Just when I sat down at one of the tables in a tiny roadside restaurant, I smelled it. Fresh washed laundry, hanging to dry in a very humid climate. The scent of moist mixing with fabric softener rose from the red-checked tablecloths in front of me, catapulting me back in time. Back to an image […]
Oruro. A name not as well known as La Paz, a city high up in the mountains and Governmental Capital of Bolivia, only to be followed closely by Sucre, the actual Capital of the country. Besides that, places like the Salar de Uyuni, Copacabana and Lago Titicaca score high on the ‘which-places-do-I-actually-know-in-Bolivia’ list. Only when […]
I guess you’ve seen them already. The pictures. Blinding white landscapes as far as the eye can reach. Octangular shapes, endlessly repeated until they disappear in the horizon. A dinosaur chasing 4 terrified people. Some warmly clad humans entering a packet of chips. The Salt flats in Uyuni have been the adult playground of travelers […]
Hello there! Yes, it’s me, still alive after a couple of months of silence on this blog. Not that I was sitting still or got caught up in this thing called ‘life’. Well, maybe a little bit. The life thing at least. Since this blog mainly talks about my travels, I guess it’s more than […]
After being separated for a couple of days, the Mexican and me met in Mocoa. The first days we had to relax because of my painful foot, later on we enjoyed a couple of hikes in the jungle and swimming close to waterfalls. Read more about how to reach ‘El Fin del Mundo’, the kindness of strangers and why sometimes you’ll need a guide in Colombia…
While the Mexican was cycling is way to Mocoa, I headed to the little known area of Tierradentro, far away from the gringo trail. It takes a bit more effort to reach, but is very rewarding: I visited the Pre-Columbian tombs of Tierradentro, beautifully painted burial sites high up in the mountains and hiked up to El Aguacate. Twisting my foot during my hike, because everything was running a bit too smoothly.
Spending a couple of days in the Desierto de la Tatacoa, a desert which is actually an old Tropical forest, again together with the Mexican. Perfect for stargazing at night and discovering both red and grey deserts by day. This time, we only got chased by a dog once, we enjoyed a horse ride that left our butts sore for the next two days and we were surrounded by baby goats for a second. Life can be worse, I suppose.
After being washed away by heavy rains and attempting some salsa moves in Cali, I tagged along the Mexican to Popayan, Colombia’s White City. Read more about visiting beautiful colonial buildings, Colombia’s best drinks and a visit to the Termales de Coconuco.
After the White city of Popayan we dived back into the country side, up to the small village of San Augustin. Known for it’s pre-Columbian burial sites, you have to visit the Archeological National Park with its hundreds of statues spread out in the mountains. The Mexican showed his most pretty side in the pictures and we got chased by angry dogs while looking for a hidden waterfall.