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Food is a language of its own. There is a lot of cultures that are communicated through cooking and sharing a meal. And there is a lot to learn about people in what they eat daily.
If you are eager to learn about Colombia and have an empty stomach, join us in our downtown food tour! From local snacks to hearty meals, Bogotá has a lot of history and culture packed in its food.
We will start with Abre Bocas, Spanish for “mouth openers”. These are small “snacks” to open your appetite. Here you’ll taste the traditional, staple-breakfast food, the Arepa: a corn cake that has as many varieties as they are regions in Colombia. Plain, cheese-filled, sweet-corn, with toppings, you name it. Arepas are a cornerstone of the Colombian diet.
Next up is Pandebono: a corn flour cheese bread. Often accompanied by hot chocolate, it is believed it was invented by an Italian immigrant in the Valle del Cauca region, where it is very popular nowadays.
To finish opening your appetite, you’ll have Empanadas: Colombian fried dumplings. Like Arepas, Empanadas come in all shapes, sizes, and filling. Each region has its own twist and each person has their preference. Even locally people argue over the filling having potatoes or rice!
A short walk away, as the main course you can try Ajiaco or Lechona. Ajíaco is the dish most representative of Bogotá: a thick soup made with chicken, at least three types of potatoes, and Guasca, a local herb. It is one of the heartiest meals around.
Lechona, on the other hand, is a stuffed roast pig dish. More typical of the Tolima region of Colombia, Lechona has nonetheless become a cornerstone of the Bogotá diet. As with other meals, regions give the stuffing their own twist, but you can expect rice, peas, and onion as a base.
After these hearty dishes and a brisk walk, we’ll move to desserts. Fruits are big for sweet-toothed Colombians, and the local varieties cater to most taste buds. But we will also try the more locally-traditional Chocolate con Queso: hot chocolate with pieces of cheese. What cheese is often up to debate: some people like melty cheeses, like mozzarella type cheese. Others might prefer other, less melty varieties of local white cheese. It sounds like an odd combination, but cheese is a great balance to the often overly sweet hot chocolate.
The last dessert on our list is Obleas. This is a thin wafer sandwich most commonly filled with Arequipe. But other toppings are also popular, like marmalade or cream. You can often customize your own to your tastes.
This 2-hour food tour will begin in La Candelaria, in downtown Bogotá. After a brief introduction to the nuances of the local cuisine from our guide, the group will be taken to its first eating spot. Here you will have your first taste of food with what we call Abre Bocas (mouth openers): snacks or tea-time foods. You will have Pandebonos, Arepas, and Empanadas. All are popular around the country, but Bogotá has its own twist on the three of them.
Then, the group will move to the next eatery. Here you’ll have a proper traditional meal of Ajiaco and Lechona. The first is a traditional potato and chicken-based soup. The second a popular pork roast that comes from the Tolima region.
After a hearty meal, the group will move to desserts. Fruits will be the first stop – a healthier alternative. Then, we will go to taste two more traditional treats: Chocolate con Queso and Obleas.
Our eating adventure will end with a digestive coffee cup.