Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer holidays in Colombia: El infiernillo-little hell

Travelling in the 'province' of Narino is mostly what we did this summer.  What a geographically diverse region!  This overnight trip took us from Pasto to Buesaco, Rio Juanambu, and up and over to La Union, where we spent the night.  Next day up and over to San Lorenzo and and a 26km downhill to el cross the Rio Juanambu again at a much hotter place....40 or so degrees.  Then a 4 km climb back up to the Pana and a ride home.

Couple of has beens who can't seem to get their big guts out of the chair at Wilfredo's place to start cycling....downhill even!

So they say.......Best climate in the world.

Bridge over the Rio Juanabu

The juice lady

Vlady sampling the Mandarin sweet

Wilfredo picks out a juicy papaya

No shortage of coffee around these parts.....

Just another windy, curvy Colombian road.  New cement.

Lucho and Wilfredo

I was dragging my butt up this hill until this lady showed me how it's done!

Lucho and Wilfredo sharing panniers...thier first time with a rack and panniers

Fresh mora-blackberry harvest

Cycling up a steep hill, against traffic while taking pictures!

So you gotta do a number 2 with no where to go?  Just ask a resident if you can use their bathroom.  Try that in Calgary!

At 68, Wilfredo is just too fast for the rest of us.  Here he is waiting for us to catch up.

San Lorenzo 2100m

'Cuy flavour'.....

The town 'queen' as San Lorenzo was in the midst of their yearly celebrations.

Cimarones.....on the mesa....Rio Juanabu way down below and volcan Galeras top left

Note the road mid left that cuts below the rock face?  That is the Panamerican hiway!  

Closer look.  Tunnel top left.  We rode down to the river and then up the curves to the panam hiway.

Vlady and Lucho...Wilfredo was long gone!

Tunnel hi up on the pana

Wilfredo's wife betty picked us up on the pana and drove us back to Pasto.

The next day found us in Cali after a 7 hour drive. Ramon, Isa, Hector, Maria and Carla

Wonderfully shaded plaza.

...with pink flowers helicoptering down.

No sun burn until the last day of vacation

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