02.07.2013 - 04.06.2013
I left Toronto’s International airport at 8:10am on Tuesday July 2nd by Air Canada. I did not want to have any stops so I took a direct flight costing C$791.96 to Bogota, Columbia. I arrived at 1:00pm on the same day, which made the flight time around 5 hours. I lost some of the day but Columbia is actually only 1 hour behind Toronto time. I stayed at the Hostal Campobello for 2 nights, costing me a total of C$96.20 for a Superior Double Bed Private Ensuite. This location was family owned and was very comfortable and naturally green, it was peaceful and included many services such as internet, breakfast, and a very kind staff. This hostel is within walking distance to the Transmilenio Bus station 106 which is like a metro which could take me to whichever tourist site I would want. On the Tuesday which I arrived in Bogota I was not up for a long journey since the flight had already drained most of my energy so I decided to get settled in. Then I took a nice walk in the park close by to my hostel and then to the many boutiques, restaurants and little supermarkets around the area.
On my second day I planned to take a tour of $55.99 which visits La Candelaria which is an old Historic town, it is made up of a lively neighbourhood with many ancient churches and boutiques that make the old town very unique and beautiful. The Spanish architecture, libraries, museums and universities make it truly one of a kind. The next stop was the Gold Museum (Museo Del Oro). The work of gold at the museum was amazing and is known to be the biggest work in the world. There are about 55,000 pieces in the collection, the collections represent different cultures and in the museum they are separated into rooms by culture. Also, the museum is made of 3 floors including two for the display of the pieces and one for the shop, restaurant and cafe. Then I visited La Catedral Primera, which was the first successfully built church in Columbia in 1807 and completed in 1823. The first Spanish conquerors had tried to build many churches in the exact spot many times beginning in 1538 but they always collapsed. My third day was filled with more travel time as I made my mission to the airport to leave to Buenos Aires, Argentina.