The Pre-Colombian era has ended - Colombia Part 1


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September 15th 2015
Published: September 18th 2015
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Colombia hadn’t been high on my list of holiday destinations, mostly due to my ignorance about the country and a once well-deserved reputation for it being rather a dangerous place to visit. However, when informed by good friend Bear (Cath) last summer that she and her Colombian fiancé, Hector, were planning a wedding in Bogota, as you can imagine it jumped straight to the top. For those of us... Read Full Entry



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This one skis!This one skis!
This one skis!

My favourite
Chiva time!Chiva time!
Chiva time!

Chiva buses are a common site in the Latin lands, mostly converted school buses.
High IdolsHigh Idols
High Idols

We've now moved on to a second areas, the Alto de los Idolos
Scargo.. Sarcophagu...Scargo.. Sarcophagu...
Scargo.. Sarcophagu...

Oh you know, stone coffins
This one is Anthropomorphic This one is Anthropomorphic
This one is Anthropomorphic

It was our guide's word of the day.
View over Alto de los IdolosView over Alto de los Idolos
View over Alto de los Idolos

Quite a pretty place to be laid to rest, if you don't mind the tourists..
River rapidsRiver rapids
River rapids

El Estrecho del Magdalena, the narrowest point of the Rio Magdelena at about 2 metres, I was to see the widest point later on in the trip.
FARC countryFARC country
FARC country

I kid you not, not that I realised until about 2 weeks later. The road also took us 3200m up as well, quite a journey.
Finding the FrailejónFinding the Frailejón
Finding the Frailejón

The road to Popayan was lined with these distinctive plants, they enjoy a bit of high altitude.
This is what your car looks like after 6 hours in FARC countryThis is what your car looks like after 6 hours in FARC country
This is what your car looks like after 6 hours in FARC country

Now I understood why they had given us such a big car.
Moody skies over PopayanMoody skies over Popayan
Moody skies over Popayan

The grey clouds made a great contrast to the shining white buildings
La Ciudad BlancaLa Ciudad Blanca
La Ciudad Blanca

The main square of the city, much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1983, so this could be fake..
San Francisco churchSan Francisco church
San Francisco church

The best example of baroque style throughout Colombia apparently, but of course it was closed when we were there, typical.
Streets paved with goldStreets paved with gold
Streets paved with gold

Well, in Spanish Colonial times at least
Flying off into the sunsetFlying off into the sunset
Flying off into the sunset

Our flight out of Cali, Medellin here we come!



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