Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
111Trip End Jul 09, 2012
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Left the hostel in Merida at 7 to catch the 8:30 bus to San Cristobal, to our surprise the bus left 40 minutes early, happy days!! It took 5 hours to get to San Cristobal, and we then caught a bus straigh away to San Antonio on the Colombia Border, we got our passports stamped and jumped in a taxi to cross the border into Cucuta in Colombia, We arrived in the bus terminal at 3:50 and were on a bus to Bogota at 4 which is handy considering the Bus terminal was dodgy to say the least. From there the bus journey to was incredible, it was the kind of road that you would see on Top gear, through the mountains with harclip bends and fantastic views and alongside rivers and through small mountain villages. It was the kind of drive that you would see on Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson waxing lyrically about. We arrived into Bogota at 8 am and we were immediately struck by how cold it was, the reason being that this city of 8 million is 8000 feet up in the andes mountains
Chilled out in the hostel for the morning and caught up on all thats going on in the world, we then hit the road on our cycling tour which was excellent, we visited a lot of sights in the city including the bull ring, a number of cathedrals, an opera house, the main soccer stadium, a number of parks, an observatory, museums, squares and the most strangely of all the red light district which was shady enough and we were glad to do our best Stephen Roche impression and pedal as hard as we could out of there!!! As today (Monday) was a public holiday, the streets were empty which made cycling around a real treat. We met an Irish girl on the tour and arranged to meet her for a beer that evening, she brought a few from her hostel including this Israeli guy who got one seriously dodgy Tattoo that day on his back, he took off his top to display this masterpiece and the tattoo was running down his back!!! Went home early enough as we have a trip up Monseratte hill in the morning by Cable car!!!
Up early and tried without success to book flights to Lima, we then headed up the hill from our hostel to get the Cable car to the top of Monseratte, which is a mountain about 1000 metres up with the best views of the city
The trip to the Salt Cathedral was cancelled, not a happy bunny!! Chilled out in the hostel in the morning and then walked around the city, walked in through a few markets and grabbed gorgeous Ice cream in the middle of the city, had an early night as we have an early start in the morning, Peru, here we come!!