Bogotá Graffiti Tour

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

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.

On a building in La Candelaria on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

On a building in La Candelaria

Woman with a butterfly in her mouth on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Woman with a butterfly in her mouth

 

The Tour

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.

Near Chorro de Quevedo on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Near Chorro de Quevedo

A flaming tiger and hummingbird on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

A flaming tiger and hummingbird

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.

Political graffiti on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Political graffiti

Political graffiti on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Political 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:

Looking down a street in La Candelaria on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Looking down a street in La Candelaria

"Animalez" on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

“Animalez”

A lizard on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

A lizard

A colorful wall on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

A colorful wall

"Todos Contamos" on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

“Todos Contamos”

Political graffiti on the Bogotá Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia

Political graffiti

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