TransMilenio in Bogota, Colombia

I took this photo yesterday, Friday at exactly 5:50PM. That was during the rush hour! Look at that lane on the side dedicated for TransMilenio buses for faster travel and ensure that buses are not delayed by mixed traffic congestion. 

  

I’ve been in Bogota, Colombia for exactly a month now. For the last two weeks, I’ve been taking TransMilenio. I can’t help to compare this cool transport system that Bogota has to poor transport system that Metro Manila has in the Philippines where I am from. 

According to Wikipedia, TransMilenio has 12 lines serving 144 stations in the city of Bogota. One TransMilenio bus can accommodate 160 – 270 passengers. It says as of October 2014, there were 1500 buses circulating on the trunk line system. 

So far, the longest time I waited for a TransMilenio was 7 minutes and that was right after I missed my bus! My travel time has been consistent. Of course, the bus can get very crowded during rush hour. 

There is this map at every station which will help you to find out which bus you should take. 

 

Or if you have a smatphone like I do, you can download their userfriendly app and check your route ahead of time. 
   

The fare is between COP 1500 – COP 1800 (US $0.50 – $0.65), depending on the time of the day you take it. This is the TransMilenio card I have which I believe is for frequent travelers. 

 

And this is what the TransMilenio bus looks like which I grabbed from google images. 

 

TransMilenio is such a cool way to travel around the capital city of Colombia, Bogota if you want to avoid the traffic. This transport system may not be ideal for everybody but it sure is nice to have.

How I wish that my own country has this awesome transport system in Metro Manila. 😓

  

Downtown Bogota

My Colombian friend was kind enough to show me downtown Bogota on my second weekend in Colombia.

We first had a very good and huge meal at Mama Lupe’s. My favorite was the tamal! 

  
Then we just walked around and I got to see these beautiful architecture. 

   
    
    
 
There’s more to see but we had to head back for the Chile vs Colombia football game. 😦 

I will definitely go back to see more of the Southern part of Bogota though. 🙂 

1st weekend in Colombia

Julian is a Colombian guy I met in Kuala Lumpur when I was backpacking in Malaysia. I contacted him prior to coming here. He is nice enough to set up a weekend with his family to go out of town. We took a road trip to Villa De Leyva with his mom, brother, sister in law and his niece.

  

  

We had lunch on our way but I don’t remember the name of the resraurant. I think it is somewhere in Sopo. It was a huge and very good lunch!   
 
We then stopped in Boyaca to check out the place where Colombia achieved independence from Spain. 

   

   
We arrived in Villa De Leyva late in the afternoon so they decided to sleep in a hostel. It was unplanned and nobody had something for overnight stay! 

   
    
 
We went to the church for few minutes. 

  

Then we had dinner at Martina Franca and finally took our rest. 

It was a very long day but I definitely had fun. 

On our way home the next day, we stopped by at this Rock House. I didn’t enter though because I did not want to pay the entrance fee. 😕

  
And lastly, the pozos azules. 

   
 
Thanks to the Navia Family who gave me a great first weekeend in Colombia. ❤️❤️❤️