The bus from San Agustin to Neiva took 5 hours and cost 22000. From Neiva we then got a truck to Villavieja which we bargained hard for which is 1 hour from Neiva. From Villa the driver then struck a deal with us to take us straight to the Observatory. We had heard that it would cost 3 to get to villa the 20 to get to the Observatory…..so instead of it costing us 23 each we got it for 10 each, Brucey Bargain!!!
When we got to our abode it really was in the middle of nowhere! It was an old farm building with only a generator for electric (which was switched off when the guys weren’t there- they left just after they put the hammocks up and returned in the morning!!!!) So it was head torches and candles for most of the night!! But the highlight of the night was visiting the Observatory………
A crazy German did a tour for us and he really knew his stuff!! He was showing us the constellations outside so asked us to turn off our torches. Then he produces this amazing, massive green beam torch thing that he was so accurate with!! When he wanted to point to the a particular star this laser beam would be on it in a flash!!! Very impressive!!!! So after pointing out Orion’s belt, Big dipper and the great bear, among others, we then go into his huge dome!!
The telescope was very impressive too. It had a GPS address thing that he tapped into the instructions and it went straight to this amazing sight…….Saturn and it’s rings!!! If it was real then I am really impressed, but it didn’t look like anything I have ever seen about Saturn before……what do you think??
After sleeping in the hammocks, chasing cows out of the garden, shooing scorpions away and getting bitten by mosquitoes a few times, we wake up to a beautiful hazy morning. The hammocks only cost 10000 each, and the observatory was 5000 each.
Next stop Bogata…..