Into the unknown
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February 26th, 2009 – by: jthreasher
After a quick lunch to escape a downpour of rain, I moved on to Pasto to spend my first night in Colombia. It's a pleasant town with a nice central square and everyone I met was friendly and curious to find out why I was in Colombia and what I thought of it.
The next day I moved onto Popayan, one of Colombia's best preserved colonial cities despite a big earthquake in 1983. It's a town of white washed buildings and what I imagine will be a beautiful central plaza when the work is finished. The view from a mirador just on the outskirts was fine too.
Today, I went out into the countryside by bus to the Reserva Nacional Natural de Purace. The reason? To climb an active volcano of 4760m height. It was one hell of a climb, perhaps not so used to the altitude now as I was before. We started at about 3300m and got lost twice on the way up. However, I made it and shortly after arrival at the crater, the mist cleared and we got a great view inside (if not of our surrounding countryside). Definitely worth going for it and worth showing that it's possible to be independent and strike out from the big cities in Colombia, without getting into trouble.
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