Colombia - January 2022
Bogotá - Medellín - Coffee Triangle- Cartegena
Upgraded to Business Class - great night sleep!
First view of Bogotá- from my hotel window
Adriana's cousin Alejandro,driver for the day, takes us to Zaquetera
Visit to the Salt Church in Zaquetera
one of the many stations of the cross
Says it all
First walkaround - wonderful small and colorful streets in La Candeleria
The Gold Museum - early tribal sculptures
tiny raft all made of gold
and then we have lunch in Zaquetera
Wandering around Le Calanderia in Bogota
Love this one.
Across the street
They like dressup
Not bad to look at...
Ducked in for lunch in a sheltered pateo
the Government Plaza
People on the street
Street music at the Usaquin Flea Market
Good sales style
blind singer with fantastic voice
made to order
Cable car to Monserrate
Church at the top
On the way down
Tour of street art
And now we're in Medellín
View from the tram
Our local trip guide
The other Butero Museo
view from the museum on a very rainy day
Adam & Eve?
From the other side
She seems quite curious
Cardboard cutout - looks like Larry Thorson
On the way to dinner - stopped by a bull.
Girls night out: Cris, Pav and me
A stop along the way in Medellín
watching the baking
Piedra del Piñon - I did not climb it.
good background for a photo
Little sculpture garden behind a payfence
Boat trip across the lake to Guatape
Wind in our hair
Guatape mode of transport
Incredibly decorated town
Some people live there!
All the buildings have these panels
individual stories on each
He started it all - Chacho
He created these showing him working
There's always a market
and art and color everywhere
Fun to peek into interiors
business is a bit slow I guess
another door walking
Juaquin, ex-paramilitary, The Hill of Values teaching neighbors about recycling, farming, etc.
teaches neighbors how to raise and care for livestock
Into the forest on the way to the Coffee Triangle
Such colorful 'entrances' to every town and village
Showing the coffee workers
color everywhere - this a small town full of coffee workers. No wealth here, but lots of style.
Coffee in the square (it wasn't very good, but fun to negotiate.
They are happy to pose and try a bit of English.
A jeep ride to lunch
Talked to some coffee workers alomg the way to work
Lund at the home of the Coffee Grower.
dinner at hotel
Entering Cocora Nataional Park, you can see homage to their main product here.
Supposed to be the tallest palm trees in the world. Climate change is killing them.
Sudden rainstorm - shelter in the church
Bell Ringer in Salento, one of the two 'towns' in the coffee growing region.
Not just a sprinkle.
First night in Cartegena welcomed by gorgeous sunset
Cartegena - old city walls are a favorite sunset place for Qquincinera photos
San Felipe Castle -ramparts, views, history
Back in the center square - delicious candy on offer!
Trip to the beach
Native slave descendents in traditional dress offering fruit for sale. No people can live in historic district.
jazz with our aperitifs
Hand made by me at the morning visit to the Emerald Museum
Walking around Getsemani - where the people live.
He sits outside his home.
Much colorful commentary
Getsemani bar and cafe
Another mode of transport
With music and dancing.
Not sure what the instrument is.
This one I know.
A Drumming show and lesson
Seen on the road
Final lunch spot - lovely restaurant owned & run by women.
Elegant trip to final dinner.
at the airport
Video produced by the OAT trip leader, Camila Bernal. Captures it nicely - and with music.