We boarded yet another bus to a smaller city, unknown to many tourists, named Jardin. We arrived around 7 pm and checked into Hotel Jardin, where our friend Rubin whom we met in Bogota was waiting for us. The three of us grabbed dinner and hit the sack for an adventurous day ahead! The next morning we awoke to gorgeous views of the surrounding coffee and banana plantations, along with the Andes in the distance. We set out with a tour guide on horseback up into the mountains where we would eventually reach a waterfall. The horseback ride both to the waterfall and back was absolutely spectacular, with views of the plantations all around us. It started out as a cloudy day but cleared up just in time for our ride back to town.
The 20 minute hike to the waterfall was a sight in itself. For most of you that know me, I’m in my element when I am in nature and this was one of those times. When we reached the waterfall it was shooting through a hole that had been formed in the stone by the pure pressure of the water constantly hitting it. You could immediately tell how powerful the water was and it was stunning.
On our way back up to where we left our horses, we were able to walk up through the flowing stream of water, which was fun but a bit slippery as well! After returning from our jaunt in the wilderness, I wandered around town. The square in Jardin was full of brightly colored tables and chairs each corresponding to a bar, restaurant, or hotel. And of course, as in most of the squares I’ve seen in Colombia, there was a beautiful church in the center. Rubin and I drank some Colombian coffee made from the beans harvested in Jardin. I made my way to Dulces del Jardin, a famous sweet shop in town and of course had to buy chocolate covered coffee beans. Farima met up with us a bit later and we all went to dinner. Although we would have liked to hang with Rubin a while longer, Farmia and I called it an early night for our 5:00 am wake-up call to catch another bus to our next destination, Solento.