Salento and fresh coffee

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September 22nd 2007
Published: November 22nd 2007
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After a bus journey that was 5 hours more than scheduled we make it to the coffee zone of Colombia.
The town is typically small, with a nice square (Colonial of course), a few police men lazily leaning on their m16s and at least 10 restaurants advertising trout as their dish of the day. Feeling peckish, I have trout, and head back to the only hostel in town, the plantation house. This is owned by a friendly but eccentric english guy, who as the uncanny ability to be able to say the same tourist speel to every new comer to the hostel, i stayed 3 days and its true.
The town is situated in the midst of terraced coffee plantations and is argueably one of the most beautiful spots in Colombia. If hikes, horse riding, coffee and green green green is your thing, this place is worth a visit. Its not even mentioned in Lonely Planet which is now affectionately known as the book of lies.
If you want to go, find Armania, and take a 30 min bus! They´ve even got coffee world, for the coffee hard core!

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poker and rum is the preferred nightly pastime

13th December 2007

Oh, that was a cool-quick trip. My hometown is really near (Calarca). Just one correction: it is ARMENIA (like the country) not armania. I think that since we are starting to get known as a touristic destination, maybe the lonelyplanet guide will be better.., like in 5 years :( jaja. Chau

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