A day in Salento

For those that don’t know Charlie that well, he loves his coffee.  So we were off nice and early and  walked the hour down a gravel road to go on a Coffee Tour to learn about the whole process of coffee

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Bamboo grows big here

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A coffee plantation

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Charlie planting a coffee bean – if he comes back in 60 days it will have grown to the first stage.

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We found the whole process so interesting – we even had to go to work and pick some coffee cherries and put them through the process – on a miniature scale of course.

At the end we were shown how to make a perfect cup of coffee and then tried it, with nothing added – very good.  Most of their top beans are exported so that means the local Colombian coffee is not as good as they get the second rate beans.

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After that we walked a further 1/2 – 3/4hr down a track and across a swingbridge to a small town where we caught a bus back up the hill to Salento

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From there we took straight off in a jeep to Cocora Park where we hiked for about 2 1/2hrs.  Saw the 60m high wax palms, and some jungle.

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The track

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Back to town and up the 230 steps to a viewpoint – all that walking on our “day off” 🙂

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The streets were again alive with people and music.

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Another great day.



  • Melanie

    Good effort all the hiking – looks amazing and oh so interesting!!

    December 29, 2014 at 5:35 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Sore feet by the end of the day, but worth it 🙂

      December 30, 2014 at 12:49 am
  • Jeanette

    Awesome to see coffee photos! Loving time with Jas and Melzie and Cory He’s smiling and talking lots so gorgeous lots love Jeanette

    December 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Oh I miss little Cory. I notice all the babies when walking around.

      December 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

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