Paragliding, paddling and relaxing in the park

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
Trip End Jun 24, 2010

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Santander hostel

Flag of Colombia  , Santander,
Friday, November 20, 2009

We arrived in San Gil pretty wiped out from a sleepless night on a freezing bus. So we asked ourselves, what is the best thing to do when you are completely knackered? Of course the obvious answer was to go paragliding. We signed our selves up and in a couple of hours we were ready to  soar high in the sky above the Colombian country side.

It was completely amazing and actually really relaxing. The pilots whooshed and whizzed us around, laughing their heads off the whole time. It was fantastic and the views were gorgeous. When we got back we signed ourselves up for white water rafting the next day. We enjoyed it so much the last time and we were told the rapids are bigger and better in San Gil.

In the evening we sat in the main square which is basically a park that every one seems to hang out in. There was a band on and parents relaxed while the kids ran around and played a game like 40/40 with the statues. It is a really nice place to relax with a beer.

The next day we were up early for a hearty breakfast then off we went to the river. We had two other Brits in our boat and they told us some disconcerting stories about about lots of people in their hostel with rafting injuries. Oh oh. However it went well and none of us came out of the boat although Tim did have a near miss (again!). The last rapid was a little iffy and at one point we thought we might be sucked backwards into one. But it was all good. We also had an incredible lunch of fresh mangoes and cheese with some sort of dried or jellied guava. They seem to love cheese with sweet stuff over here, for example cheesy bread with jam. Yum!

We met some interesting guys who had driven a Golf converted to run on vegetable oil from Vancouver to Chile. They offered us a lift and if we were not going to Venezuela we would have taken them up on it. They are setting up the trip as a way to help charities across the continent. Hopefully eventually people will be able to go with them using sponsorhip and they are trying to work it out so that students can go with them and study and teach along the way. They stop at different villages and conservation projects over the course of a year. We signed their car and might even look them up when we get to Chile and see if they are heading North again by then.

After rafting we had dinner with one of the lads from the boat and then went to the square again for a few drinks. Bliss.

The next day it was up early for the bus to Bogota...
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lisypoo80 on

More food!!!! Rafting looks soooo much fun! You'll have to glue Tim in or sit on him to stop another near miss next time!!

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