Saturday, 25 March 2017

Hacienda Fizebad, Antioquia - 20th March 2017

25 minutes to the east of Medellin, lies Fizebad Hacienda, a country club on a farm dating back to 1825. In this place, where social events like marriages are frequently held, visitors find a museum of Antioquenidad, a museum of pre-Columbian art and a library of Antioquian authors.

















Friday, 4 November 2016

Turbo Antioquia Colombia - 4th November 2016

Turbo is a port town in Antioquia Department, Colombia. It is located on the coast of Gulf of Urabá, 340 km. north of Medellín. This port city is the capital of the Urabá region of Antioquia, Colombia. The place where Turbo is today was known as Pisisí, but by 1741 people were already talking about Turbo. By a decree on May 11, 1839, the central government spent one thousand pesos for a military service barracks in Turbo. In 1840 the republican president assigned one thousand fanegas (Spanish Bushel equal to 8.81 acres) of uncultivated lands for the new population. It was established as a municipality in 1847

The Welcome

The Coast

Celebration with Friends and Family

Sunset on the Beach

Sunset

Sunset

Blue and Yellow Macaw

Helmeted Guineafowl

Indian Peafowl

Little Blue Heron


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Urabá Antioquia Colombia - 1st November 2016

Urabá Antioquia is a sub-region in the Colombian Department of Antioquia. The region is made up by 24 municipalities. Most of this regions northern portion is part of the Colombian Caribbean Region bordering the Caribbean sea.
Colombia’s northwestern Urabá region is located along the Panamanian border and touches both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean.
The region consists of jungle along the Panamanian border and the Pacific, and inland has large plots of agricultural land.
Urabá is spread out over the departments of Choco, Antioquia and Cordoba and was home to Colombia’s first city, Santa Maria la Antigua del Darien.


The Wildlife


Much of the wildlife in Urabá, especially the birds, are unique to the area. My favourites are the Red Howler Monkey, the Banana Tree Frog, and the Fork-tailed Flycatcher.

Blue-crowned Parakeet

Chestnut-fronted Macaw

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Weaver Bird Nests

Yellow-headed Caracara

Venezuelan Red Howler

Bat

Water Buffalo

Banana Tree Frog


Piedras Blancas (White Stones)

Piedras Blancas (White Stones)

Native Indian House

Jungle Mountain Range



Banana Plantation

When a Banana plant is producing fruit, it also grows a new shoot from the roots. After it has produced its fruit, the main trunk which bore the fruit is felled, and the shoot is nurtured for the next production of Bananas. It takes around 6 months for the next production of Bananas to occur.




Manzana de Agua (Water Apple)

Guanabana


Chiva - Transport for the plantation employees



Cut Bananas waiting to be processed

Selecting the Bananas

Washing Station

Packing

Cutting the Bananas

Inside the Plantation



Natural Fertiliser
 
Loading Bananas for Delivery

Loading Bay

Banana Plantation

Young Banana Trees

The best way to travel through the plantation

Footbridge

Picnic in the shade of a tree


Mmmm can not wait to start

Picnic prepared in Banana Leaves

Personal Security


The Pineapple Plantation

Pineapple production is extremely time consuming. It takes 18 months from planting the seedling until it produces 1 pineapple. There are multiple stages in the production. First prepare the land, next plant the seedlings, when large enough cut the top out of one plant to see if it is growing a fruit. Prepare the fruiting stage. Cut the fruits when ready. Like the bananas throw away the parent plant, but remove all the side shoots beforehand. Cut all the leaves to half size on the seedlings, then plant them in the prepared land.

Pineapple Plantation


The baby pineapple just starting to grow

Young Pineapples


Preparing a new crop

Sorting by size. The 3 in the centre are destined for Europe. The others for domestic consumption in Colombia

Washing and sorting by size

Pineapples boxed and ready for delivery