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We set off early and caught a bus to Pereira which by memory took about 6 hours. We then caught another bus to Cartago, a small and non touristy town in the middle of the coffee region. We managed to get ourselves to the meeting point at Muripurita restaurant (just) by walking then getting pissy, then getting a taxi lol.
We then waited for ages and finally got a taxi by some random guy who was maybe a little bit 'special'. His driving skills were something to be desired and eventually we got to the yoga farm in one peace.

Our expectations were quite high as the website and pictures were amazing off this eco farm and we had been looking forward to a relaxing time.

But unfortunately our dreams were shattered when we were driven up a water logged track to the main building which looked like a crappy old hut. We mooched around the back of the building thinking that things would improve but all we found was a water logged and muddy area which looked like where the outside yoga would have taken place.

Anyway we were greeted by the organizer and she showed us around and to our lodgings. This was a wooden shack situated on stilts meters from the flooded river bank. We set down our stuff not impressed by the retreat so far. Anyway we had a guided tour of the farm whilst being attacked by thousands of mossies.

After this we were told dinner was at 730pm and we went back to our hut to relax. As it started getting dark we turned on the one light in our hut and almost immediately the area around the light turned into a swarm of insects which were surrounding the hut inside and out. It was like a scene out of a horror film. We left immediately turning off the light as we did.

Our dinner was the only saving grace in our minds. But again I was disappointed that 1. WE HAD TO SIT ON THE FLOOR 2. THE PORTIONS WERE TINY AND 3. THE HYGEINE was questionable.

Our first night at the farm was farm from comfortable and unfortunately I was eager to leave.

The next day, we had breakfast on the floor and I was given the morning task of collecting and harvesting cocoa pods which actually was quite good fun, If a little sweaty. Mel was given the task of sanding and painting the kitchen door and bench. Not sure she was too happy.

That afternoon, it was a bit boring as there was nothing to do or nowhere to go. We had dinner and then went to bed.

The next day after breakfast I felt really crap and spent most of the day in bed. Mel continued her random quest of sanding and painting. During the night it had rained a lot drenching the ground further and the river was now under our hut. We both agreed in the afternoon that the following morning we would both leave as we were not enjoying it.

In the morning, after breakfast we were plucking up the courage to tell them it was shit and we weren't enjoying it and we were going to leave. But as luck would have it the organiser said she wanted to talk to us about something. We were both concerned. But she said, "The river has flooded too much and we have to evacuate from the farm back to Cartago" We both said "OH NO REALLY" but both thinking omg yes thank god lol.

Later that morning they told us we would be evacuated by boat as the roads were too flooded. We were expecting a large speed boat to come and rescue us. NO NO!!!! Literally, a dug out canoe came fitting only 2 people and our day bags. We were both really concerned as the water was quite fast flowing and when we got in the boat it was literally an inch from the water surface. Thankfully, we arrived safely at the other side of the river and got a jeep back to the town. I was still, feeling very sick and ill so we arranged a very impulsive and expensive night at a fancy hotel some 15km away.

The next day, I still felt pants but managed breaky and we bused it to Solento (an amazing coffee region), where we mooched around the pretty town and I flaked out like a big pansy. The next day or so I was bed/room bound with a bad bottom and Mel got a case of the grumps.

Posted by Markandmel2016 16:03 Archived in Colombia

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