A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota, heritage of Colombia

A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota allowed you to immerse yourself in the rich and magical prehispanic spirit of Colombia. Although historically Colombians inhabitants are a blend of cultures, the country itself has a strong indigenous essence. The gold museum of Bogota highlights the richness and traditions of the civilisations that inhabited the valleys and mountains of what we all known as Colombia.

The gold museum of Bogota: Understanding the Past

To understand the present culture of a country, it’s necessary to discover its cultural past. Hence it’s very important to visit museums and places that expose the traces of the human being through time. When visiting a place it’s important to understand its history, to try to learn about the exploits, the creativity and the mistakes of the past if possible. But equally about the traditions that transcend through time to become indelible.

Gold Museum: Cultural and anthropological wealth of Colombia

A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota, heritage of Colombia

If you are planning a visit to the gold museum of Bogota, you have to prepare yourself to be a witness of the largest collection of pieces of gold and ceramic pre-Hispanic in the world. Thousands and thousands of objects that explain in detail the life and history of well-organized civilisations that inhabited Colombia. But, do you know who inhabited Colombian soil before the arrival of the European settlers? As in other regions of South America, the towns were organised by ethnic groups defined according to the geographical area. The Communities that lives in Colombia: Muiscas, Tolimas, Calimas, Nariño, Quimbaya, Sinú, Taironas among many others.

It’s necessary to see the exhibits in the gold museum, to understand and get an idea of the cultural identity of the country. In figures of gold and ceramics, can be seen images of everyday activities like agriculture, fishing, mining and goldsmithing. These societies, well structured, exchanged products among them with the famous “barter”.

The wealth of the exhibits is immeasurable. Some pieces of gold seem made by current jewellers, which is admirable considering the artefacts they used. The quantity and quality of the objects of the gold museum are a sign of the cultural richness of Colombia.

Collection: The gold seen differently

The gold museum of Bogot

The building that houses the gold museum of Bogota comprises 4 floors full of rooms; Which in turn are replete with thousands of figures surviving through time, bad weather conditions and the infamous looting. Regarding the museum, gold covers all its walls as if the museums represents the legend of “El Dorado”. The Dorado that for centuries everyone looked for but no one couldn’t find it.

Seeing so much gold will give you a very strange feeling because today gold is synonymous with wealth. But it’s surprising to know that for indigenous communities, gold was a decorative element with a purely emotional value. A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota gives you a different perspective of the world, a world seen through indigenous eyes, those who believed in the strangers, who pitifully saw the world with avarice.

The salt cathedral of Zipaquira, a marvellous wonder of Colombia.

Are you planning to spend your holidays in Bogota? If so, the bustling capital of Colombia is a fabulous destination with a vast array of attractions and activities. After admiring local attractions like beautiful squares and interesting museums, we encourage you to visit Zipaquira. Zipaquira is home to a unique attraction, a church built underground, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Check out all its details on this post.

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, “ The First Wonder of Colombia”.

The salt cathedral of Zipaquira

Zipaquira is a small town location, just over an hour from Bogota. This beautiful location is home to the Cathedral of Salt located in an old salt mine. Since the beginning of the 19th century, this mine continues to function. At the moment only 10% of salt is extracted. This 10% is enough to supply the country’s salt needs and also for export. It’s on this mountain, next to the town of Zipaquirá, where locals decided to build an underground cathedral that would take advantage of the disused galleries of the mine. Due to structural problems and water leaks the old cathedral, locals replaced it by a new one of bigger dimensions and with a greater resistance to the erosion.

According to recent studies, these mountains of salt have its origins in the Cretaceous period. During the Cretaceous, this area was occupied by a sea. After the process of evaporation of the water, these enormous deposits of salt were left, and after several years the salt mixed with the ground, solidifying and transforming into great rocks of high saline content. The continuous filtrations of water drag the sodium chloride of the rocks provoking saline outcrops of an intense white colour and that later on, they form stalactites and stalagmites.

As soon as you enter the mine through a large opening you will walk through galleries. Across the church, you can discover crosses carved in the salt rock. The main nave of the Cathedral presided over by a giant crucifix carved into the rock 16 meters high, is simply stunning.

Another fabulous room is the one with a large bluish dome on the rock that looks like a lunar landscape. The effect of the colour of the light is spectacular and this, together with the dimensions of the place, causes a feeling of dwarfing and defenselessness of the vile mortals who visited it. Once you finish the 2 hours tour, we suggest visiting the centre of Zipaquirá. The city centre features a beautiful square surrounded by houses with two floors and wooden balconies.

Certainly, either you believe in god or not, the salt cathedral of Zipaquira constitutes a must visit place in Colombia.

Practical information:

– The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira opens every day from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

– The price of admission for adults is about 7£.

– The cheapest way to get there is by public transport.

Fabulous Adventure in Colombia: 5 places to visit in Medellin

Medellín is not the capital of Colombia, but neither its lively centre nor its incredible cultural offer cannot make you feel that you are in a huge and diversity city. Medellin is one of the most important cities in the country, and for many visitors, it is also the most dynamic of all of Colombia. So, What are you waiting to discover this top location of Colombia? Check out the following advice and enjoy a Fabulous Adventure in Colombia through 5 places to visit in Medellin.

5 places to visit in Medellin

The Metrocable to Santo Domingo

5 places to visit in Medellin

Going around Medellin is extraordinarily easier than doing it in Bogota. In Medellín, the metro is a very useful and efficient way to get from one point to another in the city, but also has something unique that makes it an unforgettable experience. Due to the orography of the city, located in a valley, some of its most popular neighbourhoods are on the slopes of some hills.

Don’t worry, to reach them you have the option to take the Metrocable. The Metrocable is an extension of the metro (the price is the same, as it’s fully integrated) that goes high to reach the areas where the subway could never reach. The neighbourhood of Santo Domingo is an excellent example of this, from there, the views over Medellín are incredible.

The Spain Library Park

After a trip in Metrocable to Santo Domingo, a visit to Parque Biblioteca España is mandatory. Parque España was financed in part by the Spanish Government; it’s a modern building that features programme cultural activities, exhibitions, talks and meetings and which also serves as an energising of the neighbourhood.

Santo Domingo was affected by the conflict that years ago obscured Colombia and in particular the city of Medellin. But fortunately, the years of violence and drugs are over, and today Santo Domingo is safe and friendly.

The Museum of Antioquia

Undoubtedly, this is an attraction that must be included on our list for 5 places to visit in Medellin. For Art’s Lovers, the Museum of Antioch could be considered a world-class museum. This museum features an excellent exhibition of artworks (sculptures, paintings, sketches and drawings) of Fernando Botero. Museum of Antioch and Botero Museum of Bogota are important places in which to enjoy different artworks.

However, in addition to Botero’s works, the museum has fascinating itinerant exhibitions, as well as a fixed collection of modern Latin American art that deserves a visit. The entrance costs around 10,000 Colombian pesos (3.5 euros).

La Plaza Botero

Just in front of the Antioch Museum is the Plaza Botero, named after the crowd of Botero sculptures that the artist donated to the city. The 7500 metres squares are a perfect place to enjoy the active and vibrant city while admiring Botero’s sculptures. Although La Plaza Botero was built in 1999, the 23 sculptures were not placed there until 2002, originally from other cities such as New York, Madrid or Paris. In this way, once again, Medellín turned a somewhat obscure area into a safe and colourful centre.

The Botanic Gardens of Medellín

Finally, we suggest you visit the beautiful Botanical Garden of Medellín. Under the slogan of “The Garden is yours“, the mayor of Medellín built the gardens thinking of the town, its inhabitants and tourists. Therefore the park is a pleasant place to walk around while enjoying the nature. The park is free entrance.

One of its most appreciated places is the “Orquídeorama“. Apart from all kind of vegetation, in the Botanical Garden, there are also small animals like monkeys. Undoubtedly, The Botanical Garden offers a different experience to escape from the hustle and bustle of Medellin.

Bonus: San Pedro Cemetery Museum

Yes, you have read well, the Cemetery Museum. San Pedro Cemetery is the only cemetery that performs cultural activities., In this museum, people leave the fear of the unknown and enjoy impressive sculptures and gargles. San Pedro Cemetery Museum you can see death with an entirely different perspective. Visitors can get there by Metro, getting off at the Hospital station.

Medellin is certainly a fabulous city you cannot miss the chance to explore. Don’t miss the occasion to enjoy a Fabulous Adventure in Colombia through these 5 places to visit in Medellin.

Barranquilla, city of happiness

After visiting Cartagena de Indias, you could take a car and in two hours, going north, you will arrive to Barranquilla, city of happiness.

Barranquilla is a big and wonderful city where are a large list of tourist attractions. Pumarejo Bridge, the zoo, Metropolitan Stadium, Totumo Volcano, the romantic museum… are once of them. It’s the fourth most important city in Colombia, which explains the beauty of this spectacular place.

An incredible architectural beauty with its colonial treasures surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes all this mixed with the spontaneity and the joy of the Caribbean people.

Enjoying Barranquilla

The most unique landscape you can see is the place where the Magdalena River meets the Caribbean Sea. Also, there are many places more to know in Barranquilla. The theatre of Amira de la Rosa is the epicenter of the local culture, in its modern premises there are plays, painting exhibitions, musical shows and events of all kinds during the year.

Also, like we mentioned before, you can visit the Romantic museum, that was propriety of the niece of Sigmund Freud. Is an old mansion of republican style and there are objects belonging to historical personages and places. Moreover, there is the zoo of Barranquilla, a great place with many species of animals. The Zoo includes animals in danger of extinction and others that you can only see in Colombia.

Carnival in Barranquilla, city of happiness                                                                 

Barranquilla is a lively and resplendent city that reconciles its own and strangers with life.  The Carnival is the most important and the biggest party in Colombia and in Barranquilla, city of happiness. In Barranquilla every street becomes a party with an amazing atmosphere in which there is presence of local traditions and  of other Colombian localities as well as typical dances and dresses. The Carnival of Barranquilla is recognized as Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, which explains it importance.

Do you want to spend a few days of joy and fun? So Barranquilla is your next destination that you will enjoy it to the maximum because of its Caribbean atmosphere.