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The Travel Blog - Insider Tips, Hidden Places, Local Recipes
Salento is a small town in the department of Quindío and lies within the triangle of coffee („Eje Cafetero") in Colombia.
In the colonial area the main route from Popayán to Bogotá traveled over the Quindío pass and passed Salento. When the route was diverted, Salento became isolated and did not develop as fast as the rest of the region.
The colonial heritage, the many coffee farms and the relaxed life style made it a main tourist destination.
For 4 days we will be playing pirate on a sailing vessel built in 1903.
A recomendation of a colleague and a birthday present for Markus.
We didn't quite know, what to expect having heard a lot of good ("San Blas islands are a dream come true!") and bad things ("The crew was drunk almost all of the time...") about the ships sailing between Panama and Colombia.
After a short drive and several stops to pick up the tennis shoes of those people (including us) who didn’t think of them in the first place, we arrive at a dusty parking slot. There are 2 sheds holding a small shop and 2 rooms full of equipment.
With 10 people from school we enter the room and they tell us some basics: Take off the security cap and latch only in the field, wear your mask at any time in the field, don’t shoot at someone closer than 5 meters, don’t shoot at someone holding his hands up etc.
Next thing: Do we want to wear long pants and sleeves, as it might not hurt that much, if you are hit?
After a short look at the evil smiling guys in our group all girls nod vigorously...
Good, that they told us upfront, that the volcano Totumo, located in the area of Santa Catalina, is small.
Still, we couldn't help laughing looking at it.
It's more like... well... a hill and it looks a bit captivated by the 3 flights of stairs on its back, leading to the top. The inside of the volcano is filled with mud. They tell you that the mud is good for your skin.
About 45 minutes from Cartagena you will find the village of Galerazamba.
From the main road we turn left and drive about 20 minutes over a bumpy road to the sea. On our way we pass a few garbage dumps and a lot of empty and partly broken houses and sheds.
Getting to the center of the little village there is a small church, an empty community place and even more abandoned houses. No one on the streets, its almost a ghost town. The odd hen or cow crosses the road, all of them very thin.
The road stops at a closed gate with a „private property“ sign, the entry to the Salina, a salt production. A few guys are sitting in the shade sharing a soda.
Cartagena de Indias has a lot of influence from the Creole culture, also in its kitchen which is rather Caribbean. Coconut and Banana (the non-sweet version) is part of almost every dish, typical e.g. is brown or white coconut rice as a side dish, fried banana chips (served with sour creme), fried banana purree or banana in a spicy and sweet salsa. I am quite sure I will have a banana overdose after those 3 months in Cartagena :-D
Thought I share with you a bit of this amazing food.
There are a lot of buses - called busetas - driving through Cartagena. All very old and beautifully painted in all colors or the rainbow. They are also very cheap - for about 50 cents you can take a bus to almost everywhere in the city.
But there is neither a time-table nor can you find the routes of those buses anywhere. And no, there are also no busstops.
Hi, I am Manu. A year ago I decided that I need a break from the daily routine as a software engineer and quit my job. With my boyfriend I will travel the world for the next months. And I will share all the pictures, stories and whatever comes my way in this blog.
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