13.02.2012 - 15.02.2012
We really didn’t know what to expect when we set out to see the “Zona Cafeteria” area famous for producing the world’s best coffee. It is located roughly half way between Medellin and Bogota and is a favourite vacationing area for residents of both of these cities. We read up a bit about it, chose two cities that seemed most interesting, left our heavy backpacks behind in the hostel, and set out on our way taking just our small daypacks with a week’s worth of clothing.
Our first stop was Santa Rosa and immediately we were equally amazed by both the landscapes but even more so the people. In general people in Colombia are extremely friendly, but the people in Santa Rosa are bordering on ridiculously friendly. People would just volunteer directions if we even looked a little unsure as to where we were going. The owner of the little coffee shop where we got coffee and breakfast the two mornings we were there started treating us like best friends by the time we were leaving. The hosts at our hostel (Coffee Town Hostel) were a wonderfully friendly couple who we ended up drinking wine with late into the night. The thing we will always remember from Santa Rosa is the genuine friendliness of its people.
The area around Santa Rosa is famous for its thermal hot springs so of course we jumped on a “Chiva” bus, the traditional Colombian form of transport, and went to check them out.
We then remembered that it was Valentines day so we decided to hit a nice restaurant and have some steaks and sangria. I believe the total cost for everything including tip was around $35.