A 20 minute drive through town took us to our first hostel of the trip, Masaya Bogotá, tucked away on a hilly street in La Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogotá. I think we did ourselves proud with this one and I'm sure we'll stay in a lot worse.
First stop on our first afternoon was coffee of course and food. Our route took us through Plaza de Bolivar, a huge square filled with a lifetime supply of pigeons named after the political leader Simón Bolívar. Harry tried his first (of probably many) bowl of ajiaco, a soup made up of chicken and sweet corn served with rice, arepas, plantain and capers. I had chorizo with arepas and a side of avocado plus beers... This didn't even cost us 2.50 each....I don't think we'll have a problem with our budget after all. *dancing lady emoji*
It was predicted rain and storms for today but the morning started sunny with a breakfast of tamales and eggs at La Puerta Falsa thank you Anthony Bourdain for showing us the way to this hole in the wall in a 350 year old colonial building. For the rest of the morning we headed over to Museo Botero for a wander and sit in the patio and then back to the hostel for a quick coffee and sit down.
At midday we decided to head up to Monserrate, a mountain that dominates the skyline over the capital, via cable car and a steep one at that. At the top we had a wander around the gardens and the church that overlooks Bogotá and finished it off with a quick coffee with one of the best views I've ever seen. The view of the rolling clouds hanging over the mountains were close to giving the city view a run for it's money! A quick stop at the usually quite pricey Bogota Beer Company to catch happy hour £1.20 a pint and we were good to head back for a rest stop before dinner in La Macarena neighbourhood.
On Saturday, our last full day, we started the morning a little later with a lazy walk for arepas. We found a cute little place in La Candelaria filled with stacks and stacks of fresh bread and decided to order a huge cup of chocolate and arepas con queso. It was delicious! We even bought a cheesy loaf to save for lunchtime. The lazy day continued with a walk to the supermarket to buy our sandwich fillings and whatnots and then back to the hostel for a chat and coffee. The rest of our Saturday was filled with a walk around our neighbourhood and yes, another coffee.