Colombia’s Finale

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San Agustín

This town is known for the Archeological Parks with many sculptures, statues and tombs which a mysterious pre-Columbian civilization left behind. It was not this park that attracted us to this area, but the beautiful drive through the páramo from Popayán to San Agustín and then to cross over the “Trampoline of Death”, the most spectacular but also the most dangerous road in Colombia that connects Mocoa and Pasto in the Southern part of Colombia.

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at Casa Francois in San Agustín

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“El Estrecho” – where the powerful Río Magdalena passes through 2.2m narrows

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looking back to the Rio Magdalena

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this car in front of us was stuck on the steep slippery road

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Ivan managed to move the car away so that the bus could pass

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Ivan is prepping Mr. G for the tow up the hill. It felt sooooooo good to help 🙂

Trampolín del Diablo (Devil’s Trampoline)

With a length of 69.7 km, the road between Mocoa and San Francisco is the most spectacular but also the most dangerous road in Colombia. The road is known as “Trampolín del Diablo” (Devils trampoline) or “Trampolin de la Muerte” (Trampoline of Death) – one of the most dangerous and spectacular roads on the continent. It is an unpaved, single-carriage road and when you meet oncoming traffic you often have to navigate in reverse! The road includes sheer cliffs, precipices and more than 100 hairpins. Ivan loves such challenging roads but with great road conditions and his driving experience this route wasn’t as bad. We are glad we choose this route – it was amazing zigzaging the Andean mountain range.

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lots of oncoming traffic

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the road disappeared in mystical fog

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The road abounds in twists and turns

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the road was in great conditions – thanks to great maintenance work

Laguna de la Cocha

The second largest lake in Colombia – a glacial lake and considered one of the most important wetland areas in both the Andes and Colombia.

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Visit of the impressive Las Lajas Sanctuary

Before crossing to Ecuador, we visited this impressive sanctuary. Built as if clinging to the walls of a canyon, the imposing “Santuario Las Lajas” has been a destination for pilgrims dating back to the 18th century. This setting reminded me of the movie “Lord of the Rings”.

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very unique and famous gothic-revival styled church built inside the canyon

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lots of “action” with people & animals at our camp close to Las Lajas
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this women came for a visit at our camp spot. she carried around a heavy long piece of wood…..

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…we loved chatting with her

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This is the last post about Colombia. There is only one thing left to say: Visit Colombia – we loved every second of our time in Colombia – you will be so glad you did!!!!

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