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Casa de Nariño
Beyond the Capitolio Nacional, reached via Carreras 8 or 7, on the south side of Plaza de Bolívar, is Colombia's neoclassical presidential building erected at the beginning of the 20th century. President Santos lives and works here. It's named for Antonio Nariño, a colonial figure with ideas of independence and who secretly …
... their necks. They lived not much differently from modern day Kogi. Before the Spanish conquistadors arrived, the Tairona were forced to move into the highlands when the Caribs invaded around 1000 CE.
The decision to flee to the mountains proved beneficial and strategic by the time the Spanish entered modern-day Colombia in the 15th century. In 1498, the Spanish arrived in Northern Colombia where they began to enslave indigenous groups. Threatened by dogs and soldiers ...
After a relatively short flight from Santiago dozed a bit then
- cabin lights on
- prepare for landing
Watched the approach as we circled over Bogota for the landing. Still remember the sprawling city as we came into land.
My first "Bugger" of the trip - I left my The Lonely Planet Learn Espanol book in the seat pocket!
Came through Immigration no problems, found my suitcases and headed for the ...
... Next morning we signed up for a Pablo Escobar tour around Medellin. Pablo Escobar, the king pin of cocaine in Colombia. We ventured through the city and the guide pointed out some old buildings that belonged to him and one in particular that the Cali Cartel car bombed in 93. We then went up to the cemetery where he was buried and got a quick photo.
... valleys clustered with little farms and landed on a hill-top runway with a steep drop either side. No pressure for the pilot on judging where to land then.
From there we waved goodbye to misty, leafy Colombia in a taxi to the border which weaved down through the lush valleys. We bought a bag of chicken and potatoes on the way and shared it with our driver. Literally, a plastic bag of chicken and tatties. He was happy, and we were happy to be on our way to Ecuador and the ...