Chasing Waterfalls in Santa Rosa, Colombia

I woke up this morning at 7:40 am to get ready to hike to the waterfall. At 9am, after I showered, sipped coffee, and demolished some oatmeal, our guide met us at our hostel to pick us up. We hopped in the back of the jeep and headed to the mountains.


We walked down the super steep hills until we got to this really sketchy looking bridge.


It was a little difficult, but we made it across, and hiked on. We had to stop every so often to hug a tree. You know… priorities.


After about an hour hiking, we made it to the waterfall.



It was beautiful. And difficult to get to. We had to take our shoes off and climb through the river to get the the falls.



We found a little spring where I filled up my water bottle. We climbed over rocks. Barefoot. It was very wet. The falls were spraying water all over us. I was soaked without even going in the water. We turned around and went back a ways, and ate some corn cakes.

Colombia is big on corn cakes. It’s just ground corn, flour, and sugar, smashed into a thick pancake shape and then fried. After our corn cakes, I found a butterfly. I started taking pictures of it (I’m working on macro photography). And then…. it let me pick it up.


What! I never thought this day would come. The butterfly kept flying away and coming back. It landed on my arm, my hand, even on top of my camera. The little guy and I became friends.


What a beauty, eh?!

Eventually I had to let the butterfly go, and we headed back to the jeep. After crossing the terrifying bridge again, we stumbled upon black beauty.


I pet her, hugged her, and we moved on. Up the extremely steep hill we went. I thought I was going to die a few times, but I made it. It probably would have been easier had I known what was waiting for me at the top.


My god! I told the cooks at the restaurant that I don’t eat meat or cheese or dairy or eggs (they asked me a few times, because they thought it was so weird), and they made me this amazing plate! That little yellow baby is a fried plantain. It tastes like a sweet banana, fried. It’s incredible. I almost jumped up and down when I saw this.

We had a great day at the waterfall, followed by a topless jeep ride home. We stood up in the jeep and let the wind fly through our hair (well, I did). It was a perfect ending to the trip.


This trip cost $70.000 pesos for both my brother and I (total). That evens out to about $22 TOTAL- food, transportation, and our own personal tour guide included. That is so crazy to me. $11 each for a half day of hiking, lunch, snacks, a personal photographer, and an unforgettable experience. If you are looking to travel on a budget, I would definitely recommend Colombia. It’s beautiful, there is so much to do, and it’s almost impossible to spend a ton of money. Now have I convinced you to go to Colombia?

Spanish words learned today: mariposa (butterfly), finca (farm), and caminar (to walk).

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you would ever go to Colombia 🙂



  1. Lori
    April 7, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Amanda! Looks like you and Ky had another AMAZING day in Santa Rosa de colosa Columbia ! I am so loving reading about your adventures and REALLY live the added photos to go with your experiences!! Thank you so much for sharing! And YES I would like to travel to Columbia – and experience the beauty of the trails, butterflies, sketchy bridges. And lovely scenery along with those amazing yummy dishes you are enjoying! Looking forward to hearing all about your upcoming adventures!? Momsies

  2. Kayla T.
    May 13, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    That butterfly!!!! WOW! So beautiful! I miss the rain forest and tropical weather. Love your pictures and blog 🙂

  3. Sandra
    January 5, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I would really love to go to Colombia one day. And this butterfly so incredible beautiful. But when I was checking on flights they always are so expensive. Do you have any advice for cheap flights to Cali?
    Thank you so much for writing down your experiences.

    • January 5, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Hi Sandra, my best advice for flights is to just keep an eye on them. Buying during off season (which is country-specific) would help as well. I usually just look at the world map on google flights and pick the country that is cheapest to get to 🙂

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