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Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

1. Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

Dive into Bogotá’s diversity by joining a city tour. Start by meeting your local guide at your hotel. Proceed first towards the viewpoints of Monserrate. Take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most breathtaking views of this city: the whole length of the valley from the best vantage point. After making your way back down La Candelaria, you will walk its cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture to the spectacular Gold Museum. Learn about the region's ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before the arrival of the Spanish. Your guide will retell the transition from indigenous to Spanish colonization at the foundational square of Chorro de Quevedo. Taste some chicha, an ancestral corn-based fermented drink nearby, in addition to some juices and snacks. Visit Simón Bolívar Square and learn how politics and conflict relate to each other and its current challenges with a peace agreement already signed. Then, make your way to the Botero Museum and see some of the greatest works of Colombian modern painter, Fernando Botero. After a fulfilling day, finish by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at a place where local and friendly baristas will teach you the basics about one of Colombia's most famous exports. Choose for yourself the duration of the tour. It can be for 7 hours with Monserrate, Gold Museum and Botero Museum, or 5 hours with either Monserrate or museums.

Bogota: Private City Day Tour

2. Bogota: Private City Day Tour

Departing from your hotel or your preferred location, your vehicle and guide will be waiting for you to head to the city downtown, where you will visit the Gold Museum, the Monserrate hill, the Bolivar Square, the Concordia Plaza, The Chorro de Quevedo Square, The Botero Museum, and the Historic Candelaria Neighborhood, to Discover the Bogota past and present. Nestled into the Andean mountains at 3,100 M.A.S.L. (10,200 ft), the Monserrate hill will make you feel renovated by the pure air of the Mountains. Indulge yourself with a traditional appetizer at the Historic Santa Clara French Café, while being amazed by the city's panoramic view from your seat at the top of the Hill. Next, live a unique encounter between the colonial heritage, the republican and art-deco buildings, and the political history of Colombia’s contemporary times, while walking over the cobbed-stone roads of the old town. In This lovely neighborhood, you will find the Botero Museum where we will admire a collection of fine art from local and world-known artists, the historic Chorro de Quevedo Square, and The Concordia Plaza where we will taste a variety of Colombian chocolates made by a local artisan and cacao beans grower, and we will finish our visit to La Candelaria at the Bolivar Plaza, finding the Presidential Palace, The National Congress Building, The City Mayor Building and the Justice Palace. Finish the day visiting the Gold Museum. home of the goldsmith masterpieces from the pre-Columbian indigenous cultures. After visiting the museum, your driver and guide will be in charge to take you safely back to your hotel o preferred destination.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

3. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour around the historic center of the city. From here your first stop will be to Plaza de Bolivar, where you will walk along the streets and take a close look at the most important buildings of the city. You will explore buildings such as the National Capitol, which is the center of the country's legislative life; Casa de los Comuneros; Casa de Nariño, which is the Presidential house; and the Santa Clara Church Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Gold Museum, which exhibits about 34,000 pieces of metalwork from various Hispanic cultures. You will also visit the House Museum Quinta de Bolivar, which formerly belonged to Simon Bolivar. The tour will then continue to the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, which rises up to 3,152 meters above sea level. Once having ascended to the top of the hill, you will visit the sanctuary where you will find the statue of the Lord of Miracles. This peak will provide you with the best platform to enjoy the views of Bogota.

Bogotá: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

4. Bogotá: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

We will start at the 93 park around 5 in the afternoon and then get to know Bogotá at night. After going to our second point we will go up to Monserrate where we will try to appreciate the city in the change of day and night. Then we will go to the north of Bogotá passing through the busiest areas at night, Chapinero type, and then go to a unique and fashionable place to play a traditional Colombian game. There we can taste a local drink and eat a typical snack of the city. After playing (shuffleboard or frog) we will go to the T Zone, one of the busiest in the city. There you walk and vibrate with the aura of the area. We finish at the famous Andrés DC or at Cumbia House, the famous place of the singer Carlos Vives. Then we will return to the starting point.

Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

5. Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

Explore one of Colombia's most famous pilgrimage sites and visit the pilgrimage church on the 10,407 foot-high Monserrate. Learn about this important pilgrimage destination to a unique panoramic view of the entire city of Bogotá. Enjoy an excursion into the breathtaking mountainous landscape. During the tour, experience a bit of the Colombian lifestyle and try the local Canelazo drink with its unique, sweet taste. It's for you to decide how you'd like to climb the Monserrate: take advantage of the cable car, funicular or take the hiking trail. Either one offers you a wonderful view. On the way back, the Candelaria district awaits you with its historic buildings and interesting history. Take a look at the National Congress, the cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the town hall and the House of the 20th of July. Afterwards, try a typical Colombian dish and enjoy an individual cultural program in the afternoon. You have the option of visiting the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, the Quintade Bolivar Museum, the National Museum or the Military Museum.

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

6. Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

Embark on a comprehensive tour of Bogotá with a visit to the Monserrate Sanctuary on the imposing eastern hills of the city at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level. Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car to reach the city's most notorious site of pilgrimage and to get the best panoramic views. Next, you will go to the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and wander the picturesque cobbled streets that hold more than 400 years of history. Experience the student atmosphere within the campus of Universidad de los Andes, and then go downstream, following the Eje Ambiental to see how the city developed from the river that gave it life. Marvel at one of the most famous urban projects in Latin America, carried out by the architect Rogelio Salmona. Follow the San Francisco River to Jimenez Avenue to see an impressive collection of indigenous gold artifacts at the Gold Museum. Get the chance to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander, and then enter the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria. Wander the cobblestone streets to the Botero Museum, where works by the eccentric Colombian artist, Fernando Botero are displayed. Stop at Chorro de Quevedo to appreciate the contrasts of the historical center, and then break for lunch at an authentic local restaurant. Continue to Plaza de Bolívar to explore the historical epicenter of Bogotá and see the administrative and government buildings. Look inside the Primatial Cathedral, and then drive towards the north of the city for a panoramic sight of the International Centre, La Macarena neighborhood and National Park. End in the cozy neighborhood of Usaquén, known for its narrow streets and weekend flea market.

Bogotá: Guided Walking Tour of Monserrate Hill

7. Bogotá: Guided Walking Tour of Monserrate Hill

Meet your guide at the base of the mountain. Begin making your way up the mountain. Listen as your guide tells you about how Monserrate became a place of pilgrimage. Uncover how it became a tourist destination due to its exceptional viewpoints of the city. Walk along the Stations of the Cross Path on Via Crucis. See religious artwork as you learn about local flora and fauna. Flip a coin in a wishing well and be a part of a local tradition that has been going for decades. Stop at a viewpoint to take photos of sweeping views of the city. Hear about local superstitions, sayings, and interesting facts about the hill. Visit the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate at the top of the hill. Admire the architecture of this 17th-century neocolonial church. Find out about the importance of Catholicism to the Colombian identity. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

8. Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

Following pickup from your Bogotá accommodation, begin your day discovering just what the biggest city in Colombia has to offer. Stroll around its historical La Candelaria district, visiting the Gold Museum and exploring the area's other prominent landmarks. The city of Bogotá is also famous for being located right next to Monserrate Hill, which offers the most incredible panoramic views of Colombia’s capital. From up there, the bird’s-eye views of Bogotá are simply unbeatable. Later on, discover more secret gems of this fascinating city whilst learning interesting facts that you will not soon forget. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your accommodation.

Bogota: All-In-One Private City Tour

9. Bogota: All-In-One Private City Tour

Enjoy an exclusive, 8-hour private tour of Bogota's top highlights with convenient and comfortable transport between stops. Get picked up from your accommodation and head to the top of Montserrate, the hill that dominates the Bogota skyline. Admire the stunning panoramic views of the city from a place considered sacred since pre-Colombian times.  Then head to the famous Gold Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of gold artifacts. Learn about the fascinating history, thought, and culture of the indigenous societies that flourished before the Spanish conquest of the territory that makes up present-day Colombia. After working up an appetite touring through the museum, enjoy an open menu lunch at a restaurant that takes an original approach to traditional Colombian cuisine. From there, continue on to the historic La Candelaria neighborhood and wander through the characteristic cobble-stoned streets, admiring the colorful houses and learning more about Colombia's dynamic history as you go. Finally, visit the museum dedicated to the work of the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero. Get to know his signature "Boterismo" style comprised of exaggerated shapes and rounded figures. 

Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

10. Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Explore the eastern hills of Bogotá on horseback. Among these hills, the twins Guadalupe and Monserrate are most well known and visited. Enjoy the views of the bustling city below as you embark on a journey between these two hills.  Start with pickup from your hotel, and travel to Guadalupe, where you’ll enjoy a delicious local breakfast. Begin your horseback ride on the trail that connects the two hills. Mount your horse and follow the trail that will take you back in time to Colombia’s colonial period. Ride through the mountains and forests and learn of the various indigenous and rural traditions and their connection to the hills. You will then reach Monserrate with its beautiful church and magnificent views over the entire city. Rest awhile and take in the amazing views. Then, you are welcome to explore Monserrate, with its myths and legends still alive today. Before heading back down to the city, enjoy a traditional lunch, at your own expense, and visit the local artisanal market. Finally, descend back to Bogotá in the cable car or funicular, before being returned to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Monserrate

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 96 reviews

Customer service from the company (Gran Colombia Tours) offering the tour was excellent. There was a mistake from GetYourGuide offering an option that was not possible to complete due to the start time. Gioser was really nice to contact me to explain to me the situation and possible solutions. Then Mario (the manager) also talked to me and provided me a solution. That shows how important are clients for them. Then the tour was really good. Gioser showed he is very knowledgeable and gave us some good tips and info about the city.

The tour guide (Lizeth Beltran) is by far the best tour guide that I have ever had. She is a walking encyclopedia. Her vast knowledge about the history of Colombia is phenomenal. Lizeth is very pleasant and great to be around with. Keep up the good work Lizeth.

Excelente por demás, gracias a Ivonne que fue nuestra guía nos llevamos una imagen de Colombia hermosa, repetiríamos mil veces más. Gracias por el excelente servicio. 100% recomendado

This was a great tour. Nataly was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable of all aspects of Bogota and Columbia. I learned a lot and enjoyed the tour.

The guide Laura was extremely helpful and had immense historical knowledge really made the tour a great experience