Colombia Trip: Day Three (Part Two)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

One of the most popular day trips from Bogotá is to head about an hour north to Zipaquirá, home to the famous Salt Cathedral. To get there you have to head to the end of the line of the Tranmileno (see above), Bogotá´s above-ground subway system.

Zipaquirá, like most towns settled by they Spanish, has an immense square with a beautiful cathedral towering over it as well as many side streets with small shops and restaurants.

After another incredible lunch from a local restaurant’s Menu del Dia, I took the short walk to the edge of town to the Salt Cathedral, the location of a working salt mine where a cathedral, complete with an entire stations of the cross, was dug out of the middle of the mountain. As I was taking the tour with my own personal guide through the caverns (I was the only English-only visitor that day) he told me, “Five miners died in a methane explosion here four years ago, but we should be all right today.” This may have explained my new-found religious feelings as I stood in the main cathedral.

As I was walking back into town I got to thinking how you see some of the coolest dogs here in South America. I’m thinking of doing a photo essay of sleeping dogs along with some of my pictures from me last trip. Here’s a couple down below that I’m going to add to my collection.

The view from the entrance of the mine out across the rolling hills outside Bogotà.

Here’s my picture of someone taking a picture of a family in the main square in town. They look so unimpressed with their surroundings, don’t they?

Don’t you hate people that take pictures of their food before they eat? That being said, a couple pictures of my lunch before I ate it. Once again, I promise, no more pictures like this.

The view of the main chapel of the Salt Cathedral. It’s hard to describe how huge this really is inside.

A little barbecue was going on at a small restaurant that I walked past on my way back to the bus. So that’s where dinner came from.

Dogs. Everywhere. It’s hard not to love them though.

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