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Medellin to El Jardin

Medellin to El Jardin

We supposed to arrive in 3-3.5 hrs to El Jardin from Medellin on 132 km of asphalted roads. Yeah right. It took us an hour just to get out of Medellin. After some 20 minutes drive we hit the only toll booth for the day and coughed up 7,300 COP. Few minutes after...
Staring at the sky

Staring at the sky

Here I am staring at the Colombian sky again through my lens. Somewhat better details of the clouds than a day before for sure. These clouds go crying every night and the temperature drops basically to similar as in the Canadian Rockies, let’s say in July. This...
Cloud level

Cloud level

Camping up at 2,600 metres altitude has its pluses and minuses, at this latitude is mostly attractive. Stayed put and did some housework today, but the attractive clouds before sunset called for some photos to be taken. The clouds were about the same level with me in...
Smells like Alberta

Smells like Alberta

Woke to a fresh new day and with all the cash blown for diesel and tolls, fridge empty, we needed a little trip to pick up some dough and food. Not keen on the dropdown to Medellin on the steep road we drove towards a small town in the opposite direction called...

Filandia to Medellin

We left the colourful Filandia to drive up to El Jardin, as we heard is a less visited colonial town where time stands still. Drove trough the first toll booth and dropped 10,300 COP, then the first city we hit was Pereira, which had several roads closed in the favour...
Filandia

Filandia

Based on the recommendation from locals our next stop was Filandia, which is basically half an hour drive from Salento. While the architecture is similar, colourful buildings in the main plaza and along two-three streets, the feel of the town was quite different,...
Salento

Salento

Salento is a very touristy town in the coffee zone of Colombia. Basically restaurants, hostels, hotels and souvenir shops are alternating along the streets with slightly higher prices. The buildings although their architecture is less sophisticated are extremely poppy...
Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley

Woke up after a fairly quiet night at the traffic aid stop parking lot after a cool night, which was more than welcomed after the boiling heat of Tatacoa. There was a coffee shop in the same building and went for some sampling. It turned out an absolutely modern shop...
Tatacoa

Tatacoa

The first thing about Tatacoa it’s the heat. Thermometer shoots up to 45C during the day and ‘cools’ down to about 34C inside the van during the night. It’s brutal if you are coming from the cool highlands.  We endured two nights before we...
Alto de San Andres

Alto de San Andres

With the low camping fee ($2.00 per night) and fairly convenient location, not counting the cockroaches on steroids in the showers at night, we decided to stay another day and drag up ourselves to Alto de San Andres, to another excavated tourist friendly group of...
El Tablon

El Tablon

It started to rain soon as we reached the van after visiting the Segovia and El Duende sites in Tierradientro and it rained all night and most of the next day’s morning. The rain tapered off around noon and we decided to stay and visit El Tablon, another...
Segovia and El Duende

Segovia and El Duende

The series of unsolved mysteries of San Agustin continued in Tierradentro. The entry fee is he same 20,000 COP pp and is good for two-three days. There are several archaeological sites stretched out along a 14 km walk/hike and according the travel guides is doable in...
San Agustin to Tierradentro

San Agustin to Tierradentro

Somehow either we are dragging slower than others. either the driving time informations out there are wrong. The road from San Agustin to Tierradentro is estimated at 4-5 hours, for us was again 7 hours, with almost no stops on the way. Soon after San Agustin desert...
Alto de las Piedras

Alto de las Piedras

Three is the number when it comes to archaeological sites visited around San Agustin and Ismos. The third site, Alto de las Piedras is basically a small site with eight outdoor exhibits only, but still interesting enough to spend some time around. Here as well there...
Alto de los Idolos

Alto de los Idolos

Let’s see some more  pre-colombian stuff in Colombia. Another necropolis site at Alto de los Idolos, basically 5.9 km only from the San Agustin one, but the road goes around the mountain so the drive is more like 25 km. Overcast weather, all statues under...
San Agustin

San Agustin

‘No clue’ is the answer mainly when you ask why, when, how about the megalithic sculptures scattered through 50 square kilometres. Basically is a walk trough an ancient cemetery. It’s considered the world’s largest necropolis and the statues...

Popayan to San Agustin

Today we were doing some real overlanding. We drove 138 km in 7.5 hours, a new personal record. The road from Popayan to San Agustin was one of the slowest of all times. While the first 30 km were asphalt, the rest was plain dirt or rocky road sprinkled with potholes....
Influence

Influence

As we get lower and lower on the Panamericana towards South, it is very interesting to see that although there was a single conqueror, beside Brazil, all the Latin American countries are different. There is no doubt that the Spanish had a very strong influence on 3/4...
Silvia

Silvia

It took about an hour or so to get from Popayan to Silvia, Cauca. Every Tuesday the Guambiano indigenous people will come down to the village to sell/buy stuff in the market. There are about 20,000 Guambianos also called Misak living around Silvia. Silvia is tagged as...
First impressions Colombia

First impressions Colombia

Lets see some first impressions about Colombia. Based on other overlander impressions Colombia supposed to be ‘even cheaper’ than Ecuador. It is, sort of, but hold on with that thought for a second. If you need THINGS, which we don’t generally,...