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SUN AND RAIN

The climatic bipolarity of Bogotá is undeniable. In normal thermal conditions, sun and rain intertwine almost simultaneously. A torrential downpour can be easily replaced by a pungent and mean sun in a matter of minutes and as if by magic.

Therefore, an essential element to travel in Bogotá is the umbrella. To go out without an umbrella is to accept the designs of an irreparable destiny or a universal joke. Do not trust the clear blue sky. Bogotá always has a downpour lurking, waiting crouched among the mountains: ready to surprise an unsuspecting person.

But the rain is part of the magic of this city. Bogotá is transformed when the downpour rages: its asphalt becomes shiny, the earth gives off a sweet and humid smell, the streets are stripped while people run for shelter… The best time to walk the city is when it rains.

To know Bogotá you have to walk it, even a little bit. The sole of the shoes must be allowed to have permanent contact with the ground they are touching.

THE WAY IS MADE BY WALKING

A good plan in Bogotá is to walk along Carrera Séptima, from the Hippies Park to the center of Bogotá, under the blanket of buildings and the noise of vehicles. This route has many attractions because it offers a changing and entertaining scenery due to the number of businesses that are on the way: from music stores to shops to take a pole to the beat of some beautiful jukebox tunes.

After beer, you can take a tour of the National Park. That green carpet that connects with the Eastern Hills and that seems lost among the multitude of buildings that precede it. It is the second oldest park in Bogotá and is named after the president who founded it, Enrique Olaya Herrera.

In addition to the National Park, you can find the National Museum a few blocks later. With its 195 years of history, it is the oldest museum in Colombia. It is worth clarifying that it has changed location several times. The current headquarters, the one on the seventh, was formerly a penitentiary and was designed by the Danish architect, Thomas Reed.

 

Next to the National Museum, a few blocks up, is the Planetarium of Bogotá . Its cultural programming is very interesting, especially when it comes to the season of laser shows with music by Queen, Metallica, Pink Floyd or Gustavo Cerati.

After the Planetarium, we come out onto the Seventh Pedestrian. There, the offer of street artists is infinite: jazz musicians, singers, dancers, craftsmen, painters, writers, comedians, prophets, morale holders, actors, jugglers, experts in games of chance, etc.

At the intersection of Seventh with Avenue Jiménez is the church of San Francisco, the oldest in Bogotá. It is a historical construction that has stoically survived the relentless onslaught of time and decided it. Besides being a temple of faith, it is a monument that treasures within it the unbreakable will of the city it represents.

A few steps from the church and to one side of Santander Park, the Gold Museum lies like a bunker that guards the largest collection of pre-Hispanic goldsmiths in the world. It is an inspiring place that is worth visiting. Its guides are excellent and it is a must stop for curious minds.

THE END

There is still a long way to go, many streets to cross, many stories to learn. The legend of Bogotá continues to be written thanks to its inhabitants. Millions of people with dreams and hopes, fueling the development of the city, tackling the thousands of problems of living in a city that seems to be built on a fragile and well-cared surface.

Bogotá has managed to transform itself into a symbol that represents us as citizens, that connects us with its history and that transforms us into architects of its future. It is that common thread that weaves the history of our lives.

More than 8 million people live together in a city that never ceases to amaze because representatives of various cultures converge in it: regions that nurture the cultural amalgam of this imposing Bacatá.

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