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Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors

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Overview

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.
  • Small-group food-and-market tour of Bogotá with an expert guide
  • Visit a local favorite bakery, Septimazo and Paloquemao market
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour
  • Food tastings at three stops and round-trip transport from most hotels included
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Designated meals and snacks
Expert guide in the language of your preference (German, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese)
Optional tips and gratuities
Lunch
Personal expenses
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transportation between sites

Departure Point

Museo Nacional de Colombia, N, Cra. 7 #28-66, Bogotá, Colombia

Return Details

Cl. 12d #3-84, Bogotá, Colombia
Come hungry and curious for this culinary adventure through the diverse food traditions of Bogotá. Over the course of this epicurean exploration, you’ll discover some of Colombia’s most typical foods, along with Bogotá’s most iconic food destinations.

Begin your tour with your choice of a morning or afternoon pickup from your Bogotá hotel, continuing to Pastelería Florida, a traditional Colombian bakery with an old-world European sensibility. Since its founding in 1936, this snack-shop-cum-restaurant has catered to Colombians from all walks of life, serving everyone from the intelligentsia to elderly grandmothers. During your visit, sample typical breakfast fare like pan de bono (cheese bread), almojabanas (cheese rolls), tamales and a cup of aguapanela, a tea alternative made with sugarcane pulp.

Next head on to Septimazo, a warren of street stalls selling delicious food along with just about every type of product under the sun. As you soak in the chaotic fun atmosphere of the market, surrounded by the sounds of Afro-Colombian music and vendors hawking self-portraits, follow your guide to the area’s top food carts. Try out the obleas, wafer cookies that are filled with dulce de leche or jam, and then wash them down with a decadent cup of chocolate santafereño, a uniquely Colombian style of hot chocolate that includes melted cheese.

Finish your tour at the sprawling Paloquemao market, the largest in the city. Take a look at the eye-popping range of Colombian produce for sale, spanning everything from exotic jungle fruits to traditional vegetables and meat and fish. Make sure to investigate the perfumed air of the herb section and check out the colorful bouquets of the flower vendors. Your guide will navigate you to the best food booths to sample various fruits, empanadas and corn arepas along the way.

After leaving the market, your transportation brings you back to your Bogotá hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Museo Nacional
To begin, you’ll meet with your guide at the National Museum before moving on to “La Perseverancia” food market, a place created by the working-class people at the beginning of the XX century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de Mercado La Perseverancia
There you’ll feel the typical atmosphere of a traditional Colombian food market as you talk to traditional cooks and locals, and try delicious fruits.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Macarena
You’ll then walk all over La Macarena neighborhood, which was Bogotá’s bohemian area in the mid-XXth century. Nowadays, this area has been transformed into a recognizable zone of international restaurants and art galleries.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Florida Bakery
Afterward, you’ll walk along the 7th street to enjoy the “Septimazo”, a very diverse path where you'll find street artists, singers, food karts and handicrafts, and will also identify some of the iconic buildings of the area. You’ll stop at the traditional “La Florida Bakery”, to taste delicious pastries and a hot beverage like Aguapanela or hot santafereño chocolate with cheese. Heading southeast, you’ll appreciate downtown’s transformation with the new cultural, commercial and residential students buildings in contrast to colonial and republican constructions, before tasting an artisanal ice-cream made out of Amazonic exotic fruits.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barrio La Candelaria
Next, you’ll walk through La Candelaria historic district to enjoy a savory meal at a colonial restored house, where you can taste and see recipes from different regions of the country. At last, you’ll visit an indigenous store, where you’ll have the chance to taste some coca leaf products and have a chat with an indigenous woman from the Embera’s group. She’ll explain to you why Coca is not Cocaine and why it is a fundamental part of indigenous nutrition and a sacred plant. You’ll also get to know more about how they’ve struggled to preserve indigenous culture, economy, and traditions as they’ve faced conflicts with narcos, industry and the government.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Bogota Gastronomic Walking Tour: a journey through Colombian traditional flavors?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "Best to choose the morning tour in order to visit the market when it is in full swing and all stalls are open." See review

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Bogota Food Tour
Storyteller741248
, Jan 2020
Fun day trip.... had some exotic fruits at the Central market, then some amazing Empanadas, then off to a unique hot chocolate and cheese dish that is a favorite of Colombians.... all done in unique downtown areas of Bogota....
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Hi William! Thanks for taking your time to share your comments regarding your experience in the gastronomic tour in Bogotá. We're glad to know that you enjoyed the tour and learn about colombian culture and customs through its gastronomy. Hope to be your host in your next time in Colombia. Kind regards, Valeria
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Amazing Day!
aharrell37
, Jul 2019
Our wonderful guide Emilio provided us with the perfect introduction to Bogota's marvelous culinary delights. He showed us many parts of the city where we tried many types of food - sweet and savory - which we will never forget. He also gave us a great overview of the city geographically and historically and gave us excellent suggestions for other activities during our stay. We cannot encourage you enough to spend a day with Emilio!
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Good local knowledge
Odyssey34909084611
, Nov 2018
We really enjoyed our half day food tour. We booked the tour on a Monday afternoon which we discovered was not a good time to see the market because the big market is closed, so it was a shame we were not informed this by the company beforehand. However this was the only time we could do and our guide Jorge was fantastic and basically customised a tour for our group of 3, visiting the market to try new fruits and catfish, then for ponchos and churros then to the bakery for the hot chocolate, cheese and tamales, and then to Bolivar Square for aromatica. Jorge was an entertaining guide and had great local knowledge including other tips for our trip. Although the tour was not quite what we expected, in the end we had a great arvo, and left very full!
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Had a great experience visiting one...
Wayne T
, Mar 2018
Had a great experience visiting one of Bogota's main markets. We tasted and sampled foods, fresh fruits and juices that are totally foreign our Canadian palate. Met interesting and knowledgeable vendors who were only too willing to spend time with us despite also having to accommodate real customers. Our private tour also included a fantastic lunch tamale and hot chocolate and cheese a Bogota treat. Best to choose the morning tour in order to visit the market when it is in full swing and all stalls are open.
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Unfortunately this tour fell...
Trey P
, Jan 2018
Unfortunately this tour fell extremely short on anything of a food tour. Our tour guide was very nice and had a great personality but didn't take us to all the things on the description. We were picked up promptly at our hotel and went to the Market. He encouraged us to pick out fruit to try. He did not make any recommendations nor did we try anything else than about 3-4 fruits split between 5 people. There was nothing else at the market like described in the info. We then headed down to the Bakery where again recommendations were not made. He just let us order whatever. Which honestly I could do this on my own without a tour guide then. I was expecting some input and history to be explained on items. We decided to get the queso and chocolate not because of the suggestion but actually from a previous tour guide telling us its a must try in Colombia. After that we literately had NO MORE FOOD. We just walked around the city. So to our disappointment we barely tried anything! We left feeling like we didn't even have a tour at all. I did not learn anything about true Colombian food or even tasted it. There was no street food, no empanadas, no arpeas. It was lacking pretty much everything a food tour should be focused on, that is its food. However we thought our guide was nice and maybe misinformed on what was expected. and even after reaching out personally before this review the companies customer service is poor and had little acknowledgement that our tour was so poor. I would not recommend this tour. Try a different company because there is plenty of good food in Bogota.
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Got to try so many good things...
Jennifer N
, Dec 2017
Got to try so many good things! Unfortunately many of the vendors were closed by the time we got there, but the market is huge and it was still really worth it! If I went again I would do the morning time.
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We kind of wandered around the...
Deborah C
, Sep 2017
We kind of wandered around the market that we could have done on our own. I've been on other similar tours and they were fantastic. This one was so-so. The guide was friendly, though somewhat quiet and reserved. He did speak english, which was important. We tasted some fruits and juices in the market. We then went to a coffee shop/bakery where we had coffee, hot chocolate and some food products. Following that, we went to Candelario and had some great Chicha from fresh corn. Thanks for finding this gem. The rest of the candelario tour was ok. This wasn't a bad tour, but it definitely could have been better.
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Delightful exposure to new, tasteful...
Unok B
, Feb 2017
Delightful exposure to new, tasteful fruits, meats and drinks! Friendly vendors who go the extra mile to please the customer. The rice and pork dish served from the cavity of a hog was incredibly good.
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Ramona G
, Sep 2016
300 characters is not enough to give a detailed review, so here goes. Fantastic tour, Luis Saurez (tour guide) was multilingual and simply amazing. The tour guide exceeded our expectations. We left with a lifelong friend in Luis.
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This was a wonderful tour and I had...
Joan M
, Feb 2016
This was a wonderful tour and I had a grand time!! With my guide Juan Frederick and driver Jonathan, I went to the Plaza de Paloquemao to visit the market. I saw so many new and interesting fruits, vegetables, and other food. I also saw many different kinds of potatoes in all shapes and colors, each with its own I sampled many different new fruits, coffee and breads, and a special pork and rice dish at Lechoneria. We also stopped to visit a few churches on the way to the restaurant where we had a traditional chicken soup for lunch. Everything was delicious! Juan was very knowledgeable about Bogota and the foods he is a chef and a tour guide in his spare time. I highly recommend this tour.
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