Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is a special city to visit. It has beautiful colonial buildings, plenty of museums, good restaurants, lots and lots of street art with interesting stories and unfortunately a big and visible difference between the rich and poor. Thanks to the altitude of 2.600 meters, Bogota is nice and cool and because it’s situated on the equator the weather is the same, all year round, which is around 18 degrees Celsius. Arriving here, you maybe have to adjust a bit to the height so take it easy!
Bogota was our first stop in Colombia coming from Cuba by plane. Once we were at the airport, we took a taxi (just walk outside and you’ll find a long line of taxi’s) which brought us to our hotel. Simple as that.
We stayed at the wonderful 104 Art Suites which is located in a great neighborhood. It’s a bit out of the historical centre but an Uber will bring you there for only 14.000 Pesos. The great thing about this neighborhood is that it’s really safe, nice and quiet, it’s walking distance from Parque de la 93 which is one of Bogota’s most popular shopping, night club and restaurant areas.
Another great feature about this hotel are the different rooms. They let artists design the room so therefore every room looks different. Next to that, they are spacious, the beds are really comfortable and the shower is the best. Our room had a little place to chill outside which was decorated with a beautiful piece of art on the wall.
In the morning you can order you eggs any style you wish, there are fresh juices, local delicacies and fresh fruit. A great way to start the day. But lunch and diner are more than great here to! And all of this for very reasonable prices.
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We walked around the city centre on a Sunday so most of the shops were closed but it’s still very lively. There are street performers everywhere, people admiring their skills, eating ice-cream and walking their dogs. There is enough to see without getting bored. We sat down at the Plaza de Bolivar where we shared our sandwiches with the dogs and birds and just watched people walking by.
MUSEO CASA DE LA MONEDA
This museum can be visited free of charge and has several exhibitions. Not really sure how many and about what because we came here to take some shots at their awesome stairs.
MUSEO IGLESIA SANTA CLARA
This is one of Bogota’s oldest churches and had decorations everywhere. Really interesting place to visit. Apparently they also organize small concerts here because during our visit, a band was rehearsing their classic music. It’s now run by the government as a museum and a visit is free.
NUESTRA SENORA DEL CARMEN
This stunning red and white church can be visited free of charge and is a real eye-catcher. But it's not only beautiful from the outside. If the doors are open, and you have the possibility to go in, don't miss out on that. Definitely worth a visit and some photos.
One of the highlights of our time in Bogota was the Graffiti Tour. We think we got lucky because the tour was done by one of the girls who initiated this tour and is a street artist herself. She knows all the artists who made the incredible murals and has good stories to tell about both them and their work. We aren’t really big fans of tours, but this one is highly recommended. She was able to keep us focused during the entire 3 hours, which is quite an accomplishment. And definitely don't leave the tour before it's over. At the end, they show some pieces of art that explain a bit more about the political side of Bogota. During the tour we came across the street called Calle Jon Del Embudo which normally isn’t part of the tour but is definitely worth a short visit.
The tours are in English and start 2 times a day at 10 am and 2 pm). The start is in Parque de los Periodistas and it is donation based. You have to sign in up front on their website.
Due to lack of time, we did not go up the Montserrate mountain (named after the Montserat in Barcelona) but this is supposed one of the highlights of Bogota. It offers a beautiful view overlooking the city and the mountains. You can go up walking, by train or cable car.