We are in Columbia!
The great thing about traveling...
... is that you get to meet so many people that also travel. The fact that we landed here, in Bogotá, Columbia was due to that fact. No matter where we talked to other backpackers that we met in hostels or anywhere else: EVERYONE recommended to us to go visit Columbia. At first we were sceptical. Not only can't you always trust the judgement of other people (especially when you don't know them) but also Columbia is known to be "dangerous". At least that's what I thought. But the more I heard about this beautiful country, I wanted to see it! So that was one reason for us to book our flight to here and not to spend our last 2 weeks in Ecuador, as we first planned. Other reasons are our budget (Ecuador is known to be expensive) and the fact that we want to go on a jungle tour and see the Amazon, which is way easier to do from Columbia than from Ecuador.
Our first horror night
Well, after our 2 days in El Valle (where we didn't really get a lot of sleep) we arrived here suuuper exhausted! Luckily, we thought, we booked ourselves a hostel through hostelworld, as we always did. Arriving there, the first impression was okay, but OMG that night that was gonna follow...
We were looking forward to a nice warm bed and some hours of good sleep in our 4 bed dorm. None of that was the case... The hostel was all opened up, there were no doors on our room, so the cold air of Bogotas night (around 12-15°C) kept rushing into our room. The dorm was the smallest I have ever seen, the space from my head to the deck wasn't even half a meter, so yeah I hit my head quite often at night and also people were SO LOUD all night long. And since there were no doors to shut... Well, you can imagine! It was the worst night EVER. Waking up, I felt really sick, super tired and just pissed off - and I wasn't alone! Hans had already decided that we had to move out and find ourselves a better place to stay. So, he booked us an AirBnB as my early birthday present - yaaaay! We moved out right away, and there we were in our GORGEOUS apartment in the middle of La Candelaria in Bogota with the BEST VIEW! Thanks Hans :)
Our lovely AirBnB
Our first day in Bogotá
After having the BEST night ever, we were ready to explore the city. THe neighbourhood we live in, la Candelaria, is the old part of Bogota and known to be really safe. Also, there's a lot of student, since the university of Columbia is located here. Overall it is beautiful and i am surprised how much I like Bogotá. The architecture, the artsy flair, all the little restaurants and bars.. It's beautiful :)
La Monserrate - Bogotá from up high
In the afternoon, we decided to take a cable car up to la Monserrate, a mountain where you can have a view over the whole city. We walked there from our AirBnb, which only took us 10 minutes, and bought some tickets (around 35000 COP).
Cable car "Teletráfico"
The drive up took about 5 minutes and was simply amazing and worth it. This is how Bogotá looks like from up high:
So, even though our first night was awful and our first Columbia eperiences were so bad, it all turned out really well and I am glad to be here. We plan to stay for 2 or 3 nights more and then make our way to Leticia to get to the Amazon, but that's another story, hopefully coming soon :)