[recapping our trip, 326 days in]
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, we flew from San Cristobal island in the Galapagos to Bogotá, Colombia.
(Remember folks, the university in New York City and the city in South Carolina are spelled COLUMBIA, but the country in South America is spelled COLOMBIA. “Oh,” you’re thinking. That’s right! There are two of them!)
We did a lot of relaxing in the cities of Bogotá and Medellín, and one thing’s for sure: this isn’t the dangerous Colombia from the days of Pablo Escobar’s drug empire. Modern Colombia is clean, safe, modern, and welcoming to tourists. Take a look at this Colombia promotional video, which is a little over the top but not too far off from how we felt while we were in Colombia:
While in Bogotá, we took a couple expeditions to the national bank’s “Gold” Museum and the nearby Botero Museum. Fernando Botero, if you don’t know, is a famous Colombian artist known for exaggerated and bulbous human (and other) forms.
Our other major activity in Bogotá was a “graffiti tour,” organized by a small local company to show off the burgeoning street art scene in the city. Graffiti / street art is a polarizing subject, given that at its heart, it’s often what people would classify as vandalism. However, a large and growing group are now getting commissions to decorate unused buildings, or frequently asking permission if they might cover unused walls with large art works.
From Bogotá, we took a short flight to nearby Medellín. As Botero’s hometown, we found ourselves with a second Botero museum to visit, and it was incredible. All the Colombians we met were so friendly and welcoming; we had a really great time. We don’t have a ton of pictures aside from a few shots from the museums we visited; we were too busy relaxing and recovering from our prior destinations!
What a great time; we can heartily recommend Colombia for a visit if you’re thinking about it.