Blogs from Quindío, Colombia, South America - page 5


South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento May 12th 2012

Day 208 Sunday 6th May Woke up slightly seedy this morning, knowing that I may have hit it a bit too hard last night, but it was a Saturday night so that’s okay, although every night is Saturday night for us. We had planned on spending the morning at the park next door where there was supposed to be a flea market but discovered that they no longer happened so did the next best thing of trying to organise our laundry. We discovered a laundrymat a block away so we put together a bag of our smelliest and handed them over. According to the Lonely Planet there was another flea market about ten blocks away so we put on our hiking boots and headed off to check it out. On Sundays in Bogota they ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Armenia February 14th 2012

Today we left La Tata and were taken on the Jeep Willy around town to pick up our life jackets and our lunch (that was made at one of the locals homes) and down into the valley to the Rio la Vieja (River of Old Women.. not Carrie and I). The raft was made completely from bamboo and we found out later that after the 17km trip down the river, they take the raft completely apart and load it into a truck to get it back to it's starting point. The raft we were on had two benches, but another held 3 benches and another group got on that one. We had two guides/people who used large bamboo sticks to make us go in the correct direction and not run into any rocks or trees. One ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Armenia February 13th 2012

Today we hopped on a Jeep Willy. We learned that the coffee farms are really dependent on these vehicles to travel within their farms. They used to have to travel by foot or on a horse, but now they can access the land much quicker. The Willys can hold a few tons of weight (coffee) and they even have parades during certain times of the year where they show off the Willy's by loading them down in the back with weights and they go up on two wheels and drive. The hotel La Tata is part of this really large coffee farm in the area, so one of the main coffee people- Juan Pablo, who has a degree in horticulture and gave us (well, told Jose, then Jose translated as best he could to the gringos) ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento February 13th 2012

After the coffee farm tour, our awesome driver Orley met us at the hotel to drive us for the day to Valle de Cocora and Salento. Both of these towns are set amid gorgeous green mountains in the coffee zone. We first visited the Valle de Cocora that is the home of a ton of "palma de cera" (wax palm), that is the largest palm in the world (up to 60 meters tall) and is also Colombia's national tree. The views in the valley were breathtaking and the people were kind and helpful throughout. We enjoyed an excellent trucha (trout) lunch at Bosques de Cocora Donde Juan B. We also tried their speciality cinnamin drink -Canelazo. YUM! We ventured down the opening path of the Reserva Natural Acaime and saw the trout farm that our delish ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Armenia February 12th 2012

Today we hopped on a bus, similar to a Greyhound bus, and headed over and through the mountains to the Coffee Zone (Zona Cafetera, or Coffee Axle) where the region produces the most of Colombia's coffee crop. The people here are fantastic as we were expecting to catch a 11:45am bus, but when we arrived at the station, Elias (Jose's family) found a bus that left at 10:30, and the driver stood there waiting on us even though it was 10:32am. The views were, once again, stunning, and mountain sides hold coffee plants galore, all in perfect lines to make the picking easier. We were so high up, I felt like we were really close to the clouds. We also witnessed 3 kids, not older than 13-14, hop on the back of a semi truck for ... read more

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento December 22nd 2011

Geo: 4.6375, -75.5703Halfway through the night, somebody crawled into bed with me - was it real, or a figment of my imagination in the drunken stupor brought on by the diabolical aguardiente? But no, it must be real as now I'm playing the part of little spoon, and can feel her body on mine, the warmth of her breath as she gently purred and cuddled me. I tried to push her away but she resisted, getting friskier by the minute, playful digging her nails into my back. Such a cute little pussycat the hostel has! I wasn't complaining, as the Manizales nights are chilly, and she kept me warm until the morning ... Manizales rocks - there's no debating that fact, a fact that makes me wish I had stuck to the original plan of four ... read more
Cuddle Companion For the Night
Breakfast at Valentino Gourmet ...
Breakfast, Phase II ...

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento August 15th 2011

So now it's time to say goodbye to Salento. Well maybe past time since I have been gone for over 2 weeks. Salento is the type of place I want to retire to. Nice weather year round and beautiful scenery. La Serrana is another beautiful part of Salento. Basically I just laid around and chilled out all day. I'll provide you with some photos of me at the office. At La Serrana there is one person who runs the place. His name is Pablo. Pablo is the official mascot of La Serrana and he reigns over the place. Pablo doesn't even drink water, they make him agua de panela con leche (basically sugar water with milk) because I'm told he doesn't like water. Actually he does drink water, I've seen him. Of course a dog will ... read more
Here come the clouds
Here come the clouds
Light Rain

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento July 27th 2011

Ola Amigos, Zijn we weer met een korte update van onze reis. Colombia is en blijft een geweldig land, niet alleen het land maar vooral de mensen zijn fantastisch! En ondanks dat het bijna iedere dag wel regent blijft ook de natuur je hier verwonderen. Dus, We kwamen aan bij Lago Calima, een bergmeertje met perfecte 25 knopen wind, die constant waait en vrijwel iedere dag begint rond 14.00. Nou, lekker Kite- en windsurfen dan maar! Maar eerst nog even over de mensen. Het begon al met onze aankomst in Darien, een slaperig dorpje dat opleeft in het weekend van alle mensen uit de grote stad Cali. Een beetje beduusd staan wij met onze bezittingen op onze rug om ons heen te kijken waar we heen moeten gaan om te slapen, (handig zo´n lonely planet, moet ... read more
Jobs surfkwaliteiten
Lago Calima

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento July 22nd 2011

Those who know me know that I hate having my picture taken. I am a photographer and I am used to being on the other side of the camera. So sometimes when I am showing my photos of places I have been people ask why am I not in any of the photos. So now I would like to introduce you to my alter ego. For the past few years I have been traveling with my Lamont Morris my alter ego. He stands in for me for any photos I take. We have a lot in common. We are both former military, he was in the Marines and I was in the Navy. We both like to travel, cook and read. And in in fact we could even pass for twins. There is a small height ... read more
Lamont just relaxing on the farm
Lamont @ La Serrana 2

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento July 14th 2011

So here it is July 14th. This is a day of milestones for me. One month of being on the road. Also this was my last deposit into my checking account. Damn to think it only is going to get smaller from here on out. Unless someone want to make a donation :) I actually received my last paycheck one week into my trip thanks to the magic of direct deposit. I also mailed my first months vacation check to the bank and it was deposited on the first day of my trip. For the last 2 weeks before I left I was struggling trying to get my last month of vacation pay. I have a month of vacation every year thanks to being a member of a union. I always take the month all at ... read more

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