I read a lot about Bogota before visiting it and I was actually expecting more from a capital that is actually compared by some with San Francisco, Washington DC or Berlin. Yes, it is big! And yes, the idea of a city at more than 2500 m above sea level, spread on hills and mountains sounds cool…but not when you only have just a few buses to wander around and when you feel in danger at any corner after the sun leaves the sky…your purse might get stolen or a guy might put a knife at your neck asking for all your money, or, or, or…
Except for its safety problems and chaotic transportation, it also has some good things. La Candelaria area is nice with its colonial architecture, nicely colored houses and hippie cafés, the ajiaco colombiano soup is delicious and the Gold Museum is unique in the world with its more than 55000 gold pieces and with its stories of El Dorado – a lake in which members of an ancient tribe where throwing gold and emeralds during some rituals. And speaking of emeralds…the city is full of them (on black or white market) and of course I had a look at prices…I still have to get to a more than 6 figures bonus to get the good stones, ha ha!
The best part of Bogota is represented by its graffiti as during the last years it became one of the world’s most important stages for street art. Have a look at the pictures with just some of the works we’ve seen in the city.