Walking Tour Chapinero

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Tour description

Chapinero is located in the heart of Bogota – often visited but rarely understood. Here we find a complex and unique micro-universe, among the many other drupelets in the metropolis of Bogota.

Once a hamlet occupied by farms and paddocks on the outskirts of Bogotá, Chapinero has become a must-see destination in the city. The neighborhood embraces diversity and is considered the social, cultural, and entrepreneurship hub of the city. Its inhabitants are a testimony to its socioeconomic, political and religious diversity. Chapinero is home to Colombians from all over the country and as well as many foreigners. It houses some of the most important financial and gastronomic sites in the city. In addition, it is the epicenter of the LGTBIQ community in the city, and arguably in the country.

The confluence of such diverse forces results in an environment dominated by innovation and creative initiatives that serve as a window to the future of Colombia. We wander past art galleries, antique shops, design stores, bars, coffee shops, and schools, among others. The architecture of Chapinero illustrates the urban transformations that Bogotá has experienced during its expansion.

There is no better way to get to know Chapinero – and to immerse in the world of its people, its flavors and its sounds – than accompanied by a long-time resident, seeing stories and details invisible to the naked eye.

And of course, do not miss the opportunity to experience Chapinero street art, with graffiti and murals, beautiful, inspiring, and often with a satirical political perspective. Take a lot of pictures, urban art is transient!

Our tour (which lasts between 3 hrs and 3.5 hrs) starts at 3:30 p.m. It includes central points of the 4 mini-neighborhoods that make up Chapinero: La Porciúncula, Quinta Camacho, Emmaus, and Chapinero Central. The route is around 5.5 Km. We conclude in the central, bohemian area of Quinta Camacho.

Starting point: Universidad Sergio Arboleda – Cl. 74 #14-14, Bogotá

Endpoint: Mono Bandido, Quinta Camacho

Tour Duration: 3h – 3:30min

  1. Sergio Arboleda University – welcome message and beginning of the tour.
  2. National Pedagogical University – urban art has an important role here!
  3. Chile Avenue – La Porciúncula Church – the Catholic society.
  4. Calle 72 #9 – the point of intersection between the financial center and the bohemian neighborhood of Quinta Camacho
  5. Wilborada Library – coffee and books, Chapinero basics!
  6. Guillermo Marconi Park – Quinta Camacho neighborhood
  7. Café Cultor – colombian coffee experience!
  8. Avenue Carrera 7 #70  – must-see houses and mansions.
  9. Zona G (Gourmet) – don’t miss tips for tonight’s dinner!
  10. Chapinero Alto Neighborhood – a quiet residential area close to the mountains.
  11. Hippies Park – the oldest area of Chapinero and a very important spot for the LGTBIQ movement in Bogota.
  12. Lourdes Church – a gothic beauty that represents Chapinero like no other.
  13. Mono Bandido – trendy local beerhouse, a moment to get to meet your new friends!

*This tour was designed by our collaborator Juan Fernando Rodríguez París, a historian from the National University of Colombia, a long-time resident of Chapinero who knows each corner like no one else!

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