Gold and Mining with Nacho
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We all have friends that say "im going to come and see you for sure" and for the most part you think "cool, but i bet theyll never make it". Well after much discussion and planning my Aunt from the States finally boarded a plane in Newark, USA and joined me in Bogota, Colombia for a two week adventure in Latin America. Despite her fear that she´d slow me down i secretly feared i´d slow her down and it was certainly stranger for me to see her in Latin America than for her to see me there despite what she said!
So on a rather chilly evening i met my new travel buddy at the airport and started a two week jaunt that turned into quite an adventure.
Having just two days in Bogota i decided to save some of the highlights to share with my aunt.
We also managed to make our way up to Monserrate to get a birds eye view of Bogota, and what a view it is! The city is huge and in a spectacular setting as youd expect from an Andean city. Locals make their way up here each Sunday to pray at the Monserrate church but fortunately the Funicular was open so we decided to go the easy way and pay $14,000 COP for a return journey.
The following day we took a train, bus and taxi out to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral.
We also decided to pay the extra money to do the "Miners Walk". So once again, and despite my previous experiences in Potosi, i donned a hard hat and light and went down into the mines. Unlike Potosi this is a lot more organised and safe. The guide was really interesting and explained how the miners worked in the mines and why the salt was so important. At the end of the day we even got to witness a dynamite explosion .... well not quite!
So after a great two days in Bogota there was time for one more falafel before bed. Heading to Salento for the next stage of the adventure.