In the morning, we’ll have a walking tour through the heart of Bogota’s old quarter, known as La Candelaria,
with numerous restored, 300-year old homes and public buildings. Our tour passes through Plaza Bolívar,
San Francisco Church, the lively pedestrian street Calle 11 (known for its countless family-owned local
restaurants) and, time permitting, the 17th-century Santa Clara Convent.
The day’s highlight is a visit to the world-renown Gold Museum, which houses over 33,400 gold pieces
from Colombia’s pre-Hispanic cultures. Here, we will learn about how gold was once used for political and
social purposes, in myths, offerings and finally, the metallurgical techniques used to work with gold. This is
only an introduction to the cultural history around the gold of pre-Hispanic cultures as well as the Spanish’s
lust for this precious metal, following the 1502 landing party led by Vasco Nunez de Balboa. After visiting
the Gold Museum, we head to the north of Bogota and make our way to Villa de Leyva (a 3-hour drive).
Once in Villa de Leyva, we will check in at the hotel. (B)
Comfort Hotel, Posada de San Antonio.