The 6 Best Tours in Bogota

The 6 Best Tours in Bogota

If you are visiting Bogotá I really recommend doing at least 1 of the many tours in Bogota while you are there. There is a lot to choose from as it’s a huge city. So to help you out I have listed my 6 best tours in Bogotá to help you get to know the city and make the most of your time.  

Bogota Tourist Attractions – Tours in Bogota

There are so many things to do in Bogota Colombia but after living there for several months and doing almost all of the tours, plus plenty of self-guided day trips there are my favorite Bogota city tours because I either learned a lot, they are great fun and all of them are great value for money.

Bogota Bike Tour – Bogota city tour on a bike!

If you only have a day in to do a city tour in Bogota make it this one. It’s like 5 tours in 1!

  • You get a tour of a market and to sample local fruits.
  • Next, you play a game of Tajo and drink a beer (amazing!)
  • You will see some of the most incredible graffiti in the city outside of La Candelaria
  • On the tour, you visit a coffee house that roasts its own coffee on site! So you also get a mini coffee tour.

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And of course, you get to see a lot more of the city on this tour as you are on bikes! Of all of the tours, I took in Bogota this one covers the most ground and you get to go pack some key places that you probably wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

I wrote a whole post about this tour that you can read here.

Or watch the video!

Bogota Free Food Tour

I loved this food tour! Probably because I love food haha. But seriously, if you have the time do this Bogota food tour. Especially if Bogota is your first stop on your Colombian trip. If there is one thing I really struggled with in Colombia, it was the food. I hate having to say this as I love Colombia so much, but I was not a fan of the food. Mostly because I found it difficult to find the good traditional Colombian food (that wasn’t deep-fried!). On this tour you get to sample a whole range of different Colombian foods and drinks not just foods from Bogota:

  • Empanada
  • Exotic Juice
  • Ajiaco Soup
  • Oblea
  • Hot Chocolate + Cheese
  • Pandebono + Avena
  • Arepa Santandereana
  • Aguardiente
  • Coffee

I loved this tour as even though I had been in Bogota for a few months there were so many foods I hadn’t sampled yet…including the Colombian hot chocolate with cheese! Yes, Cheese…they really do love their cheese here and put it in everything!

The food tour is FREE which means by donation, with suggested donations of $30-40mil per person. You also pay for your own food and they will give you a handy list of the cost of each food so you know how much everything will cost.

If you sample everything it will cost you a total of 22mil which considering just how full I was is a pretty good price! You don’t have to try everything, and they also encourage you to share with others to make it even cheaper.

The highlights for me were going to real local places and sampling the best foods. You can get so many of these foods on most street corners, but on this tour, they take you to the best places to get them, where the locals go. I also really appreciated all of the knowledge and information about Colombian food and culture our guide shared with us. It was so interesting to find out where each dish comes from.

The last place we visited was a coffee shop where they train barristers. This took my coffee addiction to another level! It’s probably a good job I didn’t know about this place sooner as I would have been here every day spending all my money on fancy coffee. These guys are coffee experts and even if you don’t go on this tour try and seek them out.

Bogota Graffiti Tour

 

Bogota has a reputation for being one of the best graffiti cities in the world, and for good reason. I have seen a lot of graffiti and street art around the world and so far Bogota is the best place I’ve been. While you are here you really must do a Bogota graffiti tour!

On this Graffiti Tour in Bogota , you will not only get to see some really good graffiti and street art. But you will find out about the history of it in the city and learn all about the artists who make it.

The tour takes you on foot from La Candelaria, into Santa Fe and then back to Candelaria.

So if you want to know why Justin Beber is partly responsible for the uprising of graffiti in Bogota you need to take this tour!

Take a Free Walking tour of Bogota

I wrote a whole post you can read here about why I love to do free walking tours in a new city. Bogota is no exception. Walking tours are great if you want to orientate yourself or just speed up the orientation! They help you to make the most of your time and as they are by donation you can pay what you can afford.

Our guide on the tour was Gabriella who was incredible. As a local, she was knowledgeable and passionate about her city and super helpful.

The tour takes you through the La Candelaria while sharing history and knowledge of the city, country and each of the places you visit.

As well and visiting some key places you get to taste some local delights on this Bogota city tour you will get to try!

  • Chichi
  • Colombian fruits
  • Coffee

The Heros Tour in Bogota

Although on most of the tours the guides will talk to you about the politics or history of Colombia, not go into the detail the hero’s tour does.  Because I’m a bit of a history geek, this Heros tour was my personal favorite. You don’t cover much ground or do as much ‘site seeing’ as the other tours but you will learn SO much. I know I did.

If you need to choose between the free walking tour and this tour, do this one!

Our guide … is a journalism student and has a real passion for her country’s history and politics. Her energy and passion really took this tour to another level for me.

The tour starts in Bolivia square and although the tour does talk about Pablo Escobar it isn’t all about him. She puts him in context and reframes his as a terrorist rather than a drug dealer. She brought in her own personal experience growing up as a child in a country where people were afraid to go to the shopping mall in case they were blown up.

Some of the statistics I learned on this tour blew my mind. It challenged my perspective, changed my opinions and put Colombia into context for me. I learned about the civil war, about the current pease agreement and why Colombians in spite of their troubled past, are always so happy!

I loved this tour if you have time do it!

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The Colombian Buddy Tour

Ok so this isn’t strictly speaking one of the official tours in Bogota, it’s more of a private tour. I wrote a whole article on Colombian Buddy so you can find out more about what they do here. I really recommend doing a hike with them. You won’t be able to do it with any other comment and the view of the city is the best I found….way better than Monserrate! The hike lasts for a home and the recommended hourly rate is $15 making this really affordable!

Wondering where to stay in Bogota? I recommend staying in Chapenero over La Candelaria if you are staying longer than 24 hours.

Hostels I recommend in Chapinero are:

Selina Chapinaro
Republica Hostel Chapinero
Hotel Living 55
93 Luxury Suites & Residences

If you are only in town for 1 night then I recommend staying in one of these places in La Candelaria:

Selina La Candelaria
Casa artistica 
Arche Noah Boutique Hostel

If you need a hotel close to the airport then I recommend the Radisson AR Bogota Airport.

Concerned about safety in Bogotá? Take a read of my safety guide to Bogotá.

The 6 Best Tours in Bogota

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Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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  1. Thank you to all – these are great examples and very interesting to consider.

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