Bogota is a fabulous city and for me at least, it was love at first sight. The city is at quite a high altitude (2600 meters) and is surrounded by lush green mountains. It was much cooler so high up which was a nice reprieve from the scorching hot desert surrounding Santa Marta.
Bogota is South America's version of New York City. The city is very vibrant with tons of great neighborhoods, bars, restaurants, parks, you name it! It also has a 'scene' for whatever you might be interested in such as music or arts.
We stayed in an area called La Candelaria which is in the older part of city. It has what remains of the colonial part of the city and doubles as a government and business district.
There are also several universities in this area and the vibe was great. Amazingly, the university students in Bogota are very much into the heavy metal scene but the music is about 15years old now (think Metallica before they sold out...). We were surrounded by students sportin' a ton of leather, metal studs to match their piercings and many a fine mullett to be admired.
Bogota is a very progressive city and has events such as closing the downtown streets to traffic on Sundays so that pedestrians and cyclists can move about without the fear of getting ran over (which is a very serious risk as cars have the right of way without question in this town).
We spent several days just checking out the city and could have easily stayed longer. The city is massive with nearly 8 million people so there is alot of turf to cover if you really want to get to know the place.
We took a day trip to another small city near Bogota called Zipaquira which is famous for its Salt Cathedral. The Cathedral is actually an old salt mine that was reclaimed and made into an underground church. It can hold up to 8400 people and is 200 meters underground. All of the statues and pedestals were carved out of salt rock. It had the most amazing feeling of grandeur when you stood in the middle of the main hall.
The time has come for us to head Southwest to make a run for Ecuador. There are a few more cities that we'll be visiting on our way but we should be in Ecuador within a week or so.