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Bogota

Bogota, the capital of Colombia, was quite a bit larger and more metropolitan than I expected. Home to over 8 million people, it is bigger than most US cities – and at 2600M, it is the third highest capital city in the world.

We took the Teleferico (looks like a ski lift) to a city overlook. Unfortunately the day wasnt a little overcast, so the pictures aren’t that clear.

The area we stayed in was called La Candelaria… full of really cool old buildings and cobblestone walkways with lots of awesome graffiti and street art.

One of the really cool things about Bogota is their public transit. Called the Transmilenio, the system is a set of buses that essentially have their own lane in the middle of streets and highways. In the early 2000’s, the mayor of Bogota proposed the building of an underground subway system. When it proved to be too expensive, local operating buses were converted to the Transmilenio – which basically serves as an overground subway. Makes for an easy, inexpensive, and time efficient way to get around.

Transmilenio pulling out of a station.

By far the worst drink we have tasted so far is called Chicha. Its a homemade moonshine-ish beverage made from corn. All the bars make it themselves and serve it (ours out of a suspicious looking old milk jug) for cheap. And it tastes like dirt.

Also, all the bars in Bogota play heavy metal. All the time. I definitely heard enough Metallica to last me the next decade.

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Ciclovia

Ciclovia is a movement that seems to be spreading throughout South America  – closing large portions of streets on Sundays to encourage cycling.

Im sure there are some of you out there that think the idea is lame – but I really like it. Its cool to see so many people out there using alternate forms of transportation and getting some exercise while they are at it. So far, we have seen Ciclovia in Medellin, Bogota, and Quito. Bogota closes an impressive 122km of road for bicycles.

More to come… we’re currently in Lima – awaiting the arrival of ATP!

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