The Perfect Setting for a Lunch

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

We've just spent a lovely few days in Colombia's coffee region, known as the 'Eje Cafetero' ~ the Coffee Axis or Coffee Triangle ~ so called due to its location between the three departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío. 

It's a part of the country I've never been to before so I was excited to visit the area which produces the famous Colombian coffee and learn more about it. It's a short 35 minute flight over the mountains from Bogota, and has a much warmer climate due to the lower altitude.

And it didn't disappoint. I'll be posting soon about our experiences picking coffee beans and seeing some of the amazing flora and fauna from this part of the world. But first, I wanted to share with you some amazing views that we experienced one lunchtime from a restaurant with an incredible panoramic vista of the region.

Under cover, yet open to the elements, El Portal de Cocora is a fantastic place. I could've stayed there forever in one of the hammocks overlooking the countryside and breathing in the clean air.

The food was pretty amazing here too. This is a patacon ~ a flattened, deep fried plantain ~ eaten with a sauce called 'hogao', which is made mainly from tomatoes, onions and garlic. This is a typical Colombian food, but until this lunch I had only eaten small patacones ~ as you can see this one was the size of a dinner plate, a whole plaintain rolled flat and then cooked ~ delicious, but very filling!

The view from the restaurant was just lovely...

It was a warm and sunny day, just the perfect place to be really...

The owners of the restaurant also rent cabins in the area, so who knows, maybe we'll go back there some day ~ in fact I'm sure we will, one way or another...

1 comment:

  1. Wow, looks beautiful and a very relaxing place to while away some time


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