We are working on checking off all the must-see of Bogotá, afraid to miss anything while we are here.
Bogota Graffiti Tour
This is a great way to see La Candelaria! We had read beforehand that the tour was amazing, but we had wondered how good it could actually be. I mean, there is graffiti everywhere in this city, can’t we just walk around and look at it ourself? I guess you could, but you would be missing out on SO much. This tour was way more than just looking at graffiti. We got to learn about the different techniques and artists behind the art, see streets and areas we had not been to before, and best of all we got to learn a lot about the Colombian culture and history!
The tour is a 3 hour walk around La Candelaria and ends in a local art gallery. The tour is donation based ($10 USD) and was an incredible experience that we highly recommend.
Plaza de Bolìvar
This is where most of the government buildings are, such as the national capitol, Palace of Justice, and Presidential Palace, which is the official home and workplace of the President of Colombia.
It is in the centre of La Candelaria and close to a lot of museums and historic sites. In the middle of the square there is a statue of Simon Bolivar, whom the plaza is named after.
If you have seen Narcos, a lot of the scenes were filmed here and around La Candelaria.
There are three ways to get up this mountain: Funicular (train car), eleférico (cable car), or you can hike up the mountain. For some reason the hiking trail was closed the day we were there, so we took the cable car up and the train down.
We were not expecting that many people when we arrived at the ticket office! We chose the shortest line, and later found out that it was the cable car line for those who had already bought their ticket. Luckily, one of the guards was very nice and let Lucas skip some lines to buy a ticket real fast and return to where I was waiting for him, about to step into the cable car.
It was a bit hot while waiting in line so it was nice to see people selling refreshments such as freshly squeezed orange juice and popsicles up and down the lines. It was actually a pretty good place to people watch. There was all kinds of action going on with a market place across the street, and llamas patrolling it.
Once on top, the view was absolutely amazing. We saw that Bogotá was way bigger than we could have imagined, it seemed to never end. There’s a pretty church on top, and a lot of small shops and restaurants. Walking up a small hill, we quickly realized that the altitude was no joke. We ate lunch at Cafe Santaclara. Aside from the beautiful white house with a nice view, the rest of the experience was not so great. The service was terrible, it was really chaotic in there, and the food was no more than OK.
Museo de Oro
When Lucas was with Conner playing golf, I was left to myself. I decided to try out the much talked about and one of the most visited touristic highlights of Colombia: The Gold Museum. A four story museum with a lot of information about the Colombian history and culture. My Uber driver seemed a bit worried when he realized I was alone and wasn’t meeting anyone at the museum. He told me to take good care of my things and when we arrived he stopped by four military men and made them escort me around the building and into the museum.
It contains the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian gold pieces, and shows you how the metals were made, the religious meaning of the different pieces, and the status symbol it had in the different societies.
The museum is right beside Plaza de Bolívar in La Candelaria.