Breaking Borders Tour

  • Be amazed with the incredible view of Bogotá from “El Mirador”.

  • Go across a “Real Road”, with its cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses that remember the colonial Candelaria.

  • Be enchanted by the stories of former gang members that now have new dreams, goals and illusions.

  • Discover the flavor of “Chicha”, an alcoholic handcrafted beverage, with indigenous tradition.

  • Visit one of the most antiques neighborhoods of Bogotá, unexplored before due to its urban conflict problems.

In a Nutshell

  • Visit one of the most antiques neighborhoods of Bogotá, unexplored before due to its urban conflict problems.
  • Be enchanted by the stories of former gang members that now have new dreams, goals and illusions.
  • Taste the delightful Colombian arepas.
  • Discover the flavor of “Chicha”, an alcoholic handcrafted beverage, with indigenous tradition.
  • Go across a “Real Road”, with its cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses that remember the colonial Candelaria.
  • Be amazed with the incredible view of Bogotá from “El Mirador”.

Price includes

  • Bilingual guide
  • Chicha taste, and snack
  • Hotel pick up and drop off.

Important Information

This tour is not available on weekends. Please read our cancellation policy.

 

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* Departure time:
11:00am

* Duration:
4 Hours

* Travelers:

Price Per Person $126.04
Total Price $126.04


Some authors define resilience as the ability to develop skills and positive attitudes in a not very favorable scenery and under negative circumstances. In this tour, you will observe the resilience of a group of young people from Egipto neighborhood and how they went from being gangsters and dangerous people to become tour guides that want to show other people their transformation and positive influence in the changes of their social environment. This tour is the best way to have an approach to the reality of many Colombian neighborhoods that, despite they have been marked by violence, little by little they are changing weapons for stories full of hope and desire for having a better life.

Breaking Borders is an initiative proposed by young former gangsters who decided to leave behind more than 50 years of war in the so-called "Invisible Borders" of the vulnerable neighborhoods of Bogota, and found in tourism a good alternative for their growing and development. Now, they themselves offer a guided tour around the different important areas of "The Guardian of History" how Egipto is called, since it is the second neighborhood of Bogotá and it has undergone several transformations from the colonial period to the present.

Start the tour at 11:00 a.m., at El Chorro de Quevedo, the place where the foundation of Bogotá took place and that, per bogotanos, it started with 12 houses, a little church, the food market and a fountain. This place is surrounded by colorful colonial buildings, cobble-stoned streets, handicrafts shops, restaurants and walls with amazing grafitis.

Passing through the cobbled calls of the Candelaria, full of life and colors, you will discover the place where the first aqueduct of Bogotá was located; from there, you will go upstairs until the ossuary of the parish “Nuestra Señora de Egipto” , that started as an hermitage, then a temple and finally, the huge church it is nowadays; here you will understand the influence of religion in Colombia’s history. In front of this church they celebrate every 6 January the “Fiesta de Reyes”, an important 3-day celebration in the city. Continue through Calle 10, a so-called “real walk” where you will also find cobble-stoned streets, colorful houses with balcony; Egipto inhabitants used to pass through this walk to go to the city’s center.

Then, you will reach “El Cuadrado”, which was before the meeting point of the gangs. Here, the guides will talk you about the reasons that gave birth to the borders division and how through the years they have got beyond violence and have searched new ways of life, achieving that Egipto stop being recognized because of his urban conflict problems. At this spot, you will taste the famous “Chicha”, an alcoholic beverage of indigenous origin, made with corn and sugar. After that, you will pass through a slum where you will observe the characteristics of a vulnerable community that despite they don't have access to basic utilities nor high quality of life, they are still full of life thanks to the warmth of its people, and the smiles and desire of their children to fight for their dreams. Before ending the tour, you will arrive in a rural area where you will delight with delicious arepas, an exquisite food made with corn flour, accompanied with hot chocolate.  Finally, you will go to the Mirador, where you will be able to observe the beautiful Bogotá and discover how the population has fun with its traditional games, as soccer.


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