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Buena Vista - Rovira

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This is how I imagine the real Colombia; mountains, coffee, off roading and of course arroz con leche.
I spent a few days in the outback on a finca in this Coffee area. Great views and experience especially staying with a Colombian family on a finca.

Buena Vista Altitude:  1200 m

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

Coffee grown at  1000m - is poor quality 1300 to 1700m - normal coffee 1800 to 2000m - high quality, more concentrated and organic as no herbicides are required - the coffee "bean" is also smaller and takes 3 months more to grow before it is ready to be picked. 
 Happy pig

 Hummingbird

View from the finca of Volcan del tolima. Elevación: 5.215 m

Ibagué Tolima Tour Guide

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The city is located in the center of the country on the Eastern slope of the central Colombian Andes. Where many foreign tourists ONLY stop at the bus station in Ibagué on route to Armenia & Cali from Bogota.

Ibagué can seem an urban chaos with the large number of buses and the noise they make, but there's an increased appreciation for those who do find their way here............
Whilst Colombia has a tourist trail with no stop in Ibague, you could make the effort to stay & visit something different? It is perfectly located for those who wish to get off the beaten path as you will only be 1 hour from this mainly undiscovered region of paradise, that is still unknown to many foreigners, it’s beauty is matched by nature, history, culture, food, and people. Where you will find the Antigua town of Rovira, the villages of Valle de San JuanPayande,Villa Restrepoand so much more to see like rivers, waterfalls, gorges, mountains, visit cantinas, coffee farms (Fincas) and get imme…

Villa Restrepo - Ibague

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A day visit from Ibague. By bus less than an hour and only $2,000 cop The village of Villa Restrepo 12 km from Ibague, where you can find hotels, restaurants, horse riding, walking, bird watching and rock climbing. This area is also very popular with cyclists at weekends. A little further on the village of Juntas 17 km, where just a short walk, there is a lookout "el mirador de los Sauses" and on a clear day you can view the volcano of Nevado de Tolima. Much further north thermal waters for relaxing at El Rancho. The river Combeima flows from the Park to Ibagué through Combeima Canyon.
Hotel's:
Los Pinos 317 7415778La Villa de Barba Blanca Casa # 4 Eentrada Villa Restrepo Ana Cel: 311 487 4489. Jhon Cel: 310 884 2711. Iglesia
Iglesia with view of Nevado de Tolima.  1 of 8 volcanoes in Los Nevados National Natural Park 
Lots of chorizo and fried pork
Local man on horseback. He can take you for short horseback rides. 
Sancocho
Habitacion, naturaleza, y nevado

Hotel La Villa…

Valle de San Juan Tolima

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Only an hour from Ibague.
The geographical setting of the village comprises a series of mountain slopes, where articulate small flat areas formed by materials in rainy seasons, that are located in the foothills and have permanent water of small creeks which running perpendicular to the direction of geographic valley sense. The area around San Juan Valley is composed of fertile soil in which valleys and plains are denoted and where you can see large crops of corn; its main agricultural product. There are also rivers and streams that punctuate the landscape with a forest of medium height.
584 m.


Fruit for sale on the road to San Juan
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Church
Main road to San Juan
Pineapple juice
Cooking
Comida rica

Street, Antigua style houses

Cabo de San Juan Tayrona

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One of Colombia's best beaches found in parque Tayrona
Our 2 hr boat trip from the bay of Taganga, normally only 1 hr, but our trip was a very rough ride; cold, wet and a mouth full of salt water.






There was 2 horses available