Bógota & the Stunning Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

16. – 18. Mar 2019

Having arrived in Bógota at around midnight, I was shocked that my hostel bed had gotten cancelled in the middle of the night (Better stay away from Casa Quinta Hostel!). Thus, I decided to stay at the airport until the early morning, and then took the bus to the (for the next day) booked Mola Hostel. They kindly gave me breakfast and let me stay in the bed already at 7am. After finally having slept a couple of hours, I took part in the Street Art Walking Tour in Candelaria. It was a great one and afterwards I went with two other German trvelers to the Botero Museum – Fernando Botero is a famous Colombian artist known for his paintings and sculptures of inflated human and animal shapes.

In the morning, I did another walking tour, this time in the city center featuring the cathedral, the theater, and other important places and buildings. Afterwards, I went to the Gold Museum (Free entrance on Sundays!) and strolled around the streets, which are blocked for cars on Sundays making way for streets vendors, artists etc. One of the highlights of the day was the view from Monserrate hill during sunset and at nighttime.

The next day, I went with Olga, another German girl, to Zipaquirá in order to stare in awe at the high ceilings, the chandeliers, the huge crosses, and the amazing carvings in the Salt Cathedral far deep down in a mine. That was truly an unforgettable experience (but also the lunch menu for 1,69 EUR). Really worth seeing!

Afterwards, I took an Uber Pool to the bus terminal and from there a bus to Armenia – the gateway to Salento in the formidable Coffee Region.

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