Bogota, capital of Colombia

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In the Museo de Oro (gold museum), the different shades that can be achieved mixing gold, silver and copper.
At last I made it out of Cali and my first stop was Bogota, which at 2600m or so is the 3rd highest capital city in the world, behind La Paz and Quito. Due to that higher altitude, the weather in Bogota is notorious for being cold and damp, unlike hot Cali, or the eternal spring of Medellin and the tropical heat of the Caribbean coast.

However, it is a pleasant enough city. The Candelaria, the historic centre, is pretty and there are lots of interesting museums to see. The Police Museum, outside of which I ruined someone's careful labour by walking straight through their freshly laid concrete, has an interesting display about the hunt for the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, and also an impressive arsenal of weapons. The Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) has exhibits of pre-columbian gold artefacts and explains how they would have made them. There is also a museum created from the donation of art works owned by Fernando Botero, the paisa (from Antioquia department) artist who is famous for his paintings and statues featuring over-sized people.

There is also a funicular railway to go up to Monserate, the hill that overlooks the city and like in many South American cities, is dominated by a church.
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In the Museo de Oro (gold museum),…
In the Museo de Oro (gold museum)…
Museo Botero. A donation of works …
Museo Botero. A donation of works…
The funicular railway up to Monser…
The funicular railway up to Monse…
Bogota
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