Jurassic Park

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
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Trip End Dec 10, 2009


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Monday, March 9, 2009

Solento is a quaint little town with barely 5000 people, up in the hills of the coffee region. Again, little to do there, but it was close to the Cocora Valley and a great place to do some mountain biking and chill out.

We stayed in Plantation House, a backpackers on the edge of town. It was run by Tim, a Brit that absolutely butchered the Spanish language by speaking it with a heavy English accent. Cool guy though, and full of useful information :-)

The Cocora valley is considered the cradle of the Wax Palm, Colombiaīs national tree. These oversized palms are scattered around the hills, extending right up into the clouds - and it really looks like something out of Jurassic Park. Well worth a visit. There was also a hummingbird farm on one of the hilltops - they obviously donīt farm them(!) but they were truly abundant and are fascinating little creatures (and this is coming from someone who -really- isnīt into this type of ībirdī...) . Rumor has it that the best way to get involved is take an orange, half it and hold it in you hand. Theyīll be all over you after a while...

The following day we hired some (decent) bikes and headed off for a 3-4 hour trail. It took a little longer than planned as we got lost and pretty much climbed the biggest and steepest hill by mistake, but it was all worth the effort - in hindsight, obviously. The mountain biking here is great and when there is van available, itīll open up a 55km downhill route - longer than the īWorldīs Most Dangerous Roadī near La Paz.

The world truly is small. I met several people from the last 2 weeks here - in the middle of nowhere (almost), people i would cross paths with for the next few weeks/months, despite the fact our routes were far from similar. Itīs always nice to catch up and it makes for a useful info exchange.
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