Saturday, June 29, 2013
This is just a quick post to let you know we are fine. Still running around Colombia. We got tied up on some dirt roads that ended 5 miles in and other dirt roads that were closed because of landslides. We ended up backtracking and had to ride through Medellin traffic anyway, as much as we tried to avoid it. We have spent the last few days in a little town called Salento, which is more or less the gateway to the Cocora Valley which leads to Los Nevados National Park. This area is famous for the wax palm, which is the national tree of Colombia as well as the most scenic area in Colombia. The wax palm tree is unique in the fact that it grows taller than the forest canopy all around it. We went for a five hour hike up and down the mountains checking out the scenery. We were hiking at 7-8000 foot elevation in a cloud forest. We should be moving on in a day or two, we want to go horseback riding tomorrow. That should be an adventure, I've never been on a horse except for a short ride on the back with my cousin when I was a kid. So, not many captions, just some scenery and then the palm forest hike.
Monday, June 24, 2013
While in Cartagena we took a double-decker sightseeing bus to check out the city. We rode the whole loop first, then went back to check out the parts we liked. We also took a 90 minute walking tour of the "Walled City of Cartagena" which was designated a World Heritage Site as well as the fort nearby. Rather than attempt to repeat the history lesson I'll let you do your homework and check it out at Wikipidia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartagena,_Colombia
The past few days have been spent riding around the countryside a little east and south of Medellin. I think Colombia just swept the title for best country so far. We have been riding mostly dirt tracks up, down, around and over the 5000' range of the Andes foothills. This area is all farmland with a lot of coffee trees and numerous fruit trees we don't know the names of. The scenery is of course magnificent and the roads we do find are smooth and curvy. The people are all very friendly and smile and wave as we ride by. We intend to spent at least another week or so in Colombia getting acclimated to the altitude before we go into Equador and the higher elevations further down the road. Hasta LaByeBye
More of the wall and a side entrance
total chaos but it works and every driver is considerate of the other driver
This guy needed some help up the thirteen mile hill.
This was a Colombian ceiling fan in one our hotel rooms
These guys wanted us to take a picture of his fresh haircut
We stopped at an overlook to take pictures of these guys
This is El Piñol, " Sugarloaf Mountain"
740 steps to the top, next few photos are the view from this point
Some scenery from the ground
That's enough for tonight, believe it or not this is very time consuming and we're ready to rest after a long day.