Colours of Colombia

As we have moved through South America, some things have ‘struck’ us as defining, not so much individual countries but geographical areas that cross borders. Whether it be the harshness and beauty of Patagonia, the stillness and enormity of the mountain passes that cross the Andes or the desert country of northern Chile and Argentina,... Continue Reading →

Northern Colombia

From Guatape we headed north through some incredibly interesting mountain country. By Colombia standards it was a good quick run up to lunch although the number of big trucks on the road laden with shipping containers was increasing, which was ominous! We were heading for the town of Caucasia and it looked like we would... Continue Reading →

El Peñol & Guatapé

Medellin is now a favourite city amongst Colombians and an extremely popular nearby  attraction is the village of Guatapé which sits on the edge of an enormous man-made lake. The banks of the lake, are lined with private waterside ‘weekenders’ and the occasional luxury hotel. You can do boat tours .. or climb the iconic... Continue Reading →

Getting to Medellin

Getting to Medellin from Salento was a short 270kms. The drive took 12 hours! A few road works hold ups took 3 hours in total. During one 90 minute stop, we were surprised by two Aussies on a motorbike who stopped to say hi because we were the first Aussies they'd seen in 5 months.... Continue Reading →


Salento, now one of Colombia’s major tourist attractions is known for its colonial architecture, verdant tropical vegetation, proximity to Los Nevados National Park and coffee. The village itself is small, with a population of about 7,000, and has retained its traditional colonial architecture as a result of the major route to Bogota being diverted during... Continue Reading →

Things you see on the road ….

There has been no shortage of weird and wonderful sights as we have travelled around South America over the past 6 months. The unpredictability of what might be just around the corner or up the road means there is never a dull moment, no matter what country we are in. Herein a few shots from... Continue Reading →

Salento and great coffee!

Salento is a beautiful little town in the mountains surrounded by coffee plantations. It is a renowned coffee-producing region, now a UNESCO recognized area and we enjoyed a tour of a working coffee plantation, seeing the process of picking, sorting and roasting first hand. A lesson in making a great coffee followed the tour, which... Continue Reading →

Challenges on the road north

The main road north from the border has been the site of some local community unrest over the past month. A number of sections of the road had been closed when local indigenous people set up road-blocks and refused to let anyone pass in an anti-government protest. The indigenous organizations demand access to land, fair... Continue Reading →

Santuario Las Lajas

Santuario Las Lajas in southern Colombia is one very spectacular church! We had been told not to miss this place and were glad we didn’t. From the carpark high above the church you board a gondola (for about 3 bucks return) that takes you slowly down across a steep valley and then into a canyon,... Continue Reading →

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