Breaking Borders: A Social Transformation Experience

Breaking Borders

From £ 29.95

Experience first-hand how determination and resilience have set an end to violence and opened the doors to a peaceful future for people in the Egipto neighborhood.

  • Tour Duration
    4 Hour(s)
  • Ticket Type
    E Ticket
  • Group Size
  • Language Spoken
    English, German, Portuguese, Spanish
  1. Tour Overview

    Learn about the impressive history of a group of locals from the Egipto neighborhood in Bogotá. Deciding to leave their criminal past behind they have started the initiative Breaking Borders, showing tourists around their streets filled with artwork that tells the neighborhood’s history. In this way, tourism has formed a real alternative for their personal and professional development and opened the doors for a brighter future.

    You’ll be picked up with private transport and taken to El Chorro de Quevedo, the founding place of Bogotá, by your English-speaking guide. There you will meet one of the leaders of the Breaking Borders project who will be your local guide.

    Passing through the colorful streets of La Candelaria, you will be led to Nuestra Señora de Egipto, the church located at the entrance of Barrio Egipto. This is also the scene for the festivities on the 6th of January, a three-day religious carnival that is deeply rooted in the traditions of the people from Barrio Egipto.

    The Calle Real or Royal Street, once the people’s only connection to the city, will lead you deeper into the neighborhood. Your guide will then stop with you at El Cuadrado, a central point in the history of 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 is painted with pictures that tell you about the history and new values of the people.

    Walking uphill through the colorful streets of the neighborhood, you will notice first-hand how much the area has changed and transformed into a place of hope, peace, and culture. All along the way, you will be able to see the history of the people illustrated in impressive graffiti art. Your guide will let you in on the meanings and stories behind these murals.

    You will then reach the hills where the modest houses of the local guides and their families are bedded into the steep hills. You will note that the community is still underdeveloped and struggles with access to basic utilities. 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.

    In this area, you will also see one of the biggest changes in the neighborhood. Thanks to the project; a football field has been constructed for the children of the district. Hear why this field in and essential part of the ongoing transformation. 

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  2. Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 : Breaking borders

    • 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 dreams, hopes and goals
    • Experience first-hand how tourism is a powerful tool for positive transformation and generation of opportunities.
    • Wander the “Calle real” (royal street), with its cobble-stoned streets and colorful colonial houses. 

    Breaking Borders: A Social Transformation Experience with lunch at Buena Semilla Foundation
    • Pick-up at hotel/accommodation and transfer to the city center (if transportation option is selected) (30 minutes)
    • Meet up with the local guide at Cafe Wasikamas and start your journey to Barrio Egipto (15 minutes)
    • Learn about the neighborhood's history and the influence of religion by visiting The Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Egipto (30 minutes)
    • Explore Barrio Egipto and learn about the social transformation projects (1 hour 45 minutes)
    • Enjoy a traditional lunch and visit the local wood and weaving workshops led by ex-convicts and empowered women of the neighbourhood, members of the Buena Semilla Foundation. (1 hour 30 minutes)
    • Drop-off at the hotel/accommodation (if transportation option is selected) (30 minutes)  

  3. What's Included

    • Private transportation from and to your hotel
    • Chicha and Snack
    • Local Guide
    • Bilingual guide 

  4. What's Excluded

    • Optional tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses
    • Lunch (unless the lunch option is selected)

  5. Faq

    Please Note:

    Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation. 

  6. Requirements

    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Rain jacket (in case it rains)
    • Sunscreen (in case the day ends up being very sunny) 

  7. Cancellation Policy

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 24 hours or less before event
    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 72 hours or less before event

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