Let me begin with a few photos that I forgot from last weeks post. This was another among many wildfires we passed while driving through the country. We got to pull over for this one and watch the fire spread with the locals who seemed used to this type of thing. They said they were waiting for helicopters to come since the fire was too intense to control from the ground. We only stayed for 10 minutes or so but there was no sign of help during that time.
Although I was injured, the first half of the trip was more skating oriented, the second half was more geared toward adventure and checking out the more beautiful side of Colombia. We began by meeting up with our friend Paulo in Rionegro and exploring some of his families former and current properties away from the major cities.
One thing I was looking forward to was visiting Hacienda Napoles. This property was formerly owned by Pablo Escobar up until his death where the government won it in a legal battle from the Escobar family. The land was so large and contained so many animals (hippos, elephants, lions, tigers, gazelles, etc) that the Colombian government couldn't even afford to maintain it. Our friend Paulo is Pablo's nephew and remembers flying into their private airport here every weekend as a kid. As he came back today as his family no longer has ownership of the property, he realizes how much has changed and how little of his family's presence remains.
Even though they got rid of a lot of Pablo's original property at the Hacienda, one thing they left behind were his collection of cars which I found pretty cool.
A couple of days later we went to Gutapé where Paulo and his family had a lake house and boat to spend the day on the man-made lake. This place also had a lot of history.
The day after, we actually went back to Guatapé since there was one major thing we didn't' get to do the first day. That was to climb El Peñol which was a huge rock that you can climb and overlook the whole town and lake.
Colombia offered some of the most amazing views I've ever seen and I know there's so much more I didn't get to see. It also gave me a chance to really get used to my Sony A7II and grow to really like it a lot. I need to get some Sony glass, then I'll be completely satisfied. Hopefully, I'll be able to make it back to Colombia next year and travel to a couple of other countries in South America as well.
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