Visit Bogota, Colombia | Two
Visit Bogotà, Colombia | Two
My favorite day in Bogotá was spent at the Botero Museum. First because I was wearing my favorite shirt (photo above), second because it's free. Meaning everybody in the city of Bogotà is welcome to explore the amazing artwork! I'm a huge supporter of free (or inexpensive) museums, 'art homes', and creative spaces because it fosters a cities relationship with art and creativity, but more on that another time. Botero's work is one of a kind and it's a MUST. He's famous in Bogota (and the rest of Colombia / the world, NBD). His paintings are huge and the characters in them stare at you, so it's a really interesting place to spend the afternoon. I absolutely loved it. In addition, the museums grounds are beautiful. There's more to it than just Botero's artwork so go explore!
After the Botero museum we took the tram up to Monserrate. If you want to see how big Bogota really is go up to Monserrate. The views are unbelievable and there's also great restaurants and a church. You can spend half the day exploring, and have a long leisurely lunch at ones of the restaurants perched on the hill overlooking the city. I also heard it's beautiful at night. We did not get to experience that, but I can only imagine! If you go at night bring a jacket, the elevation is very high and it will be windy.
A Secret Neighborhood
Our last day in Bogota was spent in the neighborhood around Parque Usaquen. This place is a very well kept secret and now I'm telling you all so it's not a secret anymore. If we had not been driven smack dab into the middle of it, I wouldn't have known this neighborhood exists! It's that easy to miss if you aren't looking. This little pocket of Bogota is completely hidden from the busy street close by so you would never know there is the hippest, cutest neighborhood not too far away. Many of the best restaurants are in this part of town, and there's also ton of artists, local shops, and of course cute cafes. Walking down a picturesque street we found a sign for a vintage store and wandered into an even more picturesque courtyard. Is was there that we found the best little vintage shop, El Cuchitril and that's where I found my favorite blue blazer (pictured above). When I first picked this beauty up I thought for sure it was black and white, and I have enough black and white blazers, so I started to put it back. But then it caught in the light and I had to take it outside for a better look. It's blue & white and I'm obsessed. SCORE. It's little shops and statement pieces like these that make traveling and wandering around a city like Bogota so fun, you never know what you are going to find around the next corner. You could be standing 20' from that perfect pink bag, cowboy hat, or ballet flats that you've always wanted. You just have to take the time to look.
In front of El Cuchitril was a restaurant called Aperol Spritz. Of course we had to pop our heads in to see if the owner was 'actually' Italian. He was. An Italian with a great restaurant in the middle of Bogota, Colombia that we coincidentally found. Obviously we went in for a round of spritzes and a salad before heading out to do more shopping and exploring. The meal was delicious. We are occasional (or consistent) restaurant repeaters so we ended up back there for an early dinner! It did not disappoint. Perfect last day in Bogotá.
I could spend some serious time in Bogota, Colombia. The people are lovely and the food is great. It's definitely one of my favorite places to go. Thank you Colombia for being so hospitable. I can't wait to explore more of your beautiful country. <3