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Bogota, Colombia - city of contrasts

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Views [325]

Bogota painted house

Bogota painted house

Bogota (our introduction to Colombia) is a city of contrasts:-


Concrete urban jungle vs cobbled old streets and quaint painted houses;
"You want crack mister?" vs astounding churches;
Scruffy graffiti scrawls vs amazing street art;
Lots of armed police - disconcerting and reassuring at the same time. (Some police were on segways, how cool is that?!);
Great bus system (city buses have their own lane) vs buses jam packed tighter than London Underground at rush hour;
Nerve wracking and exciting, certainly very different to the UK.

We visited Bogota's gold museum which contained loads of very old gold jewellery, body decorations and artifacts which shamans and chiefs used for their rituals.

We left the samba scene to the younger travellers, and politely declined the offers of crack, then took a bus south, out of the city to find a more peaceful place.

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