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South America » Colombia » Bogota June 19th 2014

Over the years we’ve seen our fair share of cities, some have been good and some have not. Bogota is one of the good ones. It’s not without its drawbacks, the world famous drizzle being one, but what it loses in climatic charm it more than makes up for in culture. I’d be lying too if I said security wasn’t an issue, it is. The first weekend of World Cup football resulted in 9 fatalities and several disturbances across the city and reports of thefts and muggings aren’t uncommon. However, the mayor seems to have a pretty good grip on things and isn’t afraid to use his political muscle. In the near three weeks we have been here the Mayor has called for two dry days (‘Le Seca’) meaning that no alcohol can be sold or ... read more
Colombians are enjoying the world cup
Feeding the pigeons in Plaza Boliar
Strange faces at the museo del oro

South America » Colombia » Bogota June 16th 2014

Our Arrival We arrived into Bogota International Airport from Orlando Florida at 10pm. At immigration we were asked our occupations and address we were staying in Bogota. 90 days was stamped in our passport. (Note - to board the plane in the USA we were asked for proof of our return flight from Colombia). After immigration is the baggage claim and there was a casa de cambio where you could change money but no ATM's. Next is customs and again we were asked for our address in Bogota. Once through customs we were met by unofficial taxi drivers. We needed an ATM so went upstairs to departures where there were 4 ATM's in a row. Once we had some peso's we went back down to arrivals. We ignored the touts and went outside and lined up ... read more
Inside the Salt Cathedral
Inside the Salt Cathedral
Cerro Monserrat

South America » Colombia » Bogota May 17th 2014

1er juin 2012 : Nous nous levons à 8h15. Après le petit déjeuner et la douche, nous attendons Gregorio, le cousin de Socorro qui arrive à 9h30 pour nous faire visiter la ville et la région. Après un rapide tour de ville, nous partons pour Guatavita, une ville créée de toute pièce pour reloger les gens qui habitaient dans une ville recouverte par les eaux après la construction d'un barrage. Nous mangeons dans un restaurant italien sur la route puis nous rentrons à Bogota et visitons le musée national qui est tout près de l'hôtel. Nous rejoignons l'hôtel à 17h30 et après un peu de repos nous dînons à 19h30. Au lit de bonne heure car demain nous prenons l'avion de bonne heure. 02 juin 2012 : Debout à 3h00 ce matin et direction l'aéroport. Nous ... read more
GUATAVITA
GUATAVITA
GUATAVITA

South America » Colombia » Bogota May 16th 2014

29 mai 2012 : Lever à 6h00, petit déjeuner puis douche. Dernière promenade à Cuzco. Nous quittons l'hôtel à 9h00 direction l'aéroport. L'enregistrement au comptoir se fait à 9h30 sans problème pour Lima puis Bogota. Nous arrivons finalement à Bogota à 20h20 à l'heure prévue. Nous prenons un taxi pour rejoindre notre hôtel (Ibis) ce qui nous coûte 27 000 pesos. Enfin une journée sans problème avec des horaires respectés. Nous avons simplement passé plus de temps dans les aéroports que dans les avions. 30 mai 2012 : Nous nous levons à 8h00 et après la douche et le petit déjeuner, nous récupérons notre taxi de la veille à qui nous avions demandé de venir nous chercher. Nous partons visiter la cathédrale de sel à Zipaquira. C'est une mine de sel dans laquelle on descend en ... read more
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ZIPAQUIRA
ZIPAQUIRA

South America » Colombia » Bogota May 16th 2014

31 mai 2012 : Nous nous levons à 8h15. Comme le musée de l'or n'est pas loin de l'hôtel, nous y allons à pied. Nous montons ensuite à Monserrate avec le funiculaire. De là, nous avons un point de vue exceptionnel sur Bogota. En redescendant à l'hôtel, nous nous arrêtons à la "Quinta de Bolivar" qui est la maison où a vécu Simon Bolivar. C'est une maison agréable mais assez simple, pas du tout une demeure royale. Nous arrivons à l'hôtel à 17h00 et prenons notre dîner à 20h00. Un petit tour sur internet pour envoyer des fleurs, c'est bientôt la fête des mères.... read more
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BOGOTA
BOGOTA

South America » Colombia » Bogota March 30th 2014

When you hear the word Colombia, what are the first things that spring to mind?!...Cocaine, drug lords (namely Mr Escobar), crime and general lawlessness?! From what we had heard from hoards of other travellers, the aforementioned are all a thing of the past, with the new Colombia offering vibrant cities, stunning beaches, beautiful countryside and the friendliest of people. It was now time to find out for ourselves. We arrived at Bogota's clean and modern international airport early in the afternoon, hopped in a taxi and made our way to our hostel. Having shared the taxi with an English couple we had just met at the airport, the taxi dropped them off first at the city centre area of La Candelaria. The area is still pretty notorious for crime, especially at night. Despite this, it still ... read more
The gardens at the top of the viewpoint
Coffee...and a hot chocolate
Plaza Bolivar

South America » Colombia » Bogota February 21st 2014

Thursday 20th February (Odyssey Day 104) Since the drive today was long, we left camp at 0700. So we got to see the dawn this morning, even if the sunrise itself was out of sight behind the clouds. I had the front seat today, which means I fell asleep along the front bench as soon as we got out of town. I hadn’t even realised I was tired! We stopped and started quite a lot as there seemed to be a lot of areas of roadwork along the way. But at least the road is a properly paved one. Looking out the windows you can quite often see a military presence just off the road but we were not stopped at all. We arrived into Bogota after dark this evening. From what we could see driving ... read more
Bogota
Bogota
Bogota Hotel

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2014

Again we woke early to the sound of the street hawkers as today is the Three Kings Day and a public holiday here and therefore another opportunity for these people to try to sell their wares. The man directly below us has a guitar, binoculars, some toys and some electrical goods spread on his tarp. Flo called the Boliviariana bus company for us to arrange a ticket to Cali for the first bus tomorrow morning. It is scheduled to depart at 6:30 am and takes between 8 and 9 hours. We asked to make a reservation and pay for it with a credit card now and collect the ticket tomorrow morning. That was not allowed. We could make the reservation now but we had to come to the bus station to pay for the ticket today, ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2014

Depuis mon dernier article, il s'est passé bien des choses... Premièrement, j'ai eu droit à la visite de mon amoureux pour le temps des fêtes, et il vient malheureusement tout juste de partir hier. Depuis mon dernier article, nous sommes passes du Costa Rica au Panama, puis a la Colombie. Depuis mon dernier article, nous sommes aussi passés de l'année 2013 a 2014. Beaucoup de changements en deux petites semaines, beaucoup de routes, beaucoup d'amour, de rencontres, de beaux moments et quelques moments un peu frustrants. A l'arrivée de Phil, le 20 décembre, jetais encore dans ma famille, nous avons fait une fête pour son arrivée qui coïncidait avec son anniversaire (le 19). Soirée merveilleuse remplie de sourires, de moussaka, de cacique (alcool national du Costa Rica) et surtout de beaucoup d'excitation a l'idée de retrouver ... read more
Notre pote
Boca del drago
Starfish beach

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 6th 2014

Bogota: Gold Museum and Cerro Monseratte We went to the Museum of Gold in the morning with Flo, the young woman who lives in and looks after the apartment where we are staying. The Museum del Oro displays a vast and extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold work and is the largest such collection in the world. A recent exhibition at the British Museum of London featuring 223 pieces from this museum claims to the ‘most visited exhibition in London’ during the autumn of 2013. The museum has a collection of 55,000 pieces, 6,000 pieces of which are on display at any one time. We spent a very enjoyable and interesting couple of hours there. The detail and craftwork of the pieces is incredible. And the gold death masks more than a little bit creepy. Sunday entrance ... read more
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