Pasto to Mocoa, Columbia

If you look at a map you will see that we are heading generally north towards Bogata, Columbia. Of course to get there we have to go through the Andes. Yesterday when Duke was buying our bus tickets for the next leg of our journey the helpful man in the bus office explained that it is a 10 hour bus ride from Pasto to Pitalito, our next destination. We decided to go half way today and half way tomorrow. So as a result we are in Mocoa tonight. Google maps says it is 43 miles from Pasto to Mocoa. But it is a windy mountain road and the trip takes five hours. About 60% of the road is dirt and very narrow. It is cut out the side of some very steep Andes Mountains. We rode in a van with 5 other people because I don’t think a bus would have fit on the road.

The picture above is our van at a lunch stop in Sibundoy. The road turned to dirt right after this. We have seen lots and lots of motorcycles in Columbia. Right in front of the van in this picture was a Yamaha motorcycle shop.

I tried to take some pictures of the road out of the van front window but they don’t do the narrowness or the steep drop off justice. The mountains were covered with jungle and we saw several waterfalls and even forded several streams.

The road twisted and turned so much and was so bumpy there was no way I could read. So the whole five hours I listened to the audiobook of Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened”. I’m really enjoying it and finding it inspiring and entertaining, perfect for our long ride.

Mocoa is at 2000 feet altitude, so for the first time on this trip we are warm. We even ate at an outside restaurant.

Tomorrow it is on to San Augustine Archaeological Park near Pitalito.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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