My first steps on Colombian soil were in Bogotá

The capital itself is 2,600 metres high above sea level and is home to over 8 million people.

Bolivar Square is the heritage point of the city where all the parliament buildings and museums can be found. Just like Cartegena, the Spanish influence can be seen through the architecture.

After being stuck on a plane for 20 hours, and suffering through Mexico City, I was just happy to go anywhere. 

I didn't really spend enough time in the capital to get a true feel. It was more of a start and end point of my Colombia trip.

I was looking forward to experiencing the nightlife in Bogotá, but unfortunately on my return journey there were political elections going on.  This is pretty common across South America - when these political situations occur there is a ban on alcohol and the nightlife just goes into lock down.