Well, after hearing and reading about how amazing the graffiti tour here in Bogota is, we finally went! A friend had come to town and it was the only time we could meet up, as they only had two days here and the tour was on their list. My friend who had just left went on the tour and I oohed and aahed over her photos, so I was looking forward to it. Plus it was something that I could do with the kids that they would enjoy too.
We all enjoyed it a lot. Some of the graffiti here is absolutely amazing and the stories and history that the guard gave were interesting and informative. The tour starts in Parque de Periodistas (Journalist’s Park) just south of 19th street and winds through Candelaria, going to the heart of where Bogota was formed. The walk itself is interesting and beautiful and lasts about 2 1/2 hours. The pace is good and the tour is free, accepting donations to continue what they are doing.
Here are some of my favorite artworks:
After the tour, we went for lunch at this cute little French restaurant that the guide recommended to us. It was included in the tour as the outside had an amazing lion painted next to the door.
The food was delicious, not terribly expensive and the service was excellent. They speak, French, Spanish and English. It was called Sant just Gastronomia in Candelaria. We sat and talked and relaxed for a couple of hours comfortably without being rushed.
I then took the kids home walking to the bus stop along Septima. It was a good day and the kids had a blast hanging out with our friend and enjoying the company, going around Candelaria on the graffiti and watching the buskers along Septima.