In Paloquemao you'll be introduced to typical Colombian produce - try the delicious 'Lulo' fruit and see the various potato varieties that are a speciality of the high Andean Cundi-Boyacense plateau. Walk around the various stalls, familiarising yourself with typical Colombian food and eateries in a mix of sounds, smells and sights in one of Bogota's largest and most well-known markets.
Full day Bogota Tour
First head to La Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao, one of the biggest and most recognised local markets in Bogotá, where all traditional produce and ingredients of Colombian cuisine can be found.
Continue with a walking tour through the historic centre of La Candelaria. This antiquated barrio is of great architectural and cultural heritage. Visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, a bullring and a gallows. The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.
Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures.
A traditional lunch is included, after which you will continue north travelling on the Carrera 7, one of Bogotá’s principal Avenues (called the Vía Real del Comercio in colonial times) used as the main exit to the north to the salt mines.
The trip will end in Usaquén, a colonial district that was formerly a town in its own right but has now been absorbed by the city. Appreciate the atmospheres of a barrio that is slightly rural, colonial in style and at the same time modern. Take in the colonial plaza and wander through its narrow streets to find small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Return to your hotel.
You will be staying at B.O.G Hotel, Bed & Breakfast