7 hours from Neiva and 18000 each gets us to Bogota. Our hostel is in Candelaria area and is called Quevado, right on a lovely square. Loads of people are hanging out here, juggling, drinking, smoking- a bit dodgey but nothing threatening. The hostel is locked at all times so it’s safe enough. The guy who ran the place was lovely, did so much for us, made us coffee every morning, did our washing for nothing, let us use the internet for free. He was really helpful. Candelaria is a lovely area with lots of old buildings and quaint balconies, lots of cute little places to eat or drink in. We found a great place for really healthy food just 2 minutes from the hostel called Pitawok, dishes were so fresh and healthy. There was a bakery opposite it which did good brownies and choc chip cookies too, especially if you get them straight from the oven!!
We went to the Museo de Oro which had loads and loads of old gold. It showed you how the old statues were made with wax and clay. 1st they would make a wax statue of what they wanted and then put clay round the outside of it but made sure that there was a line of wax from the statue through the clay so that when the statue was put into the oven the wax would melt and run out of the channel where the line of wax was. Then the molten gold was poured into the mould and left to set. Chip away at the baked clay and you have a solid gold statue. Quite clever really.
We also went to the Modern Art Museum which had a Nazi exhibition on. It wasn’t what we had gone there for but it was interesting all the same if not very sad actually. Some of the photos were horrific and Anne Frank was threaded through the museum along with a few more stories. There was a basement which had a little bit of modern art in which was quite good.
We were most aware of keeping ourselves safe and safety in numbers here but really it was fine. We had no bad experiences here accept the odd loon which you get in all cities we have discovered!! We were in fact so relaxed in the hostel that we sort of forgot to plan the next bit of the trip. We looked at the map of where we were going and thought that by gauging it on the map that it would take maybe 4 hours to get here. So we were in no hurry when we got up the morning we were leaving and loped about, then decided to just check the website of this amazing hostel we had eyed up. It was about 1pm and to our disappointment the website said they were about 9 hours from Bogota!! Very annoying. But anyway we got our things together and headed down to the bus station with fingers crossed that we would somehow get a good connection with a fast bus…….