Breaking Borders: Bogota's Social Transformation Experience

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
  • Departure Details :
    CAFÉ WUASIKAMAS, Cra. 4 ###12b-27, Bogotá, Colombia
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If the option selected includes pick-up at Bogotá hotels/accommodations, please enter your location details. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Some authors define resilience as the ability to develop skills and positive attitudes in an unpleasant scenery and under negative circumstances. In this tour, you will witness the resilience of a group of young people from Egipto neighborhood in Bogot. You will hear about their fascinating life stories, especially about their radical transformation from being gang members to become tour guides. They are eager to show you how their personal development influenced their social environment in a very positive way. This tour is a great way to have an approach to the reality of many Colombian underprivileged neighborhoods.

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Breaking Borders is an initiative proposed by former heads of a gang who decided to leave behind their criminal life and more than 27 years of violent conflicts between rival gangs of the vulnerable neighborhoods of Bogotá. They have found in tourism a real alternative for their personal and professional development. Now, they offer a guided tour around important areas of "The Guardian of History", how Egipto is called, since it is the second neighborhood of Bogotá and it has undergone several transformations from the colonial period to the present.

The tour begins when our driver picks you up at your place of stay and bring you to El Chorro de Quevedo, the place where the foundation of Bogotá took place. There you will meet our English speaking guide who will serve as a translator and also tell you about their process, and one of the leaders of the project who will be your local guide.

Then, we will pass through the cobbled-stoned streets of La candelaria neighborhood which is full of vibrant colors. There you will reach the place where the first aqueduct of Bogotá was located. From there, you will go upstairs until Nuestra Señora de Egipto, which was once a hermitage, later became a temple and nowadays is a church. From there we will go deeper into the neighbourhood through Calle 10, a so-called Royal Street where you will also find cobble-stoned streets and colorful houses with balconies. In the past, it was the only street that Egipto inhabitants could use to go to the city center.

Next, you will reach El Cuadrado, which once was a strategic point for the gangs for having control of the territory. Here, your tour guide will talk about the reasons that gave birth to the division of the community into 2 enemy gangs and why this violent conflict didnt seem to have an exit. They will also explain how their life as criminals and gang members was and the inspiring process they have been though in order to break with almost 3 decades of conflict. In this point we will have the chance to try a home-brewed chicha and a local snack.

 After that, you will pass through a slum where you will see the characteristics of an underdeveloped community. The community still struggles with access to basic utilities and most of the people dont have a comfortable lifestyle. However, they are full of life thanks to their warmth, and the smiles and desire of their children to fight for their dreams.

The final stop of the tour will be a proof of the transformation that this neighborhood has had. At the highest part of Egipto, there is a communal futbol field. There you will have the chance to interact with the kids and play with them some futbol. Here you will hear why this field is so important for the reconciliation and the construction of a sustainable peace.


Private transportation from and to your hotel

Chicha and Snack

Bilingual guide

Local Guide

The tour is private and personalized


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks, unless specified



Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Dress code is smart casual

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 19-Apr-2018

    This tour was amazing. It was great to see the transformation happening in the neighbourhood. I did pay quite a bit extra because I was doing it solo but I learned a lot so it was ok. The guide and driver were great and I felt a bit bad that I could not tip them more because I gave a bigger tip to the former gang members instead. They were excited to tell their stories and I was interested in knowing how they feel now. One of them told me that he felt RELAXED now. Drinking, drugs and violence on Friday nights has now turned into Family movie night where they play movies for the whole neighbourhood. Good to meet the young kids who are part of this organization too. The one I met wants to go to school and become an English tour guide. Great tour...price was not properly reflected. They should fix the price to a per person..I paid over 200 Canadian dollars for a tour that said 55 and up. You will want to tip so bring extra cash. Good tour, you quickly realize how lucky you are once you see where they live. Do it and support the group.