Discover Bogota Tour (culture, coffee, and cloud forest)
This jam-packed teaser tour will give you an interesting insight into the Colombian capital. Together we will wander the streets of new and old architecture.
Discover the history and culture of Bogota, its culinary and coffee scene. On day two, experience the magic of Andean nature with a day-trip to a stunningly preserved cloud forest.
Your Bogota experience will begin with a morning walking tour of the historical centre of La Candelaria. With the help of your local expert guide you will learn all about the history and culture of the city, as well as discovering its world-famous street-art. There will also be time to taste some local snacks (including the delicious obleas that caught Mick Jagger’s attention when he visited!) and pop into the Botero Museum to enjoy the art of Colombia’s great master.
The tour will end at Bogota’s oldest restaurant, La Puerta Falsa, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch of ajiaco, the traditional dish of Bogota. Tucking into this hearty chicken and potato stew in the delightful setting of a 200-year-old restaurant is a quintessential Bogota experience. If you fancy it, you can even try hot chocolate and cheese...
In the afternoon we will visit the chic neighbourhood of Chapinero Alto, where you will enjoy a private coffee shop tour with local coffee experts. On the tour you will visit three specialty coffee shops, where your guide will take you through the entire process of bringing Colombian coffee from misty Andean mountain-sides to the hip Bogota cafe scene. Meeting the baristas and hearing their inspirational coffee stories is a unique experience and you will certainly come away with a deeper understanding of coffee than you had before (plus you will get to drink a load of delicious specialty coffee!).
Our day will end atop Monserrate, a sacred church perched on a mountain overlooking all of downtown Bogota. We will ascend to more than 3,000 m.a.s.l. by cable-car or funicular railway, where we will enjoy panoramic views across the vastness of the Colombian capital. It’s quite a sight as the sun sets and the thousands of lights begin to come on across the city.
It’s an early start this morning as you take a day-trip to the perfectly preserved Andean cloud forests of Chicaque Natural Park. After a two-hour drive, and a hearty breakfast alongside the reserve’s hummingbird feeders, spend the morning hiking the well-marked trails through the verdant forests, keeping your eyes out for toucans, colourful butterflies, and even sloths. You can visit the Eagle’s Beak Hill, with its breathtaking views towards the distant snow-capped volcanoes of the Central Andes, before enjoying lunch and coffee at the Chicaque Lodge.
After lunch, the choice is yours: you could chill out in a hammock watching colourful tanagers from the terrace, take a horseback ride, climb up to a canopy platform 25m up in the treetops, or fly across the forest at up to 70 kilometres per hour on Chicaque’s 340m zip line. In the early evening, you will drive back to Bogota for dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Note: a 4x4 is available for the drive down to the lodge if you are unable to hike. The tour can also be specifically tailored for birding should you be interested.
It’s a hands-on day today as you visit a bustling local farmers market in the morning. You will sample some of Colombia’s most typical local snacks and ingredients, including fruits that you never knew existed, and chat with the local market traders. But this is far from your regular food tour - you will also be shopping with your guide to prepare for the second part of your Bogota foodie experience: a cooking class.
Once you’ve finished at the market, you will head back to your host’s home where, whilst chatting and learning more about Colombian culture and food, you will prepare a feat of local dishes. It’s a perfect way to discover the hidden magic of Colombian cuisine in a relaxed and authentic setting. Plus, you get to finish off your three-day Bogota experience with a massive homemade feast.