Colombia

The resident condor, dramatic colours and a breakfast soup.
These are my favourite sheep Kids waiting for the lechero, animals, rocks and more.
El Lechero Riding the milk truck, and a quick hike from the cabañas to the Lagunillas.
I met two German girls in San Gil who wanted to go hiking in El Cocuy. We stopped over in Sogamoso for 2 nights on the way, which gave us an ideal test run - the hike to Páramo de Oceta, from 3000m to 3800m, about 6 hours all in. The weather wasn’t good - it was cold, rainy at times and a little windy. The girls wanted to turn back, they were wet, cold, tired, couldn’t breathe, the guide sucked, their gloves were wet so they couldn’t wear them, how much longer was it going to take, are there any shortcuts…
The national passtime/sport of Colombia is Tejo, which involves throwing heavy discs of lead 15 meters across a room at a clay pit containing packets of gunpowder. When the tejo hits the gunpowder, BOOM! 3 points. The pink triangles in the picture contain the gunpowder. There is also much drinking involved in a regulation game of Tejo. And the locals are good. They’re never further than 20cm from the target, and watching them throw is amazing.
I discovered in Colombia that the Suzuki Jimny goes by many other names - General Motors assembled them in Bogotá under the brand “Chevrolet Samurai”. Colombians love their little Suzukis, and you can find one in every parking lot. My kind of country.
The ultimate downhill mountain biking - professional Kona bikes with full suspension. 45km of downhill off-road racing, and a 4x4 vehicle following behind. An amazing day in San Gil.
A Class 5 rapid, the largest you can get, is defined by Wikipedia as follows: “Whitewater, large waves, continuous rapids, large rocks and hazards, maybe a large drop, precise maneuvering. Often characterized by “must make” moves, i.e. failure to execute a specific maneuver at a specific point may result in serious injury or death. Class 5 is sometimes expanded to Class 5+ that describes the most extreme, runnable rapids (Skill Level: Expert)“