I remember we were in Ilha Grande, Brazil when we first started reading about Colombia, and amongst all the beauties featured in Lonely Planet, it was Cocora Valley in the Zona Cafetera that caught our attention. Looking back at our time in the country considered too dangerous to visit not long ago, Cocora Valley was the absolute highlight.
I’ve been fascinated with Colombia ever since I was a child. One of the things I wanted to do most was to walk through the coffee plantations, pick coffee beans, see how coffee was made, and although I’m not a coffee drinker, I wanted to taste the coffee. Salento proved to be the perfect place for this dream of mine to come true.
After four days of trekking in the jungle , Tayrona Park came right down from heaven. We spent two days sunbathing, taking naps in the hammocks, walking on the beach, and sipping on coconut water. Pure bliss!
After four days of trekking (44km) in the jungle, I was exhausted. The last day was especially difficult as it was the longest and most tiring one. The temperatures were high and so was the humidity. My feet were covered in blisters and my knees in pain. So, why all the effort? To discover The Lost City. Was it worth it? YES!
Beautifully preserved colonial cities, breathtaking mountain views, serene beaches, bustling capitals and much, much more. South America is a travelers dream, and I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to explore it during six months. We visited a total of eight countries and saw both known locations, as well as hidden gems.