Guatavita

One hour and a half from Bogota, there’s an artificial lake: el Lago Tominé. It’s a great weekend escape. This big water basin is created in the fifties, by inundating a whole area incl. old town, to produce electricity and drinking water for the city of Bogota. Although artificial, it’s a wonderful natural landscape (worth a drawing ;-)).

We spent the night in Guatavita, the ‘new’ town they created in the fifties when they inundated the old town. On day 2, we visited this interesting combination of modernism and colonial style (lots of car-free streets!). In the afternoon we climbed up to the ancient and sacred lagoon of Guatavita, very high in the Andes, and according to the El Dorado legend: the beginning of Bogota. Going down again, we hitchhiked in the back of a pick-up. Very Colombian style!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s