Quebrada La Colorada

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  • Day429

    Villa de Leyva, Columbia

    July 9 in Colombia

    Our middle-of-the-night flight out of Bolivia landed before 7am in Bogota. We hopped in a cab to the bus station and ~4 hours later arrived in the ridiculously charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva.
    We were immediately struck by how clean, well-developed, and vibrantly green Columbia appears. And this little village was a wonderful soft landing as it’s one of the most picturesque parts of the country and we were staying at a beautifully restored villa-hotel. Luxury!
    We love South America’s colonial cities. We recognize they were (sadly) mostly built on pillage and oppression and they can feel a little Disney-ish because they are just that perfect. Still, we can’t resist their charm.
    Apart from wandering through the cobblestone streets and enjoying some delicious juices, coffee (for John) and good food, we had to deal with a few annoyances. First, John threw his back out while playing with the adorable resident boxer (dog) and ended up in bed for a couple of days, unable to walk without discomfort. Luckily, it only cost ~$40 for a doctor to visit our hotel and give him a shot so he could get back on his feet. We also got attacked one morning by small biting insects that managed to bite Christy at least 40 times, and John a bit less. The bites are the worse we’ve experienced in terms of itchiness and swelling. We still don’t know what they were, but yuck. Otherwise, we loved this town!
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  • Day424

    Villa de Leyva, Colombia

    July 29 in Colombia

    25. - 29. Juli 2018

    Villa de Leyva liegt vier Stunden nordöstlich von Bogotá auf 2100 m.ü.M. Ich stehe in Medellín morgens um fünf Uhr auf, mache mich zu Fuss, mit der Metro und dem Kleinbus auf zum Flughafen, fliege nach Bogotá, fahre mit dem Taxi zum Busterminal und finally mit dem Bus nach Leyva. Puh, was für eine Reise:). Die Umgebung bei der Busfahrt erinnert mich an die Schweiz mit ihren Äckern und grünen Weiden.

    Leyva ist eine weisse Stadt und bekannt für ihre mit grossen Steinen gepflasterten Strassen. Nicht ideal für Highheels. Zudem besitzt sie mit 120x120 Metern einen der grössten Hauptplätze Südamerikas. Die Stadt gefällt mir gut. Noch am Ankunftstag besichtige ich das Casa Terracota, ein riesiges Haus, das nur aus Lehm und sonstigen natürlichen Baustoffen erstellt wurde. Der Architekt wollte eigentlich selbst darin wohnen, aber all die Bewunderer des Hauses (oder Touristen), die das Haus besichtigen wollten, waren dann doch zuviel. Jetzt ist es ein Hausmuseum geworden. Sehr eindrücklich.

    Am nächsten Tag laufe ich hoch zur Statue des Santo Cristo. Von hier oben geniesse ich eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf die Stadt und ihre Umgebung. Das heraufkraxeln hat sich definitiv gelohnt.

    Und dann meldet sich Suti aus dem Dschungel und sagt, dass er auch noch nach Leyva kommt. Jepii, was für eine schöne Überraschung!

    Zusammen machen wir eine Wanderung zum ‚Santuario de Flora y Fauna de Iguaque‘ oder besser gesagt, zur Laguna. In diesem Nationalpark existiert das einzigartige neotropische Páramo-Ökosystem, das von Hunderten von Tier- und Pflanzenarten beheimatet ist. Am bekanntesten und für uns die grösste Attraktion sind die Frailejones, ein Halbstrauch, der typisch für diese Höhenlage der Anden ist. Wir befinden uns zwischen 3000 und 4000 m.ü.M. Ja, es ist kalt. Zudem regnet es. Aber die Strapazen lohnen sich; die Frailejones sind wirklich speziell und schön anzusehen, und es wachsen schöne Blumen. Als wir endlich bei der Laguna ankommen (die übrigens superklein ist) ziehen die Wolken für zehn Sekunden auf. Zum Glück haben wir die Kamera griffbereit:).

    Heute gibt es einen weiteren Reisetag; mit dem Bus zurück nach Bogotá und mit dem Flugzeug direkt weiter nach Curaçao:). Unsere Tauchferien beginnnen. Und damit gleichzeitig unsere letzte Woche auf unserer grossen Reise.

    Memories: schöne Souvenirs; Glühwein ist hoch im Kurs; Spaziergang durch Wies und Feld (und wieder zurück, da das Strässchen plötzlich aufhörte [ja, wusste es]); Marktbesuch; Besichtigung Monolithen, die an Stonehenge erinnern; Wenn beim Coiffure der Strom ausgeht, wird mit Handybeleuchtung weitergemacht.
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  • Day562

    Villa de Leyva

    November 29, 2017 in Colombia

    We left the San Gil area & headed off the beaten track on a windy, occasionally paved road to a great little spot that some earlier overlanders had discovered. A short walk from the road is a river that runs over smooth rock bed but has sudden & deep round holes - a bit like Swiss Cheese! Maya discovered this the hard way by happily trotting along in the very shallow water until suddenly there was no hard ground beneath her & she had an unexpected swim!

    We spent a fun afternoon here and found a lovely camp spot at a local swimming hole, although we did have to drive through a river crossing to get there. The next morning we visited the nearby town of Guadeloupe, which had a nice hustle & bustle about it along with some incredible BBQ (basically half a cow on a fire) that the chef took great pride in letting us taste - we of course bought some for our lunch.

    We continued on to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, an incredible town of white-washed houses, cobbled streets and the biggest town square in Latin America. The scenery here is stunning, with glorious rolling fields and the high peaks create a lovely microclimate.

    This was also to be where Phil would start a new decade!

    On his birthday after an early round of Bucks Fizz we rode our bikes to look at the worlds most complete example of a kronosaurus (marine dinosaur). At 110 million years old it made Phil feel less ancient and I managed to find him another big fish as he’s become accustomed to on his birthday! We cycled on to see the calendar of the Muisca people who were the inhabitants here before the Spanish came along and massacred them. The calendar consisted of precisely placed phalic stones arranged so that the first light of the day would cast a shadow over other stones so they could follow the equinoxes for planting and harvesting. We had a wonderfully enthusiastic guide that really gave us an insight into the Muisca society and science behind the calendar. We finished off the ride with the obligatory tea & cakes.

    The previous evening we had a lovely meal in a fancy restaurant, where the owner tickled the ivories in the background, but I'd spotted a fondue restaurant and didn't see why I couldn't have two birthday meals. Unfortunately when we arrived ravenous after our long ride and wanting to ease the aches with a massive cheese overdose, they were shut despite earlier telling us they would be open.

    The drive out of town up through a high pass was even more spectacular, with landscape reminiscent of the states albeit it on a smaller scale.
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  • Day5

    Villa de Leyva

    April 4, 2017 in Colombia

    Spent one day in this lovely village, where the film Zorro was filmed. Our room was beautiful, with a balcony overlooking our garden with hammocks we could enjoy. All this for the equivalent of a tenner a night. During the day we hired bikes and cycled round the main tourist attractions - the clay house, the fossil museum, the ostrich farm and the 'blue pools'. The square was lovely and the locals were very friendly.Read more

  • Day16

    Half of the country in one day

    May 29, 2015 in Colombia

    A day of pure travelling: I started in the morning with a flight from Pasto to Bogotá, where I went to fetch some stuff at Daniel's house. From there, I took the transmilenio to the bus station, so I could go to Villa de Leyva, changing buses in Tunja. Even though it was a really tiring day, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful landscapes on my way. Also, in Pasto I launched from the smallest airport I have seen in all my life: it offers solely flights from and to Bogotá, has two waiting rooms and security opens only before boarding.
    In the afternoon I finally arrived in the amazing colonial city of Villa de Leyva, and in the equally beautiful hostel. It is a little far to walk and not really cheap, but worth going, because it has an awesome ambient.
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  • Day17

    Villa de Leyva

    May 30, 2015 in Colombia

    Today was reeeeaaaaally relaxed. In the morning I went to a farmer's market in town with Alicia from England. The food was by far not as cheap as we expected, but really good, so we bought fruits and vegetables for the whole stay in Villa de Leyva.
    After lunch and chilling for some time in the hammocks, we did a little hike right next to the hostel. What we didn't expect was the spectacular countryside that was waiting for us within a distance of only 1h of walking!Read more

  • Day19

    Horseback riding

    June 1, 2015 in Colombia

    We had a nice four-hour ride to pozo de la vieja. There is also a story to it, which locals claim is true: from 1910 to 1986, once in a while people would see a woman in that part of the river, which was only covered by her golden hair. We were told the story by a woman who has a little shop over there, and according to her even her grandpa had seen the “vieja“.
    It was a really nice ride through an absolutely beautiful landscape with a lot of cattle with their babies. Also, the horses were amazing and really well trained. I had one that loved galloping, but equal to the others would stop at the end of every galloping part it knows.Read more

  • Day28

    Villa de Leyva - Ankunft

    September 8, 2017 in Colombia

    Heute ging mit
    Mototaxi, Bus, Flugzeug, Taxi und Bus vom Costeño Beach nach Villa de Leyva.
    Abend schaute ich mir noch die Ort an, aß eine kleine Pizza und genoss seid langen mal wieder eine warme Dusche! 💪

    Viel mehr hab ich heute gar nicht gemacht.

    Liebe Grüße aus dem Posada Saquenzipa.
    (Meinen wahrscheinlich vorletzten Hostel bis es nachhause geht. 🙄)

  • Day23

    Villa de Leyva

    March 21, 2016 in Colombia

    I'm writing this as I sit in a beautiful park in a place called Villa de Leyva. It's a beautiful colonial town about 3m5 hours north of Bogotá. I came with my host and another woman from school who are currently at a wedding. My host invited me to come with them so I could see the city  (it's a very touristy thing to do). We woke up at 4am to leave the house at 4:30, which naturally we didn't leave until 4:45, picked up Jenn at 5 and headed north. Their wedding was supposed to start at 10, which naturally it didn't  (another cultural tidbit: nothing ever starts on time and parties apparently last forever). The place we're staying is a house that is a hotel owed by friends of the brides family. It's a lot further from the center area than we thought and by the time we got there they had abut 20 minutes to get ready for the wedding and go. So Angela very nicely asked the owners if they could take me to the center, or the plaza. He agreed and when they left for the wedding we left for downtown. The first thing I did when I got here was walk into the middle of the plaza and take pictures, some of which I'll include. Then I did a loop around the plaza, the markets and restaurants, finding my first coffee stop. I found it all right and ordered a frozen coffee drink cuz I was already hot. I sat there and drank my coffee and read a sample of a book I downloaded on my phone specifically for today (I downloaded like 6 samples and already read 4). After the coffee I walked around for a bit, finding the park I am currently at (I just keep coming back cuz there's benches). Next to the park is a nice little store that sells bottles of water so I bought one and continued walking around the streets that go out from the plaza. I was looking at all the little shops and restaurants there are, and hotels and gardens and houses. There is so much to see here! Around lunch time I was planning on getting pizza but the places looked weird so I found a breakfast garden place where I could sit outside in the shade and eat. I got waffles with eggs that came with juice and café con leche. It was also playing mostly Beatles songs. I was clearly in love with the place. After lunch I didn't want to walk around too much right after eating so I came back to the park to read. Then I remembered a souveniers store where I had thought about buying stuff for people back home and set out to find it. On my way I found another one with great souveniers that I bought I still looked for the other one but didn't get anything. I kept taking new streets and seeing new things, taking pictures of everything along the way. I started getting tired again so I set back out for the park to read some more. On my way, at about 1:40 Angela called to say the wedding was over and they were headed to the reception for lunch and should be done by 5. So I figured I'd stay on the bench for a while and read, seeing as I had time. I finished yet another sample (they only give you like 5 chapters before making you buy the book). I decided to start walking around again, maybe find this coffee and pastry shop with a table at a window with a bunch of books on the window sill. I've walked passed this place at least 7 times and every time there is someone sitting there. So I went away from the busy center and went for a prayer walk along the less busy streets. I found an ice cream store, got me some ice cream and sat, yet again, at the park to eat it. Got more water and here I am, sitting on a bench at 4:30 waiting. I had a few more things written down to do, like find this terracotta house and go to this art museum, but when I walked passed the museum it was closed. And I have a feeling the house is a bit of a walk away from the plaza, so I'm not going to find it. I decided instead to use this time to write this post, because we all know I won't do it when I get home, life is just too busy for that, or I'm too lazy, whichever you choose to believe ;) I might go walk passed that coffee place one more time to see if that table is free, or another lap to waste time.
    Update: I walked a big loop around the plaza again and returned to find 4 guys performing really cool music in the middle of the square. I stopped to video them, naturally. I stepped inside the church to take some pictures and then looked across and finally found that window seat open! It was just as amazing as I expected it to be. I went straight to the tabel, ordered a macchiato (definitely putting a picture), found a book in English and started reading and dining my coffee. It was wonderful. Then angela and Jenn called that they were on their way and not even 15 minutes later they were standing outside the window calling me. It was actually really funny cuz she was saying where they were and I kept looking out the window for the car  (I should also add that the window had no glass) and finally she said, "wait! I see you in the window, look to the left, i mean the right!" And I looked up and there they were! They thought it was super cute too and joined me inside where we sat and talked for a little while before deciding we didn't want dinner, we had leftover breakfast and they had a late lunch so we walked to the car. Also, this house hotel is beautiful!
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  • Day118

    Casa Terracota, Tatuaje und Schokomuseum

    October 26, 2017 in Colombia

    Heute ist es also soweit. Nach jahrelangen Überlegungen geht's jetzt doch recht schnell. Ich bekomm mein erstes Tattoo. Einer der Hostelbesitzer hat einen Freund, der Tätowierer ist und echt schön arbeitet. Kaum erwähne ich dass ich ein Tattoo möchte, hab ich auch schon 2 Tage später den Termin. Jetzt muss ich mir auch noch überlegen was und wohin... naja, ich opfere einen Tag mit Internetsuche und Bild zeichnen, bin fast überrascht, dass ich das noch so gut hinbekomm, hab ja lange nicht mehr gezeichnet, und dann bekomm ich mein perfektes Tattoo zu einem super Preis und ohne Schmerzen (ok, die kolumbianischen Farben und besonders das Weiß haben bissl weh getan): Nationalblume Kolumbiens (Orchidee Cattleya Trianae), und ein Schmetterling in Gedenken an den kolumbianischen Schriftsteller und Literaturnobelpreisträger Gabriel García Márquez in den Farben der kolumbianischen Flagge. Damit sollte ich eine schöne Erinnerung an meine doch recht lange Zeit in Kolumbien haben... und die ist noch lange nicht rum 😊

    Neben dem Tattoo geht's auch noch Casa Terracota im Gaudí Style und ins Schokoladenmuseum, wo ich mir eine cerveza de chocolate gönne. Schmeckt erstaunlich lecker.
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