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... face. In front of me was Philipp, a Couchsurfer that I haven’t spoken to or seen since I met him one and a half years ago in eastern Turkey. Philipp, who is from a town near Frankfurt, Germany, was staying at the same hostel as me in Salento.
When I recognized Philipp, I had only the desire to smile and the ability to form a disconnected string of words that communicated my awe. Philipp, a soft-spoken and intelligent 25-year old, was ...
I won't go into the bus ride from Quito to Salento in too much detail as it was long and horrible. It started badly when we couldn't get anyone at the hostel to check us out until 8, couldn't get a taxi due to a marathon going on in town, one 5 hour bus ride, 2 taxis to get us over the border, getting ripped off with an exchange, trying to decide whether to skip doing a night bus (as it is meant to be a little dodge) or to get off in Pasto, deciding that Popoyan was a better option, ...
... nīs café), and hopped into another Willys for a 40 minute ride out of town. We were dropped off with some other hikers at a cattle gate and told to just start hiking - no formal entrance, no fee, no real directions - so we did just that! As we started through the valley, we quickly became thankful for the high rain boots that our hotel owner had insisted that we rent for the hike. The valley gets a good amount of rainfall, which results in some very ...
... we kept seeing them, saying goodbye to them, and seeing them again. We all had very nice chats, they are all lovely people.
Down, down, down
At Hacienda La Montaņa on top of the hill we had lunch and took a long rest and enjoyed the views, but were a little bit disappointed as we had expected to reach a viewpoint of the wax palm valley.
We then left Paul and Berta and continued downhill, we were relieved that the ...
... road to get some lunch. Following lunch we went into town to walk up the big set of steps to the cross (it seems there's at least one cross overlooking every town/city in Colombia, as long as there's a hill to put it on). There's wasn't much at the top so we came back down fairly quickly. Town had plenty of people in it, mostly Colombian, I think this is a popular weekend getaway for Colombians. From town we got some money out ...
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