🇨🇴 Exploring the Valley of the Rio Quindio: An Overlander’s Paradise

Diary Entry

The next day we leave the beautiful Salento and cross the idyllic Valle de Quindío. A river meanders through the valley and one coffee plantation follows the other. Of course we also drink a coffee directly from the producer. Even if the quality of the coffee beans is excellent – the Colombians can’t prepare them here either.

We ask for cafesita. We got to know this alternative in the last few days. The coffee is stronger than the tinto and you don’t automatically get tons of sugar in your brown hot water.

The track is very narrow, but only a few of the colorful jeeps come towards us at this time. From the top we can see the Rio Quindío.

Then we only have to go through the picturesque coffee plantations around Salento.

On the map I see that we can also reach the highway again from the valley. In reality, the connection turns out to be quite breakneck. It goes steeply uphill and the four-wheel drive is put to the test again. We are met by riders who just shake their heads.

But it works and with a few more scratches we reach the hill and the expressway to the north, which we follow into the Cauca valley.

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