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!


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