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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$52.00
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US$52.00
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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
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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
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US$107.00
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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
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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La Candelaria Bogotá City Tour 3H

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La Candelaria Bogotá City Tour 3H

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Explore the streets of La Candelaria with this private walking tour. Discover street art in El Chorro de Quevedo, sip chicha in a nearby bar, sample tropical fruits in a local market, and visit a café to taste coca-leaf tea. Learn about the emerald trade in Plaza del Rosario and delve deeper into national history in Plaza Simón Bolivar. Try a cup of Colombian coffee before your tour concludes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$36.00
US$40.00
US$4.00 savings
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US$40.00
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Private La Candelaria Tour. Includes snacks, guide, and tickets.

Private La Candelaria Tour. Includes snacks, guide, and tickets.

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Delve into Bogotá’s rich history on a private half-day tour of the Colombian capital’s historic center, La Candelaria. Alongside your guide, you’ll stroll along beautiful colonial streets while customizing your itinerary according to your interests. See arresting landmarks like Justice Palace and La Catedral Primera; browse fascinating exhibits in the Museo Botero or the glittering Museo de Oro (Gold Museum); and be seduced by the grand architecture of the Main Town Hall and Congress. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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Bogota's Candelaria Walking Tour including Plaza de Bolivar

Bogota's Candelaria Walking Tour including Plaza de Bolivar

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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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Fully Private Walking Tour Bogota. You and your guide!

Fully Private Walking Tour Bogota. You and your guide!

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.00
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US$55.00
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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$100.00
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US$100.00
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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
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US$66.00
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US$66.00
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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
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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

Private Full Day Bogota Premium City Tour

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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
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US$94.00
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US$94.00
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Exclusive Emerald Tour in Bogota

Exclusive Emerald Tour in Bogota

Learn about the dazzling gems of Colombia with this exclusive emerald tour. Visit the emerald trade market and find out how to identify an authentic stone. Explore the market and purchase a souvenir if you wish. Take in panoramic views of Bogota from the Avianca building, visit the International Emerald Museum, and enjoy a cup of Colombian coffee.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.00
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US$59.00
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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
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US$100.00
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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

Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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$9.60
US$12.00
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Shared Biking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$13.60
US$16.00
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Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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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$9.60
US$12.00
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US$9.60
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 La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Half Day Tour

La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Half Day Tour

You’ll be taken on a guided excursion, where you’ll encounter the most important historical locations within La Candelaria; such as buildings where the first plans of the revolution were written and traitors to the revolution were hung; the Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, the Plaza Chorro de Quevedo, Plazoleta del Rosario, Plaza de Santander, Plaza de Bolívar and the grand Church of Our Lady of Candelaria. You will ascend almost 2,000 ft higher than Bogotá and the summit of Monserrate. For this you'll have the choice of either the teleferico (aerial tramway) or the funicular to the top, where you’ll have time to explore the artisan markets, visit a beautiful 17th century monastery and enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Bogota. You’ll learn how this mountain was sacred to the indigenous Muiscas people for hundreds of years, how during the June solstice, the sun rises exactly behind Monserrate and how hundreds of pilgrims journey to this destination every year
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$103.00
Price varies by group size
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US$103.00
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Monserrate + La Candelaria

Monserrate + La Candelaria

The history of the Sanctuary of Monserrate, as well as the panoramic view over the city, is dazzling. The Experience of listening to the historical details of our certified guides includes the entrances to the funicular or to the cable car to go up and down the Hill. We will also explore corners that have witnessed the development of a cosmopolitan city on this tour of the La Candelaria neighborhood, with its cobbled streets where architecture, art and culture are protagonists.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá

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The best way of really knowing a place’s culture and customs is by trying its food. Complete your trip in Bogota with this 3-hour tour around its downtown and taste tons of new and delicious flavors of our joyful and rich cuisine. Chocolate, arepas, obleas, almojabanas, coffee and more. Let our guide take you to the best sites, where locals will offer their best for you to try and enjoy. A gastronomic experience to remember. • 3-hour downtown tour along its important spots • A brief introduction to Colombia’s history through its gastronomy • Samples and samples of typical foods and drinks of the region (appetizers, desserts, finger foods, beverages) • An incredible chance to get in touch with locals and their stories • Memories full of senses about colors, smells and flavors of Colombia and its capital
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$52.00
Price varies by group size
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US$52.00
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Private La Candelaria Tour Including Lunch

Private La Candelaria Tour Including Lunch

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The historic center of Bogotá, called Candelaria, is rich with history and culture from pre-Columbian times and beyond. Tour the neighborhood with a private guide to learn how the core developed and how it remains a vibrant cultural center. This 6-hour tour takes you to the neighborhood’s must-see attractions and gives you the option to customize the second half of your trip after lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180.00
Price varies by group size
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US$180.00
Price varies by group size

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