You’ll begin your tour this morning when your local, bilingual tour guide meets you at your hotel for a tour of the most historic parts of Bogotá. You’ll soon see why Colombia’s largest city is one of Latin America’s premier capitals of art and culture. Note that your tour is fully customizable as far as length and sites. You can even change the order of sites or add more while the tour is in progress.
We also offer an “Express”* option – without lunch – if you are short on time. Dominating the city center, el Cerro de Monserrate is a mountain rising 10,341 feet above sea level. You’ll be taking a cable car/trolley up the steep mountainside to enjoy the most spectacular views of Bogotá once you reach the summit. Along with outstanding views is an historic village featuring a 17th century shrine. There are vendors selling all kinds of artisanal crafts and traditional foods to snack on if you get hungry. If you like, we’ll help you arrange the timing to enjoy an exquisite sunset view from atop Monserrate.
Other features of this tour include a walk through the city center to explore La Candelaria, Colombia’s oldest neighborhood. Along the way, try some chicha, a traditional Colombian street drink made from fermented fruit rinds. This historic neighborhood is also home to a university district, full of cobblestoned streets and centuries-old houses. Stop by the Plaza de Bolivar, an historic colonial square where Colombia’s government is located: there you will find the Congress, the Cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the Palacio Liévano (Mayor's Office) and the House of the 20th of July.
If you’re feeling up to it, you may want to end the day at the spectacular Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), featuring the world´s biggest collection of pre-Columbian gold and other metals. Other options include visits to the Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez, the Museo Botero, the Observatorio Astronómico, or any of our many impressive museums, galleries, and sites of interest.