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When most people think about whats typically Colombian everyone would probably say, A)…white powder and b)….coffee. Indeed we went with the second choice (not that you wouldn t be offered the first at every corner-chewing-gum-shop) and made our way up to Salento which is a tiny place, surrounded by green hillsides and coffee plantages. Our stay in an old plantage house was pleasant and and just so quiet at night that it almost felt awkward. (and waking up to a horse chewing behind the window is a rather funny thing at night). The next morning we woke up to a loud and not very comfortable sound of heavy rain….heavy as in being soaking wet within a minute. Closing our eyes again and hoping it would stop we were lucky and could start our plantation tour at nine. It was a long muddy road and walk down to the coffee plantation, but well worth it. We learned a lot about the brown beans and got some freshly brewed coffee. Still I have to say I m with the milky and sugary version of it and not the Colombian style ;). Salento itself doesn’t really offer lots more, but a few nice strolls and a very laidback feeling. The next day we had decided to go up to Cocora Valley which is meant to be one of the main attractions in this area and THE place to go hiking. It started really well with some more heavy rain and two grumpy faces which eventually cleared up when the rain stopped and we arrived at the valley. It has a stunning look, great views over green hillsides and lush tall waxpalms that just seem to grow into the sky with no end. The place was well worth coming and we had a great day with stunning views. Before we left Salento towards Medellin on the next morning.

Posted by PEANUTSONTHERUN 09:04 Archived in Colombia

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