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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…


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


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


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!



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