Published: November 20th 2006November 20th 2006
parque nacional del cafe
in departamento del Quindio
We left Medellin on Saturday, after partying all night long.We had a surprise party for Rob, our lovely British friend and went to Candela Res to celebrate him turning 27. So I got only 3 hours of sleep, woke up at 6.30am, packed only essential stuff for the trip, had to go teach for 4 hours (and btw, did a BRILLINAT job!)and rushed to the South Terminal to buy the tickets which I stupidly postponed purchasing til the last minute. I panicked as the girls were running late and started calling them to make sure they make it on time.
We were all on board at 3pm :Caro (aka my Colombian twin), KOK, AIESEC trainee from China and I. After a 6-hour journey we finally got to Armania-Quindio
and the minute we got off, there was a car waiting to pick us up.Talk about fast service!
Aiesec Armenia, the committee organising the event gave us stricly 30 minutes to freshen up and get ready for the party. On our first night there they took us to GUITARRA Y RUMBA
where they had a life band playing ranchera
(not really my cup of tea),salsa and reggeton. We got back to
the place where we were staying at about 4am absolutely knackered and yawning, only to wake up 6 hours later and hit the road again.
Next on the itinerary: VALLE DE COCORA
. We went to visit Salento , a small country village where they make traditional handicraft for tourists. I couldn't help myself and ended up buying a dozen necklaces and souvenirs.I also tried some yummy coffee cookies, absolutely delicious!!
We got soaking wet as it rained all day and we were all sqashed in the back of a trunck singing our way through Valle de Cocora heading towards a rustic restaurant. Once we got there, we had some hot chocolate with cheese!!chocolate con queso
which was pretty tasty. In Valle de Cocora we could also admire the beatiful 60m tall Palmas de Cera
We had to wake up really early on Monday to go to the COFFEE PARK ( PARQUE NACIONAL DEL CAFE)
which is actully more than anything else, an entertainment park where they grow coffeee, or a coffe plantation put together with an amusement park . There is the COFFEE MUSEUM at the entrance, the ECOLOGICAL PATH, THE TRADITIONAL COFFEE PLANTATION, an Indain cemetery,
making PATACONES CON POLLO and PATACONES CON QUESO yummy yummy
a garden of Coffee Varities, the Forest of Myths and Legends, Bolivar Square, two train stations, an Archeology Museum, a rollercoaster , Orchid's Forest, San Jeronimo Chapel etc. We were allowed only about 5 hours to try and see everything, so we actaully didn't have time for a complete tour, whish is a real shame!
It took us another 6 dreadful hours to get back to Medellin.Que pereza
! Got back home at 9.30pm , went straight to bed and slept like a baby for 10 hours!!
There are more photos below