|Yes, passing on a double solid line with a curve coming up. Common place in Colombia!|
There were beautiful and interesting sights along the way, too.
|Tasty looking fruit.|
But nothing as interesting as seeing this man hitching a ride on the back of this truck
|A modern-day hobo?|
|And since the truck was pulling into a gas station, I guess the man decided to hop off.|
Recinto del PensamientoWe only had two days in Manizales, and on Saturday we went to Recinto del Pensamiento, a nature reserve not far from our hotel. We opted to pay the extra $3 and ride the chair-lift up for the tour, and we were glad we did, as there was a beautiful view from there.
|And the chair-lift went slowly so we could enjoy the view.|
We then had a guided tour, in Spanish, but we were lucky to have a 14 year-old girl in our group who spoke excellent English translate for us. (She goes to a private school; she says the kids in the public schools probably don't learn English as well.)
We really enjoyed the park, for the beautiful flowers,
the hummingbirds in the Mirador de las Aves
the butterflies in the Observatorio
|A glass-winged butterfly|
La Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de ManizalesAfter the tour through the park, we took a couple of different buses to reach La Catedral in El Centro of Manizales. The cathedral is the third tallest in South America at 113 meters, and has withstood three earthquakes. It was begun in 1929 and completed 30 years later. We found out, though, that in order to climb the stairs that go almost to the top of the spire, you had to take a 75 minute tour, in Spanish. Susann and Christa opted out, so I joined a group of about 10 Colombians and off we went on the tour. And was I ever glad I did!
|Looking down into the Basilica on the way up.|
|Manizales is a city of about 400,000, spreading up the hills that surround it.|
|Looking down, way down!|
|"Hey hey, good lookin'!"|
|Whoa! You don't want to go down these stairs too quickly!|