Thermals and Shopping Centres
Pereira Travel Blog› entry 78 of 134 › view all entries
After a short bus journey leaving the wonderful Salento my Aunt and I arrived into Pereira, one of the three major towns in the coffee region. After dumping our bags in the hotel we decided to head straight to Santa Rosa to spend the day treating our aching bodies to some thermal therapy.
A local bus took the one hour journey into Santa Rosa de Cabal where we had to catch a taxi for $20,000 COP to take us the 9km to the thermal baths. When we got there we quickly realised we were the only gringos in town, much to the delight of the locals who were asking us where we were from, why we were here and if we liked their country. Thats the thing about Colombia, the people are just so incredibly friendly and so happy that tourists have come to their country and like it.
The area itself is beautiful, with waterfalls crashing down just metres from the hot springs. I wasnt quite game enough to jump from cold water to hot water, anyone that knows me knows im more a fan of the heat! After a few hours enjoying the water I was befriended by a local tour guide who wanted to practice English. So he practised English and i managed to blag us a free ride back to town on his tour bus. So when the time came 30 locals and 2 gringos boarded the bus. We were instant hits with the whole bus wanting to know why we were here and if we loved Colombia.
Pereira doesnt have an awful lot going on but it was lovely to be in a local town with no other tourists and get a real taste of life here. The fact that a banana split has three layers of cream and cheese on top, the fact the shopping centres are the place to be to eat and hang out. Its all part of the incredible mix of things to learn about Colombia. Relaxed and fed we climbed into bed ready to get to the next stop .... Cartegena here we come!