logo from Café de Colombia, Turkey who in turn got it from Juan Valdez
Bogotá Atro City
Just about the filthiest place I ever visited (2008), on our way to Patagonia. Apart from all the rubbish everywhere, the state of the sidewalks is asking for broken legs. Then, the police all over, as Juan Valdez makes his money these days from cocaine, not coffee. It also somehow spoils your fun when you keep getting warnings all the time how dangerous it is to walk around there.
these are safe, as yet but one has been repaired already
It's not all rubbish, filth and diesel fumes: only mostly.
And small wonder, with all those buses and cabs. Well over half the Colombian population lives here, and it shows.
And of course they all need some kind of work.
What once was nice now is too often wasted.
There's a funicular combined with an aerial cableway to the top of one of the mountains overlooking the city. Fair warning: the thing only starts about halfway up the mountain. Once on the top, you still have to climb to really get there - quite an effort in the thin Bogotá mountain air. Most of the time, the view is all fogged up. Worst, after we had walked up and then down back to the station, it was closed and we had to make it back up to the cableway. No warning - naturally!