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Mar 17, 2019 - Wax Palms and Coffee Beans

Yesterday we travelled by car from Barichara to Baramango. Two things stand out. The first was a hotel by a theme park made from an old DC 8 plane. The other wa the last pass we went over. It is a national park....Chicamoca. We followed the Chicamoca River as we went ever higher following transport trucks and passing them....mainly on hills. At times it was a hair-raising experience. Rodrigo was cautious though. At the top was an adventure theme park with air trams, swimming pools, little restaurants, gift shops, and a huge parking lot. We...

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May 5, 2014 - Bogota to Salento, Colombia

Sunday 4th May 2014 Bogota to Salento, Colombia This morning we had breakfast and left the hotel in Bogota. There was very little traffic early as it was Sunday. On Sundays in this city, many of the main roads are turned over to cyclists and even at 7:30am, we saw many cyclists taking advantage of the otherwise traffic free areas. It was fine and cool today as we headed south. Bogota is extremely large and extends for many kilometres to the south of the city centre. Houses are built on every hill, seemingly no matter how steep. There are...

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Mar 11, 2011 - Menschen wie Peter

Menschen wie Peter fuehlten sich wohl hier. Sie fuehlten sich wohl in Salento in der "Zona Cafetera". Peter, das ist ein Blog-Mitleser (Hallo Peter!) und Skilagerleiter-Mitstreiter im Januar auf der Sellamatt. In seine Tasche packte Peter damals neben Skis und Helm nicht etwa warme Unterwaesche, sondern eine Kaffemaschine. Eine Woche lang versorgte er das Leiterteam mit der Bruehe und noch viel mehr sich selbst. Jedes zweite Wort war Kaffe und jedes dritte Getraenk. An Menschen wie Peter muss ich denken hier in Salento. Salento ist ein...

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El Diario

May 11, 2010 - Salento

This is where we'd hoped to get yesterday but due to lateness we obviously failed. Actually, when things like this happen it's 'lucky' in that Plantation House where we'd planned to stay was booked. When we arr at 8 am they could not guarantee room. Since we wanted to hike the valley E of Cocora to see the unique wax palms - tallest palms in world, up to 60 m. About Cocora Valley We left our bags and headed to the plaza (short brkfst at Rincon de Lucy...good, cheap eats) and 9:30am jeep ride to trailhead. Lots of hikers - met Aimara...

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Mar 19, 2010 - Salento and the zona cafetera

I arrived in Salento Monday the 15th after travelling on buses most of the day. Salento is a small town of 3500 people in the centre of the coffee region of Colombia. It's located amidst gorgeous mountains at an altitude of 1900 metres. I was staying in a hostel called The Plantation House at the entrance to town, owned by a British man and his Colombian wife. I had a horrible first night there because there were mosquitoes in my room (and this was the one night I decided not to wear earplugs so I could hear the buzzing around my head)....

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Aug 31, 2009 - Colombia: Taganga to Salento

After relaxing in Tayrona Park we headed back by bus to the town of Taganga, about an hour and a half away, to stay for a couple of days to scuba dive off the reef. Unfortunately, the night before we were booked in to dive, we had few too many rum and cokes and I managed to stack it big time on the walk home. Sadly I was carrying three massive water bottles so unable to do any fancy rolls off the road, ripped the top off one of my toes and cut up on of my knees pretty deeply (only one though!). Chris did a great nurse job on my leg, using...

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Jan 6, 2009 - Finally, a Small Town

After spending every day on this trip in major cities, today we got into the country to Salento, a small mountain town just an hour´s bus ride from Pereira. Full of arts and crafts stores, it was an easy place to kill a few hours. If not for the rain, we would have explored more of the incredibly beautiful back country. For lunch, I took on the challenge of eating a regional dish called "bandeja paisa", a dish that would cause the food police to keel over on the spot: grilled beef, chorizo (very good sausage), fried egg, avocado, rice,...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Tranquil Salento and the beautiful coffee district

We loved Salento, and could happily live there!! It's a small town, with lots of friendly people, lots of horses, and a very pretty hostel with 3 beautiful collies and lots of cats! We spent our first day here visiting a traditional coffee farm, which was fascinating (and we even quite liked the coffee!), and watching the Cavalgatta (a horse regatta in which LOTS of Colombians ride around the town and local villages getting increasingly drunk and singing!) - Tara even rode with them for a bit! The next day, we took a van up to Corcora to...

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Aug 20, 2007 - Salento: Getting waxed and addicted to coffee in Salento

Next stop on my Colombian tour was in Salento in the heart of La Zona Cafetera (The Coffee Zone). I'm joined by Andy(UK), Kate(UK and also from Derby would you believe), Anja (The only Slovenian I've met on this trip), Eran (An Israeli doing Colombia on motorbike) and Cente (pronounced Chen-ty and is short for Vincent from the Philippines). Whether it's due to post-Cali-festival fatigue we don't manage to leave Cali til late afternoon meaning once again we end up arriving in the night and have to walk the gloomy streets with all our packs...

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