City tour to the historic centre of Bogota
Duration: 7hours Price: £ 75 / EUR 90 / US$ 120 per person
Join us on a city tour to some of the most iconic places in Bogota’s historic centre and learn about the origins and culture of this incredible capital city, and amaze yourself with the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold at the Gold Museum, the impressive collection of Colombia’s most famous painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero, the remarkable diversity of architectural styles present in the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria, and the spectacular views of the city from atop Cerro de Monserrate.
Experience Type: History and Culture
Departure days: From Wednesday to Sunday (To see available dates check our website)
Departure time: 9 am
Meeting point: We will pick you up from your hotel
- La Candelaria: The colonial and historic area of Bogotá.
- Museo Botero: Museum dedicated to Fernando Botero, the Colombian most famous painter and sculptor.
- Plaza de Bolivar – Bolivar Square: This is the main square in the administrative centre of the city. It is noted by the bronze statue of Simón Bolívar at its centre, and is surrounded by the Catedral Primada, Palacio de Justicia (seat of the supreme court), Capitolio Nacional (seat of the congress) and the Edificio Lievano (Mayor’s office).
- Cerro de Monserrate – Monserrate Peak (3,150 meters above the sea level): This is the iconic symbol of Bogotá, with its white church on the summit housing the shrine dedicated to El Señor Caido (The Fallen Lord) dated from 1650s.
- Museo del Oro – Gold Museum: On display at the Gold Museum is the largest collection of gold pieces from the pre-Hispanic societies who live in the land today known as Colombia.
We believe everything you need for the day is included:
- Transfer to and from the hotel
- Guided tour in English
- Entry Tickets to museums and places mentioned in the itinerary.
- Ticket for Monserrate’s cable car or Funicular (railway)
- Traditional Colombian lunch
- Any other personal expenses and tips
Our Bogotá city experience begins at the Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo, which may have been the place where Bogotá was founded in 1538 by Don Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada. At this small plaza, our guide will tell the story of the moment when Bogota was founded and how the city developed from that moment on. From the plaza, we head off on foot across the historic heart of Bogota, called La Candelaria, where we will see churches and buildings constructed during different periods in the history of the city.
Our next stop is the Museo Botero, dedicated to the works Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous painter and sculptor. Botero’s work is recognised worldwide, particularly for his representations of exaggerated curvaceous figures. You have probably seen some of his sculptures exhibited in public spaces in some cities around the world (e.i London, New York, Berlin). The museum also includes several works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Miro.
From the Museo Botero, we walk to the Plaza de Bolivar, the largest square in Bogotá. This Plaza is noted by its bronze statue of Simon Bolivar, the Catedral Primada and the diversity of architectural styles around the square. While we explore the plaza, our guide will talk about some of the most relevant historic events that have taken place here, as well as Simon Bolivar’s campaign to liberate what today are the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Panama from the Spanish regime.
After visiting the Plaza de Bolivar, we will have a traditional Colombian Lunch at a very cosy and picturesque restaurant in La Candelaria. Then, we will continue our journey towards the Cerro Monserrate, the mountain that dominates Bogotá. The mountain rises to 3,152 metres above sea level. The white church on the summit houses the shrine dedicated to El Señor Caido (The Fallen Lord) dated from 1650s.
Our last stop on the tour is the famous Museo del Oro, which houses the largest collection of gold pieces from the pre-Hispanic societies. There will be the opportunity to visit two craft centres selling handicrafts at the end of the tour before we say goodbye.