Guatapé, city of wainscoting


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January 15th 2015
Published: June 16th 2017
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Called zocalos, they're on every buildingCalled zocalos, they're on every building
Called zocalos, they're on every building

We call it wainscoting, but Colombiaños call them zocalos. By decree they're on every building--either zocalos or many paint colors or artistic sidewalk tiles. It's incredible that an entire town can cooperate like this. Also very crafty as tourists flock to the place to enjoy the tremendous energy all this color radiates.
Enchanting GuatapéEnchanting Guatapé
Enchanting Guatapé

All this color dates only from 2007. Before then there were very few zocalos. It's a recent, pretty savy addition to this charming pueblo.
El Peñol, only 700 steps upEl Peñol, only 700 steps up
El Peñol, only 700 steps up

This monstrous rock sits by itself above the town of Guatapé and it's beautiful lake. For a small fee you can climb to the top for what we hear is an incredible view. We obviously have to take their word for it.
The lake belowThe lake below
The lake below

This is just a tiny slice of the view even from where we were. This really is beautiful country.
Us with CarlosUs with Carlos
Us with Carlos

Carlos and his wife Marta are staying at the same house we are. We had such a fun time together.
Adorable girls wanted their picture with usAdorable girls wanted their picture with us
Adorable girls wanted their picture with us

We met them on the tour bus and visited off and on as we traveled to Guatapé, shy Bob telling them about some of our travels, you know. When we stopped here for photos they ran up to us and asked if they could have their picture taken with us because we were their inspiration. We've been getting that a lot on this trip. 'Spose we look even older than we are?
Pure Colombia Pure Colombia
Pure Colombia

This hat of Colombian colors is hand made and very popular here.
Marta and Carlos--so light in their feetMarta and Carlos--so light in their feet
Marta and Carlos--so light in their feet

The boat was rocking with loud latina music and couples were dancing on the decks. These two are so good they make me want lessons!
A truly special placeA truly special place
A truly special place

We passed mile after mile of chemical free farming.


17th January 2015

It's beautiful, I love it
17th January 2015

I would even wear one
17th January 2015

Me too. There are cheap knockoffs on the streets but I wanr to find a good one

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