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Bustling Bogota

Bustling Bogota

It's easy to underestimate the size of this enormous sprawling city! Along our route so far we had heard mixed reviews, with lots of people not loving bogota.

Hostel with a view  

Hostel with a view  

We stayed for four nights in Bo Go Hostel which is in La Candelaria district. It's a nice little hostel with curtains on the beds so you can get some privacy but it's a little cramped and doesn't feel as clean as previous hostels. Also the kitchen is tiny!

Anyhow back to Bogota ... we really enjoyed it.

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We did a bike tour around the city which is highly recommended. You learn a lot about the local culture and the history of the city as well as visiting local markets, playing a traditional game and seeing the graffiti.

Day to Night

Day to Night

Another highlight was catching the cable car up to Montserrate, the view itself is impressive and there's a nice market for local handicrafts and local foods. We dined in Santa Clara which is a lovely restaurant with fab views over the city. If you have the time and patience definitely stay at the top to watch the day turn to night!

Salt Tunnels

Salt Tunnels

Inside the Salt Cathedral

Inside the Salt Cathedral

We took a day trip to the Salt Cathedral, it's easy enough to do on your own and I would advise against paying the $50 for the whole day tour from Bogota. Simply make your way to Las Aguas Station and ask there to get to Portal Norte where you need to change to get a bus to Zipaquirá. From there ask a local, grab a map or head to tourist information. I don't want to give anyone directions in case buses drop off in various locations. Generally head up the hill and towards the main town and plazas in Zipa (what the locals call it) and from there you'll be able to ask or find your way!

It's a bit of a walk uphill and then you can get tickets which include the museums and various other bits.

Inside the Salt Chapel

Inside the Salt Chapel

Salt Carvings

Salt Carvings

We got the second basic ticket and wandered around the museum then joined the free English tour (every hour on the hour) around the Salt Cathedral. It's underground and it's cold so be prepared. It's very nice and the natural bits are fab, if - like me you're a tourist that hates tacky tourism - then be warned. There are photographers with props, loads of shops, cafes and a spa when you get down to the bottom. The 3D film is informative and great and there's a light show which personally I didn't feel the need for!

Definitely worth a visit but be ready for the typical signs of a tourist trap...

Bogota Cathedral

Bogota Cathedral

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Otherwise when in Bogota, wander around La Candelaria to see the main Bolivar Square with important buildings and the cathedral. The amazing Botero Museum which is free entry is a must-visit, lots of his artwork and many others from his private collection including Picasso, Matisse and Monet. In the Candelaria neighbourhood there's lots of shops, markets and restaurants but it is a huge city and there's a whole other modern part you can explore too (I didn't!)

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