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A day trip to Guatavita

December 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

This last festivo (public holiday) I wanted to visit the Guatavita lagoon, which is about a 1.5 – 2.5 hour drive outside of Bogotá (depending on traffic and exactly where you live in the city). Guatavita is one of a number of places just outside of Bogotá which is worth visiting, along with La Calera, Sopó, Zipaquira and its Salt Cathedral, the Nemocón [more]

Bogotá Botanical Garden (for peace & fresh air!)

November 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden / Jardín Botánico (to give its full name) is one of my favourite places in Bogotá. When you’ve had a busy week navigating the hustle’n’bustle of the city, it can leave you gasping for some fresh air and tranquility. There are a few places to find peace and quiet in Bogotá, and the Bogotá Botanical [more]

Andes Ecotours: Exploring Beyond Bogotá

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In my opinion, one of the best things about Bogotá is its beautiful surrounding regions. Life in the city can get pretty stressful so you really should take advantage of all those long weekends and go and explore outside of Bogotá. The main concern people have is being able to travel safely, with a bilingual guide, to places which are worth visiting, at a [more]

A little piece of home in Bogotá

March 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Museo del Chicó courtyard In comparison to my home town, London, there aren’t many parks in Bogotá. This is probably why one of my favourite places in Bogotá is Chicó park, just beside Chicó Museum (or Museo del Chicó) located on carrera 7 with calle 93. The museum itself was actually the home of Mercedes Sierra de Pérez, daughter of an extremely wealthy [more]

Beauty in Bogotá: she who seeks, will find…

January 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

My favourite day of the week to enjoy the beauty in Bogotá is Sunday, for several reasons: The city is much quieter, due to less traffic on the roads because… …Sunday means ciclovía! which means that the main roads are closed to traffic, and cyclists, skaters, skate-boarders, joggers and walkers can take to the streets and enjoy the space and relative peace! No [more]

Escape Bogota: a weekend in Paipa, Boyacá

January 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I find Bogota a stressful city to live in; as is the case for many cities, it’s busy, noisy and polluted. I’d therefore been looking forward to a break for months, and last week we finally decided to spend a couple of days in Paipa, Boyacá. We took a bus there from Portal Norte, just outside the TransMilenio station. A [more]

Hummingbirds in Bogota

November 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

There’s something very special about hummingbirds… their bright, metallic hues, the lightning speed of their wings which renders them almost invisible as they poke and jab at each flower with their long, elegant beaks and feed on the nectar, the sense of peace that they exude… It’s the stuff of magical realism, and I can’t see how [more]

Weather in Bogota: Rain

November 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

During the rainy season, the weather in Bogota can be pretty grim. Yesterday it rained so hard that the mountains completely disappeared!! This was followed by rivers of mud flowing down from the hills and much amusement watching people trying (and failing) to jump over the pools which had accumulated at the sides of the road! Before the rain.. During the rain [more]

Bogota Skies: every cloud has a silver lining

October 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve found the transition to life in Bogota a challenge at the best of times, but one of the things that makes me very happy are pretty skies; and Bogota (and Colombia in general) has these in abundance. I therefore thought I’d start focusing on some of the things I truly do like about Bogota, and share with [more]