Hot Springs, Bikini Salsa

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 5, 2007

The traffic's appalling between Pereira and Santa Rosa and Hugo's standing with a relieved look on his face as we show up at his restaurant, La Estación. We met Hugo and Fabiola last night in a bar with Javier, and their invitation to stay a night, in exchage for buying a meal at their restaurant was joyfully accepted!

They're a cute couple, Hugo very tall, slim, sandy hair looks like the boy next door and Fabiola, pregnant, sparkling and talks at a million miles an hour. They're great hosts, cooking us tasty local food and showing us to our sleeping quarters for the night - a tiny no-frills metal caravan where we can put our sleeping bags to good use, and a great option compared to other bloated tourist-price accomodation in the area.

But our night's not over yet. We hop in the back of Hugo's pickup with a can of beer and head for the local hot-springs, something Anna has been looking forward to for the last few weeks. It's a touch chilly in the back, but wonderful to be under the stars.

The springs themselves are a surprise. They're set in beautiful surroundings - a 20-30 m natural cascade, gentrified pools and change rooms, salsa pumping out at high volume, couples dancing in their swimmers, and macho young men dive-bombing the pools. Note exactly what we were expecting... but we enjoy the experience for several hours before heading home.

If you want a cheap place to stay or some good food around Santa Rosa then try dropping in or calling Hugo at La Estación, Kilometro 2 via Termales, Santa Rosa de Cabal, ph 3113742957. They may let you use the caravan or pitch a tent in their backyard for a small cost.
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