rich history of Colombia’s capital on a half-day walking tour of Bogotá. Alongside a guide, you’ll stroll the cobbled streets of La Candelaria – the historical heart of Bogotá – and absorb the vibrant atmosphere of Plaza de Bolivar. Gain unique insight in Bogotá’s culture and heritage as you explore El Chorro de Quevedo downtown district and browse exhibits in XIX Centruy Museum and the Museum of July 20th. Round-trip transport from your Bogotá hotel is included on this tour.
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Private City tour in Bogotá + MonserratePhotography Tours

Private City tour in Bogotá + Monserrate

We will make a tour of the old structures of the Colonial Bogota. We will meet and make a tour of the "Candelaria", historical and cultural center of Bogotá, Walk through the park of Bolívar to know the "Primada Cathedral", the Palace of Lievano, Archbishop’s Palace, Chapel of the Sagrario, Capitol, House of Communards and House Museum 20 July.
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Food Tour in La Candelaria BogotáBus & Minivan Tours

Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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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Layover La Candelaria + Monserrate + Museums Bogota City Tour 8HCultural Tours

Layover La Candelaria + Monserrate + Museums Bogota City Tour 8H

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If you have some a long layover in Bogotá come with us to this thorough tour of the city’s downtown! Make your short stay count by visiting La Candelaria, Monserrate, historical landmarks and the Gold and Botero Museum.Sometimes traveling forces you to spend boring downtime at airports. But why waste hours sitting uncomfortably just waiting? Invest that layover time in getting to know the amazing city of Bogotá with us! We’ll pick you at the airport and then bring you back in time for your flight!Note– Gold Museum is closed every Monday– Botero Museum is closed every Tuesday
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Panoramic City tour - Daily and group tourBus & Minivan Tours

Panoramic City tour - Daily and group tour

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If you like to travel further than old town (candelaria), you should take our Panoramic City Tour. It is an excellent option, a seesight going to different areas in the city, like Usaquén, parque de la 93, Zona Rosa, Downtown, oldtown (candelaria). We use special cars with comfortable seats, designed routes and special service. You may take some pictures on the way and we stop in two areas for a short walking around. During the tour we talk about the city, Colombia, economical and politicas issues and some questions you may have. Totally recommended.
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Experience the joy of Salsa. Have fun while learning

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let's enjoy the essence of salsa while we learn, the idea is to understand why people in Latin America dance; even when there are problems and much more in the joys; The Latin people dance.Get ready to learn and come with an open mind. the salsa is not in the blood the sauce is in our hearts.
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Bogota Premium City Tour • Private Full-DayCity Tours

Bogota Premium City Tour • Private Full-Day

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Discover Colombia’s vibrant capital on a full-day, private tour of Bogotá that goes from the heights of Mount Monserrate to the city’s museums, colorful neighborhoods, and gracious parks. Exploring Bogotá in the comfort and safety of a private vehicle means you can cover even more ground in limited time—without searching for a long series of taxis—then leave the car behind for walking tours of Bogotá's top destinations.
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