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Basic City Tour provided by Explora Bogota Day Tours and Activities

Basic City Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4–6 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4–6 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Experience Bogotá’s most unique attractions. This tour highlights the culture of Bogotá from its pre-Hispanic goldworking to its colonial old town and Botero’s 20th century art. Come to enjoy with us in a totally relaxed atmosphera. No rushes, time for coffee and snacks or lunch. Feel free to choose wich attractions add or skip. Our personal will be happy to fullfill your expectations.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 161468P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Monserrate
  • Entry/Admission - Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
4–6 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Recogemos en cualquier hotel o locación dentro del perímetro urbano
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Monserrate
  • Entry/Admission - Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Recogemos en cualquier hotel o locación dentro del perímetro urbano
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4–6 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Mount Monserrate
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Barrio La Candelaria
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Plaza de Bolivar de Bogota
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
35 reviews
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34cacao
1 contribution
Jan 2020
Edgar was a perfect tour guide who shared with us so much about the city. We could visit the major highlights of the city as well as what we asked additionally in one day which was very productive. Rated as very good not excellent is because the information given initially on the website was different from what the tour was actually was. It was 8hour tour instead of 4, we spent more than 20mins at Museo de Oro etc. It wasn't a big deal and again the tour was amazing but it would've been improved.
Written January 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Krissy E
Hanoi, Vietnam16 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
My friend and I traveled to Bogota and only had about 8 hours to see the city. I sent an e-mail with specific requests for hotel pickup, Full day city tour, and drop off at the airport. Communication was great via e-mail. Edgar was our guide for the day. He was very friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor.
Our guide had a great day planned for us, including driving in a private car through various neighborhoods with commentary, a visit to Monserrate on the funicular, Gold Museum, walking tour of La Candelaria, Museo de Botero, Plaza de Bolivar, etc. The tours are very flexible and customizable, so if you have specific interests, let them know. We are foodies, so we ended up visiting a few of the best cafes and restaurants to try hot chocolate, tamales, pastries, and ajiaco (delicious soup). We highly recommend Explora Day Tours and hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did!
Written December 1, 2015
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Steve
Chicago, IL117 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
I visited Bogota from November 2nd-5th and contacted Edgar a few days before (via email) to ask questions and schedule my full day tour for November 3rd. I was very impressed by the information he provided and his prompt responses. He gave me great tour recommendations and I decided to go with the Salt Cathedral and Bogota city tour with pick-up at 9am from my hotel.

Edgar came to my hotel promptly at 9am and we were on our way to visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira. Edgar was extremely personable and has an excellent command of English (in addition to Spanish, German, and Portuguese). As we traveled, he answered numerous questions and pointed out various landmarks throughout the countryside so I could take pictures as we passed.

At the Salt Cathedral, it was great to have a personal guide. Edgar's knowledge of the history and geology of the salt mine was very informative and his ability to explain each artistic station was insightful. He even gave me excellent photography suggestions and his rapport with the staff gained me a WiFi connection 600ft underground so that I could upload pictures and post to social media. Afterwards, we took a quick tour of Zipaquira before driving back to Bogota.

In Bogota, we took a driving tour through various neighborhoods of the city as we made our way to Cerro de Monserrat. In a city of nearly 9 million people, with countless roads, and insane traffic, Edgar definitely knows his way around. The entire time, Edgar presented historical facts about each area and allowed me to take plenty of pictures of the beautiful architecture, art, and people throughout the bustling city.

Edgar secured our mountain trolley transportation at Cerro de Monserrat and we made our way up the mountain. The views of Bogota were spectacular as we ascended and the modern city shrunk below us. The entire area was gorgeous and I appreciated the historical context Edgar provided. We ended our Monserrat tour with a delicious late lunch overlooking the city at the well regarded Casa San Isidro.

After a full day, Edgar dropped me off at my hotel around 6pm. I explained that I had such an amazing day and greatly appreciated his services. He told me that the next day was his day off, but if I wanted, he would be willing to take me for a walking tour in the city. I eagerly accepted and we agreed to meet at the Gold Museum at 2pm.

The next day, Edgar and I met as agreed and proceeded with the Gold Museum Tour. His comprehension regarding the history, artifacts, and implementations of ancient rites were very enlightening and a few stragglers couldn't resist following my personal tour. From there, we walked through the city streets through parks and colleges to tour Bolivar Square, where we witnessed a military parade, and then to the Presidential Palace. Afterwards, we walked to several museums, including the Botero Museum. Every aspect of the day was filled with wonderful Colombian culture and amazing photo opportunities. The tour ended with Edgar dropping me off at my hotel.

I am so glad that I researched tour companies and went with Edgar. In all of my travels (US and abroad), I have never met someone so personable, respectable, knowledgeable, articulate, worldly, connected, and generous. This man knows everyone and was highly regarded by people everywhere we went. I felt completely safe and genuinely had an amazing time. Not only did I have a phenomenal guide, but I made a friend for life. Edgar, you got my number whenever you visit Chicago and I'll look forward to catching up with you when I come back next year. Thank you, Brother!
Written December 2, 2015
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Travelmania79
Cambridge58 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
First of all, this is not a review on quality of tours itself. We have booked a city tour, salt cathedral and Guatavita lagoon a few weeks before we travelled to Bogota. Edgar was very efficient in replying my emails. On the day, we waited for half an hour but he didn't show up. Our hotel staff called him on our behalf and I talked to him on the phone as well. He said he was at the doctors and would be at the hotel in one hour. But our hotel staff who spoke to him in Spanish first said the tour guide sounded like he didn't remember our names or the tour itself. I guess a simple phone call to our hotel saying he would be late or cannot make it would have been helpful. We were very disappointed since all the reviewers said great things about this company. We ended up organising tours through our hotel which were half the price.
Written January 2, 2012
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Luv2Travel-Americas
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico17 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
My brother and I just returned from a 9 day trip to Columbia. We had one long day in Bogota prior to a departure for home the following day. We booked a "City Tour" and Zipaquirá Village / Salt Mine Cathedral tour. What a wonderful day. We could not have hoped for a better guide than Edgar. He picked us up at the airport at 10:30 a.m. and dropped us at our Hotel at 9:30 p.m. He also recommended a delightful place for dinner and even joined us. A truly wonderful day with an excellent Columbian Guide. Don't miss an opportunity to spend some time with Edgar visiting the heart of Columbia!!!
Written January 22, 2012
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Olivia S
Praia do Forte, BA382 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
I contacted Edgar through e-mail and was pleased he answered back right away. We set for a city combo (city tour and catedral de sal). He e-mailed me the fees, which were ok for our small group (4 adults). We had problems with our flight and the day before we were supposed to make the tour I called Edgar and he promptly agreed on postponing the tour. Next day he e-mailed he would be late, which was ok too. When we started the tour we could notice that he is really an expert. But he was definetely in a hurry. We could hardly follow him up around Casa de la Moneda, Botero´s Museum and Museo del Oro. Then we understood why: he would take another couple along to the Cathedral of Salt, so he couldn´t make the tour in our own pace...
At the end of the tour, he charged us 30% more than he had informed in the previous e-mail. Also, he didn´t take us to a souvenir shop, which is part of every city tour I´ve been to. Well, I wouldn´t describe it as a great experience...
Written September 12, 2011
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AnnaLouisiana
Santee, CA27 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Edgar and his company, Explora Bogota Day Tours. I was a solo female traveler and booked the City Combo tour which was roughly from 0800 to 6:30 pm. Edgar picked me up at the airport and when the tour was done dropped be back off at the airport so everything was hassle free! He is extremely knowledgeable about the city and gives the most interesting facts. To be honest, it felt like I was being shown the city by a friend, not a tour guide. I felt completely safe the entire time as well. I will hold the most fond memories of my day in Bogota with Edgar and would not hesitate to book tours through his company again when I return to Colombia. Look no further than this company, the prices are worth every single
Written May 5, 2015
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DukeWanderer
Hermosa Beach, CA108 contributions
Just spent the last day and a half touring Bogota/Monseratte with Edgar. He is a great guide, loves the city and did a great job of explaining the context and history of all the places we visited. I very highly recommend and look forward to another visit in the future.
Written October 25, 2014
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dannygzmn
San Diego, CA9 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
My mother and I visited Bogota. Since we had limited time and we were only staying one day. we decided to do the City Combo Tour to get everything in. We are glad we did! We were picked up by Herman, fifteen minutes early at our Hotel. Herman was an excellent guide. He was full of knowledge about every aspect of the city, historical, political, economics. etc...We were lucky to have Herman as our guide. You will be amazed of the Salt Cathedral Tour, you have to see this and its right outside of Bogota. Well our tour lasted about ten hours and we never felt rushed through it. I highly recommend this tour if you have limited time in Bogota.
Written June 18, 2014
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MS4378
San Francisco, CA106 contributions
We were picked up promptly by Juan Carlos at our hotel for our City Combo tour. It was a Saturday, so traffic leaving Bogota was cumbersome. However, Juan Carlos was sure to point out all of the interesting sites along the way to keep the ride interesting. The Salt Cathedrals were great- Juan Carlos knows everything about them and it was great not have to figure out how to buy tickets and wait for a group tour guide there. There are 14 sections of the cathedral, so doing the private tour enables you to move at your own pace through this. We are not Catholic, so much of the symbolism was lost on us, so I would not have wanted to be in a long, group tour that went over every tiny detail. If you want this detail, Juan Carlos can surely provide it.

Traffic was bad again on the way back to the city. If this would bother you, I suggest booking a weekday tour or leaving earlier. Juan Carlos drove us to Monserrate and took the cable car up with us, detailing the history and interesting parts of the city. We were also happy to have Juan Carlos in the Candelaria, as it's a lot to see and a lot of people everywhere. It was elections so many of the plazas were blocked off. You can tell Juan Carlos is so passionate about his job and city, as he even talked some of the people blocking off the area to let us by for a quick peek.

The City-Combo tour is definitely long and all day. A great way to spend the day if you only have a short time in Bogota. If you don't like car rides or can't do a whole day of touring- I recommend you split seeing all of these sites into two days. Surprisingly, it's not a ton of walking, as you drive everywhere, so it's a good tour for all ages and fitness levels.
Written May 29, 2014
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dairda
dairda
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Best travel company in Colombia
My husband and I have nothing, but the best to say about Edgar and his team. When we arrived in Bogotá, it was stre
travelfan5555
travelfan5555
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Excellent overview of Bogota in one short day
Thanks to a very nice, knowledgeable guide (Edgar) I got a chance to make the best of my one short full day in Bogo
EyalR37
EyalR37
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Great Tour, Great Value
I am so glad I got to have this tour with Edgar. Edgar is a veteran guide with great knowledge and ability to bring
Lobsterfearme
Lobsterfearme
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Outstanding
We only had a few days in Bogota and Explora Bogota Day tours was recommended to me. My wife checks the ratings on
Iteachstuff
Iteachstuff
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Best layover. Ever.
I would do this tour again. When I return I will book other tours with them as well. I convinced my friend to spe
funtotravel2015
funtotravel2015
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EDGAR IS THE BEST
If you are thinking of booking a tour while in Bogota, do it and do it with Edgar! We were in Bogota at the end of
LeonardROSM
LeonardROSM
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Best choice
I found this guide here and wow.. The day I had with Edgar was one of the best ever.. So look no further if you wan
Jonathan W
Jonathan W
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Amazing Tour
I had a long layover from Brazil back to the states and I reached out to Edgar for a five hour city tour. The tour
Sepelaa
Sepelaa
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Edgar is your man
I had only a couple of hours to discover the heart of Bogotà, and I reached out to Edgar through this very page on
cgsantucci
cgsantucci
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Wonderful layover tour of Bogota
My fiance and I had a 10 hour layover in Bogota en route to Peru so we contacted Edgar and arranged a tour of the c
Nanthini S
Nanthini S
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Awesome - highly recommend
Edga and Carlos were excellent - we did the full day Bogota tour and the Salt Cathedral tour. Both were excellent -
Hoottooh
Hoottooh
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Awesome Tour
Edgar is a true gem! He gave 100% to making my tour enlightening and fun. He was prompt and courteous and very
vic_levy
vic_levy
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Just must do
Edgar was absolutely reliable and charming. He met us at Bogota airport when we had a few spare hours between fligh
Lars S
Lars S
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Salt Cathedral & city Tour
First of all apologize Edgar for this late review you should have deserved it much earlier. A) 3 mails and puncuta
Cryptonita
Cryptonita
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Nice overlook
It is a great place to overlook the city of Bogotá, it has an amazing church and some hand made stuff in the path.
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