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Breaking Borders

"Experience the story of how resilience has transformed the Egipto neighborhood in Bogotá. Discover graffiti art and chat with the locals on this authentic tour."


  • 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.
  • Add On: Get to know "Buena Semilla" workshop and the artisans behind wood and wool crafts.
  • This is a HEART experience (more in important information)

Read more about the experience in these blog posts

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How former gang members are rebuilding Bogota’s most violent neighborhood

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Check out this amazing video report from Travel Life Experiences about the Breaking Borders Project.

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 La Candelaria, the founding place of Bogotá, by your English-speaking guide. There you will learn about the project while drinking a coffee or agua panela before heading 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.



Check out this amazing video report from Travel Life Experiences about the Breaking Borders Project.

How this tour creates an impact

The leaders of the Breaking Borders project want to change the neighborhood's narrative of violence and give a positive example to the youth in the area by creating an urban tourism project that tells their own stories using the art of graffiti and rap. On an extended version of the tour, you’ll visit the wood and weaving workshops of the NGO Buena Semilla. Breaking Borders and Buena Semilla contribute the community processes from the support of children, youth and women. 

This tour is part of our HEART experiences.


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

Our tours with transport include the time of the journeys within the duration.

$75 USDPrice Per Person

Starting At:

10:00 AM


$ USDPrice Per Person

Starting At:

10:00 AM



Add - Ons for this tour:

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. ( NOT AVAILABLE ON WEEKENDS )

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