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Bogota and Medellin

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Well you can gather how much fun we´re having in Colombia by the lack of blogs! Colombia is amazing, theres so much to see and do and we´ve met some really great people on the way!

Our bus journey to Bogota was an interesting one, the engine cos so hot we had to stop so that the conductor could trow bucket after bucket of cold water over it, we also got stuck in traffic for an hour so arrived pretty late. The taxi to our hostel burnt out his gear box trying to get us up the hill and our hostel couldn´t find our reservation but they found us some beds and all was good. We were all really hungry but guess what... everything was closed so we went to bed hungry and got up super early to have some breaky. We went for a wander round La Candeleria (the old town) and it was really nice, lots of colourful old houses and cobbledey streets.



We then headed to the Museo del Oro whish is meant to be the best gold museum in the world! It lived up to our expectation, one room had 3000 pieces of gold that hasçd been found in excavation of different areas of Colombia. Was also interesting to see different gold accessories the tribes used to wear. It was a huge museum and took us about 3 hours to walk round. We were all golded out after that! We also we went to the police museum which was really interesting, tells you all about the hnt for Pablo Escobar and his cartel..... it even had pictures of them all when they were dead. One guy had meen killed by a rival gang, they chopped his arm off and stuck it in his head, nice! We made friends with our english speaking police guide and he invited us out that night. We didn´t go in the end because it was a monday night and every monday the main street in bogota closes and lots of artists and musician and food stalls take to the streets for a bit of a party.


It was really great and they had everything from rappers to mime artist. We went down with a group from the hostel and drunk some herbal tea and aguadiente (a horrible local drink that tastes like watered down sambuca). We also headed to the art gallery of Botero a famous colombian artist that paints fat people and fat things. There was also some picasso and dali in there too which was good.



That night we went to this tiny tiny street lined with bars for some colombian rum. (its so small only about 5 people could walk next to each other). On our last day we headed out of town to the salt cathedral which was really impressive. Imagine a cathedral made out of salt and then put in underground. It was pretty spooky down there but really great to see.


They had a really funny 3D film where a futuristic robot told you all about the salt mining!


That night we headed off on a night bus to Medellin. We stayed in a really nice part of Medellin with nice parks and bars. It used to be one of the most dangerous citys in the world but they´ve really improved it and its really nice now. The centre itself in a bit dodgy with lots of homeless people lying on the pavements which isn´t great but it feels quite safe and its really easy to get around.


We only stayed a few night. We tryed to do some Paragliding over the city but the weather was too bad so we went on a cable car over the city, went to the super market and cooked up some good home food, had a few drinks in the Zona Rosa and then headed off in an air conditioned bus to..... The Caribean!!!

Posted by St Martins 11:42 Archived in Colombia

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