What tickles your fancy? The following tours will help you discover the magic of Bogota - and beyond! We provide
a knowledgeable bilingual guide, transportation and entrance fees for the included attractions - all
for the price listed with each tour. That includes the hotel accommodations if you choose an overnight outing. You are only responsible for any meals or drinks you purchase, and any souvenirs or other items you buy. Children 7 and under are half price. Ready? Let's go:
Tour One: Old Bogota on foot: Monserrate, Candelaria, Museo De Oro
We pick you up at your hotel (or at the airport if you have an extended layover) and head to Monserrate, the beautiful old monastery that looks down on Bogota. We take a ride
up to Monserrate, tour the sanctuary, take in the view from 2,000 feet above Bogota and bargain with the many artisans. After the ride down,
we proceed to the Candelaria area, walk through Plaza Bolivar and past the President's Palace before taking lunch at a typical Bogota restaurant.
After lunch we visit the Botero Museum to see the famous painter's works, including a thunder-jowled Mona Lisa. The museum also includes works
by Picasso, Monet, Renoir and Matisse. We stop for a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop, then walk to the Museum of Gold to marvel at the 30,000 pre-Colombian gold artifacts. (Note: the Gold Museum is closed on Mondays.)
Time: 6 hours. Cost: $89 per person for groups of two or more. $119 for one person. To book this tour, or for more information, please drop
us a line.
Tour Two: Bogota's best nightlife!
Here's your opportunity to learn
those South American steps! We'll take you to Bogota's
most renowned restaurant, Andres D.C. (which must be
experienced to be believed), then follow up with a
visit to several hopping places in the Zona Rosa,
Bogota's nightlife center. Please note: We provide the
transportation only! You are
responsible for your meals, drinks and cover charges.
Time: 6 hours. Cost: $80 per person To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Tour Three: Andres Carne de Res, Chia
How many restaurants do you know that have on staff a large troupe of actors? And how many sprawl out over several acres? Or have several million bits
and pieces of fabulous kitsch dangling from every possible point?
That's just the beginning at Andres, one of South America's finest and most famous restaurants. This tour includes transportation to and from
Andres Carne de Res on the outskirts of Bogota in Chia. (Please note: this tour only includes transportation to and from Andres in Chia. You will be responsible for
the cost of your meal, drinks, etc.)
Time: 4 hours. Cost: $89 for one, $49 for person for two or more (Thursday through Sunday only) To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Tour Four: Zipaquira and the "Cathedral of Salt"
Declared by the Colombian government as the "Number One" tourist attraction in the nation, the Salt Cathedral must be seen to be believed. The vast
chambers, carved out of a still-working salt mine, hold moving art representing the 12 "Stations of the Cross" (Christ's Passion), and chapels, plus a
magnificent multi-chambered cathedral nave. New at the site are a reflecting pool, expanded gift shop area (with emeralds starting at $5), and an
enjoyably silly 3-D movie on the construction of the salt mine. (Note: The Salt Cathedral is closed the first working day of every month.)
Time: 5 hours. Cost: $89 per person for groups of two or more. $119 for one person. To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Tour Five: Laguna de Guatavita
Guatavita Lagoon is the source of the El Dorado legend, the mystical "city of gold" sought by early Spanish explorers. The legend wasn't entirely a fiction:
the indigenous Muisca people conducted ceremonies with gold
and emeralds on the lake, which they considered sacred.
The guided hike to the top of the crater takes you through the history of the ancient Muisca people, their customs, religion and way
of life from pre-Colombian times to the present. The crater is located an hour's walk from the park entrance. Though the lake is found above 9,000 feet, the walk
isn't strenuous. The hike winds through a forest of exotic flora and fauna, offering stunning vistas of the Andean highlands
framed with wildflowers. The hike culminates with a Muisca sunset ritual at the top. (Note: Laguna de Guatavita is closed the first working day of every month.)
Cost: $89 per person for groups of two or more, including lunch. $119 for one person. To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Tour Six: Coffee Plantation/Tequendama Falls Tour
Love coffee? Here's a fun way to learn more about this incredible product - right from the source! (Here's one interesting fact: Did you know that coffee is the second largest commodity
in the world? Only oil has a great trade value.)
Hacienda Casa Coloma, a picturesque and active coffee, plantation, is located just 90 minutes from Bogota. We depart from
your hotel in Bogota at 9 a.m. and make our way through the beautiful countryside to this destination. Once there, you'll learn all about
Colombia's most famous product: how coffee is grown, harvested and prepared for shipping. And you'll enjoy tasting a delicious cup or two, right from the source!
This tour also includes a visit to the fabulous Tequendama Falls and the famous "haunted hotel" that overlooks the falls. Return to Bogota at approximately 4 p.m. (Longer, overnight tours are also available. Just ask!)
Cost: $145 per person for two or more; includes transportation and guided tour ($170 for one person). To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Tour Seven: Villa de Leyva - Includes an overnight stay in Leyva
We depart from your hotel in Bogota at 9:00 a.m. and drive to Villa de Leyva. Declared a national monument in 1954, Villa de Leyva is an exquisitely well-preserved
colonial town, with cobblestone streets and whitewashed walls. We will tour the town on foot, enjoying the splendid architecture and several of the town's
half dozen museums. Leyva, which was established in 1572, is still home to several thousand residents who proudly welcome visitors to their famous village. Leyva is particularly magical after the tour buses have departed and
the townsfolk have settled in for a quiet evening.
Cost: $240 per person for transportation and hotel; double occupancy required for hotel accommodation, or a surcharge will be added. Meals and activities are additional. To book this tour, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Airport pick-up / drop off
This is an invaluable service because the Bogota air terminal can be more than a little intimidating.
We will pick up you and your party upon arrival at Bogota Eldorado Airport and escort you to your hotel, where we will ensure that your accommodations are satisfactory. On your departure day we arrive at your hotel in ample time to ensure you have stress-free trip back to the airport. We will help you through the elaborate airline check-in process.
Cost: $30 per person each way for groups of 2 to 4 people, $24 for groups of 4+.
There is a 20% surcharge for times between 9:00 p.m. and 6 a.m. To book this service, or for more information, please drop us a line.
Experience authentic Colombia by going where the locals go to relax and have fun. We arrange short breaks (two to four days) to towns such as Villeta,
Girardot and Paipa. These are the places Bogotanos go to escape the busy city and spend their weekends.
We'll arrange a stay in a guest house or at a "finca" (a traditional Colombian farm). In Villeta you can watch the manufacturing of "panela," a kind of
brown sugar and molasses combination produced by thousands of Colombian sugar cane farmers. You can also participate in extreme sports and enjoy the night
life in these lively towns, or simply relax by a pool and soak up the stunning scenery and warm weather.
Packages include an English-speaking, knowledgeable guide who will be on call throughout your stay to help you enjoy all the best opportunities to experience
the "real" Colombia. To book this service, or for more information, please drop us a line.