The actual town of Guatavita was flooded at the time, and rebuilt at higher altitude.
We took a bus from where we are staying in Guasca. It cost 3,000 pesos ($1.35 CAD) each. We got to Guatavita, and things seemed busier than we expected for a Tuesday. We only found out later that yesterday was a national holiday in Colombia.
Walking down to Guatavita. It was cloudy pretty much all day, but no rain. Temperature about 20C, 68F.
The town church and plaza...built in the 1960s when the town was relocated.
Definitely different from your typical small town church.
Christmas manger scene.
Typical Colombian ponchos for sale. We see quite a few older local men who still wear the poncho, but the young people do not.
Ruth, in the plaza. This all looks older, but it is only about 50 years old.
The Tomine Reservoir is 18 kms (11 miles) long and 4 kms (2.5 miles) wide. There doesn't appear to be much private land around the lake because we think it's all owned by the hydro company. Even where the viewpoints were, there was a guard preventing you from getting to the shoreline. However further down the lake we did see some sailboats out, so there must be access somewhere.
People out enjoying the view.
You could go horseback riding if you like.
We sat and people watched for a while.
The town of Guatavita.
It even has a bull ring. Not sure how often it is used as such.
We finished wandering around at about 2:00pm, and we waited about an hour for a bus back to Guasca. Problem was, even when we did get on a bus it would only take us to the corner near Guasca and we had to either change buses or walk the mile or so in to town. Of course we chose to walk since we didn't get enough walking done the day before!
Walking back to Guasca, the town where we are staying.
As we got into Guasca, we found a restaurant and had dinner. I think it's been about a month since Ruth has used her culinary skills. It's true, you get tired of restaurant food after a while. Hope Ruth remembers how to cook when we get back to Sherman next week!
Today, we are taking a bus to the isolated village of Gacheta. They do not get many tourists up there!
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