Sprawling capital. High altitude, museums, art, culture and gracious people. Bogotá has been on my list for quite some time.
With only thirty-two hours I had to prioritize my options. I knew I had to visit Monserrate. Not giving a second thought to the altitude I arrived by 10:15 am and secured my ticket for the funicular ride to the top. Upon exiting the funicular I became overwhelmed with the views. Wanting to take in the world below me and above me at all different angles. I began walking up the path towards the cathedral. Feeling light-headed and dizzy I didn’t quite understand the effects that were taking hold of me. Not wanting to ruin my short stay from altitude sickness, I had to slow my pace a bit and drink more water.
The church at the top of the hill is a must see. To mingle and enjoy time with the locals plan to visit on a Sunday and attend service at this unique sanctuary.
Next stop was the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria! Full of museums, churches and colorful streets. I found an array of interesting sights to photograph. Vibrant and artsy was how I would describe the neighborhood.
I wanted an authentic Colombian lunch. Somewhere the locals eat. Arepas – made with ground maize then cooked on a griddle, next brushed with butter and served warm. Either wrapped up in paper to go or on a plate for sitting at the bar or a table. For approximately sixty-five cents lunch was served!
The weather in Bogotá can be dramatic. November is one of the rainy months. I experienced light and misty rain, then suddenly the sun began to shine. Only to be followed by periods of heavy rainfall. Usually only lasting for about ten minutes, it was heavy enough to send people running for shelter. I learned quickly to leave my rain slicker on, as my umbrella was often proved useless at providing shelter during the downpours.
Zona G thrives with restaurants and Bogotá has entered the world of modern cuisine with an electric culinary movement. Start your evening off with an aperitif at Restaurant Daniel. Outdoor seating in a garden atmosphere – sheer bliss! The Soft Rose Martini was elegant and delicious with rose petals floating on top. Not to mention beautiful to look at.
After drinks, off to Rafael for dinner. The food was delicious and artfully prepared. Ambience and service were top notch. Excellent wine list.
I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this distinct city. More coffeeshops, night clubs, museums, and neighborhoods need to be explored. I know there will be a next time.
Did I feel safe? Yes absolutely
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow