Breaking Borders: a social transformation experience
Meet the Locals

Breaking Borders: a social transformation experience

Availability: Mondays to Saturdays
Duration: up to 2 hours
Language: English , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Experience first-hand how tourism is a powerful tool for positive transformation and generation of opportunities
  • Visit 'The Guardian of History', Bogotá’s second oldest neighborhood, unexplored before due to its safety problems
  • Get inspired by the transformation stories of former gang members that are now working for their goals and dreams
What to expect

Learn about the impressive history of a group of locals from the Egipto neighborhood in Bogotá. Deciding to leave their criminal past behind, they started the initiative Breaking Borders, showing tourists their streets filled with artwork that tells the neighborhood’s history.

Our first stop will be La Candelaria, the founding place of Bogotá. There you'll learn about the project while drinking coffee or agua panela before heading to Nuestra Señora de Egipto, the church located at the entrance of Barrio Egipto.

You'll walk through Calle Real (Royal Street), once the people’s only connection to the city. Then we'll stop at El Cuadrado, a central point in the history of the gang fights of the area. While in the past this place was a strategic point for control over the territory for the gangs, today it's painted with impressive graffiti art that tells the history and new values of the people, you'll notice first-hand how much the area has changed and transformed into a place of hope, peace, and culture.

Then you'll reach the hills where the modest houses of the local guides and their families are bedded into the steep hills. You'll see that the community is still underdeveloped and struggles to access to basic utilities. In this area, you'll also see one of the biggest changes in the neighborhood: a football field that has been constructed for the children of the district. You'll hear why this field is an essential part of the ongoing transformation.

In spite of these conditions, this place is full of life thanks to the people’s warmth, joy, and desire of their children to fight for their dreams.

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What's included
  • Chicha drink
  • Snacks
  • Guided tour
What's not included
  • Transportation
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Where

Bogotá, Colombia

Meeting point:
  • You'll receive further details about the meeting point after booking
What to remember
  • The tour operator will contact you for further details about the meeting point and schedule after booking
  • Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors, these changes will be notified to you with anticipation
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When
  • Mondays to Saturdays at 10.00am
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Provider
IMPULSE Travel
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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