#AllinModerationTravels – Bogotá, Colombia

{ The main plaza and government buildings, Bogotá, Colombia }

A country once plagued by La Violencia, the FARC, and countless all powerful life-threatening drug Cartels, Colombia has found it’s name in peace as an up-and-coming civilization. Bogotá, at the centre of it – where only a handful of years ago you took cover when hearing a motorbike come down the road to now, a thriving cosmopolitan city laced with history, hipsters, and exceptional people.

My sister and I started our 16 day Colombian journey in Bogotá, staying in the Usaquén district – your typical upper class neighbourhood, with delicious brunch spots, cevicherias, and an incredible Sunday market bringing about all walks of life.

At an elevation of 2,640 metres (8,660 feet) above sea level, it was by far the highest city I have been to. And boy, did I ever feel it. A couple glasses of wine felt like a couple bottles, and a few steps felt like a few miles.

We started our adventure with a city tour – completely adjusted when our guide, Diego, found out I wrote a food blog… He took us to the Paloquemao Market where we tasted the flavours of Colombia. Multiple tropical fruits, slow roasted pigs, empanadas, and the allusive arepas began our day in the most incredible way. From there we ventured over to La Candaleria neighbourhood to visit the Botero Museum, and the Museo del Oro (or Gold Museum). Fernando Botero, a Colombian artist and sculptor, with his signature style of depicting people and figures in a large, exaggerated volume, provided a bit of humour for the day, while the Museo del Oro brought to light the incredible inventive power of the indigenous people of the country – and an intro to a not-to-be missed trek we completed later on in the trip.

Our day ended with a frightening experience on a Funicular, lunch up at the Monserrate at 3,152 metres (10,341 feet), a questionable tasting of “craft beer”, and our first introduction to Colombian ceviché at 80 Sillas – not cheap – but tasty, fresh, and a complete treat.

Given the difficulty overcoming a hangover at the elevation of Bogotá, our last day in the city was filled with a delicious brunch at Abasto, some shopping in the Sunday Market in Usaquén, and an interesting discovery of the Colombian shopping mall.

All in all, Colombia quickly became one of my favourite countries. And I couldn’t wait to see what was to come over on the Caribbean coast.

Next stop. Cartagena!

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{ First meal in Bogotá – a mixto platter of Colombian goodies, and a traditional Ajiaco, complete with a few cervezas }

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{ Senõr Cerdo at the Paloquemao Market – delicious slow-roasted pig }

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{ Your typical Fernando Botero painting }

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{ Colombian street art – some incredible murals }

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{ Some more street art – very Banksy-esque }

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{ I loved this one – texturized and colourful }

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{ A 16th century church in La Candaleria }

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{ The burial offering in gold – Museo del Oro }

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{ A questionable funicular ride to Monserrate }

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{ The incredible view from Monserrate }

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{ An exquisite Sunday brunch at Abasto – incredible coffee – pulpo (octopus) and burrata }

 

XO

Ally

Ally Taylor

Ally Taylor is a food writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Through her All in Moderation blog, she aims to promote a healthy gourmet lifestyle for the 9-5’er. Learn more about Ally or follow her on Twitter @allinmod or Instagram @ally_in_moderation

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