QuickPeek: Rest days. Festivities. Farms. Force Awakens!

The past few days in Buga were pretty tranquil! We had surprised Sebastian by visiting him at home and he and his family surprised us by inviting us in and let us be at home. Buga was a fairly tourist because of the presence of a multitude of churches and especially the Basilica de Los Milagros. Seems like miracles happen here and people from all over Colombia flock here.

I spent the days staying out of heat, and generally chilling out. Krista did a walkabout of the town and enjoyed the historic center. I saw but of it in passing, looked like a pretty charming town.

The nice part of Buga is the hills just to the south of town, they climbed pretty quickly and the weather got pretty cool once we got up. Sebastian took us on a ride up to the hills one of these days and it was lovely to hike about along streams and some stunning forests.

A friend of ours, Leo, we had met in Bogota was coming to town to visit Sebastian too and he took all of us to a family farm house. It was sweet little place with gardens and situated close to the hills. Was a lovely evening hanging out and watching the girls and Sebas rip out salsa moves. Guess I am pretty clumsy with my feet still to get any salsa going, but may be I will get ok in time to come.

We had heard of a carnival in a town called Pasto and planned to head there. We had a sweet host in Pasto and she invited us to go with her to see her daughter perform in the Carnival. But we had a bit of a hiccup at the bus station. We were at the bus station of Buga in the evening, but none of the mini buses heading to Cali would take us. We had to get to Cali to find another connection to Pasto. After 4 hrs of trying to unsuccessfully persuade every bus driver to take us, we decided it might be a good idea to try in the morning to ride our bikes to Cali and then catch a bus.

We ended up staying another night in Buga, at a really neat little guest house. The guy running the place was repairing old circular dial phones and was making fancy braided telephone cords, it was really lovely to see his workshop and chat with him. Hopefully, tomorrow, we manage to get a bus ride or bike to Cali and be on our way to Pasto before the Carnival ends!

Nice farm trails near Buga.

Nice farm trails near Buga.

We explored a bit hiking into a river.

We explored a bit hiking into a river.

Lots of fresh rivers in the region.

Lots of fresh rivers in the region.

Lovely walk from Sebastian's farm to Buga.

Lovely walk from Sebastian’s farm to Buga.

Grafitti in Buga.

Grafitti in Buga.

Grafitti in Buga.

Grafitti in Buga.

Track Notes

Expenses: SG$ 32.28
Comments: It was great to spend a few days with Sebastian and family. Glad we did the detour.