Pools of Love and other things

Our love affair with Colombia continues. I can honestly say that I haven’t felt this way about a country since Mexico. I am head over heels. Colombia has pools of love for us too, “pozos del amor”. These hot pools of love are part of the hot springs of San Vicente, recommended by our friends in Chinchina. Although open to the public, they haven’t been over developed and have retained much of their natural beauty. We spent a few hours soaking in the warm water, while the rain fell steadily and hummingbirds fluttered overhead. Amazing!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Exploring upstream, looking for hotspots.

pozos amor 04At the main pool.

Two wrinkly prunes finally emerged from the water and we hit the road again. We didn’t make it far though, stopping often for snacks or to admire the views.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Chocolate con queso, so good. It would be a rare day that we don’t stop for this.

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We arrived at Valle de Cocora after dark and in the pouring rain. The next morning we awoke to the sound of horses clip-clopping down the road. We stepped out of the van into a lush green valley shrouded in mist. Majestic, lithe palm trees towered above us.

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As I was packing up our bed, like I’ve done 100 times before, I twisted in a way that seemed benign, but made my back very angry. It wasn’t long before I was in a fair amount of pain. Loaded up on painkillers I felt a bit better and sitting around was making the pain worse, so I decided to try and hike. Gingerly, I hit the muddy trail.

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We hadn’t gone far when we met Jorge and his wife Gloria, a lovely couple from nearby Pereira. Jorge, a retired doctor, told me about some good over the counter pain meds and gave us lots of tips for the remainder of our time in Colombia. He was happy to have the opportunity to speak to us in English, as he’d done a high school exchange in the USA.

We hiked with them up to the hummingbird reserve, where they treated us to chocolate con queso. They were great company on the trail and gave us their contact details if we needed help or were coming back their way. We were once again blown away by the friendliness and generosity of the Colombian people.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMark is going to be a hummingbird photographer, if engineering doesn’t work out. 

I didn’t think it was a good idea to go much further, so I think we missed the most spectacular of the views. Nevertheless, it was breathtaking scenery and we met some great people along the way. The cows were pretty damn cute too.

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That night we popped the top at La Serrana in Salento, a popular hostel that also has a campground with amazing views. My favourite part was the veggie garden out the back. We were welcome to help ourselves… so we did. I was most excited to find some chilli’s, they have been hard to come by in Colombia and I have been missing spicy food.

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As usual, we wish we had more time here, but we have to keep moving towards the border.

Posted from: Mocoa, Colombia.

 

8 thoughts on “Pools of Love and other things

  1. Rosalie Keep

    What a wonderful coubntry made me very envious, Good to here about your trip, one can but dream. Love to you both Rosalie

    1. Becci Post author

      Thanks Rosalie!! Colombia is amazing, definitely one for the dreams list. X

  2. Shauno

    Stay right there
    I’m on the overnight bus from Quito
    Have pants on el la bob esponga
    Rain ,hot springs , h birds
    Whoooooo

    1. Becci Post author

      Haha ok bob esponga! Don’t forget your sleeping pills. Say hi to the “creepy guy on the bus” from me (not you, the other one).

  3. Gale Straub

    I found your site via instagram – what an awesome adventure and such beautiful photos posted here! I’m setting off in about a month myself with my boyfriend. I’m planning to start an outdoors blog/website geared towards women (there honestly aren’t enough out there!). I’m hoping to interview other women who are also living on the road to get a female perspective on the lifestyle, as well as maintaining a relationship en route. Send me an email if you’re interested Becci – you both seem to have a great perspective on travel.

    1. Becci Post author

      Hi Gale, thanks for your comment, very nice of you. We are just using the internet quickly. I Will send an email when I have a bit more time. B x

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