96 Hours in Cundinamarca Batu Porcupine

96 Hours in Cundinamarca

After a two 12 months hiatus from touring, I think like I am in spite of everything again within the groove. I went to Hawaii again in November and that used to be a really perfect get started however I think like I had to cross in a foreign country to really feel again to my standard holiday-going self. And even supposing I technically went to Canada a month in the past, I think like this shuttle used to be my first foray again into world trip.

As a substitute of making an attempt to discover somewhere new, I believed it made sense to discuss with someplace acquainted and in addition to discuss with anyone I overlooked. So, a couple of months again, I booked flights to Bogota to look L. I hadn’t noticed her since my ultimate discuss with to Colombia, which used to be virtually precisely 3 years in the past. 3 years is far too lengthy to move with out seeing a in reality just right buddy. Remaining time, we frolicked round her fatherland of Tabio and took a jaunt to Medellin. This shuttle’s itinerary used to be an identical, aside from our jaunt used to be to the coastal the city of Cartagena.

I packed quite gentle, as all the time:

And as all the time, I additionally made a map:

This shuttle used to be further thrilling for a few causes. Initially, since I would already met L’s circle of relatives at the ultimate shuttle, I used to be tremendous apprehensive and glad to look them (they usually had an identical sentiments, as they made a number of plans for web hosting me as neatly). Secondly, I used to be bringing a pal alongside and I used to be excited to turn him round a few of my favourite spots. Finally, I were given to fulfill L’s beau and he’s superior.

Our flight used to be majorly behind schedule because of thunderstorms and imaginable twister in Newark. The unique takeoff time used to be round 5PM however we did not in fact go away till after 8PM which intended we did not land in Bogota till round 1:30 within the morning. L and D had been just right sports activities despite the fact that they usually got here to select us up.

We stayed up overdue speaking and catching up however in spite of everything put ourselves to mattress round 4 within the morning. We were given up reasonably leisurely, despite the fact that we had been all nonetheless beautiful sleepy, and were given ourselves able. D reduce up some papaya and L cooked some scrambled eggs so we will have breakfast sooner than hitting the street.


We drove to Tabio, L’s fatherland, to hang around together with her circle of relatives for a barbeque, which used to be being thrown for her uncle’s sixtieth party. L’s circle of relatives welcome us so warmly they usually had been so glad for the party so everybody used to be in a really perfect temper. In truth, they really feel like any other circle of relatives to me; my Colombian circle of relatives. L’s mother once more insisted that one week isn’t sufficient and that subsequent time, I wish to make plans to return for 3 weeks.

I were given to fulfill L’s canines: Vito and Leah. Leah is within the picture above and he or she’s a complete sweetheart who is depraved good and will ‘sit down’ and ‘shake palms.’ Vito is within the picture underneath and he is an attention-seeker who simply desires cuddles and love.


The following morning, we were given up, packed, after which went to get breakfast. (The group of my posts for this shuttle are going to be geographical as a substitute of chronological so I will percentage about Baru and Cartagena in separate entries, however that is the place we ended up flying after breakfast.)

Crepes & Waffles

We ate breakfast at ‘Crepes y Waffles’ which is a fantastic trade that employs most commonly girls (principally unmarried moms). I had a crepe as a result of I sought after to get a minimum of one namesake from the corporate’s name and it used to be crispy and chewy and scrumptious and utterly hit the spot.

Once we were given again from our shuttle to the coast, we made up our minds to excursion across the heart of Bogota. Sadly, as it used to be raining, we could not cross to Monserrate however we made do.

Olivo y Lienzo

For lunch, we went to one in all L’s favourite puts to move all through the workweek. She mentioned it wasn’t well-known or well known however a local favourite among locals and that all through the week, the road used to be all the time manner out the door even supposing the road is covered with eateries. It appears the Colombian chef studied in Italy and makes a speciality of a slight fusion between his tradition and his training. It used to be such an unassuming little position however the meals used to be impressive. We had been introduced those little chip appetizers as a courtesy to begin. They had been crowned with a marinara, a crema, and a guacamole.

3 folks ordered the ribs and despite the fact that L knew how they might be offered, J and I didn’t and we had been each so tickled. The sauce used to be bang on and the ribs themselves had been neatly cooked. Even the little aspect salad used to be a stunner. I additionally had jugo de mango (mango juice) and it used to be tremendous refreshing.

For dessert, we went to Los angeles Casa de Los Postres (the home of truffles) only a few steps down the road and were given repollas con arequipe, which have been necessarily cream puffs sliced in part with a smear of a Colombian-style caramelized milk (very similar to dulce de leche). We had been all filled so we shared one for each and every two other people.

Plaza  de  Bolivar

A discuss with to Bogota is not entire with no stroll via Plaza Bolivar and Candelaria. Since J hadn’t been sooner than, it used to be further obligatory.

Señor Buñuelos

And once more, even supposing we had been filled, I were whining about in need of buñuelos all shuttle, we took this chance to take hold of some whilst we had been strolling previous a Sr. Buñuelo. J and I simply shared one and I asked it with arequipe as a result of that is the most productive type. J had by no means had one sooner than and he liked it. I described it as a Colombian donut however I think like that does not do it justice. A just right buñuelo has a crispy external with a simultaenously chewy and fluffy inside and it’s extremely moreish.

Centro Artesenal Plaza Bolivar

Los angeles Calera

Since we could not climb Monserrate because of the elements, D urged we force up in opposition to the north to Los angeles Calera, which is a local identified for its eating places, golf equipment, and perspectives. It is a hotspot on weekends and there may be in reality just one highway up the steep mountain so it used to be sluggish going however profitable. We noticed superior perspectives at the manner up and in addition were given to benefit from the town at night time from a restaurant.

I had a chocolate completo, which is scorching chocolate with accompaniments. On this explicit case, the eating place gave me a pandebono, pan de maiz, and a bit of cheese, which is supposed to be melted into the new chocolate. It used to be slightly cold out so the new chocolate hit the spot.

Tabio & Cajica & Sopo & Subachoque

On our ultimate day in Colombia, we aroused from sleep at the previous aspect so J and I may just cross get covid checks (which got here again unfavorable, another way we would not have been allowed to board the aircraft). D had woken up further early to hit up a close-by bakery for scrumptious bread and buñuelos, which we wolfed for breakfast sooner than hitting the street to Tabio as soon as once more. It used to be in fact election day so J and I walked across the the city sq. whilst L used to be vote casting.

Planeta Tierra

We stumbled upon this little artsy retailer around the boulevard from the church in the primary sq. and it used to be one of these gem. The whole thing used to be beautiful and treasured. J ended up buying a beautiful framed piece made with fibers. I used to be too enamored to take pictures. If truth be told this entire shuttle, I wasn’t too nice at pictures; I feel perhaps as a result of I felt tremendous at ease and virtually forgot that I used to be intended to be documenting my time.

After buying groceries, we met up with L’s circle of relatives to force to lunch.

Villa Quezada

L’s oldsters sought after to take me to this position as it serves v. conventional Colombian meals: fritanga. Fritanga is a kind of barbeque the place you might be served simply piles of meals and also you dig in circle of relatives genre.

The meals used to be implausible. We had veal ribs and sausage and blood pudding and potatoes and yuca and arepa and corn; it used to be unending. I needed to as for ahi (scorching sauce) and I washed all of it down with jugo de lulo, which is a South American citrus fruit.


Even if we had been filled after fritanga, I nonetheless sought after to visit Cuchipanda, which I grew to like on my ultimate discuss with. I had fresas y crema (strawberries with cream) and a scrumptious cheesecake. I additionally purchased a couple of obleas kits to take house.

When we mentioned bye to L’s circle of relatives, we headed up the mountain in opposition to Subachoque, at my insistence. I sought after J to look the beautiful perspectives from the upper altitudes.


As a last little hoorah for the tip of the shuttle, we stopped by means of L’s cousins’ gourmand eatery, Sarandonga (her cousin’s identify is Sara so it is named after her) for some beers. She additionally makes her personal chorizo and arepas and microbrew!

We in fact were given to style one in all her beers and it used to be so scrumptious.

And that used to be mainly our time in Cundinamarca. We took it beautiful simple this time round, ensuring to not jam an excessive amount of into our days however on the identical time, it felt in reality productive and amusing. As we had been leaving, we had been already planning to return again. L’s mother requested me once I could be coming again and I mentioned perhaps in two years and he or she demanded I make this an annual shuttle. I really like Colombia such a lot, I will certainly believe making an effort to take action.


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