Salento

19 Feb

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We made our way from Medellin to Salento, a town in the coffee region of Colombia about 6 hours bus ride from Medellin. After a rainy day of relaxing our first day here, yesterday a bunch of us made our way to a coffee plantation about an hours walk away yesterday…. the tour wasn’t anything too exciting, though we did learn that our Spanish may be better than we thought after being able to understand a lot of what the tour guide was saying (granted, she was talking veeerrrryyyyy slllooooowwwwlllyyyy).

Today we headed into Valle De Cocora, a valley about half an hours drive outside of Salento where the worlds tallest palm trees grow. The walk was about 4 or so hours long – fairly easy and really beautiful. The boys went for a swim in the river and, judging by the screams we heard as we were walking up the hill, the water was more than a little cold.

We took a packed lunch and ate at a spot on top of the mountain overlooking the valley. By the time we finished lunch the fog had rolled in and we were freezing, so we legged it down the hill and into the valley where all of the palm trees are. Once we got a little lower the view was pretty spectacular, with cloud surrounding the palms and the mountains in the background.

We’re chilling here for another day or so and then heading across to Bogota to party one last time with a friend who flies home on Saturday. After I’m guessing that we’ll be heading further south for a few weeks in Ecuador.

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