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A Quick Trip Exploring Guaduas


Stepping out of Hotel San Cristobol, puts you right on the sidewalk and very near the street wit cars driving by. The hotel is in an old Spanish colonial house between two and three blocks from the central plaza. Small shops, another hotel and a bakery are on the way to the plaza. The streets are cement and smooth as is the sidewalk. The weather is pleasant, a bit cool in the shade and decidedly warmer in the sun.

The five minute walk to the plaza gives one an opportunity to take in the sights, sound, and smells in Guaduas. Near the bakery the aroma is of cooking pastries tempting one to indulge with excellent Colombian coffee.

We would like a more substantial breakfast of eggs and some breakfast meat. So we walked to a restaurant about six blocks away and joined a table of about six people and had a meal of eggs, soup, rice, and arepas, a flat corn flour bread. Along with the meal we had that excellent coffee and delicious fruit juice, either mango or orange.

After breakfast, we proceeded to the plaza to see if anything interesting was occurring there. The plaza has  mixed pavement of brick, gravel, cobble stone and varies from level and pleasant to walk on to a bit rough and more challenging for those balance declined.

There did not appear much of interest in the plaza, but there were people in it and appeared to be walking to shops and having a good time. We decided to go back to the hotel and venture out later.

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