Tuesday, February 19, 2013, Bogota, Colombia. Charlie’s Place Hotel.
With the motorcycles in transit and not expected to arrive until Monday we had a few days off to explore our surroundings in Bogota. We spent most of the day Saturday on logistical things, we walked to the dealer to make sure we knew where it was and confirmed our bikes were scheduled for service on Monday. Explored the area around the hotel, did a little shopping and had a low key day. Part of the day involved extracting some local currency from the cash machines. The exchange rate is $1,800 Colombian pesos to the US Dollar, so that means to take out $100.00 US we would have to withdraw $180,000 pesos. I took out a cool half million pesos to cover me for a few days. The bills are in denominations of 50,000, 20,000 and 10,000 or 50mil, 20mil or 10mil. Mil means 1000 in Spanish. It always takes a few days to get used to the local currency with plenty of awkward moments trying to pay for things.
After a short bus ride from the train station we entered the Salt Mines that house the Salt Cathedral. You can read more about it HERE.
According to Wikipedia the miners had carved a sanctuary, as a place for their daily prayers asking for protection to the saints before starting to work. That was the start of the sanctuary in the caves. Today it’s expanded into an tourist attraction and the church is still a functioning institution. We walked down huge tunnels with stopping points with various shrines before entering the major hall with the main cathedral.
There were a number of blocked off shafts that exited from the main route. We found one particular shaft with loose rocks strewn about the floor, Deby to me to “watch for cops” and dove in looking for treasures.
Soon we were on board for the hour long ride back to Bogota and an early night at the hotel.
Watch for the next installment, on Monday we spent the day springing our bikes free from Girag and the Aduana process.
D&D 🙂 🙂