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Cascada de Los Venados

I went with my usual hiking group, Caminantes de Santander, this Sunday to our usual type of destination – a waterfall! We made our first stop at a beautiful cemetery on a hill above the city. In Colombia you never suffer for want of empanadas because there is an empanada vendor everywhere you turn, including the entrance of a cemetery. I enjoyed a cemetery empanada and then we headed up and up and up a crazy steep hill.

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Flower vendors outside the cemetery.

Thank god there were pretty trees, flowers and views of the city to enjoy as my leg muscles cried out for flatter ground.

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Photo by Manuel Guacaneme Franco.

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We stopped at a pueblo along the way for some snacks.

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Photo by Manuel Guacaneme Franco.

At last! After six hours of mostly uphill hiking we arrived at the waterfall.

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Just kidding. After getting to one small waterfall there was still a bit more hiking to do over many slippery rocks to get to the real waterfall. Once we got within sight of the waterfall I was impressed by its height.

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I took a snack break and then my wobbly legs were ready for the last climb of the day up to the higher falls.

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Photo by Manuel Guacaneme Franco.

The water was frigid and I was content just to go in up to my knees.

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A bus was waiting just below the falls to take us back home. I had enough time to rest for a few hours at home before going to Spanish study club in the evening – a new effort undertaken by myself and a few other foreign friends who are living here.

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