Experience first-hand the culture and history of Bogota’s oldest neighborhoods with a local guide. Stroll along colorful, cobble-stoned streets and learn about the people that live there.
Get to know the history, culture, and people of La Candelaria Bogota and Egipto neighborhoods on this half-day non-traditional tour. Wander along the “Calle Real” (Royal Street) with its cobble-stoned streets and colorful colonial houses. Visit a church that is home to one of the oldest festivals in Bogotá.
What makes this tour special is that you get to meet locals and learn about their culture first-hand. Play soccer with kids and learn how a soccer field can change the history of a community. Be enchanted by the stories of former gang members that now have new dreams, hopes, and goals.
Duration: 4 hours
Start and end location: Bogotá
The tour begins when our driver and English-speaking guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to El Chorro de Quevedo, the place where Bogotá was founded. There, you will meet your local guide.
Then, you will go along the cobble-stoned streets of La Candelaria Bogota neighborhood, which is full of vibrant colors. There, you will find the first aqueduct of Bogotá. From there, you will go up some stairs to “Nuestra Señora de Egipto,” which was once a hermit’s dwelling, later became a temple, and nowadays is a church.
In front of this church, the people of the Egipto neighborhood celebrate the “Fiesta de Reyes,” an important 3-day religious carnival beginning on January 6th. It is one of the oldest festivities of Bogotá. From there, you will go deeper into the neighborhood through Calle 10, a so-called “Royal Street” where you will also find cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses with balconies. In the past, it was the only street that Egipto inhabitants could use to go to the city center.
Next, you will reach “El Cuadrado”, which once was a strategic territorial control point for gangs. Here, your tour guide will tell you why the community divided into 2 enemy gangs and why this violent conflict didn’t seem to have an end. Your guide will also describe how criminals and gang members lived and the inspiring process they have been through to break out of almost 3 decades of conflict. At this point, you will have the chance to try a home-brewed “chicha” (corn beer) and a local snack.
After that, you will pass through a slum where you will see the characteristics of an underdeveloped community. The community still struggles with access to basic utilities and most of the people don’t have a comfortable lifestyle. However, they are full of life thanks to their warmth, joy, and their children’s desires to fight for their dreams.
The final stop of the tour will show you how the neighborhood has transformed. At the highest part of Egipto, there is a communal football field. There, you will have the chance to interact with local kids and play soccer with them. Here, you will hear why this field is so important for the reconciliation and construction of a sustainable peace.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.