We didnt have the greatest experience in Bogotá for many reasons, and I could write an entire blog post about how much I didn’t like Bogotá, but there were a few things that I did like, so I thought I should share them.
1. Monserrate – a beautiful, historic church that overlooks the city of Bogotá from the mountains. And while this is predominantly a religious site, it also provides the best lookout over the city. We took the cable car up to the top because my fitness levels were definitely no where near ready to hike it, especially factoring in the altitude.
2. The Gold Museum – we happened to visit on a Sunday and got a nice surprise that admission was free. This made Museo del Oro all that much better. There was some fascinating pieces on display which was well worth a visit to know more about how Colombia came to be known for its tales about El Dorado. It also had an amazing display about the Guatavita Lake and the gold pieces that had once been sacrificed to the gods in this lake.
3. The Botero Museum – whilst this Museum houses several famous pieces (a few Picasso’s and the like), the most interesting by far are the artworks of Fernando Botero who has many pieces on display all around Colombia. He is most well known for his paintings and sculptures of fat people, fat animals and fruit. There is something incredibly unique and really captivating about them (to me).
So there it is, the things I liked about Bogotá. And whilst I promised this post would be about all of the things I liked, I must put forward a word of caution to all my fellow travelers to Bogotá – the stories you hear are true, it is not the safest city, especially in the La Candelaria district. You never think it will happen to you, but we were mugged in broad daylight and have heard of several other stories of the same nature both from other travelers and the police.
We can’t change what happened, but can only learn from it. Always exercise caution, trust your instincts or gut feeling in times of uncertainty and never be too complacent.
I’m sure that Bogotá has a lot more on offer, but after what happened, we were keen to leave! Up next.. Medellín!