- $7,035.57 = How much it costs to travel around the world through nine countries over five and a half months
- Revisited: How to pack for an independent traveler with no set return date
- A glimpse in the thoughts of Bolod Namkhai Mukhadi
- Beijing to Ulaanbataar Mongolia: The nitty gritty of independent travel
- How to get Chinese and Russian visas as a United States citizen: My experience
- Writing assignment: "Inside The Candelaria Festival of Puno, Peru"
- Marathon hitchhiking: Southern Mexico to Michigan in 7 days over 3,400 mi
- Mango Surprise: Being the victim of a random, delicious act of kindness
- Legendary Vagabonder Rolf Potts with priceless advice on travel
- Fire juggler in San Pedro de la Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
- Romania: WWOOFing in Transylvania and back to the US
- Bulgaria: Nice cities, tipped off about an isolated beach, and getting perspective from a prostitute's cigarette burns
- Kazakhstan Pt. 3: Almaty, where kids watch pole dancers, and joining the family
- Kazakhstan Pt. 2: Astana, WTF? Diagnosis: major inferiority complex
- Kazakhstan Pt. 1: Whoa Aunt Jemima's!, the Darth Vader Mosque, and a failed haircut
A quick peek at the Zona Cafetera/Coffee-producing Zone
Written by Tyler Cole | 31 March 2009
Ironically I didn´t see any coffee production while there, but it was quite nice nonetheless. There are a cluster of small, beautiful villages throughout the region around the larger cities, and I settled on seeing Salento since there was supposedly a nice valley nearby (Valle de Cocorá). Salento was a little town squeezed between the mountains, and I found a quaint little hostel to camp at owned by a rolo (someone from Bogotá) for my stay. I spent a day lounging around after the overnight bus and a day to walk through the Valley of Cocorá known for its freakishly tall wax palm trees. I wasn´t too keen to see the coffee farms since I had already seen coffee production in the south on my last visit to Colombia, so I took a pass on that.All in all an uneventful yet chill stop in the Colombian mountains. Pictures below.
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- Wasn`t really expecting to like Bogota that much...
- First stop in Colombia: Checking out Popayan and the weirdest desert I´ve ever seen (Tatacoa)