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Host: Maria Jose

Bogotá, Colombia

USD
$70-$76 per person

Private tour of Paloquemao market in Bogota

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Maria Jose

While Maria Jose was traveling the world, the seed of a powerful idea was planted in her mind: to find a way to introduce her fellow travelers to modern Colombia through the country’s culinary richness. Driven by the desire to shake off Colombia’s reputation as a troubled nation and replace it with a new respect for the country’s breathtaking biodiversity, she offers tours at the Paloquemao Market in Bogota to educate guests about local ingredients.

Join Maria Jose for a deep-dive into the exotic world of Colombian fruits and vegetables. She is a passionate advocate for her country’s gastronomy and hopes that through her work she can increase travelers’ understanding of Colombia’s past, present and future. Her goal is to help create local jobs, support good agricultural practices, and help make her country a better place in this new age of peace building.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Market visit: (1-7 guests) Meet your host, Maria Jose, at the spectacular Paloquemao Market for an exploration of Colombia’s extensive variety of fruits and vegetables. Maria Jose will lead you through the marketplace on this private Bogotá market tour and introduce you to more than 15 varieties of exotic fruit. From granadilla, to lulo, to mangostino, to gulupa, you will walk from stall to stall tasting the fruits and fruit juices, while learning about local cooking, agriculture and importance of farmers to the Colombian economy. In addition to sampling fruits, you will also taste savory foods sold at the small stalls in the market. Maria Jose might take you to snack on almojábana (Colombian cheese bread), empanadas, sausages, and other local foods for sale. She will also introduce you to local herbs, tropical flowers, and handicrafts.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different geographical regions in Colombia and the wide variety of foods eaten throughout the country. While you will not sit down to eat an entire meal all at once, you will leave the experience with a full stomach having sampled many different fruits and snacks, and you will have a new appreciation of Colombia’s wide varied gastronomy.

Maria Jose can also help you do a bit of shopping and can assist with bargaining if there is something you might like to buy at the market.

Notes: Your tour of the market and the menu can be customized to your interests and tastes. Just tell Maria Jose if there are certain fruits you would like to try, or if you have a craving for salty over sweet. The market tour is scheduled to begin at 10am, but you can start anytime between 8am-12pm. If you would prefer to start at a different time, feel free to ask when you make your booking.

Maria Jose can offer round-trip transportation only from the following neighborhoods in Bogota: Zona T, Candelaria or Chapinero. If you would like her to pick you up please add transportation to you booking and be sure to tell her where you are staying.

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Taste a wide variety of Colombian fruits: Lulo, granadilla, mangostino, gulupa, guanabana
  • Morcilla
  • Papa amarilla
  • Almojabana
  • Empanada
  • Lulo juice
  • Local alcohol called Cola y Pola

Traveler reviews

Maria Jose Caro was INCREDIBLE. My fruit market tour with Maria Jose Caro was one-of-a-kind, and filled me up both body and soul. More than just a chance to taste more than a dozen fruits, she's worked with chefs to determine the best order to taste them in, as well as developing relationships with the sellers in the market to be responsible in how tours interact with them. It made a huge difference. She's clearly beloved by the people working in the market, and has a variety of pro-social practices built into her business that make you feel good about spending your money with her. (i.e. launching English lessons for the people in the market) The tour came with a strong dose of history and explanation of the culture of Colombia, issues related to the cultivation and consumption of fruit, and even history. Incredibly thorough, informative, and just plain fun to dig into fruit all morning. The highlight of my time in Bogota.
- Paul Byrne March 18, 2018

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Maria Jose

$70-$76 USD

per person
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  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour
$76 $70 $70
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour
$76 $70 $70
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour
10:00am-1:00pm

Meet Maria Jose

While Maria Jose was traveling the world, the seed of a powerful idea was planted in her mind: to find a way to introduce her fellow travelers to modern Colombia through the country’s culinary richness. Driven by the desire to shake off Colombia’s reputation as a troubled nation and replace it with a new respect for the country’s breathtaking biodiversity, she offers tours at the Paloquemao Market in Bogota to educate guests about local ingredients.

Join Maria Jose for a deep-dive into the exotic world of Colombian fruits and vegetables. She is a passionate advocate for her country’s gastronomy and hopes that through her work she can increase travelers’ understanding of Colombia’s past, present and future. Her goal is to help create local jobs, support good agricultural practices, and help make her country a better place in this new age of peace building.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Market visit: (1-7 guests) Meet your host, Maria Jose, at the spectacular Paloquemao Market for an exploration of Colombia’s extensive variety of fruits and vegetables. Maria Jose will lead you through the marketplace on this private Bogotá market tour and introduce you to more than 15 varieties of exotic fruit. From granadilla, to lulo, to mangostino, to gulupa, you will walk from stall to stall tasting the fruits and fruit juices, while learning about local cooking, agriculture and importance of farmers to the Colombian economy. In addition to sampling fruits, you will also taste savory foods sold at the small stalls in the market. Maria Jose might take you to snack on almojábana (Colombian cheese bread), empanadas, sausages, and other local foods for sale. She will also introduce you to local herbs, tropical flowers, and handicrafts.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different geographical regions in Colombia and the wide variety of foods eaten throughout the country. While you will not sit down to eat an entire meal all at once, you will leave the experience with a full stomach having sampled many different fruits and snacks, and you will have a new appreciation of Colombia’s wide varied gastronomy.

Maria Jose can also help you do a bit of shopping and can assist with bargaining if there is something you might like to buy at the market.

Notes: Your tour of the market and the menu can be customized to your interests and tastes. Just tell Maria Jose if there are certain fruits you would like to try, or if you have a craving for salty over sweet. The market tour is scheduled to begin at 10am, but you can start anytime between 8am-12pm. If you would prefer to start at a different time, feel free to ask when you make your booking.

Maria Jose can offer round-trip transportation only from the following neighborhoods in Bogota: Zona T, Candelaria or Chapinero. If you would like her to pick you up please add transportation to you booking and be sure to tell her where you are staying.

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Taste a wide variety of Colombian fruits: Lulo, granadilla, mangostino, gulupa, guanabana
  • Morcilla
  • Papa amarilla
  • Almojabana
  • Empanada
  • Lulo juice
  • Local alcohol called Cola y Pola

Traveler reviews

Maria Jose Caro was INCREDIBLE. My fruit market tour with Maria Jose Caro was one-of-a-kind, and filled me up both body and soul. More than just a chance to taste more than a dozen fruits, she's worked with chefs to determine the best order to taste them in, as well as developing relationships with the sellers in the market to be responsible in how tours interact with them. It made a huge difference. She's clearly beloved by the people working in the market, and has a variety of pro-social practices built into her business that make you feel good about spending your money with her. (i.e. launching English lessons for the people in the market) The tour came with a strong dose of history and explanation of the culture of Colombia, issues related to the cultivation and consumption of fruit, and even history. Incredibly thorough, informative, and just plain fun to dig into fruit all morning. The highlight of my time in Bogota.
- Paul Byrne March 18, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour
$76 $70 $70
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour
$76 $70 $70
Alcohol
$0 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour
10:00am-1:00pm
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