Our first visitor and good friend, Elizabeth, was Chimera’s saving grace. Within only a few days of her arrival in Bogotá we were back on the road and headed off on more adventures. We drove straight to the charming town of Villa de Leyva, where we enjoyed some leisurely hikes and an amazing market. Then we hit up the Zona Cafetera, the gorgeous coffee region, where we indulged in the locally grown, freshly roasted beans, showered in waterfalls and swam in hot springs, hiked through a fantasy land of wax palms, and made explosions.
Chimera couldn’t have chosen a better place to break down. Not only was El Cocuy full of kind and generous people, the local scenery was spectacular, and we were on the front doorstep of Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) El Cocuy. Taking a break from engine woes, we strapped on our packs and headed out into the beautiful mountains for a wonderful (albeit very cold) weekend in the Colombian tundra. On the way back to El Cocuy we caught el lechero (the milk truck) which was one of those amazing and unforgettable experiences where you get to see the colors of life in rural alpine farm country.