After the enormous effort made for the Peace Agreement - that gave an end to a more than 50-year old conflict and its eight million victims- Colombia is in a crucial moment that will define the path for the next decades. To understand the present, heal the wounds from the past, and build a solid peace fabric for the future, it is necessary to look at ourselves from a different angle and understand the tremendous complexity of our history and the contradictions that had been part of us.
Our Weaving Peace tour will make you understand key moments of Colombia's history to focus especially on its rebirth and future considering geography, the city, and through the voice and example of true peace weavers who are already working on new paths of hope and memory for the country.
We will start the tour picking you up at your hotel at 8:00 am with your guide.
The first stop will be at Parque Nacional, where you can understand -thanks to a human-scaled map- the complexity of the Colombian geography, which is the main reason for our biodiversity and potential, but also a big handicap for social and political struggles that have labeled our history. To identify the regions, ecosystems, and the most important geographical accidents are the perfect start to understanding Colombia's road towards peace.
You will travel through the Eastern Hills towards La Candelaria, the historical neighborhood in which the country was built upon five centuries ago. There you will visit Café Wuasikamas, where the Inga indigenous community serves and sell the prize-winning coffee that they grow in their indigenous reserve in the mountains of southern Colombia. You will enjoy a delicious coffee or agua de panela, while the Ingas tell you about why their coffee business, which means Guardians Of The Earth, is a symbol of what the peace agreement is looking for the whole country. You will hear their story and learn about their suffering during the war, and the replacement of illegal crops, such as poppy drug production to fairtrade agro-products, which allow them to live from and preserve the rich mountains they inhabit.
Afterward, you will walk through Bogotá's Historical Center, stopping at Plaza de Bolívar, a microcosmos filled with 200 years of Colombian history. This place contained all polítical, religious, and executive powers during the independence, it also was the setting for La Toma del Palacio de Justicia, one of the most remembered and bloody episodes of the country, and the site where the massive manifestations related to the Peace Agreement signing in 2016.
You will then continue walking a few blocks north to the corner where the charismatic political leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was murdered in 1948, giving a start to the six decades of political violence that impacted Colombia's recent history. Here we will talk about the historical event that shook the country's foundations and the heartbreaking consequences that it had over Colombia's population.
You will walk through historical Avenida Jiménez - an avenue that illustrates Colombia's social transformations during the last decades- to arrive at Nasa Tul, an indigenous shop with the mission of destroying misconceptions about Coca. There you'll understand why 'Coca is not cocaine', and the tremendous importance of this sacred plant in indigenous culture, diet, and well-being. Here you'll learn the challenges indigenous people have faced in order to revindicate what's sacred and to remain distant from drug-traffic and violence. You will also learn why this is a key chapter in the Peace Agreement.
From this place, you will move to the "counter-monument" Fragmentos built by the artist Doris Salcedo and a group of women who were victims of Colombia's armed conflict. This artwork was built using the melted rifles of FARC ex-members as raw material and will stay on display during the same amount of years that the armed conflict lasted. Contrary to a common monument this artwork has a very distinctive approach to what a monument should be, represent, and feel like.
For last, you will have lunch at Salvo Patria, a restaurant with a native-food rescue philosophy that builds value chains with small producers to reactivate the rural areas and improve their inhabitants' living conditions -being this a part of the Peace Agreement. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch while you chat with Alejandro, the chef, and founder of this project. He will tell you about the importance of food in peacebuilding and the huge value of consumption chains among city inhabitants and Colombian farmers.
On Sundays, we will have our lunch at Canasto.
How this tour creates an impact
Travelers on the Weaving for Peace tour support three main initiatives. The first, at Café Wuasikamas, they meet members of the Inga indigenous community and taste their prize-winning coffee blend that supports farmers who replace illicit crops with fairtrade agro-products. With a similar mission, Distrito Chocolate produces delicious chocolates and works with farmer cooperatives that support thousands of families to turn from illegal coca farming to cultivating cacao. The tour wraps up at Salvo Patria, an incredible restaurant with a food rescue philosophy that works with rural inhabitants to reactivate the land and produce sustainable food.
This tours is part our HEART experiences.
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This experience can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund