My 8th year in Colombia has just begun and I’ve gone through the last years of travel photos from more than 50 places in the country. During 2017 I’ll hopefully add some snowy peaks, the humpback whales of the Pacific coast, a night in the tree house in Chicaque and a roadtrip through the flatlands of Los Llanos. I hope I’ll be able to inspire you to come visit!
The inflight over the greenest country in the world.
The Andes of Silvia, Cauca.
Old town Cartagena.
Amazing wreck diving in the Cartagena bay.
The Amazon river and the Amazon sky.
The world’s most beautifully situated church, Santuario de las Lajas in Ipiales.
Cecilia and her fellow women of the Misak people and the white walls of Popayán.
A night in a treehouse in Tanimboca, Amazonas.
Cabo de la vela, the northernmost point of Colombia, a desert ending in the Caribbean sea.
Colombia, country of hammocks.
Bogotá’s main square Plaza de Bolívar.
The less touristic sides of Bogotá. Carrera 10 in the city centre.
Scull monkeys that are everywhere at hostel Alto del Águila in Puerto Nariño.
Colombia, endless and endless emerald green mountains.
Seashell bigger than I could ever dream of. Providencia.
Waterfall in Huila, southern Colombia.
Chocó, Colombia’s afro-colombian region by the Pacific ocean and the Atrato river.
Medellín. The myth and the reality behind it.
When the traditional coffee district has changed coffee for tourism, the real coffee production takes place in Cundinamarca. In beautiful Supatá for example.
Colombias terrifying contemporary history and current political situation. A mother points at her son’s photography among the victims of the armed conflict in Chocó.
The sacred lagoon Guatavita. In its green water many of the gold objects sometimes referred to as El Dorado were found.
The thermal baths of Choachí, near Bogotá.
A real life Pochahontas waterfall where it is possible to walk behind the water. El Chiflón, Cundinamarca.
Somewhere between Bogotá and Choachí on a hike to a waterfall.
Head to any village and ask someone for the best “arepas”, maiz buns filled with cheese.
Páramo de Ocetá, the most beautiful páramo of Colombia and a challenging 8 hours hike.
Monguí village, beautiful untouched cultural heritage. Like Villadeleyva but without tourists.
The Amazon Rainforest.
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. 60 metres below ground.
The huge main square of tiny Villadeleyva.
Páramo de Iguaque, Villadeleyva.
A local birthday party. Matilde (in the middle) turned 101 years old and we celebrated with more meat than I’ve ever seen.
Quibdó, the Afro-Colombian capital by the Atrato river.
Cundinamarca, the region surrounding Bogotá.
Colombia’s grand artist, Fernando Botero, who paints voluminous people, voluminous animals, voluminous fruits…
The food, love it or hate it. Like the insane “bandeja paisa” with meat, beans, chicharrón, fried egg, chorizo, avocado, plaintain and rice served with milk.
A Sound of Music-feeling in Suesca, Cundinamarca.
Colonial village architecture in Zipaquira, Cundinamarca.
My very dear friends and wine at the vineyards of Boyacá.
Chicaque cloud forest, near Bogotá.
The mystical, said to be haunted, abandoned hotel Tequendama and the Tequendama waterfall.
Cartagena de Indias by night.
The slum just behind the luxury hotels of Cartagena deserves to be acknowledged.
San Agustín archeological site with 3000 years old statues.
Peace in Colombia? When I attended the signing of the peace agreement in Cartagena 2016, I first got my hopes up and then down when it was rejected in the referendum. Then signed again and approved. But 94 social leaders and Human Rights activists have lost their lives this year. What is to come?
Valle de Cocora, home of the giant wax palms.
The magical oak wood of Quininí, Cundinamarca.
Salento, a commercial but colourful and lovely gem in the Colombian coffee district.
The sacred mountain of Quininí, Cundinamarca.
A páramo just a few hours climb from the city. Los cerros orientales de Bogotá.
Quebrada las delicias, Cerros orientales, Bogotá.
In Providencia, there are enough hammocks for everybody.
The greenest island in the Caribbean? Colombian Providencia near Nicaragua
Canopy and other extreme sports in Nimaima, near Bogotá.
A wild caiman picked up from the water by our Amazon guide Gabriel. (Then released again.)
Tayrona national park. A rainforest just by the caribbean beaches.
Wildlife in Providencia.
Be it on 4000 m above sea level or just 300 or 1 meter… There’s always a path to be hiked.
Páramo del manzano, Pesca Boyacá.
The flora of Guatavita, near Bogotá, surprisingly similar to the Swedish flora.
Amazing Aida and her husband. Colombians who have been through more war than anyone could possibly imagine. Displaced in the outskirts of Quibdó.
Street food and street vendors everywhere. Disturbing or practical? Unhygienic or delicious?
Mysterious petroglyphs by the Panche people in Quniní, Cundinamarca
Graffiti by Guache in Bogotá, the graffiti-most capital in the world.
Colombia with the world’s greatest variety of hummingbirds.
Many people’s party favourite, San Andrés island.
Pool playing, one of the favourite spare time leisures in almost any village.
Cangrejo island, Providencia
Get yourself a hat and head out there to explore!