Beyond Roses, Bogota’s Eternally Flowering

I'm not a botanist so I don't know what it's called.
I’m not a botanist so I don’t know what it’s called.

Depending on how you look at it, because of Bogota’s constant weather of 65 F (18 C) with some sun and some rain every day; it is always fall or always spring. The flowers I’ve shown here are just a few from the same block.

I think it's a hibiscus.
I think it’s a hibiscus.

As I wander around the streets of Bogota, I tend to think it’s an eternal spring because every single green tree or bush is blooming. It is really pretty. Colombia is famous for its rose exports, but I even think that the non-blooming plants look pretty.

So linear and graphic.
So linear and graphic.

The Market in Bogota – Paloquemao

A salesman peeks out from his herb stall at Paloquemao market.
A salesman peeks out from his herb stall at Paloquemao market.

Paloquemao is possibly the most famous market in Bogota. Paloquemao is located in the west of Bogota. As people often refer to it as the “flower market,” I had expected rows and rows of flower stalls under and open roof.

One of the passages in the market.
One of the passages in the market.

Instead, Paloquemao was a warren of narrow stalls all bunched together like a souk. There were separate sections for fruit, meat, house plants, and food stalls. The prices were better than at the supermarkets.

The fruit lady was very friendly and kept making me try new fruits, once I told her that I only wanted to try fruits I’d never tried before. I left with a backpack full of produce for 30,000 Colombian pesos ($15). It didn’t even occur to me to bargain. Should I have?

There is an even bigger market, Abastos (also called Corabastos or Central de Abastos), which is the wholesale market and apparently the second largest in South America. I’ll visit it one of these Sundays.

The array of fruit and vegetables from the market.
The array of fruit and vegetables from the market.