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Rovira Tolima Colombia

The highlight of my 3 month travels, of Central America, Colombia and Peru. Was my time in Rovira Colombia. I stayed with the family of my Colombian friend who lives in England. 
The family is very large and they made me feel very welcome. 

Rovira is a department of Tolima, Rovira is about a 1 hour bus ride south from Ibague and is located in a valley, that has the feel of a village. The local people are very friendly and I was the only tourist in town at the time. 

Visiting family members just 1 kilometer outside Rovira

Overlooking Rovira

Iglesia Santa Gertrudis

I accidently through Daniels frisbee on the roof of the Cantina! This photo is showing Daniel with a bamboo pole retrieving his frisbee 

Stairway to Iglesia Santa Gertrudis


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Lechona Rovira Tolima Colombia

Luis Alberto the father of the Colombian family I stayed with, cooked lanchona and is very popular in the Tolima Department in central Colombia. 
Lachona It consists of pork stuffed, yellow peas, green onion, yellow rice, and spices cooked in an outdoor, brick oven for about ten hours.

Luis Alberto Preparing the skin 
Covering inside the skin with corn and spices 
Adding the pork
Adding more corn 
Stitching up the pig
Ready for the oven
Taking out of the oven after 9 hours cooking 
Dishing up

Cascada Charco Azul Rovira Tolima Colombia

New years day in Rovira, a day trip to the river and waterfall. Just a few miles from Rovira.
Juan Manuel. I wanted to take this boy back home with me. 
Our transport to the river
Cascada Charco Azul
Chicken Soup
Dishing up my lunch 'chicken soup' I was well looked after.

Ruth letting off homemade fireworks, family standing by

Video: Marvin running jump in to the river

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