I love the street art of South America! So vibrant, so colourful and inspirational! And Colombia is leading the pack, with its capital Bogota quickly becoming a mecca of street art.
A walk through its old colonial centre reveals a thriving graffiti scene filled with stories begging to be told.
Artists from all over the world come here to make their mark and express their thoughts on any subject imaginable, from war and homelessness, indigenous culture and the corruption of nature to cats, robots, love and anything in between!
The Bogota street art scene is one of the top ten in the world but it hasn’t always been – sadly it took the shooting of an artist working late at night and a visit by Justin Bieber to spark a revolution here.
Previously street artists had risked steep fines, jail or even death but today street art is encouraged by the town hall, being used to revitalize dangerous areas of the city and transforming Bogota from a dull, sprawling city of 8 million into an effervescent city which draws world-class artists to leave their mark on the cities blank canvases.
One of Colombia’s top tourist attractions, take a look at some of the incredible highlights of Bogota street art below!
Want to see more Bogota street art? Be sure to check out this free walking tour when you are in town and take your camera… The best part about street art? It’s constantly changing so there are always new pieces and areas to explore!
And if you are looking for more click through to this graffiti tour in Medellin (and why you need to go!)for some inspiration or why not read about the thriving Bogota gay scene.
Further Things To Consider Before Any Adventure
Now you're all set and prepared to explore our big wide world, why not sort out everything else out all in one go? If necessary for your travel plans make sure you have brought proper travel insurance, protected your privacy by getting a secure VPN, compared all the top hotel booking sites to find just what you're after, reserved an unbeatable rental car price and - of course - booked the best flight deals!
Many budget travelers (including me) indulge in worldwide airport lounge access, so we can experience luxury while still slumming it in economy. Naturally, we would never leave home without a more general travel guide since we couldn’t possibly cover everything here!
Just add an adventurous attitude and plenty of smiles - they go a long way - and that about covers it all! Now go out, find your own path and don't forget to share your best inspiration stories with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...I'd love to hear from you!