February 1st, 2013, Providence, Colombia
The guide books listed hiking at the top of the what-to-do-in-Providencia list. Petra signed up Pete, me and herself for a guided trip. We negotiated a start time of 7am. We wanted to do the bulk of the hike while it was still relatively cool.
The other three (Gayle, Tony, and Dick) met up for breakfast at the more civilized hour of 9 am.
The part of the adventure that Petra was most nervous about was the road trip to the starting point on the back of a motorbike. This bit turned out to be even worse than feared because (i) we rode three up — me in the middle and Petra at the back — and (ii) the start point was as far away as possible on the small island — evidenced by the fact that on the return trip (mercifully in a car) we drove the rest of the way around the island. Pete so wished he had a camera to capture the three of us on the bike. He got to ride on the back of the guide’s scooter — also a picture that went uncaptured.
It was a nice hike: 360 meters change in elevation to the highest point on the island. It rained some along the way, but was clear at the top. From the top, we were able to see On Delay and to phone down to Gayle, Tony and Dick who were lingering over breakfast on the boat.
Here are some pictures of the day.