After a lovely day spent hiking the amazing Cocora Valley, we came back in Salento just before sunset.
Jeeps left us the same place where we took them: Plaza Bolivar, the town’s main square, that was now full of life & covered in golden light!
No need to say, the first thing we did as we jumped out the jeep, was to have another delicious fresh fruit juice at one of the stalls in the square – honestly, there’s nothing like Colombian fresh fruit juices!
Our drinks in one hand & hand in hand in the other, we walked through Calle Real, a colorful street leading from plaza Bolivar to the 250 steps going to the Mirador Alto de la Cruz, a hilltop lookout over the town & the surrounding mountains.
Calle Real is full of cute shops, but I resisted the urge to stop in every one of them – hoping that they would have been open on our way back – as we wanted to reach the view point before the sun disappear.
We almost made it! The sun was gone, but we enjoyed a beautiful view over the glittering town of Salento & the rising moon.
Back to calle Real, we went in & out the hand-crafts little shops, marveling at everything & unable to buy anything.
Seriously. We always bring home at least one souvenir from every country we visit, but we couldn’t find anything in Colombia, we found nice things none of which was exactly what we wanted…
Maybe we just were too tired & hungry because of the long day. So eventually we got back to our nice hotel, before going out for dinner to Donde Laurita restaurant, the restaurant the Colombian people who were in the jeep with us earlier in the morning, suggested to us.
We always listen to local people & we’re actually right! 🙂
Donde Laurita is in a little street & we probably wouldn’t stop there by ourself, but it turned out to be the best dinner we had in the whole trip!!
Oh, how I’d like to find back this Colombian lady who gave us the restaurant advice & thank her!
Here’s a picture of her… Who knows, maybe I’ll find her ;))
Back to Donde Laurita, yet the place is super cute! Just look at the colorful, funny decoration!
We started with local beers, while going through the menu…
…& we obviously ordered the local specialty: the trout!
Plus some nibble to share… We just couldn’t imagine all the dishes being so huge!
Giant avocado. Avocado in Colombia is slightly different: bigger & lighter.
Giant patacones – fried plantain slices.
Not only food was delicious, but also nicely presented. Honestly, it was the first time I saw heart-shaped arepa!!!
& finally the main course arrived. & it was such a main course!
Full & happy, we declined dessert, but tasted the local liquor aguardiente…
…before going back home, where we fell asleep almost immediately, our heads full of images of such a perfect & lovely day! <3