During the trip in Colombia, we passed by Bogotá many times but never stopped to visit the city until the last day, before taking the flight back to Paris. There is no need to say that a capital city of almost 8 million of inhabitants cannot be visited in some hours but that’s life!
Our hostel was in Barrio de la Candelaria, the historic suburb which we tried to discover during the morning. We did not want to leave Colombia without visiting something about Botero, one of the most distinguished citizens of Colombia, so the Museo Botero was our first stop for about one hour or so.
After wandering for a while through the colorful streets of La Candelaria, we thought that we had seen it all until we entered the Museo del Oro (the gold museum). This is one of the most interesting museums that I have visited lately, not only because of the quality and richness of its collection (more than 55.000 pieces of gold), also because the objects were very well displayed by subject or by pre-Hispanic cultures with many informative panels.
Everybody talks about inkas, aztecas etc but I could not imagine that in Colombia there were so many pre-Hispanic cultures , very different between them. A very interesting and impressive collection of gold that people should not miss while visiting Colombia. The most preciate treasure of the museum is the gold boat, also called “Balsa Muisca”. It is impossible to know when this piece was created because it is done with pure gold so cannot be carbon dated.