We had a 6am pick up from the hotel for the 40 minute drive to Quito’s new airport, without having a clue who we were flying with or what time, we just followed the G Adventures representative. Tax paid and bags checked in, we just sat and waited for our flight to San Cristobol, eeeeek off to the Galapagos we go!!
It’s the last couple of days on Frida, this morning it took all of 10 minutes to get from our hotel in Ipiales to the border to say goodbye to Columbia and cross back into Ecuador, the country where we had started 7 months ago.
So here we are, our final new city in South America, the capital, Bogota. Colombia’s largest city now with over 8 million people, that should make for some interesting challenges but I guess we are used to it now, the odd stare and gringo comment has just become the norm.
After leaving the hustle and bustle of Medellin I was looking forward to a nice few days. just relaxing in a smaller town, this being Salento. The guidebooks describe this place as, “A little town situated well in the foothills of the Cordillera and is the oldest settlement in Quindio, once a sleepy village not anymore as backpackers have found this little haven,so the streets are much busier yet the town is still a charming place.” Sounds perfect.
Driving along, up and over mountains, taking in the scenery that is now up there with some of the best we have driven through in South America, we ascended over the final mountain with the view of Medellin in the distance. It’s amazing how these cities are built in the valleys and over time develop up to the mountain side, giving a very 3D panoramic view of the city which definitely helps with your bearings.
Completing the hike in four days meant that we wouldn’t miss any time in Cartagena, so the next morning our natural body clocks woke us up early, we’d been up at 5am for the last four days. After breakfast it was time to explore the town that we knew very little about, our first real insight into Columbia.
So this is the final of the top 12 highlights of South America which we were trying to complete, Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for “Lost City”) I wanted to put a bit of the history mainly so we don’t forget, so here goes…