I found Colombia to be a country very similar to our own. From the Coffee zone that resemble Dota with its high altitude and Cloud Forest, to Cali with its Savannah-like vegetation that definitely looks like Guanacaste. Plenty of water is filtered by these forests, creating rivers and waterfalls along most of the places we visited, just like the ones we love so much.

Yet Colombia has a series of peaks much higher than Chirripó, our tallest mountain at 3,820 meters above sea level. We took the opportunity to be near of one such peaks, namely Nevado del Ruiz. Paramo vegetation is unlike anything else seen in our country, and the permanent snow cap is such an unexpected sight, given this mountain’s proximity to the equator. Locals said that last year’s temperatures were too high, so the snow melted, but we were blessed with a sight of the snow cap, albeit a very short one. For a dense cloud posed itself between us and the mountain after 30 minutes of trying to take pictures of the sunrise. Yet, we had a wonderful time up there, with temperatures about 0 Celsius which threatened to cool down our hands, but not our spirits.