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Bogota Graffiti Tour

The most enjoyable activity in Bogota is to take a graffiti tour and stroll the streets of the old town La Candelaria.

The graffiti tours take place every morning and afternoon starting from the Journalists Park and walking through the streets of la Candelaria and lasts about 2,5 hours, guided by qualified guides who give you all the details about the artists and their works. You are expected to tip at the end. It’s fun and educational.

Graffiti, im Bogota, is more than a street art, it is the unheard voices shouting from the walls, the best way to learn about the sub cultures. All the messages, artistic, conceptual, political, humorous are hidden in these walls. The main cities of Latin America such as Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Valparaiso Chile, graffiti has become a part of cities’ silhouette and one of the main tourist attractions. Some of the graffiti artists are worldwide known artists who travel from one city to the other and leave their signature on the walls, some of the works are worth hundred thousands of dollars.

Graffiti is not only about painting city walls, it is also about giving political messages. Here in Bogotá it is the voice of Latin American people who have always suffered and who are continuing to suffer; a fight for survival from the period of Spanish colonisation to today’s global capitalist era. The lands where the gap between the richest and the poorest is the highest, where even the natural sources like water, air, that belong to the people need to be protected from being exploited by corporates and sold again to people. Despite all this, people who look happy and optimist.

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