La Candelaria Walking Tour from Bogota
- The Botero Museum: Admire the work of Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero, at this three-floor museum, as well as masterpieces made by other famous artists.
- Gold Museum: More than 55,000 pieces of pre-Columbian gold make up the collection at this museum; most of today’s goldsmiths cannot compete with the pieces housed in this attraction.
- Plaza Bolivar:See the main square of the city of La Candelaria, the heartbeat of the area.
About this Bogota tour
La Candelaria is considered an old city, and upon visiting, you can peel away layers of its history as you stroll past architecture that depicts three main styles – art deco, Baroque and Spanish Colonial. With museums, libraries and several universities based around the neighborhood, it’s not surprising that so many people choose to live and study in this part of the world.
A must-see on the travel itinerary is Main Square, better known as Plaza Bolivar, which you will visit on this walking tour. Surrounded by many points of interest – including symbol of excellence, Monserrate Church, and one of the country’s most representative theaters, Colón Theatre – your journey will be memorable to say the least.
Aside from La Candelaria’s major attractions, such as Luis Angel Arango Library, the Military Museum and Rafael Pombo Poetry House, your experience will focus on the artsy side of things. As you approach 11th Street, Botero Museum will come into view. Containing the works of acclaimed sculptor and painter, Fernando Botero, the collection also features Picasso and Monet masterpieces.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, Guiana Shield and the Andean Region are Colombia’s main gold mining locations. A visit to one of the country’s most important museums, Gold Museum, is included in this tour. Overlooking Santander Park, it represents pre-Hispanic cultures and is designed with three floors exhibiting gold in its purest form.
Colombia’s Historic Gold Rush
Many rare gold nuggets have been plucked out of the waters and soil that make up Colombia’s landscape. The South American country, which is named after Christopher Columbus, boasts the 4th biggest economy in the continent. While gold isn’t the integral cog that keeps the economy running, it plays a role. The historic El Dorado myth led to land development, much of which was focused on gold mining. By the 19th century, Colombia became the largest gold producer in the world, and from 1537-1886 gold production amounted to $639,000,000!
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. The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. The Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over cobblestones and uneven paths, with steps to climb. It's not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Beverages: Bottled Water and Colombian Coffee
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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