Legacy Churches Tour

  • Learn how the Spanish culture and religion was imposed over the pre-Hispanic cultures.

  • Witness the largest symbol of Catholic veneration from the point of view of modern Colombia at Iglesia del Divino Niño.

  • Afterwards, we will walk up the cobbled streets of La Candelaria neighbourhood until we reach Iglesia del Carmen

  • It is surprising to discover how religion is so pervaded into Colombian society. It is a factor that defines many social and cultural aspects, and has a strong influence on colombian’s lifestyle

In a Nutshell

  • Understand Colombian lifestyles and traditions through what has been present during the last 5 centuries of our history: the Catholic religion.
  • Visit Iglesia de San Francisco and learn about how Spanish religion and world-vision were placed over native culture.
  • Crack the clues hidden on the façade of the Prime Cathedral and get an idea about the dynamics between church, society and government throughout Colombian history.
  • Learn about the different interpretations of Virgin Mary at the Gothic Iglesia del Carmen.
  • Witness the largest symbol of Catholic veneration from the point of view of modern Colombia at Iglesia del Divino Niño.

Price includes

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference (Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German).
  • Local food snack.
  • Depending on bookings you might be in a small group up to 6 people or by yourself.


Important Information

We can add a visit to Monserrate (entrance fees not included). Please contact us for details. If there is any other place of interest you want to include in the tour, please let us know in advance and we will be glad to consider it for your itinerary.

Please read our cancellation policy.

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Departure time:
8:30am or 2:00pm

5 Hours

* Travelers:
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Price Per Person $104.53
Total Price $104.53

It might be surprising to discover how religion is embedded into Colombian society. It is a factor that defines many social and cultural aspects, and has a strong influence on Colombians' lifestyles. This tour goes beyond pilgrimage; our focus is to understand the history and current life of Bogotá through the most important connection throughout the last 5 centuries: the Catholic Religion.

The Legacy Churches Tour starts by visiting the San Francisco church, which contrary to the common belief, is the first church of Bogota. Here we will learn more surrounding the time that Spanish culture and religion was imposed onto pre-Hispanic cultures. Then we will walk along the vivid pedestrian pathway of the Carrera Septima, all the way up to Plaza de Bolívar, home to the Prime Cathedral. This magnificent colonial construction houses many secrets of the Catholic mission on its façade - full of symbols. Afterwards, we will walk up the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria neighborhood until we reach Iglesia del Carmen. The 1933 Gothic architecture will help us understand the way Virgin Mary has been interpreted and generated in different ways and fashions throughout the Catholic world.

Finally we will drive to the south of the city, to the 20 de Julio neighborhood. There we will witness the largest temple of the Catholic faith, which happens to combine Colombian folklore with the interpretation of the Bible Iglesia del Divino Niño. Learn more about this iconic church, why it has become the favorite of Colombians and learn about the amazing work of its architect, Juan Rizzo.

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