Things did not get off to a good start in Bogota. After being dropped off on the overnight bus we made our way to the hostel that Tristan had insisted on booked. Jen was a bit sceptical as the hostel only had one review online but Tristan had assured her it would be fine… plus it was cheap!
Not surprisingly when we arrived the owner did not speak any english and did not have any record of our booking. Nevertheless he told us to return in one hour for a reason we could not understand. We took ourselves of to a nearby cafe and had breakfast where the owners turned out to be Kiwis!
When we returned to the hostel we were told that there was no room for us but the owner’s friends had a hostel with a room. We were asked if we liked animals to which we gave a hesitant yes. When we arrived we were greeted by a dog, some birds and a crowing rooster right outside our room! Lucky us!
After settling into our room (aka sleeping all morning because overnight buses are terrible) we headed off on a bike tour of the city. The tour had a little bit of everything as we stopped by some landmarks to take in some history, enjoyed some local fruits, played some Tejo, saw some street art and then enjoyed a freshly brewed coffee! Needless to say it was a hectic ride. As we walking home we were lured into a taco restaurant by some promises of craft beer and we met the owner who turned out to be from Australia!
The next day it was off to climb Cerro de Monserrate, a mountain that stands out 3,152 metres above sea level and dominates the city. There was both the options of a cable car and train to the top but being the suckers for punishment, we decided to take on the 1,500+ stairs.
Unfortunately, it turned out that we weren’t the only ones with this idea and being a public holiday we had to battle with what seemed like half of Bogota to reach the top. Somehow we prevailed through the crowds and Jen was able to keep her patience! At the top we stopped to take in some nice views of the city before tackling the crowds again to make it to bottom.
We had been on the road for over 5 months at this point and we decided it was finally time to take the plunge and visit our first museum! We headed to Museo de Botero which showcased the paintings and sculputes of Fernando Botero one of Colombia’s most famous artists known for his “fat”figurs, including a fat Mona Lisa! We found one painting which scarily looked liked Tristan.