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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

– ELLIOTT ERWITT


Giron

By | August 7th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Giron is another colonial town listed on the national heritage list of Colombia. It was on my way with a planned overnight stop so might as well shot some frames. The colonial town centre is [...]

Barichara

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Barichara has the nickname of 'the prettiest small town in Colombia'. Sure, it's a great place to take some awesome photos. As for me, El Jardin of Antioquia still tops the chart. While not questioning [...]

Hold that thought

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Colombia, travel|Tags: , , , , , |

Casa de Terracota: 'Since its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle for the individual and the community, as well as for the surrounding environment.' [...]

Mercado

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Colombia, travel|Tags: , , , , |

Villa de Leyva has a poor lineup of stores, although they seems to be everywhere the selection of produce is low around the historical area. The only good source of fresh produce is the Saturday [...]

Colonial vibes

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

Villa de Leyva definitely has some colonial vibes left even these days. Walking the cobblestone streets you will not be disturbed much, it's a pretty quiet place and the whitewash buildings are quite simple, nothing [...]

Dia de la virgen del Carmen

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , |

Villa de Leyva celebrated 'Dia de la virgen del Carmen' and the town was packed with tourists. Basically the setup was the same as the previous two days: drink, food, music stage, rides, vendors, street [...]

Honda

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Honda, Tolima takes its name from the indigenous people of the region which are called Ondaimas. Founded in 1539 and it was the main river port of the country for a long time. For us [...]

Villa de Leyva

By | July 15th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia's most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive [...]

Buga

By | July 15th, 2017|Categories: Colombia, travel|

Guadalajara de Buga, Valle de Cauca is one of oldest towns in Colombia.  It is known for it's famous Basilica del Señor de los Milagros, cattle industry and the crash of American Airlines Flight 965, [...]

Palmira

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

Palmira, Valle de Cauca the capital of sugar boom is not ranking high on places to visit in Colombia. For now is listed on the top ten most dangerous cities in the world. We paid [...]

Transfer point

By | July 7th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , , , |

Popayan is the capital city of the Cauca department of Colombia. It is a real colonial city, founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. Not to be confused with colourful tourist traps as Salento or [...]

Punchi Warmi

By | July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , |

Punchi Warmi means Women's Power in Quechua language. After having the men's 'toma de la plaza'  '(occupy the plaza) event for four days in Cotacahi Ecuador, the women closed the Inti Raymi celebrations on Saturday, [...]

Inti Raymi continued

By | July 1st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , , |

According to the local media there were about 2,000 dancers at the Inti Raymi festival in Cotacachi the past weekend and about 370 police. I left the event at about two in the afternoon on [...]

Post 505

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

These days everything has a meaning. I reached blog post 505 and looked up what the number means. Actually more than one thing: Pronounced Five-Oh-Five. The thing which is simultaneously keeping you alive and killing [...]

Beyond Inti Raymi

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , |

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. Sounds simple and it is. In Cotacachi it's taken beyond that by men on the 'Toma de la Plaza' days. It morphed into a rebellious act [...]

Inti Raymi, the show goes on

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Inti Raymi dances went on and on Saturday in the main plaza and streets of Cotacachi. People were quite soggy by the end of the day from all the alcohol consumed and smokes rolled. [...]

Inti Raymi

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. This event is celebrated just about everywhere in South America. Being in Ecuador at the moment I chose to observe this event in Cotacachi, the same [...]

Colonial hangover

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Chuchaqui is a word adopted from the Quechua language, which means hangover from drunkenness. Also often used to describe the contradictory state between colonialism and independence. Bullfighting is one of the Spanish customs that is [...]

Getting close

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

While in case of events I prefer long lens with cropped frame camera, in tight spaces it might help to have an extra setup. In my case that's 16-35 mm on full frame. You are [...]

Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

By | June 21st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

A second series of photos from the Corpus Christi celebration in the Andean town of Pujili, Ecuador. On Saturday there was a national participation, groups representing basically all regions of the country. On Sunday only [...]

Corpus Cristi, Pujili, Part 1

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

For a small country Ecuador offers a wide range of cultural and geographical experience. It's an amazing country. While a year ago we have seen a small-ish Corpus Cristi parade in Panama, this year the [...]

Toacaso, more photos

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

OK, let's do another post on the Toacaso chagra event.  

Toacaso, outside the arena

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday I posted photos of what happens in the rodeo ring. Today we look at photos taken outside the arena. This is one of those events in Ecuador I warmly recommend visiting before it vanishes [...]

Toacaso, arena action

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

A third visit to a chagra event took place at the high altitude small town of Toacaso, Cotopaxi, at about 3,100 meters altitude. When we arrived it was absolutely stunning sunny weather which later on [...]

The other side of the Andes

By | June 10th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

We rolled down to the other side of the Andes. Drove up to Nueva Loja, practically 20 km from the Colombian border, then down to Coca, Loreto, Archidona, Tena and Puerto Misahualli. Hot, hot, hot [...]