Paloquemao

Do you folks want to know about the Paloquemao market in Bogotá, Colombia?  It was already covered pretty well here: http://seecolombia.travel/blog/2016/06/visit-paloquemao-market-in-bogota/.  Actually I thought that blog as a whole was great for Colombia travel.  Good thing, since that’s what it’s called.

Anyway, I went there, I thought it was ok.  Here’s a photo:

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I went on a Sunday morning, via taxi.  There was pretty much no traffic so it was easy to get there and, although I was a little concerned upon the drop-off, it was no problem getting back to Candelaria.  Man, did that taxi driver on the way back like to talk though. He really wanted to get deep into politics which I was not ready for–en español–on a Sunday morning.  Nice enough guy though.

I mean, it was definitely something to see, I don’t know if I would have spent a whole day there.  In fact, I know I would not have spent a whole day there.  Or even half a day.  But an hour, hour and-a-half was cool.  If I could have taken them home I would have bought so many flowers.

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I would not have bought a lot of these things, which tasted ok but just looked so gross on the inside: IMG_9142

I was told it’s a granadilla. Very cute on the outside though, but I neglected to take a photo. My bad.  At the time I didn’t know I had a blog to report to.

Taxis in Santa Marta, Colombia

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I spent a few nights outside of Santa Marta, Colombia, in the Pozo Colorado area, between the airport and Rodadero.  There appeared to be Ubers available in Santa Marta itself but there were none to be found in the areas outside the city.  Taxis in this area don’t use meters; it’s a fixed rate between specified locations.  I always asked how much it would be before getting in the taxis (and knew how much it was supposed to be) and everyone quoted me the rate it was supposed to be (one guy told me not to worry about taxis in Santa Marta).  Below is a chart of taxi rates which seemed to be the same rates they were using in March, 2018.

 

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Source: http://seguimiento.co/colombia/ya-es-oficial-el-aumento-de-la-carrera-de-taxis-en-santa-marta-4877 (last viewed March 19, 2018)

More on Taxis in Bogotá, Colombia (and Uber)

I got some help with taxi-taking in Bogotá from this helpful site: How to Bogota with additional pages here and here.  However, I couldn’t get any of the suggested apps to work with my United States phone number.  

After stressing out about the transportation situation, I found some interesting news here which seemed to suggest that a new meter system was on the verge of being implemented, in which each taxi has a screen for the passengers displaying the route and rate.  

Disappointingly, I saw zero signs of this once in Bogotá.  I was still able to get around though.  

I used Uber four times.  The first time I tried to get in the front seat per the blogs I had read but the driver wasn’t expecting that and didn’t even have the front passenger door unlocked.  Edgar was very cool and got me where I was going (Chapinero to Candelaria) with friendly but not intrusive chit chat.  

Other travelers I had met mentioned the they had not had any issues with Uber except that they couldn’t get a car out of Candelaria. This turned out to be the case for me as well.  The remaining three Uber rides I took all originated in Chapinero.  Two of the drivers had me ride in the front seat and the third didn’t care. The prices for Uber seemed comparable to those for taxi rides. 

I ended up hailing taxis off the street since I couldn’t figure out the app situation.  I did see drivers using Smart Taxi but I couldn’t get that app to work.  None of the drivers had the charts visible but I don’t think any of them scammed me either.  All of them had working meters and were totally fine in my opinion. 

What are your thoughts?  Was this helpful to anyone?  Does anyone know about the supposed new system?