Waking up early and finding the way to go to one of the most beautiful places in the Cauca Valley

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streets were empty and full of paper...
Waking up early is not a surprise, hahaha. Just wanted to visit the "Hacienda El Paraiso" and in order to go there, you need to take a bus. Fortunately I found a lady at the hostel, who could give me some advice about how to go to the terminal. She mentioned something about a train, but there are no trains here, mmm. Last night the girl at the front desk suggested to take a cab, but the terminal is just walking distance, hehehe. It wasn't sunny when we left, but still warm. Last night streets were so busy and today they were really empty and quiet. Did anyone say hangover?

Would we go straight to the terminal? Well, what about having breakfast first? ooops! I saw a brochure of a bakery just 1 block away from the hostel. Last night it was closed, but not today.
healthy breakfast: fruit salad and juice (don't look the arepa behind hehe)
It looked empty, but I was looking just one side, when I gave a closer look, the place was packed! Always a good sign.  A juice! But this time I remember to order it without milk. And it was so good! I needed some mora (blue berry) in my system, hehe. They have everything for breakfast here: eggs, bread, omelettes, empanadas, coffee, juices, fruit, etc. Shawn got an arepa with egg. Yesterday's arepa wasn't that good, but this one was so tasty. The egg wasn't too boiled and the yolk was still liquid inside. Delicious! I was wondering how many eggs they used to cook this, hahaha. He ordered also a coffee and I got a fruit salad. Actually he did it too, copycat! After a delicious breakfast it was time to look for the terminal. It shouldn't be that difficult to find it ;)

We started to walk to the terminal or at leas I thought I was walking in the right way, hahaha.
the train, hahaha, well an old locomotive
Have to accept I was a bit - yes just a bit - lost :P It was early and there weren't many people on the streets, but fortunately there was a young lady sweeping her house entrance. I asked her for directions and her cute little son repeated everything she said and pointed the right way, everyone is so friendly!!! After a couple of minutes walking there was the big avenue and the bridge we had to cross. The landmark was the Social Security Building, checked!

It was bussier here... once at the other side of the bridge I saw an old locomotive. This was what the first lady was talking about, hahaha. Colombia has a good bus transport. Every city has big and organized terminals and Cali wasn't the exception.
sleeves for sale! Do you need an extra one? hahaha
Now, go under a tunner and we were there! It was easy to find the buses. I asked someone where I could find the buses to the Hacienda or Buga - closest big town and they told me to go to the 2nd level.

There were a lot of guys "promoting" the different buses to different destinations. Everyone was asking where I was going. I said I wanted to go to la Hacienda Paraiso and another guy showed up who said they were going there, so he led us to the bus and asked us to wait there. In a few minutes the bus would departure, sweet! Can't wait to leave the city and see the beautiful landscapes in the valley :)

Bus looked nice and comfy, furthermore they said they'd go straight, sweet! But it was too good to be true, hahaha. They didn't wait until the bus was full to leave, but they did stop a couple of times before leaving the city in order to get more passengers. Oh well, that gave me opportunity to see how Cali surroundings looked like. One thing that caught my attention was a street vendor selling things looking like sleeves. What was that? Yes, they were sleeves, but without anything in the middle? Well, it's so hot in Cali that drivers usually have an arm out of the window, so they wear a "sleave" in order not to get a sun burn, hahaha. Finally bus was full and we'd drive straight to La Hacienda, well the bus stop near it :)
yadilitta says:
jejeje, yo tambien quiero regresar. Muero por ir a Cartagena :)
Posted on: Nov 05, 2009
montecarlostar says:
Hey felicidades por tu feature Yadi!!! Ya me estás antojando de ir a Colombia :P muy probablemente vaya el año que entra :D así que ya me estoy preparando jeje
Posted on: Nov 05, 2009
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streets were empty and full of pap…
streets were empty and full of pa…
healthy breakfast: fruit salad and…
healthy breakfast: fruit salad an…
the train, hahaha, well an old loc…
the train, hahaha, well an old lo…
sleeves for sale! Do you need an e…
sleeves for sale! Do you need an …
place was crowded
place was crowded
egg arepa & coffee
egg arepa & coffee
cute name of kuty ;)
cute name of kuty ;)
tasty arepa de huevo, yummy
tasty arepa de huevo, yummy
having breakfast
having breakfast
at the terminal
at the terminal
leaving Cali
leaving Cali
people waiting to cross
people waiting to cross
leaving Cali
leaving Cali
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