There are police and private security and soldiers absolutely everywhere so they are definitely trying hard to clean up its image and welcome tourists. All the Colombians we have met so far have been really welcoming, you can tell that tourism is a fairly new thing here. Even in the tourist areas we rarely see any other foreigners. It does seem like quite a cosmopolitan city though, there are loads of different restaurants to choose from and influences from everywhere. The altitude is definitely noticeable, we've both been a bit out of breath and even on a fairly cloudy and wet day have been sunburned.
At the moment we're staying in a hostel in La Candelaria, which is the old part of Bogota.
More random photos from the area....great colour combinations.
The place was amazing. After a coffee and a chat about life in Ireland, we got an interesting history lesson about the Colombian armed forces before being shown into a room full of guns dating right back to the Old West. Then it was up onto the roof of the building for an incredible panoramic view of Bogota where our guide kindly pointed out the areas and streets we should be careful to avoid. As it turned out we had just come through one of them looking for the place.
Then it was down to the business end of things - Pablo Escobar. We headed down to the basement where the first thing on display is the pimped out Harley Davidson 'El Doctor' owned. All the rooms are full of surveillance equipment, guns and mugshots of Escobar, his gang and their rivals, including loads of fairly graphic ones of them after the law tracked them down. Escobar was shot dead whilst fleeing across rooftops in Medellin and they even had one of the bloodstained rootiles on display, along with an effigy showing how he dressed to look like your average man in the street. It was a pretty bizarre display. A wonderfully weird couple of hours was had. Unfortunately due to a camera malfunction we don't have any photos.
Here is the main square in Bogota, Plaza Bolivar, there is a statue of the liberator Simon Bolivar in the centre surrounded by the Primate Cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the Seat of Congress and millions of pigeons.