After spending wonderful few days in Bucaramanga, it was time to go to another destination. I was thinking to go to San Gil, a city about 2.5 hours south of Bucaramanga. I thought it will be great to spend one night and continue south to Bogota. Then I was told it’s not possible since the road to Bogota was blocked because of the protests. I was told that the bus company is taking an alternative route to Bogota but doesn’t go through San Gil. I decided I’ll just have to pass and head directly to Bogota.
I arrived in Bogota late at night, took a taxi to a hostel in the old city center. I was too tired and went straight to bed. Next day, I head out in the morning trying to discover the city. I noticed right before leaving the hostel that most people were dressed up in winter clothes. So I went back to the room and got dressed in warmer clothes, although I didn’t bring much of winter clothes with me. I head out and it was really cold, with some light rain. The last thing I was expecting to be wearing long sleeves in Colombia.
Bogota is a huge metropolitan city; it has almost the population of New York City. For some reason and because of the weather, I didn’t fall in love with Bogota as much as I liked other cities like Cartagena, Medellin or Bucaramanga. Still I don’t think a visit to Colombia would be completed without visiting Bogota. I think if I visited Bogota before visiting the other cities I would have liked it more.
The old city center called La Candelaria, it’s considered the birth place of Bogota. La Candelaria has a lot of Spanish architecture; many buildings in La Candelaria are government buildings and museums. There are also 6 universities in this quarter, so a lot of traffic and a lot of activity.
There are other parts of the city that are more modern but they’re not any different than other cities with high rise buildings, the malls and all what you would expect to see in a big metropolitan.