Back in cold & gray Paris from warm & colorful Brazil… such a change of scenery ahah! 😉
I obviously didn’t even begin to go through all the pics from Brazil, but I finished with the ones from Colombia in May. And to live again our Colombia trip should be a good antidote to the winter weather 😉
Colombia wasn’t one of the first destinations on our bucket list, but we have friends living in Bogota so we took the chance to visit them & explore the country.
It was a wonderful discovery as there are some really stunning natural places & people are really kind and open to tourists; if you speak a bit of Spanish, almost everyone will be happy to talk with you, tell you about his country & know about your.
We started our trip with a couple of days in Bogota.
Honestly, Bogota isn’t exactly a nice city: it’s built incoherently, with ugly, modern buildings touching old, cute houses; the weather is quite disappointing too as the city being quite high on the mountains, the sky is often grey & rainy and it’s never very hot, nor too cold neither; & it’s quite dangerous too. About that :
- Taxi can really be an issue: don’t ever grab a taxi in the street; always book a taxi from the official app or ask your hotel or restaurant to book one for you;
- Book in advance a taxi for you arrival at the airport too;
- Don’t’ ever walk in empty streets, even during the day. Basically don’t go by foot outside the city center;
- Avoid to wear any signs of wealth: jewelry, watches…
- Use common sense 😉
But enough with the downsides! We actually had a very good time in Bogota, as we were with our friends who live there. And if you know the city & where to go, there are really some cool places to go out in Bogota!
The day we arrived, we had dinner in one of the restaurants I liked the most in all Colombia: Central Cevicheria.
All the ceviches we shared were incredibly yummy & fresh (we had others during our trip, but couldn’t find any as good as the ones at Central Cevicheria).
Unfortunately, I was feeling quite bad (note to myself: never drinking that much again before a long flight, ever. To my excuse, the night before the flight was one of my best friends’ birthday!). So I don’t have any picture of the place or the food… You’ll just have to trust me and pay Central Cevicheria a visit!
By the morning after, I was feeling super good & after a yummy breakfast – we tasted pan de yuca (manioca bread), which I really liked – we started our visit of Bogota with the Gold Museum.
The museum displays a collection of gold & stone objects from the pre-Columbian civilizations.
We strolled the city center streets, stopping here & there to look at the cute lamas…
And finally reached Bolivar square, the city main square, house of all the government buildings & the surprisingly simply decorated Cathedral.
Time to go to Botero Museum. The nice thing in Bogota is that in the historical center everything is close by & you can easily walk from one place to another.
& displays a huge collection of Botero paintings & sculptures as well as works from other artists such as Picasso, Miro’, Monet, Dali’…
It’s really, really beautiful! I remember as a kid to be extremely annoyed to visit museums & art exhibitions with my mum, except for Botero. I vividly remember going to an exhibition at the National Modern Art Gallery in Rome as a child & absolutely loving those fat, funny, non-conventional characters!
I could happily have stayed there for hours, but it was time to meet with friends for lunch.
We passed through streets full of graffiti
We discovered a surprisingly modern & funny theatre
Before arriving to our lunch spot.
After lunch we climbed the Cerro de Monserrate, to have a view of the city from above, realizing how big it really is…
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the colorful, little streets of La Candelaria, the historical district of the city.
I really wanted to visit the Holy Mother of Carmen church – I saw a picture on google & it looked incredible – but unfortunately we were only able to see the exterior as it only opens for the the holy Mass.
For our last night in Bogota, our friends took us to Gaira Café, a music bar & restaurant where we could listen to different groups of local music while people watching – Colombian people dance so damn well!! 🙂
Decoration is really nice & the menu is in the shape of an old disc!
We shared different little local dishes, one better than the other, & enjoyed some cocktails while chatting & laughing 🙂
A perfect end to our first Colombian experience!
& tomorrow I’ll take you to Tayrona National Park! Trust me, you don’t wanna miss it! ?