The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide

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We recommend that you take a guided tour of Bogota in english to get a better grasp of Colombia’s sprawling capital. We’ve selected for you what we consider to be the best proposals accompanied by the best english-speaking guides!

The agency run by our friend Camila, a Bogotanese with a degree in political science, offers guided tours of Bogota in english that are simply brilliant: a “historical” guided tour to understand the history of the conflict in Colombia, a Graffiti Tour that combines discovery of the most beautiful works and the social role of street art in Bogota, and a visit to the Ciudad Bolivar district in the midst of social transformation.

Camila also offers a more traditional tour of Candelaria, the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum and the Monserrate.

Given the richness of these visits and the interest that this kind of initiative can have for travelers, we recommend them 100%!

TO DO AT THE START OF YOUR TRIP!

This is definitely a tour we recommend you take at the very beginning of your stay in Colombia! It’s a tour that allows you to immerse yourself in history, breaks down myths and tells the real story of Colombia today: a perfect introduction to a trip to Colombia. It’s the perfect introduction to a trip to Colombia, and an experience that will enable you to see Colombia in a whole new light.

Disclaimer: we apologize in advance for any grammatical or syntactic errors, as our native language is not English (we're a Colombian-French couple), so we hope you'll forgive us and still enjoy the information we share with you! Please note that all the information on our blog is based on our own experience, and is checked and updated regularly.

Bogota Historical City Tour in english

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The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide
guided tour of Bogota in english with a Colombian guide

This historical guided tour of Bogota in english was created in response to the fact that tourists often leave Colombia without a minimum understanding of the country’s history, peace process, armed conflict… issues that contribute to its identity and uniqueness.

Realizing that there were no tours that explained Colombia’s recent history in depth, Camila’s team decided toorganize daily tours of downtown Bogota. The aim: to humanize the history of the conflict in Colombia, while helping people to understand its complexity, far from the binary visions of events of this kind, demystifying clichés, without taboos, 100 based on facts, in an interactive and educational way.

All the guides are Colombian, trained in excellent universities (political science, history, etc.) and have often been involved in organizations linked to the peace process.

An original, alternative guided tour that offers a different way of visiting Candelaria.

CONTACT Camila to take the “Construyendo Paz” tour in Bogota

Guided tour of Bogota in english with a english-speaking Colombian guide (even better than a english guide!)

PazYando Martin (#35)

To contact Martin, our local partner, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

The classic Candelaria City Tour

BEst Bogota City TOURS IN english

The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide
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A beautiful, long guided tour of La Candelaria in english that takes all day (about 7 hours) and includes a good traditional lunch.

The tour includes all the classics and the main monuments of Bogota’s historic district, as well as the sublime Gold Museum and the no less interesting Botero Museum! The tour also includes entry to the Monserrate for an end-of-day panoramic view of the Colombian capital.

CONTACT Camila to visit La Candelaria in english

Guided tour of Candelaria in english with a english-speaking Colombian guide (even better than a english guide!)

PazYando Martin (#35)

To contact Martin, our local partner, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

Bogota Graffiti Tour in english

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The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide
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There are several Graffiti Tours in Bogota, but from our point of view, this one’s definitely worth the detour!

For this Graffiti Tour, the agency has teamed up with the BogotArt collective, Colombia’s largest community of graffiti artists and street artists, to create a guided tour that captures the essence of street art in Bogota .

With this direct, privileged access to the artists involved, the guides have first-hand information, updated regularly as new works are added.

On this tour, you’ll discover the history of street art in Bogota and the events behind its evolution. We also learn a great deal about the history of the most famous artists, their backgrounds, how to define their style and how it has evolved over time.

Part of the tour focuses on the socio-political context behind graffiti. We discover the messages which, with the explanations linked to the history of Colombia, take on a whole new meaning.

CONTACT Camila to take the Graffiti tour in Bogota

PazYando Martin (#35)

To contact Martin, our local partner, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

Why take a city tours in english

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The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide
guided tour of Bogota in english with a Colombian guide

As you’ve probably gathered from our post on responsible tourism in Colombia, this type of travel can take many forms, and isn’t confined to a single category. The aim of responsible tourism, beyond its purely economic impact, is to have a positive impact.

Educating the traveller

Here we come to the heart of a key aspect of responsible tourism:educating the traveler. As a bi-national couple who work in Colombia on a daily basis, we can assure you that clichés about the country are hard to dispel! So when a tourism initiative tries to put an end to preconceived ideas by educating travellers, we’re 100% behind it.

You’d think that travellers who decide to go to Colombia would be people who’ve read up on the country’s history, who’ve got over the clichés about drug trafficking and Farc kidnappings. Well,we’ve come a long way!

Transforming the way people look at Colombia

The Construyendo Paz tour, the Bogota Graffiti Tour and the Ciudad Bolivar tour are designed to combat clichés and reveal the complexity of Colombia. By providing a wealth of historical knowledge, we transform the traveller into a conscious traveller, rather than a mere consumer. And one aware traveller is worth two!

Travelling also means respecting, understanding and learning about the country’s culture. And in a country like Colombia, this seems even more important to us, so that every traveler becomes a spokesperson for another reality, different from the image that the world’s media continue to perpetuate.

From our point of view, (good) guided tours of Bogota in english are part of this transformation.

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We are Angélica and Samuel, a French-Colombian couple, professional photographers and web editors specializing in travel to Colombia. We created this blog to change the image of the country, help you prepare your trip and inspire you to discover Colombia in a different way!

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4 thoughts on “The best Bogota City Tours with an English-speaking guide”

  1. Hello!
    First of all, many thanks for sharing the information you do on this blog, which is a real gold mine when planning a trip to Colombia!
    My boyfriend and I are going to discover South America in April 2022 for a long 6-month trip, and we’re starting with about 2 months in Colombia because the country is so full of riches that we can’t wait to discover!
    We’ll start our trip in Bogotá. The two tours suggested by Maria both sound fascinating! Is there any point in doing both, or do they overlap? If so, is it possible to do both in one day?
    Thanks in advance for your feedback!
    Eugénie

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    • Hello! Thank you for your message and the compliments on our blog!
      For us, both visits are interesting and different. I think it’s possible to combine the two in one day, and in that case I’d advise you to start with the street-art at Distrito graffiti and then on to Candelaria for the heroes tour. The best thing is to check with Maria directly, you can contact her through our form and ask her directly 🙂

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