My latest Bogota pics are online in the PHOTOS & COVERAGES section and I've posted some new impressions on PokerFirma.
Bogota is home to an incredible graffiti scene. That’s the first thing that struck me when making my first steps and drives in the buzzing 10-million metropole. Traffic is a pain in the neck over here so one usually has a lot of time to enjoy the urban art from a taxi or bus ride. Generally speaking, Bogota seems to be street photography heaven.
For the beginning of this week, two sites have caught my heart: the ‘Monserrate’ mountain top and the ‘Chorro de Quevedo’. Monserrate is the dramatic mountain backdrop behind the Bogota skyline. It towers at more than 3100m altitude and dominates the city center of Bogota. A church can be found up there featuring the black Monserrat Virgin and there’s a shrine devoted to ‘El Señor Caído’, the Fallen Lord. From there, the neighbouring and even higher ‘Guadalupe Hill’ can be seen featuring the huge Christ statue blessing the capital of Colombia and plenty of communication antennas helping to establish a good connection :-)
Monserrate is accessible by a small walkable road but people usually prefer to use the cable car or the funicular although the waiting lines to get up probably equal the time needed for a normally fit person to walk up. The cable car dates back to the early post-WWI times and was inaugurated in 1955. The project was financed by the colombian state but the Colombian got themselves some expert assistance by two Swiss engineers, Walter Hofstetter and Alfredo Bigler. The view from up there is exceptional!
The ‘Chorro de Quevedo’ is a square and popular meeting point with bars and restaurants with a fountain in the middle of it all. It’s located in the neighborhood of ‘La Candelaria’, one of Bogota’s historical colonial areas. This area is where Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, a Spanish conquistador, established the first foundations of what we know today as the city of Bogota. This was in 1538.
Apart from tourism and having great food and drinks, we’re also playing Poker at the CNP Bogota taking place in the Wyndham Bogota Art hotel just outside the center next to the U.S. embassy. Over here, in Latin America, the new Circuito Latino de Poker is powered by GG Poker and many updates can be found on the peruallin.com website.
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