500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Enough of Bogota...we needed some country fresh air!

We've seen almost all we want to see in the big city of Bogota, but we're booked in at the hostel here until Saturday morning. And we needed to get some fresh air and see some countryside. So yesterday we took a short bus ride to the little farming town of Guasca...only 50 kms (30 miles) from the hustle and bustle, yet rarely visited by tourists.

I figured out where to catch the bus at the corner of Calle 72 and Carrera 13 and we walked part of the distance before flagging a taxi.

So we paid 5,500 pesos ($2.50 CAD) for the taxi to get us to the bus stop, and sure enough there was a bus marked "Guasca" when we got there. We hopped on the bus, and off we went.

The east side of the city of Bogota is nestled up against a steep mountain, so the city just kind of stops against it. But once you get through to the other side of that mountain, it is nice green countryside. Some development is beginning to happen, but it's amazing that it's so nice and green on one side, and the big city is such a short distance away.

It took about an hour on the bus, and cost 5,500 pesos ($2.50 CAD) each. The town of Guasca is a pretty laid back place...population about 7,000. It's in such a nice little valley surrounded by dirt roads and small farms. We actually checked out to see if they have a hotel, and we found a room there for 50,000 pesos ($22.50 CAD) per night, so we're thinking of changing our plans and heading back there tomorrow!

Here's some pictures from our walk...

The church plaza in Guasca.

Looking back at town as we headed out for a walk.

Beautiful countryside.

Odd looking flowers.

Pretty.

Horse and cart.

Colombia countryside.

A couple of dogs taking themselves for a walk!

Colombia countryside.

We had read about a small abandoned chapel and ruins from a Spanish monastery from the 1600's and I had the coordinates input into the iPhone map that we use. Sure enough, we managed to find it. There was an old sign there saying that you have to pay 5,000 pesos to visit but there was nobody around so we simply opened the gate and walked over. It's just an empty chapel, with old ruins beside it. No other info, and very little available online. It's called the Capillas de Siecha.

Capillas de Siecha.

More countryside.

We made it back to the town of Guasca at about 3:00pm. Found a little restaurant for a late lunch. Had to be the cheapest meal yet! Half of a roast chicken, with boiled potatoes, a couple of small corn arepas, and a beer for me and a bottle of some kind of orange drink for Ruth. Not the best meal ever, but the total bill was only 12,000 pesos ($5.40 CAD).

Turns out that we walked 10 kms (6.2 miles), so it was nice to get some fresh air and exercise in the Colombian countryside.

We found the bus back to Bogota and made it back to the hostel around 6:30pm. It was a good day!

Seems we're having difficulty with accommodations for the next few days. We had been planning on going to Villa de Leyva, but things have booked up quickly now that Colombian schools are out for holidays for the rest of the month. Can't find anything in our price range. So it looks like we're going to go back to Guasca tomorrow and hopefully the room will still be available there!

Today, we're doing another day trip...this time a hike to Colombia's highest waterfall.

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14 comments:

  1. The countryside looks beautiful around there, really enjoying reading about your experiences.

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    1. Yes, we really love the countryside with all the green and the mountains. We should be seeing more of it before heading back to Medellin and a big city once again.

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  2. I'm with you, always prefer the country to any city. How is the rash doing?

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    1. Especially when the countryside is so beautiful! The rash is clearing up but the itching is still stopping him from having good sleep.

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  3. Honestly alot of that countryside looks like some parts of mexico :) I was wondering about the rash issue too, please tell!

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    1. Yes, parts of it look similar to Mexico but I think that there is too much green compared to Mexico. IThe little towns certainly look very Mexican.

      The rash is clearing up but it is still itchy especially at night.

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  4. Looks like the weather is cooperating. We are enjoying following your travels. Thanks

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    1. The weather has been cooperating for the most part. Yesterday morning we woke up to rain so we changed our plans and decided to do some indoor activities (museum) but it ended up being a great day after that. Hopefully today will cooperate for us.

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  5. If it's any help it is a CANDELABRA FLOWERS. It's basically a weed

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    1. I looked up candelabra flower and I did see a red flower but it didn't look like this one. A follower on Facebook said it was a RedHot Poker flower, so I looked it up and this is what it looked like. It is from the lily family.

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  6. Can't beat those dirt roads - loved today's blog!

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    1. Hopefully you will be seeing more of this in the coming days. :-)

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  7. That is a Red Hot Poker for sure. They also grow in the US. Beautiful countryside; just the kind of thing we like, especially after fighting the concrete jungle in a big city.

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation Emily. We feel the same way, especially when it is as pretty as this.

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