Our week long paragliding tour had come to an end in Roldanillo, but the fun and traveling was far from over. Fortunate with our ability to have a “flexible schedule” and gypsy lifestyle, we decided to explore more of the Colombian country. We estimated our stay in Colombia to hover right around one month but didn’t want to make any hard plans on our return to Mexico. So as of now we had no return flight from Colombia mainly because we didn’t know where in Colombia we might be and how long we felt like staying. The more we travel, the less we plan, allowing our feelings and thoughts on an area guide us through our experience.
So here we sat on the local bus in route to the Armenia bus station in order to explore a small pueblo in the mountains called Salento. Salento is no doubt a backpacker’s destination, especially the famous Valle de Cocora where the tallest Wax Palm Trees in the world elevate over the valley floor. We departed from Roldanillo looking more like pack mules than backpackers as our identities were masked with our large paraglider on our back and our regular backpacks impeding our sight on the front. Embarking on a backpacking trip with paragliders brings new meaning to packing light. I am carrying an aircraft on my back…try packing lighter than that! Once on board the bus from Roldanillo to Armenia, I kept getting a faint scent similar to that of a farm. Maybe it was the passing landscape occupied by cows and other animals. Or maybe it was the farmer sitting in the seat across from me who had stepped in a pile of shit. Or maybe it was the goose and rooster he had in tow with him only being uncovered as he exited the bus at his designated stop. As the farmer stood up and uncovered his cargo; a goose head and rooster head, the bus’s energy grew as the farmer managed a small smile out of the corner of his mouth.