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Destinos: Redefining Time In Jardín, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

One of my favorite things about traveling in Colombia is the impression that time has come to a standstill.  In our modern world filled with notifications, constant updates and the ability to message anyone anywhere in the world at any time of the day, instant gratification has never been so easy.  We are connected more than ever and those connections indeed spread far and wide but yet they remain quite shallow.  Whiling away the day chatting over a cup of coffee is nearly absent, something only reserved for special occasions like getting together with an old, dear friend.  It’s become something we add to our calendars rather than a way of life. These opportunities for deep connections are often eschewed due to a perceived ‘lack of time’.  Our schedules are constantly filled up with things to do and even a real phone call can seem like another thing to add to the list.

Docs | Making Panela In Salamina, Colombia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Como Sur]

[Como Sur]

Just in time to close out Friday, we are back with another installment of our video series Docs.  This time, our travel team Joanna and Laurent take us to the middle of the jungle in Salamina, Colombia, for an up-close and personal look at the process, from raw sugar cane to bricks of delicious brown sugar, of making Panela, one of Colombia’s most delicious national products.  Their adventure begins in the small Colonial town of Salamina, and takes them on hikes, jeep rides, and ultimately to a factory where the process for making the sugar has been the same for years.

We’re pretty excited about this one, and we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen anything quite like this.  Unless, of course, you’ve been to a panela factory.  Settle in and get ready for some truly sweet footage.  This is the foundation of South America and its cuisine, the rustic, national products, that make each nation unique.  Stay tuned for more.  Como Sur Docs are just getting started.

Destinos: It’s All In The Details In Salamina, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

One of my favorite things about traveling is meeting new people.  Whether they are other travelers like myself or (as in this case) hostel owners, it’s nice to be able to connect with others while in a foreign land.  In addition to sharing stories and learning new things, it’s helpful to receive recommendations from those that have been there or done that.  Recently I had the pleasure of staying at ‘The Secret Garden’ in Manizales, Colombia, and it was there I met the kind and welcoming owners Daniel Buitron Jaramillo & Eliesha Lovell (who also run highly recommended Colombia Eco Travel.

Knowing that I am fond of off-the-beaten track destinations, colorful colonial architecture and smaller towns with a quiet, relaxed vibe, he urged me to visit a small city called Salamina which lies just two hours north of Manizales.  Not every place recommended to me ends up as my own destination due to either time or money constraints.  In addition, sometimes I worry the hype won’t live up to the actual place or that the person doing the recommending values things that differ from what I do.