This is the monument we were trying to get to a couple of days ago when it started raining and then we were sidetracked by paranoia!
This time, we had no bags with us and we only brought the small pocket camera.
Still cloudy, but not raining.
The monument gates only open at 10:00am, and we would suggest that this is the best time to arrive. I have read reports of other tourists getting robbed on this road, because locals really don't have a reason to walk up here unless they're out getting some exercise. And we noticed that at this hour, there are quite a few people out walking dogs, so there is some activity around. Otherwise, we would suggest taking a taxi up to the monument.
Nice overlook at the top.
It's impossible to get a photograph of the entire monument, so I took a short video for you...
We walked back down to the hostel, paid our bill, 180,000 pesos ($88.20 CAD) for three nights and 10,000 pesos ($4.90 CAD) for a load of laundry and said goodbye.
No problem recommending Kaleidoscopio Hostal in Manizales, Colombia. Owner Martha is so friendly and helpful.
Then we walked the nine blocks or so to the cable car that takes you down to the bus terminal.
In the cable car, heading down to the Manizales bus terminal.
The cable car ride cost 1,600 pesos ($0.78 CAD) each. It is part of the public transportation system in Manizales.
In the bus terminal, we were waved over to a booth by a guy asking if we were going to Medellin. No, we said we were going to Pereira. He said that he has a bus leaving in 10 minutes and it's 9,000 pesos ($4.41 CAD) each. That's exactly what I had read that it should be, so we looked at each other and said "okay"!
It was a bigger bus this time, seating perhaps 30 people. But it was probably a little less than half full. Lots of leg room on this particular bus, so it was a comfy ride. We only had to go 53 kms (31 miles) but I had read that it was an hour and 15 minute ride.
Here are some photos of the scenery along the way...
Once again, beautiful scenery.
From Manizales bus terminal to Pereira bus terminal, I tracked our drive on the iPhone. It took an hour and nineteen minutes to do the 53 kms (31 miles). Average speed of 40 km/h (24 mph).
We went to the lineup of cabs and were ushered into one as our turn came up. I had the Kolibri Hostel put into the maps.me program on the iPhone, and I showed the driver where we wanted to go.
Not far, and the cab ride was below the minimum of 4,200 pesos ($2.06 CAD) so that's what it cost. Or more accurately, that's what it should have cost. I made a mistake and paid him 6,000 pesos instead. Oh well...he got a good tip!
We chose Kolibri Hostel in Pereira simply because of the consistently good reviews on tripadvisor.
As with the hostel in Manizales, the cost is 60,000 pesos ($28.00 CAD) per night for the two of us for a private room and a shared bathroom.
Our room is small, but sufficient for our needs.
But we have a beautiful big window!
The bathroom is fantastic.
Cool sink and faucet!
The hallway outside of our room.
There is a beautiful common area/outdoor patio.
We hadn't had lunch yet, and it was now close to 2:00pm. I was starved! There is an attached restaurant at the hostel and it looked quite busy when we had arrived, so we decided to just go there.
We expected it to be slightly more expensive than normal, being attached to the hostel and in a "nicer" part of town. And it was...but what a meal we got!
The lunch menu was still in play, and it listed the prices, but not really what was included. We each ordered a lemonade to drink, and then Ruth ordered a dish that was simply called "Oriental", but she expected it was a chicken stir fry of sorts, and it was. I ordered the "Filete de Res"...a beef steak.
Next thing we knew, he arrived with soup...
Kevin, enjoying his soup.
And then, a small salad arrived for each of us.
And then my steak...tender, boneless beef fillet with rice and veggies.
And Ruth's huge bowl of chicken rice stir fry.
I didn't get a photo of it, but he also brought a small coffee flavored pudding for dessert.
I asked for the bill. It was a total of 28,500 pesos ($13.95 CAD), tip included for the two of us!
That would have been an $80 bill in Canada. We love Colombia!
Today, we are off to visit a small coffee plantation. We are in coffee growing country!
Of course Amazon.com is early getting into the Black Friday deals...here's what is available today...
And in Canada, a great deal on a digital volt meter. If you don't have one of these in your home or RV, you should!