To the colder capital Bogota - a must visit

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
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Trip End Sep 29, 2012


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Villa Candelaria

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Monday, March 26, 2012

After the night journey from San Agustin that went seamlessly, we arrive to a pretty bad hostal and I discover the very cold weather of Bogota.

We head to the La Candeleria area, which is the older part of Bogota and visit the Museum of Gold.  It was really interesting, except my eyes kept closing as I was tired. I never sleep much on these overnight bus journeys and waves of tiredness kept hitting me. I left Nadine to it, got my maintenance done (eyebrows and waxing) and headed back to the hostal to rest some.

We tried a place to eat and saw red thai curry on the menu, just there was no sauce it was just a stir-fry. Good lesson learned here, don't expect what you would at home, you will just be disappointed!

I visited a beautiful view point in Bogota, the city itself is 2100 metres above sea level and this view was another 1000 metres higher. It was quite a sunny day and we walked about three or four hours and ate our sandwiches we bought in town up there. It was safe walking up Monserrate, despite what our guidebooks told us and other travellers. It was heavily policed, as everywhere in Colombia, and there were alot of locals excerising and even running to keep fit. At altitude I thought they are nuts, but good stamina training and Nadine and I agreed another good practice for the Inca Trail soon.

Quite a few travellers told me skip by Bogota, just stay a couple of days. I would not agree, ok with the cold weather it isn't ideal but there is a lot to see and do here with the view point, visits around Bogota and also the many great museums I am still yet to visit possibly on my way back through here for my flight.

At night in Bogota it was very cold that we made make-shift hot water bottles from coke bottles to put into our beds, I was even wearing my wooly hat and fleece with waterproof jacket over in an attempt to keep warm. With all this in mind I made my plans to leave Bogota to get somewhere a bit warmer and sadly had to say goodbye to Nadine after one last delicious porridge together. It's hard saying goodbye to very nice people you meet travelling but sometimes good things do come to an end but we will be keeping in touch for sure.
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