December 30, 2013
Today we managed to get packed up and on the road by 9 am. Not bad for a group traveling with five kids between us. Our destination was six to seven hours away – Laguna La Cocha, a gorgeous alpine lake set at 2800 meters (around 9,000 feet).
We did not see much military on the road which at first made me a little nervous. We were heading into the province of Narino, towards the border with Ecuador, an area of known security issues. The road we were on was listed in El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest newspaper, as one of the secure roads in the country this holiday season, but what usually makes road secure in Colombia is extensive military presence.
After some time of stressing, I decided to just relax and enjoy the ride. The ride was actually quite beautiful (and hot!) with spectacular mountain scenery which began to resemble that of Ecuador as we got closer to the Ecuadorian border.
We made it to the Laguna in just under six hours. The lake is quite spectacular and the Hotel Sindamoy, while somewhat ragged (I don’t think it has been refurbished since the 70’s) and overpriced has fantastic views. At 2,800 meters, it is significantly cooler here than where we have been over the past two weeks so I put on some layers and headed to our balcony for a little R & R while the kids played on the playground behind the hotel.