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It's Coffee Time in Colombia

sunny 26 °C

We’ve left Bogota and the rain behind and dropped 4,000 feet to the lush valleys surrounding the eye-catching town of Salento in the department of Quindio. This is the land of coffee and we confidently expect to bump into Juan Valdez and his laden donkey around every corner. (P.S. In American T.V advertisements Juan is the man who delivers finest Colombian coffee to the supermarkets). This is our ‘Juan’…
He doesn’t have a donkey, but he gave us an excellent tour of the coffee plantation where we picked some coffee cherries from the trees. The harvest doesn't begin for a few weeks so most of the beans are still green..large_Coffee_beans.jpg..
We managed to get a few ripe ones and took them through the whole process until we reached the enormous drying shed…
Colombia is awash in coffee and is the third largest producer in the world. They claim the coffee is the world’s best – and they may be right. The climate and soil is perfect for coffee on the steep hillsides around the colourful town of Solento, but when it comes to colour it is difficult to upstage nature. The hedgerows, gardens and trees of these equatorial Andean highlands are ablaze with a variety and profusion of exotic plants not seen outside a botanical hothouse in most of the world. Here’s a small selection…

Next time on our Andean Adventure we will show you the colours of Salento.

Posted by Hawkson 19:24 Archived in Colombia

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Great images, that last one is a stunner! I think I saw Juan Valdez sipping coffee at Mad Ronas...Gabriola is where it's at :-)
Looking forward to more..

by gottfried

I like your Juan the best. Lovely photos of the flowers.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Beautiful lush plants and flowers.

by Janet

Those beautiful bright flowers made me wish I was there too. Hope you will be seeing Kelly's garden soon. He will be harvesting his own coffee soon, and he is growing flowers to sell.

by Jean McLaren

All those reds and oranges and tubular flowers. Wow! Must be a bird's paradise. Any hummingbirds in sight? Any export markets for flowers? I think I have seen the gorgeous big orange one in your last shot in Vancouver flower shops.

by Tom

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