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  • Day151

    Filandia

    February 11 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Daytrip to Filandia, the little sister of Salento with less tourists and a mirador (view point in Spanish) to overlook the surrounding country.
    The public transportation is via jeeps, called Willy‘s, with as many people as possible, even the people have to stand in the back outside on a step.

  • Day48

    Action

    August 25 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Gester hani mi no fürde letzt Tag in Pereira ufgrafft und alli Energie zemegnoh. Zerst ane ‚toma comunitaria‘, was so viel heisst wie es Verschönerigs Projekt ime Viertel mit allne Bewohner*inne, zeme mit fast allne vom Cevi, denn zude Luisa hei an Geburi vo ihrem chline Neffe, wo sich gfreut het wienes Honigkuchenpferd woner mich gseh het und denn in Kinoclub mit tolle Lüt und spannender Diskussion. Dihei hemer no Film gluegt und hüt Morge hani en Danke-Abschluss-Zmorge gmacht, vor sie mich an Flughafe bracht hend. 😋🌞❤️ Trotz wenig Ziit isches so schön gsi, vertraut wie immer und de Abschluss nöd ganz so hert nach so wenig Ziit. Kolumbie still my favorite💓 Ganz ganz tolli Fründe hanich da. Etz mussi no zuegeh: für de letzt Tag in Bogota hani mer chli Luxus gönnt, ihr werdet sehen. 😘Read more

  • Day46

    Pereira

    August 23 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Endlich endlich binich in Pereira, minere altbekannte liebe Stadt im Herze vode Kaffiregion. Ich bin ganz herzlich ufgnoh worde, pfuse bime Kolleg und han scho ganz tolli Wiedersehe gha ❤️ leider magi nöd so vill mache, aber d‘Hauptsach isch zwüsse dasses allne guet gaht und chli schwätze, lache und eus umarme. Es fühlt sich ah wie immer! Ich bi auscho durs Zentrum gschlenderet, han i mim Lieblingskaffi en Frapuccino trunke (han schlimmsts Buchweh erwartet, aber nei, min Mage hetsmer gönnt🎉), bi mit mim Chef go Zmittagesse, han im Park mitem Cesar d‘Sunne gnosse und mitem Rigo en Spa Abig gmacht.☺️ Woni ganz flachglege bin, ischmich die goldigi Emilia go bsueche und hetmer es Gschenkli mitbracht, so ischmer doch au lieber chrank. 😋 Au wenni da no ewigs blibe chönt, isch min Flug scho am Mentig. Isch ez halt wies isch, ganz alli chani nöd gseh und alles chani nöd mache, aber was wichtig isch, dassis dahi gschafft ha.🌞 Hüt gahts is Viertel, i dem ich gschafft han anen Alass wo allialli debi sind und denn zude Lu ihrere Familie😌. Swichtigst isch also abdeckt!Read more

  • Day59

    Erste Woche in Kolumbien

    June 29 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach diesem doch sehr abenteuerlichen Täg mit den Murgängen gönnte ich mir einen Abend ein Einzelzimmer im Hostal. Am nächsten Morgen wollte mich ein Ecuadorianer (vom Abenteuerbus) abholen, damit ich nicht alleine die Grenze überqueren musste. Da ich um sechs Uhr morgens jedoch nicht die Geduld für die ecuadorianische Verspätung hatte, nahm ich schlussendlich doch den Bus. Beim Grenzbüro (ca. 3 km vor der Grenze) liess ich den Pass stempeln und dann ging es erneut im Bus zur Grenzbrücke, die es zu Fuss zu überqueren galt. Auf der anderen Seite warteten kleine Büsschen, um uns ans Busterminal zu fahren. Der ganze Übergang lief sehr entspannt ab, ich hatte vorher ziemlich Respekt vor dem Grenzübergang, da noch vor wenigen Jahren dringend von diesem Übergang abgeraten wurde.

    Mit dem Bus fuhr ich nach Neiva, von dort aus machte ich am nächsten Tag einen Ausflug zur Tatacoa Wüste. Es war wunderschön, mit Strukturen, die teils an den Uluru in Australien erinnern. Ausserdem ist es auch geologisch sehr interessant, einerseits weil die Böden mit der chemischen Zusammensetzung die Farbe ändern und andererseits weil es Fossilien und versteinerte Bäume zu sehen gibt. Wir blieben bis in die Dunkelheit, da sich der Sternehimmel wunderbar beobachten lässt.

    Es folgte ein Tag in der Hauptstadt Kolumbiens Bogota. Juan, welcher in der Schweiz ein Austauschjahr gemacht hatte, führte mich durch die Strassen der Altstadt und wir besuchten das Goldmuseum, das sehr schön, mit der Zeit aber ein wenig repetitiv war. Es ist immer cool, wenn man einen Ort mit einem persönlichen Guide erkunden kann!

    Mit dem Nachtbus fuhr ich am Abend weiter nach Salento. Dies ist ein kleines Dörfchen in der Kaffeeregion. Da ich von der Busfahrt ziemlich erschöpft war unternahm ich am ersten Tag nicht viel, sondern spazierte durch die bunten Strässchen und zu einem Aussichtspunkt und genoss eine heisse Schokolade mit Käse, eine Spezialität dieser Region und geschmacklich ist es nicht so schlimm wie es klingt ;)

    Am zweiten Tag ging ich ins Valle de Cocora, und machte eine kleine Wanderung. Dieses Tal ist bekannt für sie bis zu 70 m hohen Palmen. Sie stehen sowohl im Wald als auch auf der Wiese, was für mich, mit zumindest grundlegenden biologischen Kenntnisse keinen Sinn machte. So erfuhr ich, dass der Wald ausser den Palmen abgeholzt worden ist, für die Viehhaltung, aber die Palmen wurden für die Wachsherstellung gebraucht.

    Gestern besuchte ich eine Kaffefarm. Eigentlich wollte ich hinspazieren, da ich jedoch im Hostel niemanden fand, der ähnliche Pläne hatte, und mir von einem Spaziergang alleine abgeraten wurde, buchte ich ein Pferd mit Guide. Es war ein toller Ritt, und so viel Galopp reiten ist ganz schön anstrengend ;)
    Auf der Farm wurden wir durch die Permakulturlandschaft geführt. In der Kaffeproduktion steckt hier noch sehr viel Handarbeit, so werden die Beeren einzeln alle 20 Tage von den Sträuchern genommen (mehr Kaffefacts kann ich euch gerne auf Nachfrage liefern ^^). Nach einem wirklich leckeren Kaffee ritten wir zurück nach Salento.

    Am Abend spielte Kolumbien Fussball im Copaamerica Viertelfinale gegen Chile. Mit einer Holländerin vom Hostel ging ich ins Publicviewing auf dem Hauptplatz, ausgerüstet mit einem Arepa (Maistortilla), Platanochips und einem kolumbianischen Getränk, das eine Mischung aus Bier und Cola ist. Im Spielverlauf wurden wir immer engagiertere Fans und weil der Kommentator so schnell sprach, mussten wir jeweils an der Reaktion der Fans zweimal erkennen, dass je ein chilenisches Tor aberkannt wurde! Leider nützte es nichts, denn am Ende resultierte für Kolumbien eine Niederlage im Penaltyschiessen :(
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  • Day7

    Colombia Day 8

    August 1, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 64 °F

    A travel day. Bogota to Pereira - just a quick 1 hour flight - as opposed to an 8-10 hour bus ride. Pereira is a city of about 1M due west of Bogota. We are outside of the city about 6 miles at a lovely spa hotel in the middle of the coffee district. La Colina - rolling hills, lush jungle follage and lots of coffee farms. Arrived here around 4PM. A "nesting" time and a glass of wine while discussing what to do for the next 2 days. The hotel owns many acres of land around - including a real trail thru the jungle up a nearby mountain, which of course I wanted to do immediately. An elevation gain of around 700 feet in less than a mile (very steep)
    Lots to experience and see along the way, About a quarter of the way up the hotel has an outlook structure replete with hammocks, benches/beds with places to lie down and look our over the scenery. Higher up there are other overlook spots with structures made from bamboo to look out over the jungle and the hills and mountains below. At the top a tower with steps to the top to see all of the area. Really a short but terrific walk in the jungle.

    Back to rooms - mine has a deck replete with fireplace, a vine covered area with table and chairs and a hammock. Quite the neat place. Dinner here of paella and lots of wine. Life is good.
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  • Day9

    Colombia Day 8

    August 3, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    A sunny beautiful warm morning. Leisurely breakfast with good food - lots of fruit in this country. Sold on all street corners, pineapple, oranges, passion fruit, dragon fruit and many fruits I have never heard of. Planning on a coffee tour in Santa Rosa (believe it or not) today along with other sites along the way. Not leaving until 1PM so Robert and I took a couple mile walk down the road from the hotel/spa. Lush jungle countryside with lots of flowers and hundreds of different colorful birds everywhere. Anything grows here - rains/showers most every day and constant year around temperatures in the 70's daytime. Reminds me of a more rustic Hawaii.
    Off at 1PM with our guide for the rest of the day, Alex. Alex lived in the US, Florida, for about 12 years and spoke excellent English. He is now back in Colombia and has 3 girls under 6. Off to Santa Rosa de Cabal, a city of about 70,000, a 45 minute drive from our hotel. Roads are mostly dirt and quite bumpy until you get to main roads that are quite good. So lots of bouncing around in the car. We stopped to take pictures in the main plaza of the town - the obligatory church, vendors, restaurants and bars all around the pleasant plaza. Then off to find the coffee farm - some road work so detour over more rutted dirt roads.
    The coffee farm Fincadelcafe tour was really great. Only one other young gal, Carolina, from Chile - a dental student, besides us in the group. About a 3.5 hour "conversation" about coffee from beginning to end. The young fellow, the coffee process expert, only spoke Spanish so Alex and Robert were our translators. A long walk through the coffee field to see all of the processes up close and personal and to see all of the other things that they grow there - flowers and fruits. A finish with "home made" (roasted in a skillet, hand ground, placed in a burlap sack and hot water poured over it) coffee. All of this for someone who never drinks coffee!! The finca had a small 8 room boutique hotel replete with swimming pool so we decided to have some wine before we left. Lovely environment on a great afternoon.
    Back to Santa Rosa for dinner - the city is know for its chorizo so Alex said this was the best chorizo restaurant in town. Picture of my food below. Dinner for 4 - $22 !!!
    Then the final entertainment of the day and off toTermales Santa Rosa - the hot springs and baths. It is now almost 9PM until we arrive - 5 more miles of dirt roads to get there one comes out into this oasis of cars and people. You need to walk about a half mile to get to the bath houses,restaurant, bars and the pools. Hundreds of people there all having a great time. Bath houses spotless, rent a locker, change your clothes and go for a soak. Lots of fountains pouring water in the pools and, though too dark to really appreciate, the landscape was a huge rock side to the mountain with a dozen separate waterfalls coming down. Lots of fun. Home over the same road with one last crisis for the day - our guide Alex ran out of gas (or something happened to the car - about a 1/2 mile from our hotel. So we walked the last 800 meters at 11PM !! A really fun day.
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  • Day11

    Colombia Day 10

    August 5, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    A travel day, flight at 2PM. First breakfast at the hotel and then ML and I for a facial and foot massage !! Lovely spot in a bamboo canopy on the edge of the property with the green hills as a backdrop. Alas all of my wrinkles are not gone but she tried. :-)
    A settling of accounts - would have been impossible without Robert's Spanish skills. Off to airport for quick 40 minute flight to Medellin. However flight was not so quick with a 2 hour delay which was just the beginning of the woes for the day. Could not get any cash out of the ATM at the airport and I am out of money. :-( Arrived Medellin around 5PM and, with some difficulty, found our apartment. Apartment was on 4th floor - no elevator. Apartment was lovely, large however, unbeknownst to us, had several others living there as well as the host !!! As Robert said, it was like an exclusive hostel. :-( So we are staying here tonight and will look for another place tomorrow. We drowned our sorrows with a great, expensive dinner and some very good Chardonnay. Argentinian beef -the best steak I have had in years!!! The joys of travel.Read more

  • Day29

    Welcome to Eje Cafetero

    June 11, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The Eje Cafetero (= Coffee Branch) of Colombia, lies in the central west of the country. Because of its high coffee production, it is one of the economically mist important regions and for its landscapes, part of it is an UNESCO World Heritage. One of the famous cities here is Pereira, where my flatmate Felipe lives.
    After an exhausting bus ride all night on a curvy road, but nevertheless at full speed, which made it impossible to sleep, he and his dad picked me up and showed me around in the city and in Felipes university. At night, we went with his brother and his girlfriend to town, where we had some decent colombian coffee. Also, we went to a brewery and later to a bar which sells guarapo de caña (a typical colombian drink made of fermented sugar cane).
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  • Day33

    Disconnect: Laguna del Otún

    June 15, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    3 days, no shower nor mirror, 18km of distance, 2000m difference in altitude, 6 started the hike, 2 arrived at the top

    Getting to this lake, which is located on an altitude of 3950m, takes you to your limits. Not only because of the distance and the inclination on that altitude, but also because the rocky path is really difficult to walk.
    We wanted to start on Saturday early in the morning to be back in Pereira by Sunday night. The problem, though, was that Felipe's girlfriend Camila didn't have time before 10. Since the chivas, a very typical colombian vehicle for all types of ground, don't leave that often, we had to wait till 12 and started walking around 2pm.
    I was sceptic about the idea to leave that late, because we would have had to walk in the darkness from the first campground La Pastora (6km, 3h) to the second one called El Jordan. The guys were optimistic and didn't see any problem, but were disabused by the owner of La Pastora, who affirmed my worries, telling them that it was impossible to continue at night. Consequently, we had to camp there, making it impossible to hike up and back down the next day.
    Since not everyone could stay another day, we had to split the group: Felipe, Camila and Julian went down on Sunday and only visited the waterfalls that are close to La Pastora, while Pablo, Lucho and I continued the hike. Lucho had huge problems with the altitude, so in the end we had to leave him at Jordan, where he already prepared the tents to stay there at night. But still we lost a lot of time waiting for him on our way there. Despite the shortcut we took on the last part to the lagune, it took us another 4 hours, fighting against the exhaustion and our hurting muscles. Nevertheless, the landscapes, changing from rainforest to “normal“ forest and later to páramo, as well the view on the lake, was worth all that. It was incredibly cold, but equally beautiful.
    We couldn't stay long, since it was almost 5 and there were only 1 1/2 hours of at least a little bit of light left. Even though we almost ran the way back, the last hour was of complete darkness. Our camping spot was awesome: in the middle of nowhere, there wasn't even light on the finca, but the view was amazing. We got up, while next to our tent a horse was looking for food,a few meters away a calf observed us and on the next mountain we could see a waterfallwaterfall.
    Monday was even worse than the 11h marathon of the day before: we tried to take the 12 o'clock chiva to town, but going down that fast after 2 days of hiking and without breaks was like hell. We made it in 4h, but missed the chiva by 20 minutes. Finally on our way down, it was so full that many of the people had to ride on the roof of the chiva.
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