Essential Free Tour Bogota

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Essential Free Tour Bogota

  • Discover the impressive colonial architecture in La Candelaria, the historic heart of Bogota.
  • Learn about indigenous people, their culture, ancient rituals, and their lifestyles today.
  • Listen to the surprising legend of El Dorado to understand how this heroic city was founded.
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Tour Features

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Primatial Cathedral

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Bolivar Square

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Presidential Palace (Casa de Narino)

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National Capitol

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Colon Theater


Santander Park

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San Francisco Palace

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San Francisco Church

These are some of the features your tour might include, but please bear in mind that every guide create their unique itinerary to provide the best possible experience.

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The guide was extraordinary and very well informed. Great experience!!!
Una buena experiencia muy buena, el guía que fue asignado muy seguro de lo que estaba haciendo

Guides Leading this Tour

Oaca Colombia
Beyond Colombia
Gran Colombia Tours

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Where does the tour start?
You will receive the full meeting point details and a map after you finalize your booking, in a confirmation email.
Do I have to book my Free Tour?
Yes, it's necessary to book your Free Tour in order to receive the full meeting point details via email on time. This helps ensure an enjoyable experience and good coordination between guides and tour guests. Booking is free, quick, and easy!
Can I contact my guide?
Yes, you will be able to message your guide with any questions that you might have after making a reservation, up until the start of the tour.
Can I make a booking for a larger group?
Maybe! In order to keep the group sizes manageable, each guide sets their own limit of guests per booking and departure. Choose the Free Tour you want to book, select the number of people in your group, and see if there are any departures available that suit your needs.
Are Free Tours really Free?
Yes, with Free Tours, there's no set price; instead, the guides rely on the tips of participants to sustain their livelihoods. By contributing a fair amount that reflects the value you receive from the tour, you not only support the guides but also express your appreciation for their expertise and dedication.

From the Indigenous settlements to the colonial era; from the ancient legend of El Dorado to the very real problems of contemporary Colombians—all this and much more will be covered in the best Essential Free Tour of Bogota. Guests will walk with a charismatic local guide on an entertaining exploration of Bogota’s oldest neighborhood: La Candelaria. This area is the pulsing heart of the city, full of narrow cobbled alleys lined with typical eateries and handicraft shops. The tour will let guests enjoy the Primatial Cathedral; a stunning example of colonial architecture completed just after independence, in 1823. The temple is right next to the main square of the city, named after Simon Bolivar, hailed by most Colombians as the Liberator of America. This will be the perfect spot to learn about Colombia’s road to independence: from a Spanish colony (called “Nueva Granada” in origin) to a contemporary democracy.

Other important landmarks travelers will see in Simon Bolivar Square are the National Capitol and the Palace of Justice. After this, the group will head to an absolute must-visit landmark in Bogota: Casa Narino, the official home of the President of Colombia. The guide will explain everything about the heroic Antonio Narino and reply to any questions about the current state of politics in the country. In this area, the group will also see one of the oldest schools in all of South America, Colegio Mayor San Bartolome, as well as the interesting Botero Museum, showcasing great pieces by the most iconic Colombian artist: Fernando Botero. Strolling around the downtown area, the group will have the opportunity to appreciate the stunning Colon Theater. And book lovers will be thrilled to find the Cultural Center dedicated to preserving the memory of Colombia’s Literature Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

After visiting the Neoclassical San Francisco Palace, the group will head to another lovely area. Santander Square is not only a vibrant open space in the city, it’s also the place where travelers can discover one of the top-rated attractions of Bogota: The Gold Museum. Why is it so famous? This must-visit institution has a collection of more than 34,000 gold artifacts, all of unparalleled beauty and unique historical value. It’s the perfect spot to learn about pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, and how the Muisca, the Tayrona and many other local communities used gold objects both in daily life and in all kinds of sacred rituals. (Note: The group won’t enter the museum, but your guide will provide a detailed introduction so you can visit independently). Don’t miss the opportunity to discover all these amazing landmarks with a local guide! Book your seat on the Essential Free Tour of Bogota today!

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