Day 85, Bogota: A visit to a salt cathedral in Zipaquirá, photo-shooting with cows, and some more food-tasting.
Early yesterday morning T came to pick me up from my hostel in Bogota and we drove an hour or so, to a nearby town called Zipaquirà. A friend of his, J, joined us on the way and we then spent the day exploring what Zipaquirá is famous for, a Salt Cathedral. It is an underground Catholic church, built in the tunnels of an old salt mine. Although the Zipaquirá Salt Mine is one of countless salt mines in the world, the Salt Cathedral is one of only two, the other being in Poland, and thus a must-to-see when traveling to Bogota. It was an interesting visit, here's some pics we took on our way:
Here is the view over the Zipaquirà village:
After having visited the Salt Cathedral we drove to another village, Chia, for lunch. T insisted in taking me to this restaurant called Andres, and I totally understand why! First of all, it was the biggest restaurant I have ever seen, with countless different areas and dozens of waiters and kitchen staff. Secondly, it was decorated in a funny, traditional Colombian style. We were super lucky because we managed to skip the long line by accepting to be seated next to the kitchen (it was very hot at our table but apart from that it was just fine), if not we would have waited for hours. Despite the large number of customers the service was fast and friendly. And the food was delicious!
T and J wanted that I try again a Morcilla. On Saturday, inside a spring roll, I didn't really pay attention to what it was but this time it came as a whole sausage and here is the description from Wikipedia: "Blood sausages are sausages filled with blood that are cooked or dried and mixed with a filler until they are thick enough to congeal when cooled. The dish is found world-wide. Pig, cattle, sheep, duck and goat blood can be used depending on different countries. In Colombia, morcilla can have rice, green peas, cilantro or culantro, and is often eaten as an appetizer called picada." It really is very tasty but I would have preferred not to know what I was eating...
The rest of the meal was less disgusting: some chicken and rice and a vegetarian tapas plate with platanitos con queso, different kinds of arepas, corn, guacamole and potatoes in various sauces. Everything was delicious and I don't remember the last time I ate as much.
I'm Emilia, Finnish-Parisian, a recent Master's graduate. I'm currently traveling around the Caribbean and on a volunteering mission in Colombia. I'm passionate about writing, music and different kinds of sports. I can't wait to discover new places and cultures - and share my adventures with you!