Last week Carolina and I headed off on our first decent distance road trip in Colombia. From our home in Armenia we drove to Bogota, stayed a couple of days before continuing on to the historical northern town of Villa de Leyva. While in this area we took the time to visit Lake Tota, the largest lake in Colombia which also happens to be at more than 3000m above sea level.
We then headed to Villavicencio in the state of Meta to visit some Colombian friends of ours that were previously studying in Australia. Unfortunately my camera packed it in so I don't have too many pictures of this last part of our trip. The trip from Bogota to Villavicencio used to take around 7hrs on terrible roads, but now takes only 2.5 as they have built 3 huge tunnels and quite a few large bridges. However our local friends told us that as the area is located on a geological fault line, the mountains are constantly moving! Hopefully there is plenty of maintenance to make sure the tunnels and bridges stay safe over the next few years!
The final day was a huge drive from Villavicencio all the way back to Armenia twice crossing the Andés mountain range. I've driven from Brisbane to Sydney in one day before which is much longer in distance, but this was way more gruelling as the roads are extremely windy and filled with slow moving trucks. Well we made it back home safely, but that will probably be our last road trip as we are planning to sell the car soon as we get ready to return to Australia in the new year.
|At the Puente de Boyacá (Boyacá Bridge). This small bridge is extremely famous, and is where the British and republican forces defeated the Spanish in the Battle of Boyacá, giving Colombia it's independence from Spanish Monarchy.|
Villa de Leyva
|The main square, the biggest in Colombia apparently|
|Lots of great traditional architecture in Villa de Leyva|
|Out little car is really not designed for these rough off road tracks but made it through and back home without a problem|
|At 'Playa Blanca' (white beach) at Lago Tota. This is a natural 'beach' that has formed in one corner of the lake, 3000m above sea level.|
|Checking out some anacondas in Villavicencio|