On our last day in town, sunshine touched Plaza de Bolivar and the thousands of pigeons that ascend on Bogota’s most famous square to feed on the maize that children throw at them. The very same children then take great pleasure in running into the throve of pigeons making them fly off in panic. The plaza is surrounded by churches and official buildings underlying its importance.
Another landmark, Cerro Monserrate with its huge white church, we also saved for the very last evening. The funicular took us up to 3.152 meters in no time. The view of the 1.700 square kilometer capital below was even impressive with a light drizzle setting in.
Probably it takes more than four days to reveal Bogota’s true beauty, like its pulsating night life, which we did not have the energy to check out.
Most certainly we noticed the many positive initiatives that aim to improve Bogota’s enduring image of being a dangerous hotbed of drugs and street crime. One is the ambitious TransMilenio project, a super modern bus system with its own lanes that eventually replaced the too costly plan of a subway system. Sundays ciclovia is another one and also La Candelaria is getting a face lift, with more and more of the dilapidating colonial houses being restored.