Guane to Barichara
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Caught the morning bus from San Gil to Guane this morning. By the time we got to Guane it was about 11:30am (we left at 10:30am). Again - only gringos on the bus. Crazy roads here, they are so narrow and then there are heaps of bikes so the bus will just pass them and we are sitting there cringing hoping when we come around that corner there is no one coming the other way!
We got to Guane which is this tiny little town of a few hundred people. Cobblestone streets and it is pretty much like looking back to the future. We had a look in the church and around the centre (so far all these towns have a very similar centre, like a park with monument, and a church that looks identical).
We called into the museum here and paid about $4,000 COP ($2.60NZD) for a guided tour. Our Spanish still isn´t the greatest and we would have much rather just looked around ourselves but the little old lady led us the way! One room was full of fossils. It was so amazing. Fossils of shells, fish, birds. Just amazing. Another room had a mummy of a woman and religious artifacts, and machinery such as a weave machine.
After this we called into a small place to grab something to eat before we walked to a historical town called Barichara (which we actually passed through on the way to Guane). Trying to ask for some food was difficult, I ended up remembering the word for ¨soup (soupa) and pointed at what the family next to us was eating.
We ended up having to go back and ask them where the actual trail started from to get to Barichara and they ALL came out to help us.
It was HOT. It´s as hot, or hotter here than the summer in New Zealand. We defintely had a sweat on! We passed old colonial houses and farms, donkeys, a boy riding a horse along the road. All interesting, and made the 2hr hike (along with the breathtaking scenery) very worthwhile.
Got to Barichara, a gorgeus colonial town founded in the 1700´s which is protected and means that nothing can be modernised there. Everything is beautifully looked after, all white or brick with green doors and window sills. We were too tired to have a decent look around, but everything looked the same anyway so we waited and hopped on the bus to hed back to San Gil.
I had a seista when we got back and then joined Nathan downstairs and we stayed up taking to 2 Brits and an Aussie who are also staying here at the Mancora Guesthouse. It´s interesting meeting people, these guys had been to different places and it´s always good to hear about the situations in other countries we are about to visit.
Shaun mentioned yesterday that Colombia is actually worse now than it has been 4 or so years ago - as especially in the last 3 months. He mentioned though that it is safe for tourists as the guerillers will not kidnap tourists as it causes too much international media and they can get wht they want by kidnapping wealthy Colombians. So that is sad, as I had thought the sitution was better now, and obviously it isn´t. I am in some way comforted though that we will be safe here.