• Leif Enrique Salinas

Motorcycle adventures Colombia: Part 2


Leaving Villa de Leyva, I set out for Bucaramanga. The road was spectacular from beginning to end. Started on dirt road, then onto tarmac. Curvy roads the whole way. The end was the most spectacular, coming down the Chicamocha canyon after a heavy shower of rain and slippery roads. And what a reward. I couldn’t believe it. The patterns of the mountains, in the evening light. Never seen such mountains. Together with this view I had the most entertaining road, tight curves and little traffic.

It was getting dark and I hadn’t planned where to stay. I stopped by the road and started searching for hostels in the area. I located one, Refugio La Roca, on the ridge of the canyon and not too pricey. It was 1 hour back the way I came but I didn’t mind going back to the canyon. I was forced to ride in he dark. Kind of fun, kind of scary.

I later found out that the place was a popular rock climbing spot and all of the guest where climbers. That made me really want to climb so I decided to stay another day. The people and the ambiance of the place were also really tranquil. Quite happy I found this place by chance. Well worth the stay.

Now it’s off to the coast and Santa Marta


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