Finca del Cafe

Our last stop of the Christmas holidays: visiting a coffee farm and learning how the Colombians cultivate and produce coffee. From selecting the right seeds (hand-picking and de-pulping), to growing the plants, to selecting the ripe beans, to molding and processing them, to roasting them on the stove, and finally grinding them to drink a delicious coffee. The Finca del Cafe and…

Termales San Vicente

The mountains in the Colombian Zona Cafetera are also known for their natural hot springs. The Termales de San Vicente are situated at an altitude of 2430 m, a small hour away from Santa Rosa de Cabal. It’s a slightly difficult non-paved road to get there, and there are no public buses, so we hitchhiked. We were lucky to be picked-up by…

Salento, Filandia & Valle de Cocora

We did a transfer of half a day in steep and hilly Manizales, and then catched the bus to visit two little towns in La Zona Cafetera. The first one, Salento, is quite touristic, as it’s the starting point for most hikers to La Valle de Cocora. It was also ‘fiesta del pueblo’ when we were there (again 🙂 ), so it was very…

New Year in Jardín

After a 3 hours bus drive from Medellin, through mountains and more mountains and more mountains, we arrived in Jardin in the late afternoon. As it was the 31th of december, we booked a hotel on the central plaza to fully experience the New Years festivities. It was the most happy-colored hotel ever! Incl. typical Colombian decoration with…

Guatapé

The lake and town of Guatapé are a 2-3 hours drive from Medellin. We stayed in the beautiful Casa Encuentro, a boutique hostel at walking distance from the town, and a green oasis full of friendly people. The living room, chill-out room with hammocks, and dorms have all amazing views on the lake. Just like the lake of Guatavita,…

Santa Fe de Antioquia

After 4 days in the city of Medellin, we decided to move to a sleepy, colonial town, 80 kms from Medellin. Sante Fe is the oldest town in Antioquia, it used to be the capital when it was founded in 1541. It still has this authentic character: narrow streets, cobble stones, woodwork, patios and courtyards, pastel colors – very charming!…

Christmas in Medellin

Saturday the 24th of December we started our 2-week round trip to Medellin and La Zona Cafetera. On the planning: Medellin, Santa Fé de Antioquia, Guatapé, Jardin, Manizales, Perreira, Salento, Valle de Cocora, Filandia, Termales de San Vicente, and a real ‘finca de café’ (coffee farm) in Santa Rosa de Cabal. We flew early in…

Bogota tripping

Recently, the city opened controlled walking paths in the mountains around Bogota. We did the ‘Quebrada de la Vieja’ twice, this path starts very close to Chapinero (calle 72, a 1.5 hour walk). We had some astonishing views on our giant city of 9 million people… and at the same time we felt like being in the middle…

Guatavita

One hour and a half from Bogota, there’s an artificial lake: el Lago Tominé. It’s a great weekend escape. This big water basin is created in the fifties, by inundating a whole area incl. old town, to produce electricity and drinking water for the city of Bogota. Although artificial, it’s a wonderful natural landscape (worth a drawing ;-))….