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ABC MUNDIAL in Colombia: rediscovering Bogotá

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We arrived at the airport in Bogota "El Dorado", honoring the legend that spoke of this land as magical bathed in high wealth extensions at 2100 meters above sea level, welcomes us with order and tranquility

We flew 6 hours. 12,000 feet high with a speed of 700 km. per hour, crossed northern Argentina, Bolivia and kissed northwestern Brazil. Followed as we move into the coffee country: we come to Colombia!

We arrived at the airport in Bogota "El Dorado", honoring the legend that spoke of this land as magical bathed in high wealth extensions at 2100 meters above sea level, welcomes us with order and tranquility.

The gendarmes present at the station wondering how money comes in, right next to the baggage scanner that do not work, does not intimidate us, Bogotá has a lot to offer.

The best that can happen is able to take a closer up your accommodation taxi, in our case was the necessary ABC of how to manage these lands.

The city wakes noisy as any capital, street vendors and workers who move like ants towards their work or activity that corresponds to them. The sky is dominated by cranes symbol of transformation in appearance of the city, especially in the north. There are hundreds of developing real estate projects left behind low to dazzle with buildings up to 5 floors houses, few of which rise to 10 since to do so must meet seismic system. To start familiarizing we recommend a walk in the vicinity of where you are, in our case the north, where the embassies and shopping malls where you can easily find leading brands like Zegna, Tissot, Zsuarowky, Mango, Vuitton, Calvin among many others. Amid the turmoil and aesthetic photogenic unsettles not impressed safe environment thanks to the many police officers who are deployed in the streets. Effective Formula: caution in visiting the center and offshore areas after 20 pm, take a taxi identified as minicabs and ask the security staff for directions. Yet with all the hype it feels a holdover from the Time of Cholera, can see people in 4x4 identified as followed armored guards, private security within shopping malls armed with 38 caliber in and out checking the trunks of cars entering.

If, like us, being in a city of kings are awakened sense of adventure can take a "busceta" or "Transmilenio", both part of the internal transport service that can be paid in cash the ticket varies between 1,600 and 2,900 Colombian pesos to 72 and 11 (see, everyone will know how to reach and acclimate locate the numbering). From there busceta undertake another trip to "La Calera" viewpoint from which you can appreciate the greatness of the city. You can also get there by taxi but prices vary too. It is not recommended to do it on foot, the road is not ready.

Wednesday's surprised the ABC MUNDIAL team giving them the opportunity to participate in the official political and multi-religious ceremony in memory of the victims of the attacks to Charlie Hebdo in France and against any form of terrorism. In the Plaza de Bolívar, where was held the event, you can tour the historic center of La Candelaria which consists of the National Capitol, the Courthouse, the Liveano Palace and the Cathedral of Colombia. The jewels: the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. The first holds the largest collection in the world, pieces that made regalia of kings and notable Columbian amazing and thrilling detail and the burden of each. For only 3000 pesos which is the entrance fee worth follow it to the end where they keep their most prized archaeological surprises and an interactive farewell to visitors. The second shared the peculiar look of Fernando Botero about the world, figures and proportions. From free admission traces the career of this great artist.

Finish the evening at 3100 meters is a reward after so much travel, Monserrate viewpoint invites funicular up with one of the highest points of the city and get an invaluable and comprehensive view of Bogota.

Multiforme constant is repeated again and again the magic of El Dorado across town beauty expressing beliefs and values.

traslation: Belén Zapata