December 24, 2013
Randumb writings on travel, music and cooking.
On the left of the notes are two possible routes through Colombia. Both have me leaving Colombia around 1/7 or 1/8.
Salento at the top is an area within the coffee growing region that was strongly recommended by my friend Sid who was in Colombia two weeks before I arrive there. You can do tours of the plantations and you are in a valley surrounded by thick, green mountains. Good trail running!
In the middle of the notes is the important town of Nuqui where it seems everything ties to. It is the jumping off point for the Pacific Coast towns. You fly into there from Medellin or Quibdo, and then take a boat to various points along the coast. Juan Maria supposedly is a man I should seek out and ask for information.
Lower right corner of my notes are Coqui and Jobi, both 25 minutes boat ride from Nuqui. I was sold when my guidebook recommended visiting Jobi to “travel up the Rio Jurbida in dugout canoes to remote waterfalls”.
There are a couple of other noteworthy locations within 30-45 minutes from Nuqui by boat so could be some good day excursion opportunities. I found this seemingly helpful blog post but it’s hard to tell how old the post is. http://www.blogabond.com/CommentView.aspx?CommentID=109112
Actually the first two nights. I’m flying out in two days and wanted to get my first couple of nights set so I can have a place to head to from the airport. The hostel rooms look like they have some character http://www.hostelcasavioleta.com/
I land on Christmas morning and am planning on everything being closed, so I’ll probably end up exploring the city by foot and getting my bearings. Then on the 26th I’ll figure out bus routes and the next stop. I shouldn’t be surprised by it but today I read that this is very high tourist season and a couple of places I wanted to visit, Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park in the north get overrun and with some slightly horrific stories. Namely, overrun toilets! And price gouging and crowded beaches.
So now I’m looking to get to the much more remote and difficult to get to region west of Bogota on the Pacific Ocean. The biggest town is Choco and the area offers jungles, beaches, turtles, whales and chilling with fishermen. Sounds remote with a good chance of having an adventure. Just my cup of tea. Or coffee, since this is Colombia after all.
When I moved to the states, this Fat Boys album was the first cassette I bought. This song is still just as fun. I like their dance moves at the 3:07 mark.