Now that I was reunited with my motorcycle, it was time to move locations to downtown Bogota to explore the city.
It was only a short ride to my new hotel, but it was unreal! For a year now I have been riding in hot and humid conditions. Bogota though was cool and with little humidity. It reminded me of riding back home in British Columbia, Canada. It was like the oppression of the heat and humidity was lifted and I was experiencing freedom again.
Hotel Abitare 56
I chose the Hotel Abitare 56 in Bogota to stay at.
It was inexpensive and in the middle of everything. Well …. sort of. It was in the middle alright. Everything I wanted to see was either north or south of where I was.
But I got a room with a view.
And my motorcycle was secure.
Given that, as soon as I arrived I decided to head north to explore Parque de La 93.
Parque de La 93
As I walked to Parque de La 93 I came across a church I wanted to see as well – Nuestra Señora de Lourdes.
As I kept walking I ran into something very familiar!
Finally I reached the Park. It was a small park in the middle of an affluent embassy district. The park was surrounded by awesome restaurants with patios. And there were TWO Starbucks!
There was obviously something taking place in the park as a huge stage was set up with lots of activity.
Turns out it was an opera performance.
I kept walking until I ran into a scary clown.
Time to head home before dark 🙂
THe next day it was time for a long walk south to Monserrate. This is a mountain, I guess, that overlooks the city. You get up there by a funicular.
I was exhausted after the hour and a half walk. Bogota is quite high at 2,640 metres. It does make a difference. Of course being out of shape doesn’t help ha ha.
But I finally arrived.
Got in line to buy tickets.
Then I was ready to be pulled up the mountain.
At the top there was more stairs to climb and now the elevation was really affecting me. There was even a sign warning people about it. However, the views were pretty spectacular.
Of course lots of people were posing.
And, like everywhere in latin america, there was a church up top.
Across on the way on another mountain was a statue of Jesus.
After getting a coffee I walked back down to the funicular another way. Along the path, were the Stations of the Cross.
Back at the funicular it was time to head back down to explore the historical section of Bogota called La Candelaria.
Now I was exhausted from the elevation and long walk. I cheated and took a taxi to La Candelaria. The first stop was a walk to La Bolivar Plaza.
The PLaza is surrounded by the Cathedral of Colombia, Courthouse Alfonso Reyes Echandia and Capitolio Nacional.
I kept walking around the old city.
Until I happened upon the Teatro Colón Bogotá. I read about that and how beautiful it was inside.
I booked a tour even though I was warned it would all be in Spanish. This place is really worth while to see. Amazingly beautiful.
Palacio De Nariño
I have always been intrigued by politics. So one of my stops had to be Palacio De Nariño or the Presidential Palace of Colombia.
Walk Back Home
By this time I had enough energy to walk back home 🙂
Once home I looked up where I could have dinner. According to Tripadvisor, the 5th best restaurant in Bogota was just a couple blocks away – La Castana.
They served awesome empanadas and natural lemon juice. A really informal place with couches and live music. Very cool.
Sunday NFL Football
The next day was Sunday. And you know what that means :-). I looked up where to watch the games and it looked like Hooters in Zona T was the place to go. Of course another long walk. But also a good chance to see another part of Bogota.
Like this church.
Not sure what the significance of the dog is ha ha.
Zona T turned out to be another affluent spot in Bogota with all the name brand stores and lots of nice restaurants.
But Hooters? It was a bust. I guess a pun was intended. They had the NFL on their TVs but were also playing really loud music. After a quick bite to eat I looked around for the NFL at other restaurants. But all of them had soccer of F1 on. So I decided to walk back home to watch the games on my computer.
The one thing really evident during my exploring of Bogota was the tagging and graffiti art. To me, the tagging means they have a significant gang problem in Bogota. When I Googled it I see that Bogota has 107 gangs! And people are really concerned about their increased activity. Here is a sample of the tagging I saw.
At the same time there is some amazing graffiti art all over Bogota.
And that was my time in Bogota. Next stop, Medellin.