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South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento June 17th 2008

Heute sind wir um 06.30 h aufgestanden da wir ins benachbarte Valle de Cocora fahren wollten. Leider regnete es in Stroemen doch wir liessen uns nicht entmutigen und nahmen die beschwerliche Fahrt auf uns. Mit einem uralten Willy's Jeep fuhren wir mit 8 Personen (!) los. Auf holpriger Strasse erreichten wir nach 40 Minuten den Weiler Cocora. Dort sahen wir bereits die ersten hohen Wachspalmen die aus dem Nebelwald herausragten. Leider hatten wir nicht wie die Einheimischen Gummistiefel und reiten wollten wir auch nicht. So machten uns mit unseren Sandalen auf einen der Schlammpfade bis wir nicht mehr weiterkonnten. Wir nahmen dann spaeter noch einen anderen Weg bis wir auch hier aufgeben mussten. Trotzdem hat uns die bergige Umgebung mit den tropischen Palmen gut gefallen. Am Nachmittag haben wir uns dann noch den Fussballmatch Italien-Frankreich angesehen. ... read more
Wachspalmen im Nebelwald
Valle de Cocora
Beschwerlicher Weg

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento June 15th 2008

Its very hot here in Columbia and Very beautiful, palm trees and coffee plantations...sigh.....text to follow, i promise! love to you all Kate and Gav xxx... read more
Candy girl
reading the bible
tiny frog

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento March 26th 2008

Quito to Salento was a long journey that involved an overnight stay in Cali. I had to change flights in Bogota and the connection was delayed. On arrival at my hostel in Cali I found out that it was somebody's house and that the owner was decorating so I couldn't stay there. Instead, the owner called a friend of and I stayed at her house. The next day I got a bus to Armenia, which was also delayed, and from there I caught another bus to Salento. Salento sits at an altitude of around 2800 metres in the Zona Cafetera (Coffee Region). Cali is at a much lower altitude and appears quite like the Carribean. The temperature cooled as we drove up to Salento and the palm trees and sugar cane gave way to grassy hills ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento November 1st 2007

After taking off from the Leticia airport we were bound for Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Sharyn and I had both wanted window seats that would allow us some good views from the air over the jungle region but as we took off the area was covered in cloud and our view lasted for all of 4 seconds. As we got further from Leticia the sky began to clear and we did get some awesome views of the jungle mountains and the rivers twisting through them. Not long after taking off we started our descent into Bogota. I had mixed feelings about going to Bogota after being in remote areas for a while I was not sure if I was ready to be thrust into the middle of another large Sth American city where you have ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento September 22nd 2007

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 ... read more
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Sunset
Terraces

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento June 22nd 2007

Salento is a quaint little town with a central plaza and really nicly done up roads. All the buildings are kept in the old style and we stayed at a hostel that Patty had stayed at 2 years previously. There we met up with Daryl who we had met in San Agustin and Patty bargained for us all to have a room together at a much cheaper rate than they wanted. Salento has a lookout with lots of stairs to climb. The others had a climb up their that afternoon, but I was looking at the shops and resting. We caught a jeep to the walk, Salento has amongst the hills, it takes you passed wax palms. Hundreds of very tall thin wax palms, best example in South America. The track follows a bridal path passed ... read more
The milking shed
Wax palms
Mini-police

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento November 27th 2006

Ran out of writing steam so photos tell the story.... read more
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Corcova Valley

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento September 24th 2006

22nd september- 24th september Driving into Salento on that very early morning bus (am really getting used to sleeping on those overnight buses!), was definitely an eye opening bus ride- couldn´t help but keep my eyes opened and glued to the amazing scenery along the way- lush green majestic mountains with the sun rising ever so slowly to reveal the full splendour of the land. I stayed in a hostel called ¨The Plantation Hostel¨, crashed immediately, and woke to explore the town. Its a small town, centered around The main plaza. People greet you kindly and are polite in a way that you would rarely experience in large towns. Hiking up the viewpoint, you can appreciate the small size of the town that, which despite its beauty, has not expanded into a city like these places ... read more
coffee, coffee..everywhere coffee!
overlooking salento
valle de cocoa

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento April 13th 2006

Salento lies within the Coffee region of Colombia which as the name suggests is the main area for growing the famous Colombian coffee. Despite the fact that Colombia produces some of the finest Coffees in the world the coffee here is not that great as the really good stuff is exported and too expensive for the locals. Salento is another very tranquil place to hang out without too many major attractions. The town itself lies in an altitude of 2200m which means that even if the days are nice and warm (it is also very close to the equator) the nights are cold. I stayed in another backpacker hostel which is run by an English Expat. Most of the backpackers here are actually run by some European, Australian or New Zealander and are mostly really ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento April 13th 2006

Salento lies within the Coffee region of Colombia which as the name suggests is the main area for growing the famous Colombian coffee. Despite the fact that Colombia produces some of the finest Coffees in the world the coffee here is not that great as the really good stuff is exported and too expensive for the locals. Salento is another very tranquil place to hang out without too many major attractions. The town itself lies in an altitude of 2200m which means that even if the days are nice and warm (it is also very close to the equator) the nights are cold. I stayed in another backpacker hostel which is run by an English Expat. Most of the backpackers here are actually run by some European, Australian or New Zealander and are mostly really good. ... read more
Salento from above
The local pool hall
The coffee pickers get paid by the bucket




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