This weekend Seth and I began the process of planning our Semana Santa vacation. For our first trip outside Cundinamarca, we have decided to visit the Eje cafetero (Coffee-Growers Axis) in the Paisa region of Colombia. We will stay in a proper finca (country residence), hike among the wax palms, ride a pair of horses, tour a coffee plantation, taste fresh tinto, and most importantly, relax. I am also looking forward to sampling some of the local fare, specifically trucha en salsa bechamel y champiñones (trout in a bechamel and mushroom sauce). It may sound strange, but I have heard that it is Salento’s town specialty—not to be missed.
To get to Salento, Seth and I will take a bus from Bogotá to Armenia (approximately 8 hours) and then another bus from Armenia to Salento (approximately 1 hour). We will be in transit the entirety of March 23 and March 29, but we will still have five solid days of luscious greenery, clean air, and hot coffee. I can’t wait!
[photo courtesy of Wikipedia]