Valle del Cocora

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
The Plantation House- Salento
What I did
Visit the Cocora Valley

Flag of Colombia  , Quindío,
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ramonnight we were woken up around 01.30 by an amazing storm. It was absolutely pouring down and then it started thundering. Some of the thunder was so strong that the windows in the room were shaking. The storm latest around 4 hours. Since we had planned to get up early to go to the Cocora valley we decided to sleep a bit longer and see if the weather cleared up. By the time we got up the sun was shining and it looked really promising. We got ready and walked to the main square to get one of the jeeps that leaves for the valley. We still had about 40 mins until the next jeep so we had a typical breakfast in El Rincon Lucy. Then back to the square to catch the jeep. We got dropped off just by the start of a trail and set off without knowing very well how long it would take or where to go. The trek was harder than we thought and the storm had left everything really mucky.
After trekking about an hour and a half we started thinking about going back, we decided to just continue a little longer and came across a sign saying 1km to a nature reserve. The sign also said it would cost 3000pesos (1.20eur) to enter however you do get your choice of a coffee or a soft drink or a bottle of water. By this time a bottle of water sounded very tempting. We gathered all strenght left and made it to the top. It was well worth it, it is really just a little house run by a local couple that makes a living out of the 3000pesos that each person has to pay. The views were amazing and there were about 15 hummingbirds flying around drinking water from little stations the couple had set up. There is an option to stay overnight, which we regretted not knowing about and not having anything with us to stay. It is only 15,000pesos per person and must be amazing at night.
On the way down we took another route which involves a steep climb up to 3000 meters altitude during 800 meters. That was though!! From 3000 meters the trek goes down a dirt road back to the drop off point for the jeeps. All in all the trek was around 10kms and took about 5 hours with the break at the house of the couple with the colibris. It was well worth it, let´s see if we think the same in the morning.... When we got back to town we went for lunch in a restaurant called Alegra and Ramón had a steak with coffee sauce and I had some brilliant veggie burgers that were homemade. It was a little over our budget but since we were eating at 16.30 we decided that it would be the only meal for today. After the meal we went back to the Plantation House for a well deserved hot shower. Since the sun gets up so early we are also up early every morning so the evenings are spentrelaxingg and reading since it is dark by 18.00 anyway.
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