-11TH MAY-13TH MAY BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
We wake up early and get a taxi to the airport but on the way the taxi driver stops at another hotel and leaves us in the car wondering what the heck he is doing. 5 minutes later he has not returned so I go up to the hotel entrance to find him stuffing his money into some lottery machine frantically as if it was his last ever chance to play. I literally had to say to him "come on lets go!!"
Anyway we caught the flight with no real issues arriving in Bogota late morning/lunchtime. Another cheap taxi later and we were at our hostel IKU hostel in the old town of Candeleria. The hostel was OK, apart from the tiny room and the kitchen that looked like a crack den.
we then spent the rest of the day looking around the old town which was a myriad of pastel coloured buildings and beautiful wall art and graffatti. We stopped into a veggie cafeteria and had a quinoa burger and fries for £4 total.
In the afternoon we found the main square and a cathedral where there were literally thousands of pigeons hanging around waiting for the person selling the bird seed to make a sell.
Mel bought some fake adidas trainers for a £10.
In the evening we found Hostel Casu which had a cafe on the side where we ate more burgers in amongst what appeared to be a huge family gathering.
Later that night whilst in bed, a group of youngsters were playing a guitar and singing outside our room until very late and he couldn't get to sleep. Plus I was rudely woken at 3am to water dripping on my head from the roof. Not impressed.
The next morning we made a complaint to the staff who all appeared to be a bunch of 18-21 year old knuckle draggers. I requested a refund for the two days booked which eventually they agreed to after the two following comments :
"I WOULDN'T LET A TRAMP USE THAT KITCHEN."
"WE WONT PUT A NEGATIVE REVIEW ON BOOKING.COM"
Anyway, we rescued our next nights' by booking a much nicer room at Hostel Casu where they even swapped our free breakfast for that day. Much better.!!!
That day we mooched about the Candeleria area getting lost in the pretty cobbled streets taking in all the wall art. Which randomly started off when Justin Beiber came on tour there and decided he wanted to spray paint a hamster on a wall. Then everyone else followed suit and now the whole place is covered but it does look amazing. We visited the gold museum after this which was pretty good seeing some gold masks and old relics (no not me).
Then in the afternoon we went to the fenicular up a mountain which overlooked the city. Pretty amazing views from the top including a church, a food market and some flowering gardens. The ride down wasn't far off being on a rollercoaster and at the bottom we were greeted by a thunderous down pour. Luckily for us a man selling brollies passed us and we whistled to get his attention and bought two cheapo brollies. Armed with our purchases we ran down the now flooded road to a funky coffee shop where we sipped amazing coffee and listened to the heavy rain pattering on the glass roof.
That evening we ate again at the hostel as they did pretty dam good food and it was very convenient for us. Plus I tried out some beer from the Bogota beer company.
The next day we caught two buses one to the north terminal and then one to the town where the Salt Cathedral is located. We had to walk for 20 mins through the local town to get to the Cathedral. We bought out tickets for the entrance but had to wait 45 minutes until the next English guide so we scoffed down our standard peanut butter and banana sandwiches. yummo!!!
The salt Cathedral was simply amazing, a salt mine that had been turned into a Cathedral solely for the workers as it was a pretty dangerous job and they had to prey a lot. The main room had a really high ceiling a huge cross carved out in the wall. The inside of this place was massive with loads of passage ways and praying areas.
After getting the two buses back to Bogota we got some supplies from the market and headed back to the hostel. That evening we ate out at an odd cafe/hairdressers festival place where 4 girls were performing some exotic dancing and singing. We had veggie burger and pasta pesto.