As one of the top cities in the world for graffiti, quite possibly the best tour in Bogotá is the Bogotá Graffiti Tour. This tour is held twice daily and run by the street artists themselves. Tours are free but donations of COP$20,000-$30,000 are suggested. The tours meet at Parque de los Periodistas. You can make a reservation on their website.
Our guide was J, a Colombian who grew up in New York City. He did a fantastic job of keeping the group of over 50 people organized and on schedule. J was enthusiastic and was able to answer every single question with a thorough response.
The tour isn’t just about looking at the incredible street art and graffiti in the La Candelaria area. J told us the background of nearly each artist and the story behind each piece we visited. He also gave us a history of the area as we walked past important landmarks.
As the tour progressed, we were able to see more and more amazing works of art, finishing with some of the more political pieces. J explained the symbolism behind each political work, and told the tourists the truth about government corruption and other reasons for the graffiti.
The tour lasts about 2 ½ hours but the time flies by because you are always anticipating what’s around the next corner. I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the tour: