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Bogota´s La Candelaria section begins at the foothills of the Monserrate and Guadalupe peaks, on the eastern part of the savanna. With only 181 hectares, it is one of the smallest localities in the city. Yet the size of La Candelaria, both as a locality and as a neighborhood, is at odds with the immeasurable historical archive and cultural inventory it preserves.
A good part of the events that marked the destiny of the city and the nation took place in this centric zone of the Colombian capital. Following the foundation of Bogotá in what is today the bohemian plaza of Chorro de Quevedo, there began the construction of sites and the parade of characters whose legacy is one of Bogota´s most important assets.
The Ghost Tour is a walk along the streets of La Candelaria as seen through the eyes of six characters who left their mark on many of Bogota´s events.
La Candelaria is an urban complex that begins on the mountainside and ends at the congested Carrera Décima, or Tenth Avenue. The streets of La Candelaria, all of which bear a number and a name, are home to a diversity of places, in most of which an important event took place or a character resided who became famous in the course of the years.
Precisely, it is the passage of time that has been in charge of confirming the existence of those characters or to make myths of several of them, all risen from cultural roots and oral tradition.
Nowadays the Ghost Tour follows the steps of the inhabitants of years past and recreates unlikely events and situations. It is a tourist strategy born from research, which collected a series of data - truthful and anecdotal - to transmit them in an original fashion to the area’s new wayfarers.
Some events and characters have been taken from books and are now represented live in the settings where history says they took place. The Ghost Tour is a walk along the streets of La Candelaria as seen through the eyes of six characters who left their mark on many of Bogota´s culture events.
The streets of La Candelaria, all of which bear both a number and a name, are home to a diversity of places, in most of which an important event took place or a character who became famous in the course of the years resided.
As a novel attraction, this promenade of Bogota´s historical center brings together the performing arts to accompany the traveler during his or her visit to the area’s landmarks. Here, theater is removed from conventional settings and brought to life by way of character monologues on streets and in houses.
This tourist and cultural proposal encourages the visitors’ imagination through a question inquiring what they think would happen if, all of a sudden, the characters, and even the heroes described in the city’s history, materialize before their eyes.
Even more appealing is the fact that during these encounters with the past, there also appear fantastic beings whose existence has been recorded for one reason or another and have become part of the city´s identity.
The Ghost Tour is a marvelous walk that includes the company of characters like:
Those are the characters in charge of telling their experiences to whoever enters the settings that served them as homes, hiding places, refuges for inspiration, or confabulation sites for becoming heroes or villains.
This three-hour history review is also food for the imagination when incredible legends are heard about the following ghosts in the vicinity of the Chorro de Quevedo, the Plaza de Bolívar, the plaza of the Universidad del Rosario, and the 20 de Julio House Museum:
La Candelaria is the district where Bogota´s history began to be written, while folk wisdom and rumors created a vast, interesting, and amusing wealth of fantasy.