We had an amazingly patient and helpful cab driver. When he saw that the address was a vacant lot (!!!) he stopped the cab repeatedly to ask local folks where the place might be. Night had well and truly fallen. Finally we went to a police station. They were mystified too, but I was able to use wifi there and search through all the other info from AirBnB, finding the correct address at last.
It was a long, stressful trip to Manizales. The next morning we left for the country -- just a few miles outside of the city, and our first-night hosts kindly drove us to meet our next host, who took us to her finca. Staying at Gloria Patricia's place, after all the traveling, was like going to heaven.
|Entering Patricia's finca|
|The main house (Patricia's daughter Ana has a casita nearby on the property.)|
|Patricia and Barbara celebrating International Women's Day with ice cream|
|One of the delicious suppers Patricia seerves|
|Two terrific dogs: Hera resting as usual on her chair outside, and Lanka the puppy looking for trouble|
|On a walk, we ended up meeting Nancy and her daughter, both medical professionals, and stupidly declined their invitation to lunch.|
On our last day, Patricia organized a tour for us with an English speaking guide and friend, Juan Carlos. He picked us up early Thursday morning at Patricia's and drove us to Rio Blanco Nature Reserve on the far side of Manizales. With Juan Carlos and a local guide, Luz, we walked in the reserve, had a snack, and were delighted by the number of birds we saw.
|View from near the monument|
|With Juan Carlos|
On Friday, March 10, Patricia drove us to the Fundadores cable station and we enjoyed a ride directly to the Terminal de Transportes. There we found a shared cab -- quicker than a bus and only a dollar or two more -- to our next destination, Salamina, Caldas.
|On the cable car (in the rain) heading for the Terminal de Transportes|