Dodgy city? Nah, I loved it!
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Bogota - what a great city. I have been so pleasantly surprised over the last few days, that this awesome place will be possibly sneaking into the upper echelons of my all time favourite cities. Although my time here has been relatively brief, Bogota has left an impression on me. I came mindful of horror stories of danger, muggings and smog. For me, only the last has really been true (although Will, staying at the hostel, said he got mugged for his Big Mac the other day).
It was kind of weird arriving in the city, as it starts about 25 miles from the centre, or so it seems....its an absolutely gigantic urban sprawl. But you don't really notice yourself going up, but somehow this city sits at about 2600m - the altitude kind of creeps up on you! I was travelling down with Eng, Abby and Rory and we went to stay at DN (Destino Nomada) hostel in La Calendaria, as Eng and Rory had stayed there before.
The next couple of days were filled with sightseeing, lots of eating and general chilling. La Calendaria is the 470-year old centre of the city and is absolutely fantastic for just strolling. The streets are busy (but not too packed) and there's plenty to keep the eyes occupied (of the human and architectural varieties) - I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that Colombia has the most beautiful women in the world and surroundings to match.
We also went up the Teleferico (at the top is the Cerro de Monserrat church) to get a birds eye view of the city ($CP14,000/US$7/£4 return) - only then did I really get to grips with the awesome size of the city - it literally goes as far as the eye can see, crammed in by mountains on two sides. I only saw the central area, but it would take you weeks to see the rest (although not sure you would want to go any further as it does get really dodgy in those areas!). Walking around at night, there's loads of places to eat and grab a beer - a different vibe eminates from every corner, so take your choice!
If all Colombian cities are this good, I can't wait for next stop...Medellin!