In Hot Water... Again!

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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Where I stayed
Coffee Town Hostel
What I did
San Vicente Termales

Flag of Colombia  , Risaralda,
Monday, April 2, 2012

We left Salento bound for Pereira and after a pleasant 2 bus rides (including a very nice driver who drove us into the back of the bus station and escorted us to the next bus) we arrived in Santa Rosa de Cabel. At first sight the place isn't that beautiful, but it has a great deal of character and we were lucky in our choice of hostel, the Coffee House. This was run by David and Marcela, a young couple who had only been open a few months. We were treated to their first group BBQ complete with veggies for me and a bonfire. Here we met Eden, Bjorn and Mattias, and went on to do several excursions with them. We were the entirety of the guests and that made for a very homely stay. The next morning Julie and I went for breakfast in a local deli, which served great coffee and an interesting egg and rice combo – very filling. We bought lunch and a red bull for James (who was blogging back at the hostel) and then returned in time for our finca tour. The coffee plantation was beautiful, a mixture of coffee, plantain and bamboo plants on rolling hills. There were chihauhau and horses so I was very happy. It finished with a tour of the roasting house back in Santa Rosa, and an iced coffee that Julie and I loved! We bought some coffee for back home and then quickly dashed back to make lunch. An interesting fact is that most Colombians don’t get to enjoy their great coffee, it goes for export and they have to drink powdered stuff. The market did have fantastic fruit and veg though so hopefully not all of that gets sold abroad.

That afternoon we piled into David’s pick-up, drove around the block as we realised we’d forgotten Eden(!) and then headed to San Vicente Spa. The VERY bumpy ride in the back of the pick-up was pretty exhausting, but the spa was lovely. Julie and I went for a 2for1 mud treatment (swimming costumes never the same after) and James had an amusing massage (self-taught from youtube he thought)! Afterwards, the water was so hot in the pools we retired to the hot waterfall and sat there with warm water dripping on our backs. Then back into the pick-up and another bumpy hour journey back to the hostel. The following morning we got the 6am bus to Manizales for a flight to Santa Marta. The Zona Cafeteria is so beautiful I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Colombia. We were all quite sad to be leaving the lush landscape.

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