Colombia is world famous for its coffee, which originates from a triangular-shaped area enclosed by the small cities of Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira. We chose Pereira as our home base in our search for a perfect Colombian coffee.
After arriving in Bogotá, the taxi ride to our hostel did not elicit excitement: lots of two-floor brick buildings covered in graffiti. Was this all Bogotá had to offer? Luckily, our hostel was next to a big intersection, with plenty of people and shops around, yet the regal houses where the only disruption in an otherwise bland neighborhood.
In March 2015, we visited three new countries: Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. We ended last month with a three day tour of Salar de Uyuni, from where we continued on to La Paz. There, we conquered the World’s Most Dangerous Road and Amazon rainforest.
After spending a week on the Galápagos we flew, via Guayaquil, into Quito. The capital of Ecuador is officially the highest capital in the world, but we still think La Paz deserves this title more. Apart from visiting Baños, we spent four days in Quito itself.
The more you travel in South America, the more similarities you are going to notice between cuisines. Some dishes, like the mixed rice, the potato chicken or pork combos, empanadas, and salchipapas are also a favorite in Peru and Bolivia. One unusual meat that we tried was the guinea pig, or cuy. Although it was available and marketed in Cusco as well, it is more common in Ecuador. In Baños we were able to buy a quarter of guinea pig for only 3$ instead of 20$ in most other places.
We, Mark & Herta, are currently backpacking through Europe, and eventually planning to settle in London. Beyond that? The possibilities are endless.Read Mark & Herta’s full story.