By far, one of the coolest and most memorable things about Bogota is its eye catching, impressive graffiti art. Covering the majority of the wall space in the Candaliaria district of the city, you can’t help but notice nearly each wall as you walk through the city streets, flanked with either an amazing spray painted mosaic, detailed stencil portrait of a local Colombian’s face, or an abstract depiction of one of many socially & politically charged messages.
A popular activity among many tourists is the Bogota Graffiti tour (facebook.com/bogotagraffiti) which is offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-3:30 pm departing from the Plaza De Periodistas center in La Candalaria district. The tour itself is free but they ask for a donation at the end which is up to the discretion of the attendees. The program was started by Aussie ex-pat and fellow artist ‘Crisp’ who both partakes in beautifying the city with his own art as well as organizes the tours. Our tour guide Anne was really great and informative and took us to the majority of the wall art scenes within La Candalaria. She was knowledgeable, informative and super friendly. By the end of the tour, we were familiar enough with the artist's look and feel to be able to identify their work on our own.
This tour was a great way to become acquainted with the neighborhood on foot while learning a lot about Colombian culture.