Bogota's Past and Present: A Walking Tour, with Lunch
- The Botero Museum: Following Fernando Botero’s donation of 208 pieces of art in the year 2000, this museum’s collections and permanent exhibitions have expanded.
- Paloquemao Market: A feast for the senses awaits you at this market, which has a “messy market” vibe.
- Gold Museum: Pre-Hispanic gold is housed inside this museum, which sits on Banco de la Republica’s grounds.
- Monserrate Sanctuary:Take a cable car or railway ride to this skyline-dominating sanctuary, which sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
About this Bogota tour
Exploring Bogota can be done in many ways, from cycling to riding around in a 4x4. However, with so much to see, a walking tour is a good way to experience the metro area’s charm and colonial architecture, which is noticeable in the buildings’ clay roofs and age-old wooden balconies.
With your comfortable footwear laced up, bottle of water chilled and camera charged, stroll to Botero Museum. One of the most important Latin American museums, it exhibits art from talents like Fernando Botero and Picasso. It’s not surprising that it welcomes over 1,000 people through its doors daily, considering the ever-expanding collection is spread over three floors.
Step outside and witness more art on the city’s walls, many of which have been given a splash of color with impressive graffiti and murals. Your journey will continue to the Gold Museum, and here you can inspect over 55,000 pieces of gold sourced from pre-Hispanic cultures. Even the goldsmiths of today can’t contend with the quality of the pieces housed inside this local attraction.
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, Paloquemao Market has you covered. An authentic experience is guaranteed at this market, where you can buy fruits, vegetables and flowers for a good deal.
Enjoy a delicious local lunch along the way and conclude the day by watching the sun set from Monserrate Sanctuary’s peak via a cable car ride.
Bogota – a City of Contrasts
Since the city was founded in 1538, the metropolis has evolved continuously, and when you walk around the graffiti-filled streets you’ll notice French and Spanish influences in the vast majority of its buildings and palaces as European style started to take over as the 19th century approached. For a real feel of the past, focus your attention on La Candelaria, where some of the city’s oldest structures can be found. For entertainment and sports, El Salitre has it all, whereas Avenida Chile is acknowledged as a prominent business sector.
Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour, so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign with your name.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Bogota has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters, but the temperature never gets much higher than 70 degrees. Depending on the weather and crowds, you may take either the cable car or the funicular to/from Monserrate Sanctuary. The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. The Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Plan to walk for 2 miles, over sidewalks, uneven ground, cobblestone and steps. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Full Day, Food & Wine
Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.
Beverages: Bottled Water and Colombian Coffee
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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