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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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La Candelaria + Optional Monserrate + Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour 5-7H

La Candelaria + Optional Monserrate + Optional Gold Museum Bogotá City Tour 5-7H

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This Bogota city tour offers much more than an in-depth overview of the city. Pick up tickets to 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 if option is selected. You’ll be able to choose between a 7-hour tour including Monserrate, Gold Museum and Botero Museum, or a 5-hour tour which includes only Monserrate or museums. Join us!
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
Price varies by group size
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US$56.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota In Transit Tour (6-hour layover experience)

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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$99.00
Price varies by group size
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US$99.00
Price varies by group size
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Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)

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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107.00
Price varies by group size
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US$107.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota • Private City Tour

Bogota • Private City Tour

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Discover the fascinating Bogota urban spirit, a place full of history, culture & nature. Join us to an exclusive city tour and let be inspired by the exotic colors, unique flavors and dazzling senses of the Colombia’s capitol city.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$119.00
Price varies by group size
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US$119.00
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Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

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When visiting Bogotá, if you don't get out to explore the surrounding countryside you're missing half the story and most of the views. Explore two prominent hills during this full-day tour partly done by horseback. Begin in Guadalupe to learn of Colombia's colonial past, then hop on your trusty steed and ride through the forest to Monserrate where a traditional lunch awaits. Return to the city via cable car.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$143.00
Price varies by group size
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US$143.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota Local Pal

Bogota Local Pal

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Get a true local’s experience in Bogotá thanks to this flexible-length, customized excursion led by a resident who shares your interests. Designed for visitors who already have a sightseeing itinerary in mind, your new friend can help assist with navigation, add a local’s perspective on city sights, and suggest unexpected trip stops based on their expert knowledge of the capital.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$57.60
per group
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US$57.60
per group
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Layover / transit customized tour with locals (airport pickup)

Layover / transit customized tour with locals (airport pickup)

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We offer private tours for layovers in Bogotá from 4 hours onwards. The idea is that we will provide you with everything you need throughout the excursion. So you won't need to exchange any money. We both speak French, Spanish and English. Our traveler experiences and knowledge of the city allow us to create a perfectly tailor-made tour for you! Your tour will include: - Lunch / fruits or snacks based on the preferred activities. - 100% customized tour, we propose routes that you can modify any time. - Shared data (WIFI) and a cell phone for local calls when needed. - A beautiful souvenir of the tour - 24 hours assistance - Luggage storage - Snacks in the car We will also take beautiful pictures for you to take as a souvenir!
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$100.00
Price varies by group size

Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors

Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors

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Savor the gastronomic delights of Bogotá on this small-group food tour of Colombia’s culinary capital. Discover the country’s artisanal food traditions at Pastelería Florida, a famous bakery, then get lost in a labyrinth of delicious street food on the famous Septimazo avenue. You’ll also have a chance to sample regional culinary delights at Paloquemao, one of Colombia’s largest markets. This intimate food tour is limited to just 15 total participants and includes round-trip transportation from hotels in Bogotá.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$66.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$66.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota In Transit Transportation 6-Hour Layover Experience

Bogota In Transit Transportation 6-Hour Layover Experience

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Don’t spend your layover sat in the airport. Instead, make the most of even limited time the in capital of Colombia with this private 6-hour tour of Bogota. Your tour begins with hassle-free airport pickup and drop-off, and continues with stops at top Bogota attractions, which include Mount Monserrate and La Candelaria (Historic Old Town).
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$43.00
Price varies by group size
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US$43.00
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Bogota Private Premium Layover City Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

Bogota Private Premium Layover City Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

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Make the most of your layover in Bogota and explore the city’s main attractions on this private city tour. Tours include visits to the Monserrate Sanctuary, the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, and much more. Learn about the history and culture of Bogota from your guide and capture memories of your whirlwind tour to remember for years to come.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$107.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$107.00
Price varies by group size
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Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
Price varies by group size
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US$35.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota City Tour - Shared tour with daily departure

Bogota City Tour - Shared tour with daily departure

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Make the most of your visit to Bogota and uncover with us the best of the Colombian capital. We will do a 360º tour in which you will be able to know the modern part that attracts all the visitors, as well as its historical part that invites you to have a new perspective of its culture and traditions. The city tour starts in the modern neighborhood that surrounds Calle 93 and runs through the emblematic places in the north of the city such as Usaquén Park. Then we will uncover the main attractions of Bogotá until we reach the center of the city where we will visit the historic streets of La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolívar to end at sunset on Cerro Monserrate.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.14
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US$35.14

Private Full Day Bogota Premium City Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

Private Full Day Bogota Premium City Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$116.00
Price varies by group size
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US$116.00
Price varies by group size
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Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$12.00
From
US$12.00
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Bogota Private 6 hours City Tour, Tickets, Coffee Break

Bogota Private 6 hours City Tour, Tickets, Coffee Break

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Bogota will surprise you! It is a cosmopolitan, bustling, modern and colonial city at the same time, which houses 8.5 million cheerful, kind, friendly, sociable and fun inhabitants. From the sector of large avenues and modern shopping centers in the north of the city to the colonial Bogota in La Candelaria, at the south center, it is a box of surprises!  There is a lot to see in Bogotá: Make sure you have all the time you need to make a pleasant trip, that allows you to appreciate what the city looks like, what it tastes like, what it smells like, what everyday life is like ...
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
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US$100.00
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Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$12.00
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US$12.00
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Visit Bogotá Monserrate, Gold and Botero Museum

Visit Bogotá Monserrate, Gold and Botero Museum

On this tour you will know part of Bogotá, one of the most representative cities in Colombia and Latin America. The tour has been designed for travelers to enjoy with our hosts some of the most interesting places in the city. We start at the Parque de los Periodistas to start ascending to the entrance of the Cerro de Monserrate, there we can decide if we climb through the funicular or the cable car, once up we will have the opportunity to have a splendid panoramic view of the entire city. On the hill we can visit the Basilica of the Lord of Monserrate, the handicraft area and delight in the typical cuisine. When descending, we will walk through the old neighborhood of Candelaria, the oldest in the city, visit the Botero museum and the Gold Museum, where the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic goldsmiths is located. A plan to know and understand the city and its evolutionary process.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$52.00
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US$52.00

Discovering colombian breakfast culture

Discovering colombian breakfast culture

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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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$25.00
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US$25.00
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Walking tour(food, grafiti and history)

Walking tour(food, grafiti and history)

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We offer the combination of three tours in only one, giving you the best experience to know about History, Traditional Food and Graffiti art.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$5.34
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US$5.34

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

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Bogota Layover Tour with transfer in & out - 4 hours

Private Bogota Layover Tour with transfer in & out - 4 hours

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$106.00
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US$106.00
Price varies by group size

Private Half-Day Premium City Tour in Bogota • Keep Safe from Covid

Private Half-Day Premium City Tour in Bogota • Keep Safe from Covid

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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.00
Price varies by group size
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US$94.00
Price varies by group size
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Bogota City Sightseeing tour with Gold Museum and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Bogota City Sightseeing tour with Gold Museum and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

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Explore the Bogotá fascinating history and rich culture and visit the amazing Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, begin your urban adventure by traveling by cable car to Monserrate Sanctuary, strolling through the city’s historical center, and gazing at the Gold Museum’s impressive collections. Then, descend 590 feet (180 meters) into an awe-inspiring cathedral carved into a salt reserve.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$197.00
Price varies by group size
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US$197.00
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Bogota In Transit Transportation 4-Hour Layover Experience

Bogota In Transit Transportation 4-Hour Layover Experience

Even if your layover in Bogota is only for a few hours, you’ve still got time to see some of the Colombian capital’s highlights. Cover more landmarks with less transit time on a private 4-hour tour that transports you between dispersed attractions in air-conditioned comfort. Letting someone else drive gives you more time to focus on the scenery, while opting for a private tour gives you the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$33.00
Price varies by group size
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US$33.00
Price varies by group size
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