Bogata – a capital place

Bogata is a hustling and bustling city that boasts some amazing street graffiti, (You can even take a special tour), historical buildings and funky artistic corners and alleys.

Salt cathedral in Zipaquira

Salt cathedral in Zipaquira

The gold museum took us on a journey of gold manipulating methods through the last 6 000 years. What incredibly industrious people they were. The durability of gold has paved a recorded history deciphered by archaeologists. The museum gave us a good understanding of the political and social structures of the indigenous peoples of Colombia. All of whom, used gold in different ways.

A scene in the main square to the sound of loud political recordings

A scene in the main square to the sound of loud political recordings

It didn’t take us long before we were itching to get back to the countryside so we utilized Bogata’s fantastic transport system and headed north out of town on a day excursion to the salt cathedral in Zipaquiria. I was expecting a small chapel at the end of a flight of stairs in the ground but it was enormous. A labyrinth of tunnels and chapels led the way to a magnificent altar lit in changing colours. The ceiling of the cave was way above our heads. And was etched with veins of carbon amongst the salt. Carvings within the rock walls gave a spectacular affect. It was an inspiring place to be.

Me hugging the carved tree way underground in the salt cathedral

Me hugging the carved tree way underground in the salt cathedral

Just wandering around taking in the big city sights was entertaining enough. Other travellers filled us in on some wonderful places they had visited and they weren’t too far from our next destination. So we headed south into some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes that Colombia had on offer.

More grand buildings on the square

More grand buildings on the square

 

Huge police presence throughout the country. We always felt safe. Loved these guys mode of transport!

Huge police presence throughout the country. We always felt safe. Loved these guys mode of transport!

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