Great second day in Bogota, a mix of things but exciting and new all the way. We caught the bus to Le Candelaria and what an eye opener. As soon as we got off the bus a local told me to put my phone away and wear my bag on the front so as not to get robbed. We were warned multiple times by others to do the same and by others still that it was not good here at night.
We wangled our way through a teeming mass of people, the only tourists catching the bus it seemed, and got to the old town for a wander around the gold museum before our walking tour. Some beautiful craftsmanship on the gold and very interesting to see its history in Colombia.
Before the walking tour started we went to a cafe for a snack and got chatting to the owner. We asked why so many low flying helicopters and he told us it was because of the bombing here a couple days ago. Turns out 20 something people were killed and he unexpectedly showed us his home video of the incident, dismembered bodies and all…
After that things calmed down a bit and we had a couple hours wandering around the old town learning some history, chewing coca leaves, drinking coffee and juice and doing a general explore on the tour. A few snacks later though and we were ready to leave La Candelaria.
On the way out I had a snarky douche curse my mother but by far he was the exception to very helpful and friendly people. But as if to solidify the somewhat dangerous feel of the area, while at the bus station we saw only one other gringo in a sea of people, and he was surrounded by cops holding his would be mugger against a wall while he looked very concerned about whatever had been stolen.
Despite that we did have a great day and were cautious enough to really enjoy ourselves and see some of the city travelling by bus. That's it for Bogota though, time to go fly now! 😁