Bogotá is a large, spread-out, and confusing city, so if you want to make quick work of a visit, an organized tour of the major sights might be the best option. Standard city tours are offered by innumerable agencies.
Impulse Travel (https://impulsetravel.co/tour-operator/en; tel. 1/753-4887), an arm of Via Travel, runs numerous standard day tours in and around the city. Their most popular tour is a 3 1/2 hour tour of La Candelaria, hitting many of the main sites like the Museo Botero and Plaza Bolívar, and includes little extras like a glass of chicha and warm pan de bono, for COP$137,000. Departure times are flexible. Additionally, they offer guided museum visits, 30-minute helicopter flights over the city, and day trips to Guatavita lake and the Zipaquirá salt cathedral. A company that’s appropriately named Bogotá Free Walking Tours (www.bogotafreewalkingtours.com; tel. 1/281-9924) offers 3-hour walking tours of La Candelaria.
Turisbog (www.turisbog.com; tel. 1/250-6225), is a hop-on, hop-off style double decker bus that circles the city with 7 stops including Parque 93, El Retiro, and Quinta de Bolívar, as well as some of the more out-of-the-way places like the Jardín Botánico and Maloka that would make for expensive taxi rides. Tours run Wednesday to Saturday and cost COP$90,000.
There are a growing number of less traditional tours focused on niche interests as well. English language graffiti tours of La Candelaria are offered twice a day by Bogotá Graffiti (www.bogotagraffiti.com) at 10am and 2pm. Tours, which last about 2 1/2 hours, are guided by street artists and those directly involved in the scene and are free, but donations are accepted.
Street food tours are another way to get off the beaten path, and a number of operators now have trips. La Mesa (www.delamesa.com) has 3-hour-long street food tours in La Candelaria every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, departing at 9:30am for US$49 per person. Groups are kept to a maximum of eight. American Karen Attman and Colombian Peter Corredor, who write the blog Flavors of Bogotá (www.flavorsofbogota.com), run coffee-shop tours of the city, bringing clients to the city’s best cafes and to meet with some of the better-known baristas and roasters. Tours depart at 9:30am from La Candelaria on Wednesday and Friday, and from Rosales on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and cost US$35 per person.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.