Back in Cali just for 1 day... zoo, sweets, delicious dinner and comfort!!!

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The subsidiary of heaven, aborrajado (type of food) and party!
It was about 10 something when arrived to Cali. This was my 4th time at the terminal and knew it pretty well, hahaha. During my previous time I noticed there were so many sweets on sale here. So, this would be the perfect place to buy some to take back home. While Shawn went to internet, I was just walking around. How incredible! I can go shopping spending time and money anywhere, hahaha. So good I had an empty bag with me. My former alcoholic bag, became the sweet one :P

Ok, now it was time to start moving. This would be the last day in Colombia, so the plan was trying to arrive to Cali early. Why? well, there was one thing I really wanted to see and missing it wasn't an option: the zoo.
purple bed!!!
Why was this so important? Well, the zoo is ranked as the best in South America. But before going there, finding a place for the last night. Before going to Popayan I visited some hotels, but didn't make any reservation. It seemed to be there'd be plenty of availability. What was I exactly looking for? Very simple: comfy bed & hot shower, hahaha. 

Among all the hotels I checked the last day in Cali, there was one located in Granada - the "in" area of the city - that looked very nice, offered a good rate (although it was still expensive) and comfy. Ok, let's go there. I had the business card with me and took a cab. I was right, there was plenty of availability.
driving around Cali
The hotel looks pretty new, how cool! Yes, it was expensive, but just 1 night of pampering, hahaha. The girl at the front desk wanted to show the hotel, but I told her I've already seen it. When I saw the bedroom I was almost in tears... a comfy bed with purple decoration! and to make things even better a nice bathroom!!! OMG!!! I'm in heaven!!! hahaha

Ok, now I was having second doubts... should I leave or stay enjoying the hotel? hahaha. It sounded to tempting... no no no, better go to the zoo and come back early. There was a mini fridge in the room, where I could storage all the sweets for my family. Just have to be sure to remember to take them with me :P After settling down it was time to leave. How could we reach the zoo? Well there are small buses called: Taxi! hahaha.
my new buddy, just borrowed ;)
The people at the front desk recommended it and I also read somewhere that was the only way to go to the zoo which is located in another area of the city.

It was noon when we arrived to the zoo. I was as excited as a little girl, hahaha. I was about crossing the gate, when a lady called me: "Senorita, are you going in?" Mmm, I guess so... There were some vendors at the entrance. This lady was selling stuffed animals and told me she had a pass to the zoo. She won that in a contest, but wouldn't use it. So, she asked if I'd like to buy it. Instead of paying the regular fee 9,000 pesos, she'd charge just 7,000. That sounds like a good deal, but what if it didn't work? Well, she said I don't have to worry about that. I could take the tickets and just if they worked I'd pay for them in my way out.
:)
Wow! How trusty! I don't think anyone would have done something similar in Lima, not in 1'000,000 years. And since it was a bit embarrassing to deliver me the tickets, we pretended I was buying a stuffed monkey, which I'd return in my way out, hahaha. This way I got a discount and a new friend for my zoo exploration, yay! Minigunther would get jealous...

Well, it was time to try those tickets. I went straight to the guardian and asked if I could use these tickets. He said there was no problem, but have to stamp them. Ok, deliver them to the cashier and he stamped them and wished me a good day, nice! Before going inside the zoo I made a sign to the lady outside, so she'd know it worked, yay! The zoo looked very nice and there were signs everywhere, plus maps.
Tropical birds' area
Cool! Took one and started to explore it :)

The map was very handy, although there are many signs that make things easy. First were the flamingos and it's so children oriented. There was a big puzzle with the history of the place. So embarrassing, but I didn't finish it, hahaha. Then I saw the first large group of kids. They might have been 3-4 years old. So sweet. And I was the one carrying a yellow stuffed monkey around my neck :P

Ok, first stop would be the "Tropical Birds" Area. I didn't say anything, but I don't think birds are that smart... I wasn't that excited to go there, but it was cool. The birds are free, well there are high ceilings and walls, but you walked inside the big "cage". There were different spices of birds and of course I took tons of pics.
why is he at the other side of the glass?
I even saw the evil birds I saw in Ecuador, scary... well, keep on moving please...

Next area was the "Ape" one. OMG! These cute little fellows were that: cute!!! They were behind glass, so nobody could touch or feed them. But they were still close and would approach you. In fact one drove a bit crazy with my bright yellow monkey, hahaha. He tried to fight against it, hahaha, until he got tired and left. I know there are several spices of apes in the Amazon, but it always amazes me. Some of them were small and cute and other were bigger, but all of them were so "human".

Leaving the Ape area you would find the Emus - which Shawn found sort of disgusting, I don't know why. Personally I don't think so - Antelopes and caymans, which look scary but having a laaaazy day.
my 2 buddies of the day
.. pfff what a hard life. Next Area to visit was the Snakes' one.  Wow, this sneaky friends are scary, but look nice. I like their skin and color. Some of them are poison and others aren't but everyone was lazy, hahaha.

Back to the road, there were the ostriches. OMG! Their skin - without feathers -  is awful! I like their eyes, really nice! But they look sort of mean... nevermind. Near them there were these small animals called "meerkat". They are lovely! I had just seen them on tv and on a movie. How could I forget the famous Timone from "Lion King"? This was the first time I saw them "face to face" hahaha. They are so cute, playing all the time, so full of life!

It was past 1pm and neither of us was hungry, but could have a snack. At the zoo they have several places where you can grab a bite and also a food court, but wasting time eating? No, better getting something tasty that could be eaten quicky, hehehe.
Colombia and its 3,500 species of butterflies
Even the tables look cute! The cheese bread was yummy and it was more than enough to share one. Better keep on moving.

There were some zebras and bears in the way to the "Mariposario" aka Butterflies' house. I saw a very nice one in Ecuador, but it'd be great to visit this one, after all Colombia is the country with the largest number of day butterflies. Over 3,500! There were some tips to assure you to watch a butterfly: keep your eyes wide open and check over the plants, also the food plates. There were some plates with fruit and butterflies love it. Don't forget to check the corners and if you feel something on you, keep quiet and don't move. I thought it was a butterfly what I was feeling, but it was a mosquito that bite me, grrrr. Oh well...

It was getting hot and the ice cream shop was particularly attractive.
:)
There was a picture of a sundae with a local fruit syrup. OMG! So good! Ok, but instead of getting 2, just 1 to share. So, I'd feel less guilty :P Ice cream was perfect for the hot weather, yay! Now, the felines area. They all looked like big and peaceful kittens, but just to look...

Some other animals and arrived to the Amphibians' area. There are many species in Colombia and they are proud of it. While you were walking along this area, there was a voice of a little frog telling you the story of the amphibians and their importance, hahaha. That voice scared me at the beginning. What's that?!?!?!

There were other animals to watch and the zoo was over. It's big, but I was expecting a bigger one. I enjoyed it, it's very well maintained and all the people working here are really friendly.
busy traffic at Granada at night
Once at the exit, I was looking for the lady to pay for the tickets. There she was! I told her it was really nice, paid her and gave the monkey back. There was a cab there too, sweet! It was time to go back to the hotel and chill out there :)

Back to Granada area, now it was time to enjoy the hotel and just relax. Mmm, didn't do much, just being lazy, hahaha, and of course a tour around the hotel to take pics, hahaha. This hotel was so nice and I was surprised it was empty. They have a nice terrace, pfff. The view was good, although it was a bit loud and windy here...  of course I used the time to make a research about where to go to have dinner, hahaha.

Finally almost at 7pm we left. But it was too early to have dinner. This area was popular for its nice restaurants, boutiques and environment in general.
dessert was gone!
So taking a walk around was a good idea. But this wasn't the only idea in mind. Trying a dessert here was a must, but the probabilities of a big dinner were huge, which meant no room for dessert, so better have dessert before, hahaha.

After walking down the big avenue for a few blocks, it was time to make a turn and then I saw it! It was a very nice bakery. They were just about desserts, but really good ones. All of them looked so tempting... ok, didn't have to think twice. Make a stop here, hahaha. The only difficult choice was which dessert to choose, hahaha. Ok, to keep it simple and local what about getting one with a local fruit? The winner was the Uchuva one. The uchuva is a local fruit, which we call aguaymanto in Peru. This cheesecake was delicious! Sweet but not too much.
at the lobby of the restaurant
Great! I talked to the girl in charge of the place who told me they recently opened this gourmet bakery. Glad to find it, yay!

Ok, back to the road and find the seafood place. The streets in this area are very nice. Everything looks trendy, how cool! The name of the restaurant was a bit covered by some branches, but I could recognize it. I have a 6th sense for looking for restaurants, hahaha. Perfect! Let's go inside. Since the entrance I loved this place. I was sure, this would be a wonderful experience, hehehe.

It was early and the restaurant wasn't crowded, so it was very simple to get a table, even choosing it. We sat down and the waiter brought the menus. Wow! This would be a difficult decision. Everything sounded yummy... While we were checking them, the waiter brought some complimentary crackers with a tuna sauce instead of butter.
the Frutos del Sarten: Fish Aborrajado, Fish Bunuelo and Crabmeat empanada - yummy
That was very good!

Well, make it step by step and start with the appetizer. There was one called "Frutos del Sarten" that has 3 types of traditional appetizers, sweet! A few minutes later, the waiter came with a platter with a sample of an aborrajado, a bunuelo and an empanada. Yummy!!! They were small but full of flavor. Tumbs up! Well, now we were ready to order the main dishes.

While we were waiting for our food, I went to explore the restaurant and to take some pictures, hehehe. The maitre saw it and we started to chat. I told him I was Peruvian and a foodie, hehehe. When I was back at the table, I found some complimentary garlic bread. More complimentary food, how nice!

Now, time for the food. I ordered a "Mar del Sur" Salad (South Sea) and asked them to change the calamari for shrimp, yay! Salad was fresh and tasty, yay! I liked it the most, but the dish with the better look was the "Cazuela del Pacifico" which was a soup that comes inside a coconut! Yes, it had some coconut flavor.
my present from the restaurant
I think we ordered that because of how it was served, hahaha. But it was very tasty too, so that was a very smart choice!

Food was delicious. It was a good idea we had dessert first. After so much food, we wouldn't have been able to eat it, hehe. Well, it was time to leave and the maitre met me at the door to give me a small present, how kind of him! I didn't open it until I was back at the hotel and it was a small candle, nice detail!

How to go back to the hotel? Walking! It was a must! hahaha. Night was nice, not too warm, nor cold. Perfect temperature. Before going to bed, I arranged a cab for driving us really early (5 am!) to the airport... well, it was getting time to go back to real life... and to Gunthercito!!!
Quest says:
Great blog, Yadi... made me wanna go there myself :o)
Posted on: Nov 29, 2009
geokid says:
Great write up!!!!
Posted on: Nov 29, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Wow... a departure gift... that is very nice.
Posted on: Nov 28, 2009
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The subsidiary of heaven, aborraja…
The subsidiary of heaven, aborraj…
purple bed!!!
purple bed!!!
driving around Cali
driving around Cali
my new buddy, just borrowed ;)
my new buddy, just borrowed ;)
:)
:)
Tropical birds area
Tropical birds' area
why is he at the other side of the…
why is he at the other side of th…
my 2 buddies of the day
my 2 buddies of the day
Colombia and its 3,500 species of …
Colombia and its 3,500 species of…
:)
:)
busy traffic at Granada at night
busy traffic at Granada at night
dessert was gone!
dessert was gone!
at the lobby of the restaurant
at the lobby of the restaurant
the Frutos del Sarten: Fish Aborra…
the Frutos del Sarten: Fish Aborr…
my present from the restaurant
my present from the restaurant
many sweets on sale!
many sweets on sale!
marjarblanco or arequipe or dulce …
marjarblanco or arequipe or dulce…
more manjarblanco! cream caramel
more manjarblanco! cream caramel
a coffee?
a coffee?
breads
breads
leaving the terminal
leaving the terminal
yuca mini breads. The bag isnt fu…
yuca mini breads. The bag isn't f…
what? the bag wasnt full!
what? the bag wasn't full!
my corner!
my corner!
all the sweets in the fridge
all the sweets in the fridge
beer was already waiting at the ho…
beer was already waiting at the h…
picture time!
picture time!
tall buildings near the zoo
tall buildings near the zoo
bright monkeys!!!
bright monkeys!!!
zoo
zoo
cute monkey on the floor
cute monkey on the floor
the entrances
the entrances
flamingos
flamingos
nice flamingos
nice flamingos
nice waterfall
nice waterfall
:)
:)
:)
:)
zoostore
zoostore
big puzzle
big puzzle
Carpa Koi fish
Carpa Koi fish
Carpa Koi fish
Carpa Koi fish
cute children learning about the a…
cute children learning about the …
map of the zoo
map of the zoo
black turkey
black turkey
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Andean Cock-of-the-rock
scarlet ibis
scarlet ibis
duck
duck
cocli
cocli
scarlet ibis
scarlet ibis
King of buzzards
King of buzzards
looking scary
looking scary
cute signs
cute signs
Cali River inside the zoo
Cali River inside the zoo
Apes
Apes
titi monkey
titi monkey
titi getting ready to work out
titi getting ready to work out
cute
cute
let me out
let me out
how can I leave?
how can I leave?
Compare yourself!
Compare yourself!
serious spider monkey
serious spider monkey
Spider Monkey!
Spider Monkey!
Maicero Cariblanco or Whiteface co…
Maicero Cariblanco or Whiteface c…
cute running away with its food
cute running away with its food
hey!
hey!
watch
watch
moving
moving
relaxing
relaxing
Maicero Carinegro or Blackface Cor…
Maicero Carinegro or Blackface Co…
Cappuccino white face
Cappuccino white face
emu
emu
Indian Black Antelopes
Indian Black Antelopes
Indian Black Antelopes chilling out
Indian Black Antelopes chilling out
reptiles area
reptile's area
Scary Magdalena Crocodile
Scary Magdalena Crocodile
big Magdalena Crocodil
big Magdalena Crocodil
Minigunther defeating the crocodil…
Minigunther defeating the crocodi…
common caiman
common caiman
common caiman
common caiman
do you see the snake?
do you see the snake?
snake trying to reach the ceiling
snake trying to reach the ceiling
boa
boa
Chocolate boa
Chocolate boa
guache is the name of this bright …
guache is the name of this bright…
ostrich always getting closer
ostrich always getting closer
ostrich
ostrich
getting ready to run
getting ready to run
taking a walk
taking a walk
I dont like that part without fea…
I don't like that part without fe…
this was the rhino that used to li…
this was the rhino that used to l…
cute meerkat
cute meerkat
mmm, who is coming?
mmm, who is coming?
awwww, stretching
awwww, stretching
playing on the sand
playing on the sand
yummy cheese bread
yummy cheese bread
cute table in the zoo
cute table in the zoo
This is the size of the largest ba…
This is the size of the largest b…
zebra!!!
zebra!!!
dont take any picture....
don't take any picture....
brown bear
brown bear
cocoons
cocoons
nice
nice
owl butterfly
owl butterfly
butterfly
butterfly
butterflies having lunch
butterflies having lunch
having lunch
having lunch
another butterfly
another butterfly
another butterfly
another butterfly
owl butterfly
owl butterfly
nice butterfly
nice butterfly
cute
cute
nice
nice
peacocks running free
peacocks running free
what did it found?
what did it found?
delicious passion fruit & lulo sun…
delicious passion fruit & lulo su…
American black bear
American black bear
Lioness
Lioness
lazy because of the heat
lazy because of the heat
captured at a huge spiderweb!
captured at a huge spiderweb!
Minigunther found  a nest
Minigunther found a nest
bambi!
bambi!
a puma waking up
a puma waking up
lazy puma
lazy puma
cute ocelot
cute ocelot
this ocelot looks like a big cat...
this ocelot looks like a big cat...
Margay Tigrillo
Margay Tigrillo
Llamas! it might be so hot with th…
Llamas! it might be so hot with t…
tiger
tiger
which is the name of this animal i…
which is the name of this animal …
defending its territory
defending its territory
Grey titi
Grey titi
mmm, whats in the sky?
mmm, what's in the sky?
another kind of titi monkey Bebele…
another kind of titi monkey Bebel…
nutria
nutria
the nutria didnt want Minigunther…
the nutria didn't want Minigunthe…
golden frog
golden frog
Poison Narino frog
Poison Narino frog
Black and Yellow Poison Frog
Black and Yellow Poison Frog
golden frogs
golden frogs
the name of this lizard was Lobo …
the name of this lizard was "Lobo…
Charapa turtle
Charapa turtle
hehehe, where did the turtle go?
hehehe, where did the turtle go?
can you see the iguana?
can you see the iguana?
now you can see it properly
now you can see it properly
capybaras
capybaras
capybaras swimming
capybaras swimming
water was refreshing
water was refreshing
Giant river nutria
Giant river nutria
pelican
pelican
soldier heron
soldier heron
:)
:)
eagle
eagle
eagle watchin
eagle watchin
the bar at the restaurant
the bar at the restaurant
Granada area
Granada area
Granada area
Granada area
so many desserts!
so many desserts!
cinnamon roll! Yummy!
cinnamon roll! Yummy!
uchuva cheese cake!
uchuva cheese cake!
nice car!
nice car!
Colombian beer
Colombian beer
complimentary crackers with tuna p…
complimentary crackers with tuna …
complimentary garlic bread
complimentary garlic bread
last dinner in Colombia
last dinner in Colombia
tasty seafood salad
tasty seafood salad
the cute and yummy Cazuela del Pac…
the cute and yummy Cazuela del Pa…
Halloween candy
Halloween candy
nice candle
nice candle
urban art
urban art
a lot of motorbikes!
a lot of motorbikes!
the vests all the drivers should u…
the vests all the drivers should …
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