The Road to Villa de Leyva

It seems that I’m forever surprised by the hills in Colombia. ┬áMy optimism in the topography is often misled, and night is often reached before my target. ┬áThe beauty of some of the routes also seems to repeatedly surprise me, the route from Palermo to Gambita didn’t disappoint. After a decent lunch, the climb out of Gambita brought me onto a huge plain with an impressive mountain backdrop. ┬áMy plan had been to arrive at Villa de Leyva that evening but an unexpected 500 metre altitude increase towards twilight put me short just before Arcabuco. ┬áI camped by a small abandoned farmhouse / hut with the permission of its owner who was sharing a beer by the side of the road with a farmer. ┬áAfter the short descent down to Arcabuco, I exited the town taking the high and traffic free unpaved route towards Villa de Leyva. ┬áStopping by the side of the road for call of nature, I was immediately approached by a farmer who┬ádecided, quite┬áquickly, to reveal his┬átendencies. ┬áI didn’t hang around to verify.

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I stopped here for a snack, nice isn’t it?

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Morning routine

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The quiet(er) road from Arcabuco to Villa de Leyva – all downhill from here…

Quite tired on arrival in Villa de Leyva, it was great to be able to stay with yet another host (Duvan) and his lovely family. ┬áAfter some umming and erring, this was when I decided to head over to Los Nevados National Park and meet up with Cass Gilbert for some fairly epic riding. ┬áSince Cass was short of time, I headed over there by bus via Bogota to Manizales. ┬áA trip I don’t regret (future post).

Here is a short video of these two days with some music I shazam-ed:

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Route (the blue represents Palermo to Villa de Leyva)).

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