WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007. BOGOTA, COLOMBIA. We arrived late yesterday afternoon to a wet Bogota. We are staying at Platypus Hotel in central Bogota (35K CP double w/bath) which is within walking distance of most tourist attractions. With 6.8 million people, Bogota is Colombia's most populous city. Bogota sits at 2600 meters (8700 feet) above sea level, making for cool temperatures year round.
Bogota's premiere attractions are the Museum de Oro (housing the largest gold handicraft collection in the world) and the Botero Museum. We visited the latter this afternoon. Originally from Medellin, Fernando Botero is Colombia's most prolific and well known artist. Botero's does a mix of paintings and sculpture, mostly of large people. In addition to many of Botero's work, the museum also displays art by artists with names like Monet, Picasso, Chagall, and Toulouse-Lautrec. This was an excellent and highly recommended museum and, best of all, entry is free.