A Day in Bogotá

Today was our one and only day off from doing orientation activities, and I wanted to make the most of it.

A group of us started out at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum).

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Outside the Museo del Oro. I believe you can pay this guy to lie in his hammock; I did not do this.

The museum displays items made of gold and other metals that were made by indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest of Colombia.

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Gold artefact at the Museo del Oro

It was very cool, and, as a bonus, free on Sundays!

Next, we joined the Bogotá Graffiti Tour, a tour of street art and Graffiti in Bogota’s historic Candelaria neighborhood.

La Candelaria, Bogotá
Alley in La Candelaria

Bogotá, and especially La Candelaria, is filled with beautiful graffiti and murals. I love the contrast between the colorful art and the old buildings of Candelaria. It gives the whole area a really dreamlike, otherworldly feel. Plus it’s just fun to be constantly running into new pieces of art.

Our guide Jay was really knowledgeable about the street art culture in Bogotá, as well as about the different artists who are active in the city.

Jay in action
Jay in action

The tour leaves from the Parque de Periodistas every day at 10 and 2. It lasts almost 3 hours and is free, though they do suggest giving your guide a donation at the end if you are able. If you have the chance to do it, it is really interesting and a lot of fun. It definitely gave me a new appreciation of graffiti and street art.

Here are pictures of some of my favorite pieces:

A multi-color bug
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Indigenous woman
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Bird pilot
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Rainbow bird
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Dream llamas?
Butterfly girl
Butterfly girl

After the tour, we just strolled around the neighborhood a bit. First we visited a street that is closed to cars and made into a pedestrian walkway on Sundays:

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Pedestrian walkway in La Candelaria

There were all sorts of performances going on and stalls selling different things. You could also bet on guinea pig races!

Pedestrian walkway, La Candelaria, Bogotá
Ready to race
The finish line
The finish line

I didn’t place a bet, but later kind of regretted it.

Next we stopped in a little shop to buy some Chicha, a local drink made from fermented corn. It’s really thick with a yeast-y taste, kind of like a cross between a beer and a milkshake. It tastes better than it sounds (or looks).

With my chicha!
Chicha!

They serve it in big glass bottles which they put in little plastic bags so you can walk around with it. Nice.

For the rest of the evening we just enjoyed the scenery and the sunset.

A pretty little park
A pretty little park
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Candy cane church
Sunset in an alley
Sunset in an alley
Candelaria alleys
Bonita
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