Saturday January 30, 2016
We have had a few fun and interesting days in Bogota, Colombia. We are high in the Andes Mountains at 2,640 meters (8,661 feet). The walking tours are wonderful to explore all the cathedrals/churches and the very talented artistic graffiti that this huge city is famous for. Our district of Candelaria, Bogota is considered the old part of Bogota and is very cool. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial, Baroque and art deco styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums. The people are very friendly and the food delicious. We are sticking to a traditional Colombian diet.
Today we met a new friend, Juan, who guided us through the numerous bicycle shops which are located on one street like in Mexico City. Juan is a cousin of one of Jocelyn’s friends in Florida. Jocelyn’s headset has become loose many times so we were looking for a thin spanner wrench to tighten it occasionally. None of the bike shops had that size so we ended up buying a very heavy adjustable wrench. It will work fine although the weight is not wanted. We also lost one of our cable locks that seemed to have dropped out of my bike box on the flight here. When my bike arrived the entire bottom was open even though it was sufficiently taped closed when it arrived onboard. Everything else was zip tied on taped onto the box and the cable lock thrown inside. Well, the cable lock fell out. Today we bought a new one. I also made a few electrical repairs to the electrical wiring on our dynometer hubs. Finding parts is always a challenge but fun. Since my fairly new rear tire failed due to sharp rocks on the sidewall I bought a replacement today. It was very difficult explaining to the sales girl that I wanted a thick tire. So I drew a picture and she understood and brought out an excellent spare for only $10. Speaking of dollars it is so nice to have our expenses drop considerably. I don’t know why Costa Rica charges so much (must be all the Americans that live there) for everything (we’ll never go back) and Panama wasn’t much lower. Colombia is back to great prices with their Peso.
Tomorrow we start riding again and now through the beautiful Andes Mountains. The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world. They are a continual range of highlands along the western coast of South America. This range is about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, about 200 to 700 km (120 to 430 mi) wide (widest between 18° south and 20° south latitude), and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft). The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
3 thoughts on “Scenes from around Bogota, Colombia”
New Bike parts breaking… sounds familiar 🙁
Those police riot uniforms almost make it seem like they are in the star wars movie!
I agree with mom, i’d like to explore Bogota someday.
Yay Incas! The graffiti is incredible, especially that one in yellow with corn and the goddess of fertility. That moving shot of the train in the tunnel is definitely sweet. The succulent wall is quite clever and gorgeous. I want to create something like that 😀
Thanks Andee. We start riding again tomorrow after three nights in San Agustin. We will research Cuenca.
Finally a beautiful city that I would love to explore…and enjoy the montanas! I have been reading a little about the roads heading south and you are in for some seriously difficult rides. Take it easy and enjoy every day! The Florida TODAY paper had a piece about Cuenca, which is considered the “jewel of Ecuador” as it is a walkable city, safe, with 52 cathedrals and lots of English speaking expats that take US dollars! I hope that you find many unique and hospitable places to stay on this most southern leg of your world tour! Check out the stars! Love always, andee