COLOMBIA

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Last December we went to Colombia just before the Holidays. Among all the beautiful places we found on "mining land", Colombian people were the highlight of our trip.


Bogota

As a girl, I started to have lots of fun shopping at Bogota. It was incredible how cheap everything was compared to Costa Rica.
This was the view from our W hotel room,


The hotel has the BEST breakfast buffet bar in town! And even a pretty nice night club if you feel like going out for drinks.

Boyaca

We also found lots of artisan goodies at the salt mines and outside the dinosaur fossils exhibition,


The food was delicious, in all honesty I gain a couple of pounds thanks to our quest of finding the perfect arepa. My favorite had to be in a little restaurant, in front of the Antonio Nariño Museum in Villa de Leyva. Please ask for the arepa with cheese and portobello mushrooms, you won't regret it!
Just one block away, is the Chocolate Museum. Another must visit! My favorite was the walnuts chocolate; the piña colada was pretty good too.


If you are in town, I would recommend to have lunch at the Duruelo Hotel. The food and the view from the balcony are amazing,



My top 5 must visit places would be:
  1. Villa de Leyva: the architecture and romantic feeling of the colonial streets are worth a entire trip to Colombia. Founded on June 12, 1572, Villa de Leyva lives the 21st century with intensity, sharing its history with all who visit it.
  2. Entre Panes: if you go, take home some of the jars spreads from Conservas de la Villa.
  3. The Zipaquira mines: I honestly thought this catedral had at least 100 years old, but actually it was constructed just one decade ago. Is a short tour, with a beautiful and interesting history. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground in a halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca.
  4. Andres Carne de Res: ask for the mixed arepa! Don't think this is an individual meal, you can easily share this with a couple of people. It actually looks like an arepa pizza!
  5. Raquira: another colonial town full of boutique stores. I brought home a macrame hammock and couldn't be happier with my purchased. About three quarters of the economy of Ráquira is centered on the handcrafts, specially on ceramics.

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