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Rocking our 3D glasses!

After years of saying goodbye to my aunt in various London airports youd think id be used to it.  Not so.  It was really sad to see her go having spent a great two weeks together and sharing some of the experience.  It was also really interesting to see Colombia through her eyes, having never travelled here before and not being a backpacker, the fact she loved it and the people made me love it all the more.

On the plus side i was joining forces with an "old" friend to travel Colombia for a few weeks.  After surviving Patagnoia treks, Carnaval shennanigans and actually managing to join forces again Seb and I formed "Smel" and headed to Cali to begin our Colombian adventure.  It started well with an ice cream breakfast at 7am in Crepes and Waffles in Bogota.

The jumping on point
  We got to Cali and decided to visit the "Highlight" of the city - ChipiChapi, a shopping centre set in an old railway.  In truth, there isnt a huge amount else to see unless you like churches.  So we hung out there and managed to see Alice in Wonderland and take it easy.  We also discovered that as it was Semana Santa (holy week) many of the clubs and bars that Cali is renowned for were shut.  Bugger.

The next day was a lot more exciting.  After a rather early start at 9am we caught a local colectivo for $18,000 to Cordoba to get out to San Cipriano.  San Cipriano is famous for waterfalls and clear rivers and also the method of transport to get down there.  The locals have taken the disused old railway and built wooden carts which they have afixed motorbikes to, and drive tourists to the falls for a mere $8,000 COP return.

Our ride
  Its quite a ride sitting on the side of the bike on a thin wooden bench whilst they speed along the track with only the back wheel touching the rail.  The area around the falls is set in forests and is really beautiful, but rustic.  The huts have seen better days and the roads are all mud, but that only adds to the charm.  The area was full of locals and we had a great day swinging from ropes and jumping into the cold, clear rivers below.  Its lovely to be in a place that feels so untouched and have so many locals around be so welcoming.  The journey back was a bit more eventful with us having to go all the way to Buenaventura to stand in a line for an hour to catch the bus three hours back to Cali.  Mission.  But well worth it!

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Rocking our 3D glasses!
Rocking our 3D glasses!
The jumping on point
The jumping on point
Our ride
Our ride
The beautiful San Cipriano lakes
The beautiful San Cipriano lakes
The local means of transport!
The local means of transport!
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