From bolivia to bogota

Trip Start May 16, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Monday, June 11, 2012

So after a few days we have arrived in bogota, columbia!

It was quite expensive to fly from la Paz, Bolivia to bogota, Columbia (around $800us each), so we spent some extra time traveling to get us to bogota which saved us around ($300us each) to put this in perspective, 1lt beer is $2 us, accommodation in private room $20us.

We took a bus from la Paz back to puno, Peru. We stayed in puno then got a taxi to Juliaca airport, flight to Lima and then from Lima to bogota, arriving on Saturday night.

Already we were noticing, it seemed much quieter on the roads and cleaner than la paz.

Sunday was spent wandering around bogota. For part of the day every sunday they shut down some of their major roads for cyclists to ride around . We visited the plaza bolivar,which was very busy, as it turned out it was another bank holiday (they have many in Columbia) and there was a parade of soldiers playing instruments up to the church.

We went to some museums and galleries, seeing paintings and sculptures by botero, Picasso, Dali and many more. we then headed up to the monserrate, a church and lookout on the top of a mountain in bogota. There is a cable car which takes you up and you get some amazing views of the city. On the way back down we had to wait in the hugest line to get back down, we're not sure if it was because it was sunday (so its cheaper to go up, or as people are going to hear the church service) or because it was a holiday but it was chaos!!

Today we went to a town a few hours out of bogota to zipaquira where they have a salt cathedral, a cathedral built into an old rock salt mine. Rather than take a tour we thought we would take the bus there!! The main bus system in bogota, transmilenio Is really good, they have dedicated bus lane in the middle of most of the main roads, really clean, frequent and cheap. We took the wrong bus line, but luckily figured out how to get to the right stop. Then we took another bus out to zipaquira.

At salt cathedral you go into the old mine, to see 14 stations of the cross illuminated with various lighting.

Took the bus back to bogota, ready to get our next overnight bus, 12 hrs to Medellin.
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