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A few shots from our visit to the organic coffee finca of Don Elias, a local legend around these parts. Freshest coffee I’ve ever tasted, by a long shot.

(Salento, Colombia)

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We went on a day-long hike through the Valle de Cocora (Valley of Wax Palm Trees) and the cloud forest near Salento. On our way, we saw some real Colombian cowboys…

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…were greeted by several apparently unattended Colombian caballos…

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…and were ultimately rewarded with some stunning views of the wax palm trees in the middle of the valley. Never seen anything like them.

(Salento, Colombia)

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[9.9.2014] We’ve made our way to Salento in the Zona Cafetera—i.e., Colombia’s coffee country. It’s a charming and colorful little pueblo.

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And then we learned what the Zipaquirá salt miners do after they finish their work each day…

And then we learned what the Zipaquirá salt miners do after they finish their work each day…

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The Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, a town about an hour and a half north of Bogotá. Pretty remarkable what they made out of the country’s biggest salt mine.

The Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, a town about an hour and a half north of Bogotá. Pretty remarkable what they made out of the country’s biggest salt mine.

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Made it to the top of Monserrate (and back). This is Bogotá from 10,500 feet above sea level. Quite a valley…

Made it to the top of Monserrate (and back). This is Bogotá from 10,500 feet above sea level. Quite a valley…

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You don’t have to give up EVERYTHING from home while traveling, as long as you have Bogotá Beer Company.

You don’t have to give up EVERYTHING from home while traveling, as long as you have Bogotá Beer Company.

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Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen

(Bogotá)

Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen

(Bogotá)