On July 7th, we reunited in Panama City, when Heidi arrived from Vienna. The following day we took a tiny plane to Pereira / Columbia, since it is this country we finally want to explore over the next seven weeks.
Our first impression of Colombia was fascinating. We got a great view of the Zona Cafetera when the plane approached Pereira. The sheer beauty of the land beneath made Heidi immediately forget that she was in a small plane and really afraid. Only if you know how much she hates being in what she calls “these little tin boxes”, will you comprehend how impressive it was what we saw below.
Green hills ending in a sharp ridge with slopes that seemed to have been scratched with a huge fork. Set in between you could spot splendid “Fincas” with swimming pools surrounded by a belt of high trees to guarantee absolute privacy. Quaint villages perched on small plateaux completed this picture-postcard vista. Immediately we decided that we liked this place very much.
Our positive first impressions were confirmed by the kind reception at the airport, the quick and reliable onward public transport to Armenia & finally Salento, our first “base” in Columbia.