I was glad to come back to Bogota to see my good friend Irma whom I had met on my first trip here in 1993.
This is the Hotel Santa Fé with the yellow front in calle 14 in the center of Bogotá where I stayed for 20 US$ a night.
The center of central Bogotá, Carrera 7 con Jimenez, has not one but three historical Churches, La Tercera, La Veracruz and San Francisco.
Another busy corner in central Bogotá, Carrera 7 con Avenida 19.
Carrera 8 in the Candelaria which is a charming ancient quarter of Bogota close to my hotel..
The San Carlos Palace, on the corner of carrera 6 and calle 10 in the Candelaria.
On the left, the guarded Military Museum on calle 11. The Candelaria is safe to visit in daytime but it is better avoided at night.
Calle 8 in the Candelaria.
Irma brought me to see the Monserrate Sanctuary which overlooks the city. This is lower terminal of the cable car and of the funicular railway that both go up to the sanctuary.
The best time to visit the Sanctuary is on Sunday when large crowds provide a measure of safety.
The upper terminal of the funicular railway.
Monserrate Sanctuary with of course the stalls of the inevitable "vendors of the temple".
View of central Bogotá from Cerro Monserrate. Bogotá is a big city of about 10 million; you have to watch your step as in any big city but it is not as dangerous as Caracas, Lima, Nairobi or Johannesburg.
Finally it was time to move on and I had to say goodbye to my friend Irma. We did it in style with a good dinner of Colombian specialties and a serenade..