Day tres was a trek north of Bogotá. Destination Uno: Lago de Guatavita. This is the epicenter of the Legend of El Dorado. I hired a tour guide for this part of the trip. It was worth it. The drive northward was quite interesting. For example, this castle:
We stopped next at the Alpina Dairy Store, just north of Bogotá.
|Me with the chocolate milk|
|Village of Guatavita|
|Ominous-looking sky in one direction|
|A pleasant-looking sky in the other|
|I pose in front of museum I did not enter|
The drive from the Village of Guatavita to the Lake of Guatavita was, ummmm, "interesting." The road was narrow, rutted, muddy, with traffic in both directions. Holsteins lined the side of the road. (I told you this area was lousy with Holsteins.) Weirdly, many were on the roadside of the fences. It was not a drive for the faint of heart. I was not a drive where I would've wanted to be in the driver seat.
We arrived at the entrance to Lago de Guatavita. There was a strong police presence there. La Policia are very friendly. For those of you concerned about security in Colombia, this would be a welcome presence.
|Entrance to Lago de Guatavita|
|Lago de Guatavita|
|Lago de Guatavita (alternate view)|
|High above Guatavita's waters|
Once we got to the lake, and started hiking back, the skies opened up. Rain fell. Hard. It made the drive down the mountain even more of an adventure. Spoiler alert: I survived.