Bogotà is a city of many secrets and surprises. The graffiti tour is no secret, however. Normally the tour starts at the Park of the Periodistas, it lasts for about two and half hours, and it runs twice a day beginning at 10am and 2pm. It is a free tour but it is recommended that you give a donation to the guide.
I was never really interested in graffiti until I did this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour gives you some information not only about Bogotà’s vibrant street-art scene, and graffiti in general, but also the history, politics and culture of Colombia.
You can experience the freedom that this city gave to the artists to express their talent, and to create vast murals, which offer social commentary as well as artistic expression.
I learned about all the different types of graffiti . The main difference between graffiti writing and street art is intention. Graffiti writers are not interested in the general public understanding their artwork. They are primarily concerned with other graffiti writers who can decipher the coded tags and appreciate the style of the writing.
Rodez’s murals are unmissable due to his trademark style of depicting multiple eyes within his paintings. He is a visual and contemporary artist who also paints with his children. Stinkfish was born in Bogotà and is now recognised as one of the best street artists in the world, and there are many more artists to see around the city.
If you ever visit Bogotà, and have a spare morning or afternoon, don’t look any further!