by Derek Comba
The Best Panadería
I pretty much live here. You can almost always find fresh bread here at any time of the day. I love this panadería and you can find me here almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day. My go-to order is a bread roll filled with arequipe and a Coke. The owners here are so nice and friendly and greet me warmly every time I go there. I go there so often that now I don’t even have to order’ they know exactly what I’m going to say.
The Best Running Trails
It isn’t very hard to find motivation to go running here. There are numerous fincas surrounding the town connected by country roads. After a heavy rain and the fields flood it’s not uncommon to see hundreds of cranes dotting these roads. A lot of the times when I go running I’ll end up walking or stopping all together to soak in the beautiful views. It’s the perfect way to end a hot, humid day.
The Best Street Food
It’s both a good thing and a bad thing that you can only get fast food Saturdays and Sundays here or else I would probably eat here every day. I do however come here almost every week. From salchipapas, to hamburgers, to hotdogs, you can’t go wrong; everything here is delicious. The ambiance is also satisfying. It’s located on a quiet, dark, side street, and you can always hear music in the background. This makes for a very relaxing dinner.
The Best Tienda
The owner Jhon Jairo, is one of the nicest people I’ve met, which is why I almost always go to this tienda whenever I need anything. I’m always greeted with a warm smile and sincere “¿Todo bien?” He always asks about my family, how I’ve been, and teaches me a lot about Colombia. I’ll regularly spend 20 to 30 minutes here talking when I originally just came down to buy a tube of toothpaste. Also, on more than one occasion the owner has given me a free Coke, which is an added benefit.