Wind, Rhythm y Hablando Mas en Colombia!

After spending weeks being convinced that we needed to own a farm in the coffee region of Colombia, we had to change it up, and Jenine agreed to seek out some kitesurfing with me. We had heard from a few people that Lago Calima in Colombia is an excellent spot for kiteboarding and is one of those rare places in the world that has wind nearly every single day of the year. Sounded like we couldn’t lose, if wind is what we wanted.

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Although Lago Calima gets windy nearly every day, the mornings are calm and beautiful

The lake is about 1.5 hours outside of the city of Cali (recall the Cali Cartel?) toward the south of Colombia. It is a hot spot for Cali residents with money, and most of the lake is surrounded by ‘compound’ like high security structures

We showed up at the lake not knowing where to stay, but when driving along the lake we saw two huge BEST KITEBOARDING flags outside of a warehouse building, and we stopped. This happened to be Pescado Kitesurfing one of the best kitesurfing operations in South America.

We met the owner ‘Pescado’, a former windsurfing pro whoes career was unfortunately ended by an auto accident, he warmly welcomed us and told us we could camp in his huge garage / gear warehouse.

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The awesome garage at Pescado Kitesurfing where we camped for the week

This turned out to be a perfect set up. The had nice bathrooms, showers, a great kitchen and an incredible lakefront view. I was beyond thrilled.

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Me kiting through rainbow at Lago Calima, Colombia

They claim the wind blows everyday and for the 5 days we stayed here, it didn’t disappoint. Everyday the wind started howling around noon, but it was glassy and pleasant in the morning for paddle boarding or fishing. It was a gorgeous set up, very similar to the Gorge in Oregon, with wind that was about as wild. I scored plenty of time on the water, and was thoroughly sore by the end of the week. It was also fun watching all the local rippers, since they are able to practice year round, they were some of the best freestyle riders I have seen.

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Kitesurfing Lago Calima, practicing turns

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The crew at Pescado Kitesurfing

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Lago Calima

After 5 days, Jenine was able to pull me away from the this paradise, and we headed into Cali on a Saturday to catch the Festival Del Pacifico which is a massive free concert celebrating the African music of the Pacific coast of Colombia. We had just come from the Pacific coast so it was cool to see artists from tiny towns we actually were familiar with. The crowd was fun and fired up. Everyone was drinking this sweet liquor straight from the bottle, kind of like Kahlua (it was the only liquor being sold), and it felt like all of Cali was here. Cali is the rhythm capital of Colombia and the home of Salsa dancing in Colombia. The energy here certainly did not disappoint, although every ‘song’ from every band was pretty much the same.

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The white towels never stopped spinning

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Cali Colombia's home of rythm

The day after the festival, we tried to explore Cali in the morning, but as we’ve come to discover in South America, nothing opens before noon on the weekends. You can’t even get a cup of coffee. I guess this was our cue to leave.

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Looking down onto Cali Colombia, which was still asleep at 12pm

We headed out from Cali on the long drive to the little mountain town of San Agustin where we had booked a week of Spanish lessons and camping at another Colombian finca.
We stayed at Finca El Cielo and it was an incredible property. Wild horses, cows, puppies, and more roamed the grounds which were full of coffee plants, fruit trees, sugar cane and wonderful flowers. This all this continues to reaffirm for us that we want to own property with a large garden one day.

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Finca El Cielo were we camped and did Spanish in San Agustin, Colombia

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View from our van Finca El Cielo, San Agustin, Colombia

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Luna pup, she still thinks she's a lap dog

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Jenine gives milking a shot for the first time

The town of San Agustin is also home to some of the most important archaeological ruins in Colombia, and we had fun pretending to be interested at the nearby archaeological parks.

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Parque Archaeological San Agustin, Colombia. The views from the top were spectacular

But the bulk of our time, 20 hours per day, was spent with our awesome spanish teachers Jovanny and his uncle Hildebrando. We’ve been practicing Spanish for over a year now, and this was our 8th intensive week of Spanish on the road. We are going to be fluent by the end of the year, but it is still going to take a lot of work. We both felt our Spanish grew tremendously over the week, and we plan on continuing to hire instructors as we head south this year. On the last day of our time together, Hildebrando invited us for lunch at his incredible finca. The fresh trout lunch his wife made was the best meal we had in Colombia, and the views from his property were stunning. It was a very special day with our local hosts and new friends. We are grateful for the time we got to spend with them.

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This is the home/finca of our Spanish teacher Hildebrando who invited us over for lunch

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Fresh trout lunch is served!

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Kitchen with a view - finca Hildebrando

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Jenine learning about all the different trees and crops on Hildebrando's finca

Suddenly, we realized we really should to get to Ecuador, or we’d stay the rest of the year in Colombia and miss summer in Patagonia. The thoughts of the Galapagos, the Amazon jungle and the great surfing that awaits in Ecuador, motivated for us to push through a long 3 day drive to get to the border. The drive wasn’t all bad though, it led us through some more incredible scenery, including a stop some of the most dangerous/highest(?) waterfalls we have seen so far on our trip (El Fin Del Mundo Waterfalls) and even a stop at one of the most impressive Churches we’ve seen, Santuario Las Lajas right on the border of Colombia and Ecuador. Thank you so much for the sweet memories Colombia!!

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Unlike other parks, they let you go wherever you want in Colombia

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Jumping off @ El Fin Del Mundo waterfalls

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Jenine looking terrified at El Fin Del Mundo waterfalls - you can go right up to the edge of this 200 foot waterfall

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On top and the edge of a very very tall waterfall @ El Fin Del Mundo

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Santuario Las Lajas Colombia - a very cool church built into the cliffs on the border of Colombia and Ecuador

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Bye Colombia! We will miss your beautful landscapes and wonderful people

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For more pics:

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View from the front porch of Pescado Kite Surf: http://www.pescaokitesurf.com/?lang=en

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Kiteboarding Lago Calima, Colombia

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Me kiting through rainbow at Lago Calima, Colombia

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Kitesurfing Lago Calima, practicing turns

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Lago Calima

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Kitesurfing at Lago Calima

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Lago Calima

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The crew at Pescado Kitesurfing

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Lago Calima in the morning

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Pescado Kitesurfing - Our man Daniel sitting on the porch

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The awesome garage at Pescado Kitesurfing where we camped for the week

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Although Lago Calima gets windy nearly every day, the mornings are calm and beautiful

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Festival del Pacifico in Cali Colombia - Celebrating the music of the pacific coast

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The white towels never stopped spinning

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Cali Colombia's home of rythm

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The plaza in Cali Colombia

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Looking down onto Cali Colombia

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On of our camp spots on the way to San Agustin

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Everywhere we stop in Colombia, Titus drew a friendly inquisitive crowd

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The cow on Finca El Cielo. I'm gonna milk him

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Mom and her offspring on El Cielo

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Jenine gives milking a shot for the first time

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It took a while to get used to it, but I got the milk flowing

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Finca El Cielo, San Agustin Colombia.

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Luna pup, she still thinks she's a lap dog

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Luna loved playing the bite the hand game

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Moto Taxi! The cheapest way to travel in Colombia

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At the archelogical park in San Agustin, Colombia

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Ancient water carvings in San Agustin

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The ancient statues in San Agustin, Colombia

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Parque Archaeological San Agustin, Colombia

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More statues uncovered in San Agustin

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View from our van Finca El Cielo, San Agustin, Colombia

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Chaquira, Colombia

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On the walk to the lush town of Chaquira, Colombia

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There was a school field trip to this park, and they wanted a photo with Jenine

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The lush valley of Colombia in the distance - Chaquira Colombia

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Jenine exhausted after her hike straight up

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Finca El Cielo, San Agustin - Titus camped in the background

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Finca El Cielo dinning room where we did spanish during the week

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This is the home/finca of our Spanish teacher Hildebrando who invited us over for lunch

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Lots of Colombians have parrots for pets, this was the parrot of Hildebrando

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Jenine with our spanish instructs Jovanny and Hildebrando at his finca

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Kitchen with a view - finca Hildebrando

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Jenine learning about all the different trees and crops on Hildebrando's finca

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Fresh trout lunch is served!

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Hildebrando's cat Mono, look at those eyes

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I wish we could have taken this kitty with us

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Hildebrando looking out over his property in Colombia

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Finca El Cielo were we camped and did Spanish in San Agustin, Colombia

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Walking the bridge to the Fin Del Mundo Waterfalls

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Jenine looking terrified at El Fin Del Mundo waterfalls - you can go right up to the edge of this 200 foot waterfall

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On top and the edge of a very very tall waterfall @ El Fin Del Mundo

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Jumping off @ El Fin Del Mundo waterfalls

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Cruising through the mountains

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We drove this winding road for hours leaving Colombia

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Santuario Las Lajas Colombia

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Santuario Las Lajas Colombia - a very cool church built into the cliffs on the border of Colombia and Ecuador

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4 comments on “Wind, Rhythm y Hablando Mas en Colombia!
  1. Jacqui says:

    Love the kiting pictures and I think you’re both very brave getting close to the edge of those waterfalls – eek!!

  2. Emma says:

    Colombia just keeps looking better and better to us! Glad to hear all the Spanish classes have paid off. Enjoy Ecuador!

  3. Shawna says:

    You guys look SO HEALTHY. I love it!

    Shawna

  4. Keyaan says:

    Right oni-ths helped me sort things right out.