Luuuuuuuxury bus and the Platypus
Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
99Trip End Dec 10, 2009
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The busfare to Bogota was cheaper than to Bucaramanga (which was only half as far!) and we got it for 60.000 rather than the 135.000 online price - so our route was pretty much decided by economics rather than where we wanted to go!
And what a coach. Even for me, i had a foot of leg/knee-room to spare, a seat that recline ALL the way and a leg-rest that came up to meet it. Decent films the whole way (18 hours/1000km) made the time, dare i say, fly. Actually, that's a lie. Despite it being overnight, 18 hours is still a long time with the aircon cranked all the way up
Anyways, we uneventfully got to Bogota and took a collectivo bound for el centro, where we found the Platypus hostel (or an outbuilding owned by it). All good. Santa Marta to our Bogota hostel door 1000km away for $25, in luxury, if not style.
Outskirts/slums aside, central Bogota is as modern as any Western City, and its bus network/newness, banks and automotive practices probably put it a notch or two above many.
Time to explore tomorrow.