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Visit to Bogotá

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The historical center of the city is similar to capitals such as Lima or Quito and would place it among them in terms of splendor of colonial architecture, surpassing Lima but without reaching the degree of concentration of monuments per square meter of Quito or Cuenca, in Ecuador.

You can take any of the urban buses that take you to La Candelaria and start walking through its busy streets. Simply wander through each other, zigzagging and standing in the corners that most attract your attention. Have a coffee in any of the small bars or cafes that dot the neighborhood and at some point you will end up in the main square of the city: Plaza Bolivar. In her they converge the Cathedral Primada, the Palace of Justice, the National Capitol, the Mayor's Office, the House of the Cabildo, the Chapel of the Tabernacle and the Archbishop's Palace. This diverse set symbolizes the dispute between modern and classical styles and public and ecclesiastical powers.

While standing there, we were approached by a grandmother who explained part of the history of the different buildings and wrote us a couple of poems on the fly. That same night we would meet him near the walking area while we had some beers. Things that cities have 7.3 million people.

For those who like museums they have the one of Botero, the Gold Museum - present in almost all the South American capitals that I went through - and the National Museum of Colombia among many others.

You can also oxygenate a little in the Botanical Garden or the Simon Bolivar Park, where you can find green areas where to run or walk, and tracks for sports.

In some of the streets adjacent to La Candelaria on Sundays, a huge jumble sale where everything is sold a little, mostly movies, games and pirated music, things for the house, clothes and some books and curious objects. Best of all are the shows that some ride to get some weights, such as betting on hamster races, those that challenge the football skill of the club putting a dwarf goal in which you have to score a goal without throwing any of the boats put in between or tenors They simply delight passersby with their melodious voices.

As for gastronomy, party, accommodation and transport, I leave it for the following articles.

A useful note is that you wear warm clothes because it is not the typical tropical city as many may think. Bogota it is the third highest city in the South American continent and its average maximum and minimum temperature is 18 and 6 degreesrespectively. The truth is that at night you will never have a jacket or a good sweater, regardless of the time of the year you go.

The truth is that I lived good times in Bogotá, especially because I had some local acquaintances, which always makes you know and enjoy the place better. Now one of my best friends wanted to kill me with envy when he dropped me that he was assigned, for labor reasons, to the Colombian capital. It arrived 2 days ago and I'm looking forward to your first email!

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