Fuimos en jeep al valle de Cocora
Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
34Trip End Oct 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
Hostal Ciudad de Secorbe
Actually in Solento, not Armenia
Solento is located in the Zona Cafetera and in five years will probably be a huge tourist hub. It is full of artesan shops, has a charming central plaza, and is surrounded by lots of natural beauty. We enjoyed great coffee, which has been surprisingly rare in Colombia.
A common trek in this area is to the Cocora Valley. We began the day early by paying $3000 COP to take a 30 minute Jeep ride out of town, into the valley. From there, it is about an 8 mile hike that loops through the valley, to a hummingbird refuge, up through a cloud forrest, to a finca lookout point, then back down a road through amazing wax palm trees
We learned about a great restaurant from our hotel owners, and ate a huge dinner for about 3 bucks each. Tonight will be our third night eating at Rincon de Lucy. Lots of trucha - trout. Fantastic.
The day after our big hike in the valley, we went on a smaller walk out of town the other way. We had considered horse back or mountain bikes, but chickened out due to unpredictable weather. We eneded up having a nice leisurely 3 hour walk that took us down to a rive valley through coffee farms. Nice and relaxing.
So, what´s next? Tonight, after our $3 feast at Lucy´s, Tanner will sit on yahoo sports and hit refresh every 30 seconds while the Cyclones play. Then, tomorrow morning we will catch an early bus to Armenia, moving on to Popayan. Our stay will be short though, we are headed to Ecuador on Saturday. Hope everyone is well. Peace.