Colombia’s Top 40

Colombia, 2016.

Having spent 3 fantastic months in Colombia, I thought I’d take a moment to remember some of the top images, places, and memories. Minimal words here. Just basic captions. Enjoy!

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 Capurganá. My first moment stepping foot in Colombia from the Panama crossing.

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Attempting to ride South along the coastal trails from Capurganá.

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Bike awareness signs here are for full suspension mountain bikes. Sweet.

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Antioquia dairy country.

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 Taking a “moto mesa” for a few kilometers with Brian Taylor and his 5” fat bike.

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Semana Santa parade in Zapatoca, Santander.

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 Chicamocha Canyon in Santander.

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 Gorgeous clean streets of Barichara.

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 Perfect sunset spot in the Cordillera Oriental.

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 One of the countless gorgeous churches in tiny Colombian towns. This one in San Mateo, Boyacá.

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El Cocuy, Boyacá. The start a long series of poncho sightings.

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 Fantastic canyon descent into Chita, Boyacá.

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The vast mountains of the Cordillera Oriental.

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 Mongui, Boyacá: Soccer ball production capital of Colombia.

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 Ponchos flapping in the morning breeze on the way into work. Laguna Tota, Boyacá.

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 Rainy season in Colombia. Hiding under an overhang in Villa de Leyva, Boyacá.

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Sutamarchan: Sausage capital of Colombia.

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Raquirá: Pottery capital of Colombia.

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 Big, juicy sloppy hamburgers with fresh cut fries: About $1.50USD. I had more than one. In fact I had a little burger eating contest with a friend. I can’t imagine I lost.

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Graves in the site of the horrible Armero Tragedy in 1985 when Volcan Ruiz when an enormous volcanic landslide buried a town of 27,000 people.

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 Tree tomatoes growing on the slopes of Volcan Ruiz.

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A moment’s rest during one of many endless climbs. This was a 10,000’ day.

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Nothing more brilliant than following random trails towards enormous volcanos. Volcan Ruiz, Eastern slopes.

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 Frailejon plants. Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.

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 Volcan Ruiz, Northern slope.

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Camping over a hot spring river near Volcan Ruiz.

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 Repair shop of Bisoño, father of the famous downhill racer Marcelo Guitirrez. He forges his own tools among other amazing skills. (That’s not him in the pic).

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 Group trail ride in Manizales.

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 Camping in a Tejo court in La Florida, in the heart of coffee country.

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 Coffee plants. Everywhere in the Cordillera Central.

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Banana plant flower.

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 Enormous Christ statue overlooking the metropolis of Cali.

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 Salsa lessons in Cali. Yes, she had me arch my back for the picture.

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 New but ancient friends by the riverside in Cali.

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 Guambian indigenous boys fighting over the bike.

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 One of endless huge landslides crossing the Cordillera Central toward Inzá.

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 Gorgeous staircases to the ancient tombs of Tierradentro.

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 Archeological carvings in San Agustin.

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Brothers in ceremony. Mocoa.

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 The 10,000’ hot springs of Laguna Verde.

Ecuador, here I come!

2 Responses

  1. Raimon
    | Reply

    Nice memories man. Love this last picture, charmingly wild. Cheers from BC and see you soon in South America with my new rig and my new setup 😉

  2. Chris Fisher
    | Reply

    Dude…

    Spectacular!

    Thanks (again) for sharing!

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