La Candelaria Walk, Bogota

La Candelaria Walk (Self Guided), Bogota

Embark on a fascinating journey into times past when you visit La Candelaria, the historic center of Bogota. Lining its beautiful cobblestone streets are centuries-old houses, museums, universities and ancient churches. A good place to start your visit is the Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo. This is believed to be the exact spot where Bogota was founded in 1538. Today, it's a popular bohemian hangout for students.

Investigate some of the area's historical places of worship. La Iglesia de la Candelaria is an impressive looking building with a golden exterior that was constructed in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Venture inside to see its works of religious art from the colonial period and the beautifully carved woodwork.

Then visit some of the historic area's museums. They include the Museum Francisco José de Caldas which preserves and honors the memory of this revolutionary figure who was executed in 1816. Another museum worthy of note is Museo Botero, which houses a collection of 208 art works by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero and a handful of international artists. As you tour the streets, pause to appreciate the architecture, which features Art Deco, Baroque and Spanish Colonial styles.
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La Candelaria Walk Map

Guide Name: La Candelaria Walk
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Linda
Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo

1) Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo

Carrera 2, Calle del Embudo

2) Carrera 2, Calle del Embudo

Calle 12, Universidad Autonoma de Colombia

6) Calle 12, Universidad Autonoma de Colombia

Calle 11, Museo Botero

7) Calle 11, Museo Botero

Calle 11, Iglesia de La Candelaria

8) Calle 11, Iglesia de La Candelaria

Carrera 4, Museo de Bogota

11) Carrera 4, Museo de Bogota

Calle 10, Museo Militar

13) Calle 10, Museo Militar

Carrera 5, Casa de Rafaelo Pomba

14) Carrera 5, Casa de Rafaelo Pomba

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Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

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Architectural Jewels

Architectural Jewels

Bogota is quite a city for an architectural experience. Not only did it preserve its architectural and historic heritage, it also managed to maintain most of its colonial buildings and structures in rather good shape, so one can really enjoy their interesting and imposing styles. Take this self-guided walk to discover Bogota's architectural jewels.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
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Bogota Shopping Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Bogota Old Town Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles

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