La Isla, whitewater, repelling, aguardiente & TEJO
Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
49Trip End Mar 30, 2013
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- Colombia is absolutely gorgeous.
- This degree of change in altitude dramatically changes the vegetation and the temperature! (From 15 degrees in Bogota to high 30s in San Gil).
- Colombian men (ok, Juan and a couple cab drivers we've had... but it's really tempting to generalize) are not afraid to ask for directions!
We spent much of the car ride explaining our impressions and expectations of the game of tejo
to Malinda and badgering Juan to find a place to play
Next morning, we were off on our first San Gil adventure: a day of caving, repelling, hiking and cliff jumping. With the help of our pan-flute toting guide Luis, we scrambled through caves, had a mud bath, repelled down two waterfalls and jumped off an enormous cliff into a pool of water. It only took me 10 minutes to psych myself into jumping -- I don't know what I would have done without your moral support Juan.
Post eco-adventuring, and after our first of many meat platter dinners (sobrebarriga anyone??), we were determined to get our chance to play tejo. A few bottles of aguardiente, several beers and even a few explosions later, we felt completely prepared for the tejo world championships
The following day, it was time to raft down the class 5 rapids of Rio Suarez. The rafting was great, but the best part was getting to float down the river in our lifejackets.
On our final day, we drove to the nearby Parque Chicamocha where we took a teleferiqo ride across a beautiful canyon and enjoyed some local cuisine, hormiga culona, a large ant that is fried and eaten. They actually don't taste too bad!
Thanks for a great trip Juan...
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