Hot springs!

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Colombia  , Risaralda,
Friday, November 16, 2012

It was nice to be waved off by the people that we had spent a few days with, and for them to wish us luck as we headed up the 2km farm track. Once we were at the top, we had spectacular views down the coffee valley and down the other valley that we had cycled up, we could see the road switch-backing all the way up the hill and it was a pleasant feeling to know that this time we were heading down it. 

We coasted down the hill and into a small town to use their ATM.  As we cycled into the town, a cyclist joined us and he and Kory chatted as we cycled along.  Cycling seems to be quite popular in Colombia and we see numerous cyclists, fully decked out in mainly TREK cycle gear, on fast road bikes, each day.  They all have calves that indicate that they cover good distances on hills, and maintain a much faster speed than we do.  He said that he cycles at least 100km each day, and judging by the area, at least half of that is probably a decent hill.

It was a quiet road, through more coffee hills, as we continued on to Santa Rosa.  When we arrived Kory made a bee line for the supermarket lunch, but my stomach felt sore and I passed on it.  Santa Rosa was a small town, with not much to attract us to it, but we had come here for the hot springs, 9km the other side of town.  We weren't going to be given such a pleasure too easily though, as they were 9km up rolling hills, with the last 2km on a dirt track.  Usually it wouldn’t have been so difficult but today my belly was aching.

We arrived in to the wooden chalet style accommodation, which were pleasant looking and nicely located by a river, just downstream from the hot springs, but didn’t have space to swing a cat in the rooms. After I had a little nap, we made our way over to the hot springs, which were originally made into a tourist attraction in 1945.  There was a fancy Swiss style hotel complex there, but it was almost $100 a night per person, so we were happy with our tiny, basic room.  The hot springs were fed by a 170m waterfall, which had a runoff area behind it that had been eroded by the sulphurous water.  We soaked in there for a couple of hours and watched as loads of locals partied with rum and made the most of their time in the hot pools.  We in comparison were extremely sedate and made the mistake of ordering beers the way the locals drink them; in a glass with salt around the rim and salt and lime in the beer.  Now I have checked the box of trying beer the local way (albeit accidently), I won’t be rushing to drink it like that anytime soon.
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Grandma on

That hot spring sounds like a welcome dip, after a long ride on your bikes. Do hope your tummy feels better Gemma!!!! No fun when on holidays, Take care, and I will look forward to reading your blog, again. Love and hugs from us.

gemandkory on

All better now thank you. It was just really sore and I had nausea for a few days but nothing too bad. On the whole we are both doing well and Kory is healthy and getting stronger mucles by the day. I'm pleased that you are enjoying the blog!

Kate on

Haha Gemma, swing a cat in the rooms eh x classic

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