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Salento Travel Blog› entry 19 of 71 › view all entries
September 28th, 2007 – by: RainyDayToast
We got up nice and early today to get a jeep to Cocora to do some walking around the area. We turned up and the jeep was pretty full, and there was no way I was jumping on the roof for the 45min ride. We asked about the next one and were told to hope in another, although once we got to one of the corners - and once 3 other local men had jumped in also - we were ALL told to jump in the other jeepf which was full at the start.
We spent the morning walking to a coffee plantation which took us about 50mins and a quick tour as the guy seemed uninterested in telling us the ins and outs as we didn´t know much Spanish. A little bit annoyed because even though we aren´t perfect with our Spanish, we can understand a lot more than we can speak. Nethertheless, we did learn that the art of growing coffee is pretty simple. You grow the trees, pick the leaves, sort the beans, roast the beans and there you have it - coffee as we know it.
We then set back towards town, grabbed a drink and were off for the 11.30am jeep to Cocora - attempt number two! We were the first there so jumped on. We were dropped off and had no idea where we were suppose to go, we had been told there was a trout farm nearby but we couldn´t see it anywhere so continued on until we found some signs. Having also forgotten the name of the track we were suppose to follow we picked the shortest one. Fiona - an Australian who we had met at the Plantation House had told us it wasn´t as bad as the Lost City going by steepness, and we wondered what she was talking about because for the next 2.
We bought some trout to cook for dinner tonight and spuds to make chips. Came out really nice too, usually I don´t tend to try new things like this, but this is the main dish around these parts, and Fiona had it last night for tea and it was brilliant.
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