Statues, some breathtaking hiking and the best hostel ever
26.01.2015 - 28.01.2015
After a short stop in Popayan we had and early start as we were to catch the bus to San Augustin. We arrived at the bus station with plenty of time to spare and tried to buy a ticket only to be told that the bus was full. (Note: we tried buying tickets the evening before to be told the morning is early enough-BITCH!!). After bouncing around a few ticket desks we finally found a bus that would take us but upon boarding the bus we soon found out why it was the only one that had spaces left. The bus was extremely small, dirty and seemed to have holes in the body…so fine South American carriage standard . On the plus side the bus was also full The ride to San Augustin took five hours and was fairly uneventful, the only plus side of the trip was that the scenery was amazing and our bums and knees bruised.
Upon arriving at San Augustin we were dropped off at the outskirts of town and transferred to a taxi to complete the last part of the trip. As we took our bags from the bus we found that the bags were covered in dust. This must come from one of the many holes that we had found. We were greeted in the taxi by the driver and a travel guide who was touting for business which we suspicious as you get around here when someone offers information declined straight away. The guide turned out to be quite helpful as he gave us some tips on where to go and what to do. We dropped the guide off in the centre of town and headed to the hostel, the hostel was around two kilometres out of town along a dirt track and after a bone jangelling journey we arrived to find one of the best hostels we had ever stayed in. We were greeted by the owner and shown around and after only a few minutes felt absolutely comfy in the place. Casa de Nelly is probably the best hostel that we have ever stayed in. It s a beautiful layed back place with garden huts, balkonies, hammocks, terraces, flowers, two sweet dogs and an amazingly sweet kitten that even Rob couldn t resist (I found them asleep on a chair together).Harry who works as the main guy there is incredibly cool and the most helpful host you can find, without trying to sell us of he helped us with lots of information. Everything was just perfect and after a little sleep in the hammocks we went to town for some food and a stroll thrugh the local market. Happy as a larry we stumbled our way back up the hills later on with two huge bags full of fresh fruit for just a euro. We were so tired that night, that we went to bed early and funnily enough I even woke up at night because it was so quiet and relaxing compared with everything we have had before. Fresh and ready for some action we started our hike up to the Main Park in the morning (after a good Colombian coffee of course) and started gasping for breath after 5 minutes. Hiking around in 3200m is just still different for us. Still we had a good time in the Park where you find lots of ancient stone figures that are scattered around and have something to do with the Precolombian folks that buried them with their dead. (Even the guides don t really know the true facts…so it s better not to pay one). As we felt pretty good we decided to hike around a bit more and ended up in the middle of fields, plantages, cows and horses, having a hard but pretty good time. A few hours on the night bus we really appreciated being that tired from the day, grabbed a quick Arepa ( Colombian maize pancake topped with cheese) and snoozed off to dreamland and Bogota.