Guayabo tourist activities in the coffee lands
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´Guayabo´ - to be hungover. But today I am not. Jared left last night and we had a few shots of aguadiente for the road, which Tony, Sam and I managed to turn into a 4:00am philosophical drinking session. The ANZAC spirit has been well maintained on this trip.
The last two days have been full of tourist activities organised by our Colombian tour guide, Fernando and Rafa. Our bus driver, Oscar is ´loco´ and it has taken some time to get used to overtaking in a bus past trucks on blind mountain road corners, but he seems to know what he´s doing and knows where to go. Both Fernando and Oscar speak no English, but they seem to enjoy every moment of their time on the bus with us.
on Tuesday was Solento. Solento is a classic Spanish colonial town in
fit looking soldiers, carrying full equipment, trooped up the 200 or so stairs
up to the top of the hill where we were staying. It is about 25 degrees here and I didn´t envy
them carrying full assault machine guns, ammunition, packs and other equipment
up the steep slope. I am not intimidated
by them and in fact feel safer that they are around, but they all look about 16
or 17 years old. So much for the nanny
We spent a couple of pleasant hours in Solento, a couple of ice cool cervezas in the sun, before heading off to Santa Rose de Cabal, where we went to ´Termales de Santa Rosa´ which had a wonderful waterfall, about 40m high, which we immediately ran to drench our sweaty bodies under, before immersing our now cool frames into the hot thermal pools. Again we were treated here to some beautiful Colombian girls.
this we retired back to Finca los Girasoles where we again had a fairly boozy
evening with Fernando and Oscar. Again
knocked off at 4.00am. Again a rather
rude awaking at 8:00am. Crawled out of bed
and back on the bus to a coffee estate where we learned in comical fashion, at
our expenses, the story of how coffee came to
The coffee plants tend to be planted underneath plantations of ´plantain´ and bananas trees, both of which look the same but taste different. The Colombians just have to remember where they planted what. The fruit is a small red berry, with a white bean on the inside. The fruit is crushed and the beans laid out in the sun on huge tables to dry. They are then hand sorted into 1st grade and second grade. All the 1st grade coffee is exported to the West. After seeing the work involved in producing coffee, I will never drink it the same again.
took a trip to a butterfly house, before heading to ´Parque Nacional de Café´,
which is a type of theme park buried amongst vast tracts of native trees. Jared, Sam and I had a pleasant walk around
the Parque to ease our Guayabo from the evening before, before heading back to
the Finca for a game of ´Tejo´, which is a traditional game played in