About an hour after the busses first roll we stop at a roadside restaurant. A typical Columbian breakfast is included in the tour, which consists of coffee or hot chocolate and a torta with slabs of relatively tasteless cheese. I drink the hot chocolate, which is very good, but can only finish half of the torta with cheese. We talk with a couple from the U.K. in their 30's who are finishing up a year of travel. They sold their home and most of their possessions and took off to see the world. The only exception is the two months they spent in the U.K. after he fell out of the top bunk at a hostel in Vietnam. Following surgery in Vietnam they flew home where the surgery was re-done and he completed his recovery.
After our short walk around town center we are back on the bus, destined for Piedra del Peñol. The area nearby was flooded when a large dam was built and as part of the project an entire town of 10,000 people was relocated. The hydro-electric dam provides 35% of Colombia's electricity.
When I reach the base I find William sitting in a cafe enjoying a cerveza. The waiter happily brings me a bottle of agua con gas. For entertainment we sit back and watch the locals and the tourists until it is time for the bus to leave.
A short drive takes us to the town of Guatape, where we start with lunch at a small restaurant. I have a typical Columbian lunch consisting of pork belly, sausage, ground beef, beans, rice, something like a hard biscuit, and a large slice of avocado. It is very filling, and I leave all of the beans and most of the rice uneaten! During lunch a trio performs local songs for tips. They are not very good, but they try hard.
The bus is pretty quiet on our two hour return journey. Everyone is tired from the busy day. William and I are very happy we took the tour.