Cowboy hats, horses and machetes! Yeeeha!

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This kid was cute, we took his photo and then he ran away.....
We have noticed alot of cowboy hats, it is the fashion statement here in Salento, Colombia. You also gain higher status if you wear a poncho also and have your machete in a leather shelth with lots of tassles hanging from your belt. Seriously though, it looks really cool. We have noticed that in more rural areas most men carry a machete on their belt, not as frightening as it may seem though but makes things interesting.

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.
It now had 3 people on the roof, fill inside and about 4 people hanging onto the back.. I don´t know where they were expecting us to hang on. We just shook our heads and walked back into town pretty pissed off at it all since we had to struggle out of bed early this morning to make sure we were ready by 7.30am - oh the dramas of being on holiday aye!

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.
A shock-horror we actually had a cup of their coffee, pretty amazing since we both can´t stomach the stuff. It was not too bad actually, Colombian coffee is quite mild apparently and this is most likely why we enjoyed 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.
The jeep, minus everyone is the one we currently were in!
5 hours all we did was climb. Infact, we climbed 1,000ft. We were pretty knackered and wondering why we hadn´t come to the lady selling the yummy hot chocolate or the hummingbirds. We ended up seeing some wicked views before we decided to head back. Once we got down we realised the guy had dropped us off past the entrance to where we were suppose to walk, as we found the trout farm and all the signs which we had suppose to follow. We were pretty bummed, but our feet were throbbing so doing it tomorrow is out of the question. Shame about the hummingbirds, but what can you do really! It wasn´t a complete waste, I think a good massage is in order tonight!!

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.
Coffee
Nathan has also mastered the art of hot chocolate making - Colombian-style. We had the most gorgeous hot chocolates on the Lost City trek and finally decided to try and make them, basically its just lots of hot chocolate powder and whole cinnimon sticks, with half milk and half water. It is so good!
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This kid was cute, we took his pho…
This kid was cute, we took his ph…
The jeep, minus everyone is the on…
The jeep, minus everyone is the o…
Coffee
Coffee
then came back with a friend and w…
then came back with a friend and …
Coffee trees
Coffee trees
Yummy trout!
Yummy trout!
Trout farm.
Trout farm.
Coffee beans before they are roast…
Coffee beans before they are roas…
Horses were everywhere!
Horses were everywhere!
Salento
photo by: Riz7