La Candelaria Graffiti

Day 205: Bogota, Colombia

So I wasn’t blown away by the museums in Bogota; in fact I was mostly disapointed with the Museum of Modern Art as I thought a country with such a tumultuous history would produce some of the most interesting art.

After all, terrible times often promote artistic genius.

However, the first day I stepped in La Candelaria, a popular neighborhood for backpackers, I knew it was the right place for me.

Sure it’s a tourist village with sushi and sandwiches aplenty but the first day I walked around for hours photographing the graffiti.

Graffiti intrigues me in every city as it often speaks to the culture’s undercurrent. Once you get by the tagging and random vandalism you see some of the most interesting artists.

In my home city, Toronto, there is a graffiti alley and each year it is repainted, not to restore the alley but to encourage new artwork.

Around every nook and cranny there is something to see in La Candelaria, the neighborhood is completely saturated with spray paint and a photographer’s dream and here are just a few:

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  1. Phil on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    I too was struck by the graffiti in Bogoto and in Candelaria in particular. As a city, I think it has some of the best street art in the world. Your photos are excellent. Thanks for sharing!! B well, Phil
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  2. Candice on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    These are so good!
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  3. Christy - Ordinary Traveler on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    Wow!! These are amazing! I can’t imagine creating art like this with the possibility of somebody covering it up! That is pretty interesting about Graffiti Alley in Toronto.
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  4. Zablon Mukuba on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    atleast you werent too disappointed and got to see some art

  5. Hogga aka @ _thetraveller_ on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    what alley in TO??
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  6. Ayngelina on the November 9, 2010 remarked #


    It’s the one that stretches just South of Queen West, I think it may start at Ossington. Just hit the alley by Queen and you can’t miss it.

    A couple of years ago the city had a map on their web site that stretched along a few streets to do as an afternoon walk.

    Also if they haven’t torn in down yet I climbed under a fence at the Brickworks to see the graffiti there and took some amazing photos.

    • Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ on the May 18, 2011 remarked #

      I didn’t know that! I should check it out. Theres quite a bit near the subway tracks at Dundas West that I used for a colourful background when taking portrait shots for some friends.
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      • Ayngelina on the May 18, 2011 remarked #

        I have also been in the Brickworks many times although I think they demolished the building we used to break into.

  7. Andi on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    Loooove the photos!
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  8. Nicole (Casa Bellavista Hostel) on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    love it. The grafitti is one of my favorite things about La Candelaria.

  9. Kirsty on the November 9, 2010 remarked #

    these are brilliant, love the photos

  10. Sarah on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    As a designer, I love Graffiti too. These Graffiti i at La Candelaria are pretty impressive. Great Shots!
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  11. Sophie on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Bright, colourful graffiti. Very nice. And the slide function on flickr – never used (or seen) that before. Inspired to go play with that now.

  12. Tran on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Great photos, Ayngelina! The bailare sobre tu tumba is interesting….
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  13. Carmie Brogan on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    It would be interesting to know who they are and the story behind them.

  14. Teresa on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Thanks for sharing the graffiti. I love it!

  15. Dina on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Wow, this is an awesome graffiti collection! Great outdoor/free/fenceless art museum :)
    I like the first one the most, even though kinda creepy.
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  16. Cornelius Aesop on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Great photos. This reminds me of Rio, the street art was amazing I tried to take photos but never got too many.
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  17. Kyle on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Way better than any art museum! I just noticed some new grafitti by my house. It’s actually pretty disturbing, shows a sign that says “no pets allowed,” and then a painting of a dog with a human in a diaper on a leash.

  18. Michael on the November 10, 2010 remarked #

    Love the pics, graffiti always interest me.
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  19. Angela on the November 11, 2010 remarked #

    The art is so unique compared to the graffiti I see around here. I find that most graffiti in Toronto is very similar to one another…

  20. Lorna - the roamantics on the November 11, 2010 remarked #

    wow! these look more like commissioned murals than graffitti! great pix!
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  21. mark on the November 13, 2010 remarked #

    cool… thank you for sharing

  22. Brian H. on the November 20, 2010 remarked #

    I agree with Lorna. I think that’s some amazing graffiti.

  23. Michael Hodson on the January 18, 2011 remarked #

    I hope my pics end up half as good as yours!
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  24. Federico on the May 17, 2011 remarked #

    Nice shots. I was surprised by Bogota, found it to be a very charming city, with plenty to see. Did you go up to Monserrate?

  25. DTravelsRound on the May 17, 2011 remarked #

    I agree with you — I love wandering around town and finding the gorgeous street grafitti. Berlin is a mecca for this, and there are so many other gorgeous places with amazing work worthy of being photographed and on display.
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  26. Erica on the May 19, 2011 remarked #

    I will never get tired of street art.
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    • Ayngelina on the May 20, 2011 remarked #

      Me either :)

  27. Brice on the July 16, 2012 remarked #

    I loved the street art in Bogota! I have a few of my own pics from there as well.
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  28. The Hairy Chef on the March 3, 2013 remarked #

    You should check out the Graffiti tour….!!
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