Bogota is a lively city. It is huge and worth exploring. There is so much to do and see, that we recommend booking at least one tour to make the most of your time there. Exploring the city with a ‘Rolo’ – a person from Bogotá – means getting to know the best-kept secrets and places of the capital city of Colombia. Here are our top 10 things to do in Bogota with a tour.
Amongst the best things to do in Bogota, is the famous graffiti tour. Bogotá has become a world leader in graffiti. It has impressive murals and street art, mixing social and political messages. Go on a graffiti walking tour, to learn more about the artist and the story behind each wall, and also learn about Bogota’s cultural history and street art.
By joining a local guide in the heart of Bogotá, you will discover the colonial and indigenous past of Bogota, through the famous neighborhood, La Candelaria. There is nothing like it in the whole city. Art Deco and colonial houses, with baroque churches behind them.
A Food Tour is the best way to experience and learn about a city’s culture. What, when, where and how much locals eat. It’s a peek into the country’s way of life. In Colombia, each region has its own character, with a unique history and a unique set of flavors.
If you want to experience local food in context, whether for cultural or historical reasons, one of the essential things to do in Bogota, is take a food tour
A good way to learn about Bogota’s history is having a local explain to you the meaning and purpose of each building and site. Visit the main historical sites in the city to learn about Bogotá since its foundation.
One of the best things to do in Bogota is to go on a tour to Paloquemao – the main plaza market. It is a unique experience discovering the diversity in Colombia’s fruits, vegetables and flowers and understanding where everything comes from.
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Bogota offers shopping options for every budget and for all tastes. We recommend going with a local to the San Alejo flea market, full of antiques and household items; San Andresito, a bazaar that offers everything you could want or need; and Usaquen flea market.
The beauty of Bogota goes beyond the limits of the Capital District. A few kilometers away from the city, you will find some truly enchanting landscapes.
We recommend booking a tour to visit places like the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (here), Guatavita (info) or La Calera. They are worth visiting with someone who can tell you the story behind these spectacular national monuments.
In a country that exports some of the best quality coffee in the world, it is a must do to learn about the secrets to a good coffee. There are guided coffee crawl tours, and tours to visit different specialty coffee shops in the city.
No trip around Bogota can be considered complete if you have not spent a night in Andrés Carne de Res. It is among the World’s 50 Best Bars in Latin America. The food is delicious and the party atmosphere is so special that people of all ages love it. Check out the restaurant here.
Bogota is one of the best cities for cycling in South America. It has around 300 kilometers of bicycle routes, named Ciclorutas. Needless to say, one of the top things to do in Bogota is joining a bike tour.
They usually organize private excursions and bike rentals. Although each tour varies depending on the day, weather conditions and events going on in the city, you’ll get to see many of the sightseeing hotspots of Bogota.
As you can see, there are more than enough activities to do in Bogotá. Make a wise choice and let yourself be blown away by the beauty of this interesting city.
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