April 28- May 1: Salento
No matter the rain, it was time to leave Medellin. I took a bus - 6hrs, COP 37k- to Salento in Zona Cafetera, which is famous for coffee plantations and beautiful mountain landscape, and strategically 40 min away from Armenia where my plane will leave from on May 1st.
Two kind locals gave me and another girl a ride to Hostel La Serrana. Dorm bed and breakfast: COP 20k. The hostel is located in a Finca 20 min walk from town, great views, nice furnishing, delicious food and interesting people from all over the world. I could also have my laundry done for COP 5k. They offer fresh milk from their cows and homemade brownies and peanut butter, gnammy! Recommended.
The first day I went with two roommates to the Cocora Valley for a gorgeous 5 hrs hike up and down the mountains and across rivers. A lot of mud but still great. We saw the famous Palmas de la Cera, 50m tall palm trees with cows and pine trees next to them... Very bizarre! The town of Salento is cute, with colorful colonial houses. The next day I led a yoga class for other guests and then I went to visit Finca Don Elias, an organic coffee farm 1hr walk from the hostel. Recommended: very informative and delicious coffee.
The last day of this adventure eventually arrived: bus to Armenia COP 34k, and then another to the airport COP 19k. I have never been searched and checked so many times ever in my life. They even completely emptied my backpack!
I want to thank all the people that inspired me, helped me, and challenged me during this trip. In particular, thank you to Robbert, the best travel companion ever.
PS I absolutely loved the feeling of entering the US with my new Green Card!! : D
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