Today we said goodbye to Panama. Our flight out was at 12:24 p.m.on COPA Airlines to Bogota. Gabriela got the tickets for us, which was a big help! Flight time, 1 hour 9 minutes. We landed, found a hotel after a little running around, located Girag Air Freight and gave them a call. The bikes are here in Bogota and waiting for us! Wow. We decided it was too late in the day, so we'll go first thing tomorrow morning and spend the rest of this afternoon and evening roaming the old colonial part of town, La Candelaria. It was surprisingly cool, but then we realized we were at 2640 m (8200 ft) in altitude. This is a very busy city with 7,300,000 inhabitants. Riding the bikes through town tomorrow will be interesting, as the traffic looks like complete chaos with all the buses, motorcycles and cars. Interestingly, all motorcyclists have to wear vests and helmets that display their license plate number in bright yellow characters. This is to reduce motorcycle theft and subversive activities by motorcycle riders. We'll have to see if we will have to obtain these vests as well.
We visited the Botero Museum. I saw my first Picasso. :) ... and my second and my third. Also saw a Monet and other impressionist art. These works are from Botero's (a famous Colombian artist himself) private collection.
We stopped at an amazing little restaurant for some typical Colombian food This dish is called "ajiaco," a traditional dish that tastes like potato soup and contains lots of tender pieces of chicken.
It seems incredible that we are in South America already and that the challenge of shipping the bikes by air is already behind us. Tomorrow we will pick up the bikes and the adventure continues: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru...and on down.