I love the British TV series Top Gear, especially their travel episodes. Sam and I have seen them all. In one of the Africa episodes the Top Gear guys drive through Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and it takes ALL NIGHT! The traffic was literally that bad.
About and hour and a half into our trek across Bogotá to get to Iguana 4X4 to install our new window to replace the one broken in the Guajira, I was worried that we were going to relive that Top Gear episode in Colombia. We were barely moving through the city. Sam kept asking me to check Google maps for traffic updates, and every time it looked more and more grim. Multiple accidents, roads closed for repair. It was chaos, and we were inching along as crazy motorcycle drivers and buses tried to push around us. I don’t care what anyone says, Colombian’s are the nicest people in the world, but when they get behind the wheel, they become a little psychotic. Driving a 5 ton truck with a stick shift in intense traffic is torture, especially when half your energy is spent on not hitting a bus or a motorcycle.
It took us over three hours to cross Bogotá! Three long, stressful hours, but we finally got to the shop and were excited to see our friends Toby and Chloe there also getting some work done on their truck. The traffic in Bogotá was the worst traffic I have ever seen, and I have lived in LA! But the silver lining was when we arrived Jesus the manager told us that our new window had arrived safely! Marc from XP camper quickly sent us a replacement window when we told him about our wind incident and some spare parts for the XP. The company really has the best customer service ever. Also, Hernando at Iguana 4X4 helped us a ton by allowing us to ship it to the shop. Both Marc and Hernando were lifesavers.
While getting work done on the rigs is not really fun, suffering through it with friends makes it much better. Plus, we got to explore Bogotá with Toby and Chloe which was a huge bonus. I am not sure if we would have made it to Bogotá if we did not have work to do on our camper, but I am glad we were able to spend a few days here. I just wish it was easier to get around the city (the bus system was a helped get around even if it was a pain in the ass) and I would not wish the traffic here on my worst enemy.
La Candelaria (Historic Center)
We did a lot of things here, so I will tell our story in pictures: