Bogota turned out to be one of our favorite cities in South America. The city is modern, clean, safe, and filled with green spaces and artistic flourishes. We were here for only two nights and wished we had more time to wander about as well as visit some of the city’s nearby sights.
A highlight for any Bogota visitor is the Gold Museum with an unmatched collection of Pre-Hispanic gold from a number of Colombian cultures. The museum, expanded and renovated in 2008, is laid out in a very natural flow and reveals how differently the native cultures enjoyed the precious metal. For the invading Spanish, gold was wealth; for the indigenous peoples, gold was a channel for religion. Nothing more starkly illustrates the difference than the offering boat ritual where a shaman would load a boat full with gold objects before dumping the payload into the middle of the lake, never to be seen again.