Coffee town in Colombia

October 28, 2016

salento coffee

Latin America is a heaven for a coffee lover. They produced the most and the best coffee in the world.

Manizales, Peipera, Armenia and Salento, the four popular destinations for the coffee tour. We went only Salento, in 2 days trip from Cali.

The attraction of Salento not only coffee, lonely planet claimed it is green version Switzerland. There is some breathtaking hiking trail.  

How to get there from Cali:
First, you have to go Armenia(4 hours.). Minivan starts from 5 am. Price from,COP18,000-23,000(May,2016). Buy your ticket at the second floor, Cali terminal. Some counter at 3rd floor. Price varies.  

From Armenia to Salento (1 Hour):

Minibus, COP4,200(May, 2016). Bus go when full. It's quick.

Coffee tour in Salento COP6,000-10,000
Don Elias A Family run the coffee farm, organic.
250gram coffee bean COP15,000
The grandson of owner Elias speaks very well English.
Tour run irregularly, but you wouldn't wait long. About 30 minutes.

El Ocasa, 1hour tour, this is the most organized farm in town. English or Spanish (switch every hour) Last tour at 4 pm, 3 pm is Spanish

Accommodation in Salento
Dm COP18,000-25,000, around the plaza. There is many.

 Food price
Desayuno 5000
Almuerzo 6000


South American Cuisine

October 08, 2016

"The many plains on this continent make it rich for growing foods like cereals, potatoes and quinoa. In the Patagonia region south of Chile and Argentina, many people raise sheep and cattle. In Brazil, the most traditional dish is the feijoada, a stew consisting of beans with beef and pork."Wikipedia
  • Argentine cuisine

Influenced by Italian immigrants, pizza and pasta are common. Toast are expensive, but bread is okay. Wine is nice and cheap. The best will be Angus's beef, get some at Butcher's shop. It is the budget way. Approx. ARS100 per meal.
  • Brazilian cuisine

The multivariate ethnic group, mainly are influenced by Portuguese. They have the best Japanese's food outside of Japan. Large immigrants of Asian at São Paulo, you can get many Asian cuisines if you like. The difference is, the buffet in Brazil are based on the weight. You pay what you get. Start from 3BRL/100grams. Approx. 10BRL per meal.
  • Chilean cuisine

It's hard to describe what are Chilean cuisine characteristic. Chile is a modern country, you can find world cuisine at the city like Santiago. Chilean made very good Carménère's red wine. Approx. CLP3000-5000 per meal.


  • Peruvian cuisine

Arroz chaufa, Sopa Wantan, Lomo Saltado, etc. Peru is a food heaven for Asian in South America. Those are Chinese food cook in Peruvian way. Ceviche, a raw fish "cook" by Lime. The taste similar to Asam laksa in Malaysia.You can get a Menu( set lunch or dinner) for 3-8Soles in Peru. It come with soup,rice, potato and main dish( choose one from chicken/pork/beef). Mostly serve with a drink like Chicha, one of the Peru nation drink in purple color. If you are lucky, you will have some salad but this is depend on. Cusco or Puno, try Cuy (Guinea pig). Pisco sour, a cocktail you must try here.