Our luck with the weather continues as we further explore the dirt roads of Boyaca. Endless dirt tracks seldom used, Páramos complete with frailejones galore, and enough climbs to satisfy one’s craving for adventure. Of course the vistas are not too bad either. Weather permitting, I now feel this department boasts the best dirt roads Colombia has to offer. But I’ll hold on to that assumption until I ride through Los Nevados and El Trampoline de la Muerte. Looking at a decent map of Boyaca, I think we’re only scratching the surface. There might be an encore to this in the future to explore every nook and cranny of this place.
Spending a good week camping high up(4400meters) in PNN El Cocuy, we we’re well acclimatized to tackle some more high passes. Or so I thought. Hubris is a dangerous thing as we found out in this part of Colombia. Admittedly, I was almost down to walking on our first pass post-El Cocuy. Dang, my partner in crime, got up to the top unscathed while watching in disbelief as I pedal like an old-timer.
Like this was not enough, we still have two more “lesser” passes to negotiate not counting the climb to the highest town in Colombia, Jerico. Inspire of that, I really enjoy and was surprised how beautiful this part of Colombia is.
We plan to push some more after arriving in Jericho. After all it was still early and more miles can be had. But this group wouldn’t let me leave without a round of beer. It took some time before I relent. They were eager to make us remember their town. “We’re not only the highest town in Colombia, we’re also the best hosts!” Yeison, an architect prided. I’m not really big on beer but I don’t refuse an invitation either. Once the flood gate opened, the beer started flowing freely. Obviously, we end up staying for the night.
Our route: El Cocuy – Chita – Cheva – Jerico – Socota – Socha – Paz del Rio – Belen
You can check the gpx track here.