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South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento April 30th 2014

17 mai 2012 : Petit déjeuner à 7h15. A 9h30, nous partons pour la ville de Salento à quelques kilomètres du Parqué del Café. Jolie petite ville très agréable. Nous en profitons pour acheter quelques souvenirs puis nous allons manger dans un petit restaurant local (excellent et très bon marché : 75 000 pesos pour 5 personnes). Après le repas, nous partons pour le mirador qui nous permet d'avoir une magnifique vue sur la vallée et sur la Cordillère des Andes. Nous rentrons à la Finca à 18h00 et alors que nous nous apprêtions à piquer une tête dans la piscine, il se met brusquement à pleuvoir. 18 mai 2012 : Nous prenons notre petit déjeuner à 7h30. A 9h00 nous partons acheter encore quelques souvenirs en face de l'entrée du Parqué del Café puis nous ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento March 16th 2014

Friday 14th March (Odyssey Day 126) An early start this morning, with Simon wanting to be on the road at 0700. Salento doesn’t seem to be very far away on the map, but it may still take us about 10 hours to get there. We have to backtrack to Medellin and then the road from there is very winding and sometimes suffers from landslides to delay traffic. Surprisingly, we managed to get packed up and on our way almost 10 minutes early. With so many of us, it is usually quite the task to leave on time. We stopped in a fairly large town for lunch. A few of us headed off to a nearby bakery/café to enjoy some delicious pastries while Simon had a tyre on the truck dealt with. If you want milk with ... read more
Travel Day
Salento Coffee Plantation
Salento Coffee Plantation

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento January 26th 2014

Colombie, Colombie, Colombie! Que dire de ce pays si merveilleux avec des gens tout aussi merveilleux!Depuis le départ de Phil, j'ai parcouru plusieurs endroits et pris part a plusieurs aventures! Tout d'abord, j'ai eu droit à 3 jours de pluie à Bogota, la capitale de Colombie. Je n'ai donc malheureusement pas pu monter au Montserrate, point du haut de la montagne où l'on peut observer un panoramique de la ville. 'ai donc fait le tour des musées dont le fameux musée de l'or, car la Colombie fut un lieu très convoités pour ses ressources naturelles, notamment l'or. Petite parenthèse concernant ces ressources. L'histoire du drapeau de Colombie (plus grande partie en jaune, 2 autres parties en bleu marin et en rouge) vient de deux théories différentes. La première du fait que la Colombie contient des grandes ... read more
Valle de Cocora
Valle de Cocora

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento November 22nd 2013

During the trip so far, we have spent 342,97 euros on coffee, and the figure is rapidly going up. So, it suited us well to visit the source of significant share of the world’s coffee: Zona Cafetera in Colombia. To reach the region, we gave up our principle for Colombia to avoid night buses due to their assumed dangers. Dangerous or not, at least in this case everything felt secure, and at dawn the bus had reached the gorgeous lush green mountain scenery of Zona Cafetera. Our final destination was probably the cutest little town of the trip so far, Salento. At least one of us didn’t get much sleep on the night bus, but it was nevertheless impossible to feel lame for long after seeing the sweet colorful houses lining the streets of Salento, and ... read more
walking to the coffee farm

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento September 19th 2013

We arrived in Salento late at night following two flights (Cartagena – Bogota, Bogota – Armenia) and a very very fast taxi ride without seatbelts. Salento is a small town of about 4000 people in the coffee growing area of Colombia. Most of the buildings in the town, including our hotel (Ciudad de Segorbe), are built in the traditional paisa style giving it a really quaint look. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and gorgeous scenery which makes it a lovely place to spend a few days. On the first morning we headed down for breakfast before chatting with one of the lovely guys from our hotel about what we were planning to do while in Salento and getting his recommendations…all in Spanish. The only part of the conversation I didn’t understand, even with his ... read more
Looking towards the main plaza in Salento
Church in the main plaza
Cute puppy in the Plaza

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento May 26th 2013

After a crazy bus drive through the mountains we arrived safely in Salento, home of the coffee region.... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento January 25th 2013

The Colombian chapter of our South American adventure got off to a very slow start. Slow is an understatement, we didn't move for 2 whole hours at the border. There as no explanation forthcoming but the queue for immigration didn't move an inch. It turns out the staff we taking it in turns to work, rather than all working at once. Crazy. We been on the road from northern Ecuador since 8am, and didn't make it in to Colombia until gone was less than 150km to travel. To compound the misery once across the border there were no buses travelling to our preferred desitination (Popayan), well none that would arrive at a feasible time and we had to change plans and head to Cali, arriving at 6am. This probably ranks as the worst journey for ... read more
Coffee Valley
Humming Bird

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento January 14th 2013

from Popayan to Salento and the Cocora Valley It only had taken around 4h to get to Popayan from San Agustin but when we finished we felt it was not enough. The views on the way simply astounded us as we could not stop looking through the window of our small bus. The valley, the waterfalls and lush green jungle was what we exactly imagined about Colombia. We could not stop wondering where all the drug plantations and factories were as this place seemed ideal for that purpuse. We made our way straight to the highly recommended TrailHostel and got a double room as a treat. It was said so many times that sex comes pricey when traveling on a budget hahaha and it is true. We made our way to the centre to find some ... read more
stunning sunset over Popayan
humming bird
wax palm trees

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento September 7th 2012

Pereira was another big city with not much to offer for tourists apart from te fact that it's situated in the centre of the coffee region. So on our secod day we made a one day trip to manizales where we did a coffee tour, learning about origins of coffee, Colombian plantations, the distinguishing of good and bad coffee and different flavours and the process from planting the coffee seeto over harvesting it, washing, drying and we even roasted our own coffee. Besides that we walked around Manizales where we ordered lunch without knowing what it was. We relaxed in pereira and ate the best empanadas from the street vendors. After three days we headed towards salento, a beautiful 7,000 people town, situated among the hills. On the first day we discovered the best dish "trucha" ... read more
Tati and our empanadas

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento August 29th 2012

Second part of my Colombian experience, and discovering a bit further everyday just how different Spanish is here! To some extend reminds me of China where one word can mean just so many different things and in Colombia it is no different! Ask for a “Perico” and chances are that you end up with everything but a coffee…as it means as well cocaine, parrots and scramble eggs! Talking about coffee, Colombia is simply THE place to go for to get a proper “Tinto”, “Cafecito”, “Perico” (that one has milk in) or “Oscuro”, a real coffee culture where the coffee is simply so tasty and soft that you simply don’t need to add anything in it! (and I am normally someone who cannot drink coffee without sugar…) Now, when it comes to coffee and if you are ... read more
Layers of green
Horseback riding time !

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