We will tour a 1500m2 Colonial House that includes an art gallery, a resident artist studio, gardens, rooftop look out, living and dining areas and a vacant lot with ruins. We will pick native fruits and plants: papayuela (tiny papaya), guatila (a spheric cucumber that grows on vines), mint, rosemary and other plants to make hot beverages or infuse in water. We will then concentrate in the kitchen where guests will learn about guarapo (fermented pineapple and honey/sugar cane beverage), coca leaf, pulverized tabaco, yerba mate, cacao, quinoa and corn - the staple foods and medicines of the Amazon and Andes. We will share an Amazonic Chai and then hang out in the garden, the rooftop lookout or return to any of the majestic spaces they desire.
I am perfectly bicultural (Colombia and USA) and am passionately knowledgable about the traditional plants, medicines, customs of the indigenous and the history of Bogotá and La Candelaria. I grew up in the house where we share the experience, truly one of the most beautiful Colonial Houses in the world. Guests will learn how to prepare fermented beverages from pineapple, enjoy an Amazonic Chai all while discovering the secrets of a home build in the mid 1700s. Once visitors come through the door they will feel the sanctity of a Colonial Fortress and truly travel in time.
We will snack on Güatila, a native spheric cucumber consumed raw with fresh lime juice, salt and/or chili pepper. . We will…
We will share hot and refreshing beverages like Amazonic Chai, herbal infusions and ginger/canelón/mint limeade.
Our visit is confined to a huge Colonial House build in the mid 1700, that has a rooftop lookout built by the famous Colombian Architect Simon Velez in 1977. The experience is closed to the public.
Don't forget your camera/phone and just in case make sure to wear layers, Bogotá's weather changes quickly.
Secrets of a Colonial Masterpiece