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Photodump: Beyond Salento in Colombia’s coffee region

dsc_0853Hiring a dirt bike to wind our bumpy way through the mountains surrounding the beautiful town of Salento might just have to be regarded as one our best experiences this trip.

dsc_0951Passing through shady roads alongside towering bamboo forests, along high mountain ridge lines and through tiny villages…

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Across lonely bridges made for the fluctuating force of fresh river streams…

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Past hardworking farmers and Colombians living in what can only be described as secluded solitude.

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This part of Colombia not only feels safe but somehow sacred. An area that remains unchanged due to the difficulties of remote access development.dsc_0949A region of vast valleys and misty peaks, where the weather hangs low over the country’s high mountain coffee plantations. Where every new bend in the road offers a glorious outlook.

dsc_0957After hours on the bike we came to the surreal Valle de Cocora (the final photos below). It is the only place in Colombia where the tall wax palms grow, a tree that has become a national symbol of strength for the country. Moody, high contrast and consistently changing, it was easy to see how this valley is so popular with hikers.

dsc_0972dsc_0978dsc_0980dsc_0967If you can navigate the precarious nature of rocky, steep and often muddy mountain roads (thanks Andrés), add a day on a motorcycle to your itinerary in this part of the world. We loved it!

Kris

 

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