When I was invited to take part in Travelsupermarket.com’s competition Capture the Colour, it was a day before I was due to depart for South America.
I began sifting through images from previous travels, all taken with an old compact camera before Beyond Blighty was born. Then I thought ‘Hell, why not wait and take new pictures in Colombia, representing each of the regions I visit?’ After all, there’s some nice alliteration with the words “colour” and “Colombia” and the country is incredibly diverse and beautiful.
So, here goes. My favourite Colombian pictures representing the colours red, blue, green, yellow and white.
RED: HELL OF A FAVELA
As Medellin has grown too big for its boots, favelas have crept up the hillsides that surround the city.
At night, the lights from people’s homes twinkle like stars, as a reminder of how vast the city is.
I recommend taking the cable cars up to Parque Arvi for a spectacular panoramic view.
BLUE: CAUGHT IN A VORTEX
The views in the surrounding countryside are incredible, and it’s also worth exploring some of the local villages on foot. A particularly outstanding hike follows a path from Barichara to Guane.
GREEN: BEAUTY IN THE PALM
Just a short ‘jeep willy’ ride from the quaint hamlet of Salento is the Cocora Valley. It’s famous for it’s 70-metre tall wax palms. These are the national tree and symbol of Colombia.
It’s a day’s hike up to a quiet spot in the mountains where you can sample a local delicacy – the sugary Aguapanela con queso, while surrounded by various species of humming bird. We also spotted a black-billed mountain toucan on a stroll back down through the forest.
As the our hike ended, we watched fog roll in through the valley, enveloping the magnificent palms until we could barely see two feet in front of our welly boots.
A trip to Salento isn’t complete without taking a coffee making tour.
YELLOW: BIG YELLOW TAXI
Colombia has so many colourful buildings it wasn’t hard to find a bright yellow one in the centre of Bogota. The tricky part was waiting for a procession of taxis to drive.
WHITE: CHILD’S PLAY
The Lost City trek on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is unrelenting, plagued by humidity, mosquitos and difficult terrain.
Sometimes in life you have to work for your reward, and in the case of this hike the reward comes not only from viewing the Lost City itself, but from the wonderful people you meet along the way.
One day, we stopped at a cabina run by the indigenous Kogi people and this little girl kept us entertained pulling faces and torturing the family’s cat.
I couldn’t resist adding this picture of the Colombian town of Guatape, because it encapsulates colour to the max!