Bogota

 

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Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo, Bogota

After the good experience in mexico, we similarly chose a hostel in the Zona Rosa which proved to be safe and lively at the same time. Hostel Bogotá Chapinorte was walking distance to Centro Andino where sheer luck blessed us with the most tender piece of steak ever (“Baby beef”), surprisingly from the nondescript looking food court on the top floor. We were also very fortunate to meet a very lovely mother daughter pair from Bucaramanga at our hostel and proceeded to the nearby Bogota Beer Company for drinks after.

 

The National Musuem, Museo del Oro, and Botero museum were all located almost in a straight line along Carrera 7 from north to south, thus if you are up for seeing 3 museums in a day it could be done with some snack breaks in between to clear your head. The best day to visit is Sunday when the museums have free entry, the main streets are closed to traffic, and the walk passes by  Mercado de Pulgas San Alejo which stocks cool antiques. A little further from the Botero Museum is hippie Carrera 2, where there are many places to treat your museum-induced headache with the ancient corn beer Chicha. Even the locals tell you to get out of La Candelaria before dusk, so keep check on time as you wander around the graffiti-laden walls.

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Guinea pig race, along Carrera 7, Bogota

The local favourite is Bandeja Paisa, which to me is a greasy American breakfast with extra toppings of rice cakes, grilled plantain, avocado and chicharron. One between two people is normally enough.

 

 

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