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Aug 1, 2017 - Medellin to Pereira

The weather was all over the place today: sunny, overcast, and at Pereira, sunny, hot and muggy. After breakfast, we had a late start today @8:30. Our first stop was at the Santa Fe Mall to see the huge peacock made of flowers. We ascended to the fourth floor in order to be able to the whole creation. This was 3 stories high, and the tail spread on the ground and took up an area that is usually a play are. Back on the bus for our drive to Comuna 13 area of Medellin. Along the route to the area, we saw them setting up the grandstands for the...

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Jan 7, 2017 - Colombia – Marsella, Risaralda

Buenos Dias all. It has been a lovely, leisurely three days and therefore not too much to write. The town of Marsella is a gorgeous colonial town which is very quiet until the sun goes down. At that time, the people flock to the central plaza, the conversation (and drinks) flow and the music & laughter go WAY up. Today, Monday, is still a holiday so it has been fiesta time for the local people and they are taken full advantage! On Saturday night we spent several hours in the Plaza to see what it was all about and lasted until about 10pm....

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Jan 6, 2017 - Colombia – Hacienda Venecia to Marsella

Buenos Dias. Another glorious day in Colombia. The clouds have disappeared and the sun is shining. Following breakfast we say our good byes to our new friends, the staff – Monica (Moni as she likes to be called), Marta, Lenora, Antonio, Guillermo, and Juan Pablo, and pay our bill. Rather sad to leave this gorgeous valley, but we will be back! Guillermo, our transfer driver is taking us to Marsella, saves about an hour in time by bus. The views were spectacular and we wound, ascended and descended green lush hills. What heavenly countryside....

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Jan 5, 2009 - Into the Mountains

Last night we made it to Pereira, the town whose name my mouth and tongue are physically incapable of pronouncing correctly. We ended up here because we couldn´t get anywhere else. All other flights out of Cartagena on Monday to the places we wanted to reach were totally booked. So, we came to Pereira, because it was close enough. After we arrived, we walked around the city center for a while, not finding much to do. I imagine we´ll chill near the hotel tonight and rest up for tomorrow´s 6 hour bus ride to Medellin.

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Apr 15, 2006 - Lavish Solento Y Armenia

The drive to Armenia is probably one of the prettiest drives I have ever been on. With the exception of driving through the rockies, this tops it. Rolling green hills meet valleys with flowing rivers and dotted plantations throughout Colombia, no matter the destination. And along the way there is always an adorable little town offering a sweet for sale. I am in heaven, it's simply beautiful. The greenest of green!! In fact I thought Ireland was the most green I have seem, once again, Colombia tops this. I really wanted to see a group of...

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Jun 19, 2005 - Colombia - Salento

Salento...an oldy worldy cowboy town, where the architecture is made up of lots of differing and vibrant colours. The characters around the town provide great entertainment and people watching opportunities. We organise a jeep to visit the Valle de Cocora to see the Palms de Cera...the world's tallest palms, which grow up to sixty metres. These amazingly tall, thin wax palms have now been declared Colombia's national tree and placed under protection. Talking of protection, whilst we were hiking in this area, having abandoned our mules, we...

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