There’s one special place located in the southern tip of Colombia called Leticia. It is situated in the middle of Amazon jungles and connects three countries, Colombia, Peru and Brazil. Getting off the plane, I immediately felt in love with this little jungle town. All the cells of my body were awaken and nourished by the smells of soils and trees. It felt like home. It felt like after a long journey, finally arrived at a place where one can take some real rest. I know, the nature is good for the soul.
When the Magic Mango meets his first Sunset, the whole world becomes silent.
In the calmest boarder region I’ve ever visited, the Magic Mango is on a small boat to Peru. Here, even foreigners don’t need to go through a passport check to visit one city/country from another.
When the Magic Mango saw these cute river dolphins for the first time, he was so happy and excited that he even forgot to take a selfie with them. :p
Yes, they are extremely cute in real life.
The Magic Mango Family. :)
One day, one view, on one side of the Amazon River.
The Magic Mango is enjoying his second Sunset. :)
Having a closer look.
Boats, huts, trees. A Cat and a Mango. <3
The city Medellin has a very special touch. It’s a small city in the middle of mountains, it’s the home of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, it hosted the famous artist Fernando Botero who has very interesting paintings and sculptures, and it’s the only city in Colombia who provides a subway system, as for 2016.
In the middle of Medellin, there is a botanic garden. It’s only a stone throw’s distance to where we live. Sometimes after breakfast, we would take the Magic Mango toy family there to have a walk. We enjoys a calm reading session under a big mango tree while the toys are playing and exploring around.
One of the biggest attractions of this botanic garden is the one piece of rain-forest it brought to the city. Walking into its paved wooden hike way, it does feel like going back to the nature, if one can successfully ignore the sounds produced by the surrounding traffics.
The first animal we meet during the ‘jungle hike’.
The impressive scary reptile with super calm and relaxed character.
A little guy with some color. :)
How does a cat feel when she sees a beautiful bird?
This cute little bird can be seen in many parts of Medellin. It’s also available in the color of yellow. ^^
While one cat is playing with bird, the other is jumping onto a tree. :D
Home, sweet home. The Magic Mango on a big mango tree. :)
If I need to name one thing that Colombia doesn’t lack in its tourist attractions, I would say colonial architectures. From Catagena to Guatapé, from Jadín to Santa Fe, Colombia is very rich of towns with Spanish colonial architectures. And my imaginations of them are filled with narrow streets, white walls, flowers, balconies and colorful houses.
Villa de Leyva is an exception as well as a beautiful surprise.
Located in a valley of 2144 meters and 3.5 hours away by bus from Bogotá, the town has undergone little development in the past 400 years. As a consequence, it preserved much of its original colonial style and many buildings are dated from the 16th century.
To us, it felt genuine, relaxed, interesting, and simply beautiful. The mountains, the houses, the sky, together with its flair in the air, made me think of Tibet.
The Pirate Dog was posing on Villa de Leyva’s majestic main square, unique in Latin-America.
Changing pose. :D
Changing side. ^^
Playing on a regular street.
Hiding from the camera. :p
Becoming a happy dog when he found food. Delicious food!
A very tasty liver stew. :D
About 2km outside the town, there is a park called Pozos Azules. It offers a short loop hike around a series of bright blue sulphuric pools. When the Pirate Dog heard about this …
Of course he wanted to visit.
And pose for pictures! :D
Unlike District 12 in the Hunger Games, District 13 in Medellin is a lively and colorful place.
Unlike its past reputation of being violent and dangerous, that Sunday afternoon, District 13 presented us a local neighborhood with music, motor cycle washing, and warmhearted people.
That's it! One of the six covered escalators rising 400 meters up a very steep residential neighborhood. About 2000 people are benefited from them.
This is one of the many graffiti-es around the neighborhood. Our Laughing Cat was very excited to meet someone of her own size.
and Look, what happened when a Cat saw a Slide?
Walking up to a small hill, a Panorama view and cooling breeze are our best rewards.
About the warmhearted people
My flip-flop broke and a lady offered to give me hers for free. I can't remember for how many times I've been impressed by the generosity and helpfulness of people. This time again, my heart was warmed by her act. I accepted her flip-flop and gave her the Lulu Cat to show my appreciation. Wholesome qualities of the heart are precious.
And that was how the Magic Mango creatures found their first new family. :)