Saturday, 18 July 2015

My Home Cooking Colombia

While living in Ibague I mixed some of the typical local foods with what I like to eat. While trying to cut out or at least cut-down on processed foods! Including bread and sugar. Below is a bit of a mix as I was also was cooking for a family, but they like to try different things. But they was not keen on hot chilies!
Lunch tends to be the biggest meal of the day. As the family soon found out, I like to eat 3 large meals a day.

Colombian breakfast. Arepas with cheese and hot chocolate

Spanglish breakfast (Tocino) Bacon, eggs, arepa, tomatoes, avocado.

Oven for cooking plantains 

Spanglish lunch. Home made burgers with pineapple and fried egg. Salad and chili 

Chorizo, scrambled eggs, avocado and fried plantains

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cascadas Chicala - Payande - Ibague

6 amazing waterfalls only 1 hour from Ibague.
One of Colombia's secret places only the locals know it.
We stayed at Hotel at Payande with swimming pool and close to the road that takes you to the waterfall which is about 15 minutes by car. Tel: 287 72 22 Cel: 317 274 38 23

Cantina Payande

The road to waterfalls from Payande, we traveled by bike

Great food

Having a beer at the hotel

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Valle de Los Munecos - Rovira

Beautiful rock/sand stone formation, with view of Rovira. I not exactly sure how this places was formed, I would believe from rain washing the soft sand away and leaving this formation!
Spent the evening with my Colombian family walking from Rovira (About 2 minutes) to Valle de Los Munecos.

View of Rovira

Walking with 5 girls & dog

Friday, 3 April 2015

El Araque - Rovira

Secret places in Colombia, you won't find many gringos here!
Spent Easter Friday with my Colombian family/friends with a large fish lunch and the afternoon spent down the river. There was 9 of us and a dog in the motor taxi!
This part of Colombia there an't many tourists and its great to live with a large local family, living the way they do.
Not exactly sure how the rocks where formatted and whether this area is in a earthquake or Volcano zone, but the nearest active volcano is only 60 old k's north away "Volcán Nevado del Tolima" and can also bee viewed from Buena vista on a clear day, another 15 k's south from here.

Motor Taxi

Waterfall with clean water and not freezing!

Another waterfall and beautiful rock formation  

Natural rope swing

Me climbing

Natural rock formation (Looks like it has been cut by machine)

A few other locals swimming

Great for sliding down on a tube

Me and the beautiful local girls

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Buena Vista - Rovira

This is how I imagine Colombia. A few days on a finca where Coffee is grown. Great views and experience. Staying on a finca of the sister and family of my girlfriend.

There had been a lot of rain in the night

Tree being cut after falling in the night and blocking the road

Jeeps waiting for road to clear

Finca "Toilet" Fog

View of coffee plantation

Me working lol. Washing coffee beans

Grinding maiz for chicken feed

Cooking rice pudding

Rice pudding with cheese

Coffee beans drying 

Monday, 16 March 2015


Is on the way to Cali from Bogota and only 1 hour from Rovira, Valle de San JuanVilla Restrepo.
There is a Migration Office where you can extend your stamp for 90 days more, photos are taken in the office. You will need your passport, onward ticket and payment Col. $80,000.00. Address: (Centro Facilitador de Services Migratorios Calle 10 # 8-07 Tel: 273 1018)
Private Medical: Clinica Centro Medico La Qunita. Carrera 5a No. 39-72 Tel: 2648795
There are many markets in town known as plazas. Fruit is also sold on the street.
Taxis have meters and are cheap
Banks Davivienda give one of the best rates and highest withdrawals
Or send money from UK to Colombia via Giros Seguros and collect from a bank
Bus Velotax is one of the main bus companies from Bogota to Ibague and to Rovira

Ciclo via -Every Sunday the main road "La quinta" is closed from 7 - 1pm for cyclists


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Villa Restrepo - Ibague

A day visit from Ibague with my girlfriend
Hotel Los Pinos 317 7415778

Lots of cortizo and fried pork

Local man on horseback