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Bogota was one of the three major cities I visited in Colombia this past summer.
When I was there I didn’t have a precise objective. Everyday I ended up walking around the center of Bogota taking photos of the architecture, the graffiti and the liveliness of the streets. Of course there were certain things I wanted to see as a tourist like the world famous Gold Museum and the spectacular view atop mount Monserreti, but they weren’t my main focus. Aside from the tourist attractions, I really just enjoyed wandering around.
Bogota was cold when I arrived mid August. Unexpectedly cold. Coming from the summer heat of Cartagena and the refreshing mountain air of Medellin it really threw me off when I got to the high-altitude capital of Bogota. I must say however, the people I became friends with in Bogota were warm and welcoming. That made all the difference.
How to get there?
The chances are you’re in Medellin.
- Take the metro or taxi to Caribe Station. From there go to the North Bus terminal (Terminal de Transportes Norte).
- Buy a ticket to either Guatape or El Peñol at the ticket booths. There’s one or two bus companies that go there. It should cost between $12,000 – $14,000 COP each way or around $4 USD. Total: $25,000 COP = $8.00 USD.
- The bus will stop for passengers along the way, expect between 1 ½ to 2 hour drive.
- You can either get off at the base of El Peñol or you can go to Guatape if you plan on exploring the town.