"Tropical pizza" anyone?
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We made our way back down the gravel track to Santa Rosa and onto Pereira, which was a small city, with lots of traffic and it took a while to get through to connect to the highway on the other side. As soon as we left Pereira the hill climb began and it continued on for the next few hours of cycling. We knew that we had about 600 metres to climb between Pereira and our destination, Salento but we hadn't been sure where along the road it would be. We stopped for some lunch along the way, in a nice roadside café, however my stomach was still sore so I just had some boiled eggs
Finally we could see Salento on the other side of a deep valley, which of course meant that we had a long cycle down into the valley and then climb of a few hundred metres back up the other side. It also meant that we would have to repeat it in a few days time to get back out to the highway again. The long cruise down to the river was great and the climb back up the other side only took us 25 minutes, which I don’t think was too bad, at the end of our day in the saddle.
We cycled straight to the hostel that had been recommended to us, which was a couple of kilometres out of Salento. After the usual check in, shower, siesta procedure, we headed back into town in search of some food. The main square was bustling with people setting up for dinner and we saw the main street was lined with trinket/handicraft shops, which we hadn’t really seen much of in the rest of Colombia.
A guy came up to us with a brochure for a pizza restaurant and as the prices sounded reasonable and it was on the main square area we thought we would check it out