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Up On The Farm in Colombia

sunny 31 °C

For the past few days we have been living a dream in a tropical Nirvana. Our day begins at 5,200 feet when the crepuscular rays of dawn stream over the Andes to illuminate our hillside cottage and encourage the hens to lay our breakfast…
As we step out into the refreshingly cool mountain air the equatorial sun is already vapourising the valley mists and a warm breeze is rustling the giant fronds of the banana palms…
We are surrounded by breakfast. Sun ripened bananas, papayas, mandarinas, oranges and pomegranates adorn the surrounding trees like Christmas ornaments and our hosts, Kelly and Laura, have been up since first light to pick us a succulent spread fit for royalty…
There are no rock hard artificially hastened fruits here on the farm high above the bustling community of El Socorro in central Colombia. Even the sun-dried, home roasted, coffee comes from bushes just a bean’s throw from the back door…

Colombia means coffee, and El Socorro is one of the many towns that thrive on its production. And when we strolled into the main square we found ourselves in the midst of the annual prize giving gala for the best coffee. Even Juan Valdez was there with his mule…
It’s not hard to imagine living here: where the sun shines 360 days a year; where the thermometer never strays into either side of ‘nasty’: where six Canadian dollars, (three British pounds), will get you a grilled chicken dinner with soup, salad and beer; and where the locals always greet us with a cheery, “Buena dia. So, if you don’t hear from us for a few weeks, or months… Ah! But we are dreaming again. It is time to pack our bags and move on. But first, here are some views of some of the quaint mountain towns that sit precariously on the steep slopes of the eastern range of the Andes, (the Cordillera Oriental)…
And here are our friends Kelly and Laura with their horse, Lovely…

To find out more about staying on their farm and living a dream check out www.casaplacida.com.

Posted by Hawkson 16:03 Archived in Colombia

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So pleased to hear you enjoyed our former Gabriola friends' adventure. They have worked hard on their dream and it's good to hear of its success. Enjoy your next step in your South American travels. We are homeward bound en la mañana.

by Joyce

You two are truly blessed. You have seen parts of paradise all over the world. Thank you for sharing with us.

by Sue Fitzwilson

You found him--Juan Valdez! I recognize the logo on the sacks. Love the giant coffee pot. You'd have to tear me away from there. I even see an Andrew and Jennifer type mountain to climb in the background.

by R and B

Paradise. Could just pluck that fruit from the tree and have it for my breakfast

by The Vickerage

I just talked to Kelly on Skype a few Minutes ago; they enjoyed your visit. I miss him - maybe next year I will visit again. Love, Jean

by Jean Mclaren

So Happy you got to enjoy Kelly and Laura's beautiful place. I was there for 9 days and enjoyed every hour of it last September. Yes I remember those delicious breakfasts with fresh eggs from the chickens and fresh fruit from the garden. And Kelly and me made a couple of delicious dinners together. have fun on your continuing adventure from Sister Avril

by Avril Levy

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