I’d booked the cheapest flight from Bogota to Cusco, which meant that my plane departed at the ungodly hour of 4am and therefore I had a healthy layover of ~10 hours in Bogota after arriving from Cartagena that morning. I decided there was no way I was going to spend this all in the airport and actually ended up exploring enough to warrant a mini-picture blog post, so here goes.
Step 1: In the airport, order a plain iced latte. Get convinced that the frappuchinos are the same as lattes, and that sure, just a little sugar is okay. (I should mention I’m not a fan of sugary coffee drinks). Use the free internet to research the day.
Step 2: Take a cab to the city center and pay $1USD to check out these gems at the Museo del Oro (museum of gold).
Step 3: Walk around the plaza and admire the church, statue of Simon Bolivar, and people watch.
Step 7: Finally meet up with the friend that you met in Cartagena for dinner. Decide on a restaurant called “La Bruja” (the witch) that is located in the basement of a church nearby. Realize that it is Valentines Day, so you will be serenaded while surrounded by Colombia’s finest decorations.
Step 8: Help this couple celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by watching as they dance in the small open space between the tables. Try not to laugh or look silly, because their daughter is videotaping the entire dance and you are in the background…for the entire video.
Step 9: Head back towards your friends hostel to get bar recommendations. Get lost trying to find the recommended bar. Duck into a random casino to check Google Maps. Have a tiny cup of free coffee and play some slots. Make your way back to the bar that was playing live music. Realize that Austin has made you very judgmental of live music but enjoy the drinks and atmosphere.
Step 10: Head to the airport at 1am and say buenos dias to Cusco!