Bogota (Colombia)

And so the countdown begins! Its our last day in Colombia today, and we’re all enjoying our last hours in Bogota, the capital and largest city of Colombia. We met up with a local friend Julian on our second night here and watched the World Cup qualifier game between Colombia and Ecuador. We went to an ‘Australian Pub’ near our hostel, which ended up having no australian beers at all! (Apparently Colombia is too small a market to import Aussie beer). Anyway Colombia ended up winning the soccer match, and celebrations spilled out into the streets. We had flour thrown on us several times as we walked around the area (see the photo of Carol below!), and watched crowds jump on cars and buses as they stopped at traffic lights. Thankfully the celebrations were relatively harmless, and it was actually an interesting experience to be apart of! Afterwards we went to a local bar for drinks and dancing.

On Sundays the main street in the city is closed  to vehicles until 2pm to allow cyclists and pedestrians to make the most of the space. We hired bikes and rode from this main street to Bolivar Park and back last Sunday. Unfortunately we didn´t time it very well and ended up cycling the last part with cars, buses and taxis wizzing part. Thankfully we all made it back unscathed (except for Carol who managed to get a bruised leg when part of her bike fell off on the main highway!).

Last night our friend Julian and his family prepared us a spread of traditional Colombian snack foods, as well as a popular Colombian drink known as Refajo Colombiano. I´m still full! We finished today with a free walking tour of Bogota´s main centre, and are about to sit down to watch the next soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay. Hopefully with less flour throwing this time!

Its been an amazing trip, but I´m also looking forward to coming back home to Australia. Hasta luego South America!

Library and cultural centre donated to Colombia by Mexico.

Library and cultural centre donated to Colombia by Mexico.

The streets of Bogota.

The streets of Bogota.

Soldiers guarding the Presidents Palace in Bogota.

Soldiers guarding the Presidents Palace in Bogota.

House of congress.

House of congress.

A graffitied statue in the centre of Bolivar Plaza, where most protests take place in the city.

A graffitied statue in the centre of Bolivar Plaza, where most protests take place in the city.

The view of Bogota from Julians balcony.

The view of Bogota from Julians balcony.

Hand sculpture in the Botero Museum.

Hand sculpture in the Botero Museum.

Botero Museum of Art

Botero Museum of Art

The bike I hired to cycle around the city.

The bike I hired to cycle around the city.

Having coffee at the best coffee supplier in Bogota.

Having coffee at the best coffee supplier in Bogota.

Having coffee at the best coffee supplier in Bogota.

Having coffee at the best coffee supplier in Bogota.

Delicious lebanese lunch in Bogota.

Delicious lebanese lunch in Bogota.

Tasting the local beers, brewed by the ´Bogota Beer Company´.

Tasting the local beers, brewed by the ´Bogota Beer Company´.

Street graffiti in Bogota.

Street graffiti in Bogota.

Bike riding to Bolivar Park.

Bike riding to Bolivar Park.

Traditional Colombian drink ´Refajo Colombiano´, made with beer, soda, malt and Aguardiente.

Traditional Colombian drink ´Refajo Colombiano´, made with beer, soda, malt and Aguardiente.

The flour that was thrown on us in the street during celebrations after Colombias soccer win.

The flour that was thrown on us in the street during celebrations after Colombias soccer win.

Dancing in a Colombian club in Bogota.

Dancing in a Colombian club in Bogota.

Celebratory beer after Colombia won the sooccer qualifier.

Celebratory beer after Colombia won the sooccer qualifier.

The view of Bogota from Monserrate Mountain.

The view of Bogota from Monserrate Mountain.

Beers at the Aussie Pub in Bogota.

Beers at the Aussie Pub in Bogota.

Celebratory beer after Colombia won the sooccer qualifier.

Celebratory beer after Colombia won the sooccer qualifier.

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One thought on “Bogota (Colombia)

  1. Alicia
    Good to see that Bogota is safe for tourists?

    No wonder your’e full after drinking a yard glass!

    I’m sure you will return to the Americas.

    After all there is no treatment for the travel bug 🙂

    Have a safe flight back to Oz………….. 😦

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