Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Busy hiking in Salento

We are still in Salento without internet. We had two days of hiking around Salento. The first day we caught a jeep to Valle de Cocora, and I had my most technical hiking ever. We had to cross a mountain stream 6 times without proper bridges. I had to apply every bridge crossing skill I know plus event a few new ones. And since it was an "out and back" hike, I got to cross each bridge twice. It was not pretty.

When walking in the horse trenches trails got too hard, I learned to crisscross barbed wire fences. It's a good thing that I am not yet too old to acquire such skills. Of course John learned all this as a boy.

Today's hike along the road to Toche is practically a stroll compared to yesterday's, on a gravel road, among the hills that we see from our porch with very nice views back to the town, and at the peak of the road, a view to Valle de Cocora. Since it is a Sunday, there were more bicyclists and horses on the road than cars or people walking.

The Wax Palms of Valle de Cocora - altitude 2600 meters.
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On the way up the valley we slogged along the horse track. On the way down we hopped over the barbed wire and walked in the pastures.
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Sun-Ling crossing a log bridge over the Rio Quindio on her hands and knees.
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View to Valle de Cocora on our second hike along the road to Toche.

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5 comments:

Susan in Florida said...

Holy cow! I'm not sure I would have been able to do it. Those logs look very wobbly. And the water doesn't look inviting.

Anonymous said...

Dios Mio!
--wq

Anonymous said...

John, is it a dog or wolf overlooking the valley? great shot. enjoy your photos very much.
--wq

john said...

@wq,
The dogs around Salento were very friendly (unless guarding their territory) and followed us on our hikes. However, this particular dog abandoned us when a group of bicyclists rode by; not to chase the bikes but to run along with them. Very cool!
-john

Sun-Ling said...

It actually looks more scary than dangerous. In fact that evening we met brave young woman that survived a fall into the river with a few scratches and a dunked camera. She did have to walk for three hours in her wet clothes and walk half way into town in the dark. Major inconvenience!