Bogota Shopping Tour, Bogota

Bogota is so rich in authentic shopping that it's almost mind-boggling when trying to decide what to buy first! Colombia is famous for gold and emerald products, very specifically and recognizably designed national clothes, pottery, accessories and other crafts. Bogota's historic district, La Candelaria, has many markets, shopping galleries and little shops, so be prepared to do some serious shopping! Enjoy!
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Bogota Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Bogota Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota (See other walking tours in Bogota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: ChristineT
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Pasaje Rivas

1) Pasaje Rivas (must see)

The Pasaje Rivas is the oldest marketplace in Bogota, with more than 120 years of history. Not actually a centre, it is rather a labyrinth of narrow passageways and crooked corridors, where you can find loads of crafts, handmade furniture, dishes, hammocks, ruanas, leather clothes and pieces made of bamboo, all at really low prices. Pasaje Rivas is not considered very touristy, but it is very authentic to Bogota, where bargaining is acceptable. The Passage is located in the middle of the block,...   view more
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Museo del Cobre

2) Museo del Cobre

There is a tiny and independent Museum, Cooper Museum, located in the basement of a building that faces Plazoleta del Rosario. In this museum of two rooms you can find over 1,500 pieces of copper representing arts and popular traditions of Colombia, some of them archaeological. The ground floor, right above the museum, is an artworks shop, where all traditional crafts made of bronze and copper are for...   view more
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Plaza de Santander

3) Plaza de Santander (must see)

The Santander Plaza is more of a flea market in the centre of the business city. There are street stalls selling traditional souvenirs, pottery, art crafts, coffee bags, chivas, models of patios of typical Colombian houses, ponchos and even some replicas of "gold" artifacts. The prices aren't high and you can buy almost anything for under $5. As it is surrounded by midsize highrises and various colonial buildings, the park itself is always very crowded and busy with tourists and...   view more
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Galeria Artesanal de Colombia

4) Galeria Artesanal de Colombia

The Galeria Artesanal de Colombia is the best shopping gallery in Bogota, with more than 80 shops, all dedicated to Colombian souvenirs and handicrafts. Located right across the Gold Museum, this red-wall gallery has very attractive shop windows. Everything here bears an authentic and recognizable design. You might find traditional Colombian clothes and accessories, original pottery from souvenirs to ready-to-use in the kitchen, various home decorations, leather items and even some local...   view more
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La Casona del Museo

5) La Casona del Museo

La Casona del Museo is the most famous treasure shop in Bogota. Located in front of the Gold Museum, it is situated in an old, two-storey colonial building, recently renovated, which is now part of a cultural and architectural heritage. On the first floor of this mini-mall you can buy gold, silver and emerald items, golden replicas of pre-Columbian golden artifacts exposed in a nearby museum, jewelry and other precious souvenirs. On the second floor there are more paintings, pottery, ceramics,...   view more
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Distrito de Esmeralda

6) Distrito de Esmeralda

Colombia is one of the biggest producers of emeralds and there is an entire district in the very heart of Bogota where the trade of emeralds is mostly active, from the finest luxury store to sometimes illegal street merchants. The Emerald district is located along Avenida Jimenez, between Carrera 5 and 7. The district is very crowded and has many resellers, trading the green gems cheaply and buying from the street; this might be tricky and unsafe, as it is possible to buy a fake. At least, make...   view more
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Artesanias de Colombia

7) Artesanias de Colombia

Artesanias de Colombia is the most popular and promoted Colombian craft brand. There are three shops in Bogota, the main one of which is located next door to Iglesia de las Aguas. Artesanias de Colombia offers a spectacular collection of national crafts, with much attention to quality and style, so you won't find any fast-buy, kitch items you might run into in other such places. The range of products covers everything: national garments and modern clothes with an ethnic twist, pottery,...   view more
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Centro Colombiano de Artesanias

8) Centro Colombiano de Artesanias

Centro Colombiano de Artesanias is a shopping gallery dedicated to Colombian souvenirs and crafts. Located right across the imposing Beaux-Arts Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Theater, this is one of the most popular souvenir spots that offers dozens of little boutiques virtually packed with national garments, hats, bags, jewelery, baskets, musical instruments, CDs with national music and many more. Centro Colombiano de Artesanias is a must visit in the San Diego...   view more
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Galeria Artesanal Colombia Linda

9) Galeria Artesanal Colombia Linda

Galeria Artesanal Colombia Linda is an another shopping gallery located in the San Diego neighbourhood. Housed on the first floor of a historic building, practically next door to the famous Terazza Pasteur, the shop-spot will surprise with a good selection of Colombian souvenirs and local specialties, like coffee and local sweets. You can discover very good accessories such as bags, hats, belts and a good deal of Colombian craftwork and paintings.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am -...   view more
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Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo

10) Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo (must see)

The San Anjelo Flea Market is the biggest in Bogota flea marketplace, held every Sunday in the parking lot next to the Modern Art Museum of Bogota and Torre Colpatria. The market is always crowded and usually starts at 7 am and is over around 2 pm. It has many surprises to offer, so be prepared to browse through stalls of antiques, vintage home decorations, bronze crafts, toys, vintage fashions, pottery, collectibles, miniatures, bikes, plates, furniture, uncountable accessories for all possible...   view more

Walking Tours in Bogota, Colombia

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Create Your Own Walk in Bogota

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bogota is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bogota Nightlife in Zona Rosa

Bogota Nightlife in Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa is the main essence of Bogota nightlife. Located in the posh north part of the town, Zona Rosa is a huge neighbourhood where all the best clubs, bars, restaurants and shops are concentrated, offering a wide range of entertainment, with the pedestrian Zona T in the very heart of it. There are too many nightspots in which to spend your night out! We're offering a tour though the most popular, trendy and chic night attractions in Zona Rosa, so don't hesitate to join the party!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Bogota Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota Famous Museums, Part 1

Bogota is clearly not just about museums, as there is loads to see that is rich in Colombian history and culture. Worth visiting are the Gold and Emerald Museums, to get a look at the country's treasuries, to browse through its history at the Museum of the 20th of July and Museum of the 19th Century. You will be somewhat taken aback at the Police History Museum, where you can see highly captivating and even disturbing facts about the recent past of Colombia. Take a tour to see them all!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Bogota without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bogota, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
San Diego Walk in Bogota

San Diego Walk in Bogota

San Diego neighbourhood is one of the oldest settlements in the city of Bogota, yet it has been quite modernized within several decades. Some of the most modern construction marvels are located here, such as the highest building in Colombia, the Planetarium and the eco-conceptual Torres Park. The National Colombian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art are also worth a visit, so make sure you don't miss the opportunity to tour the neighborhood!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Religious Tour in Bogota

Religious Tour in Bogota

Religion has always played an important role in the history of Bogota, and Columbia in general. The sumptuous churches of Bogota are true architectural marvels of a great historical value. All in all, they are well worth your attention, so do spare some time to take the religious tour of Colombian capital.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2

Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2

Bogota is quite rich in museums, many of them related to its national cultural heritage. It is worth visiting the Regional Costume Museum to observe Colombian ethnic garments and the Botero Museum in order to appreciate the artist's unique "obese" style. It is also nice to see the Colonial Art Museums to embrace Colombian art diversity, and the Archaeology and Bogota Museums to view the city and the country from their very beginnings. Don't hesitate to see them all!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

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