Guided tour

Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

Activity provider: Colombian Touring
Guided tour

Bogotá: El Paraíso Favela Tour with Cable Car

Activity provider: Colombian Touring

From US$ 43.03 per person

Get off the tourist track and go on a walking tour of Bogotá's El Paraíso favela. See the district's colorful houses from above as you ride up the cable car ride and learn the stories behind area's inspiring street art.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup optional
Pickup and drop-off available from any neighborhoods other than La Candelaria
Wheelchair accessible
Small group available


  • Experience another side of Bogatá on a guided tour of the El Paraíso favela
  • Discover the most innovative transportation system in Bogotá
  • See inspiring graffiti street art and meet with local leaders
  • Learn about the history and contemporary changes of the El Paraíso favela
Full description

Go on a guided walking tour through Bogatá’s El Paraíso favela district. Hop on a cable car, meet with community leaders, learn about the local life, and see technicolor graffiti-filled walls. 

Start your journey with either hotel pickup, or a bus transfer, accompanied by your guide. Arrive at the cable car station and begin your ride up the hill to El Paraiso.

Takin in the panoramic views as your soar over the city. Gaze down at the colorful houses, and get a bird's eye view of the harsh living realities faced by the residents. 

After your ascent, head off on a walking tour with your local guide to get a feel for the neighborhood. Wander the bustling avenues, spotting street art among the neon-painted houses and narrow boulevards.

Meet local community leaders in charge of the New Life Foundation, learning about the positive changes that are being put into place to help revitalize this vibrant, yet underserved district. Continue to the best spot for panoramic views over the entire city, then try a traditional Colombian snack to get a feel for local culinary culture. Afterwards, head back down on the cable car, having seen a glimpse into one of Bogotá's most notorious favelas.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Transmilenio bus tickets (if option selected)
  • Cable car tickets
  • Snack and refreshments
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meeting point is in front of Museo del Oro, in the Candelaria neighborhood.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Note that this tour visits one Bogotá's most dangerous districts. Avoid bringing valuables with you and do not display personal belongings while on the tour. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pickpocketing
  •  The walk is not very demanding, but El Paraíso's altitude is 10,100 feet (1,600 feet higher than Bogotá), so it is recommended that you drink plenty of water
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4.8 /5

based on 272 reviews

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An interesting and authentic experience with an excellent guide. You’ll learn a lot about the real Bogota and how it’s cleverly and creatively solving its social problems. Francisco is an excellent guide and was great company on this trip. We always felt safe and his knowledge and strong English skills made it even better.

March 11, 2023

This tour was one of the best things we did in Bogota. We learned so much about the favelas from Francisco. The great thing is that part of the money go for a NGO in the local community that helps further improve the area. The energy of El Paraiso was mesmerizing, such a colorful neighborhood with very friendly people. We had a local guide with us the whole time and we felt extremely safe. The view from the cable cars is stunning. The tour ends in a local bakery where we tasted some very delicious sweet and savory pastries. Really worth the money.

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March 10, 2023

Learned a lot about the life of the favela inhabitants of Bogota. However, it was also a unique experience in getting to see a different part of city life that you wouldn't normally be exposed to. Francisco was a great guide and had a lot of knowledge to share about the local community and the city itself.

February 21, 2023

Product ID: 326466