Venturing to Salento in the Zona Cafetera was like landing in the green hills of Switzerland, but with palm trees and coffee farms. Did a fantastic 11km circuit hike in the Cocora Valley, surrounded by 60 to 70 metre tall wax palms (Colombia´s national tree), with a side trip to Acaime Natural Reserve to see hummingbirds. Then I hit the heady heights (2600m) of Bogota; exploring the various parts of the capital by bike and cable car, the interesting Gold Museum, and the underground salt cathedral at Zipaquia. Next stop was the charming Villa de Leyva with colonial houses, cobblestone streets and plazas, and lots of fancy-schmancy artesan shops for visiting Bogotanos - a very pretty town with a similar vibe (and cost) to Leura in the Blue Mountains. Final highlight was an amazing 4-day hike in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy National Park, at an altitude ranging from 4000 to 5000 metres, with some of the largest glaciers in Colombia and a fascinating paramo ecosystem with the frailejones. So ends a thoroughly enjoyable 6 week trip to Colombia.
organic coffee tourWe visited this small organic family-run coffee farm and did a tour with the owner. I don´t drink coffee but I found the process pretty interesting. Afterwards you are given a cup of coffee.