Belen is an odd place to stop for a couple of days. It’s a small town where the high street is lined with several fried chicken joints, livestock and farming supplies and an espresso machine equipped cafe. Life here revolves around farms and raising livestock. We got some word on the street about a possible dirt road all the way to Villa de Leyva. So we decided to stop.
We might take advantage of this sunny weather as long as we can, I thought. Facebook posts from friends riding ahead down south always wet sure is a big factor. I’m sure we’ll have fun riding wet high up in the mountain. Or maybe not. I know we will eventually hit long stretch of pavement sooner or later. It’s part of traveling long distance. But we’ll take whatever route option we can find to minimize that.
Sure enough, poking around Google Earth plus local cyclists intel yielded an obvious route through some more Páramos. I really can’t get enough of it. And so with the route plugged in my GPS, we headed back up some more 3500meter passes and into Villa de Leyva.
I’ve been wanting to try fresh milk since we started in Boyaca, intrigued by the warm milk straight from the cow. So the opportunity came I did go for it.
We left Corrigemento de Palermo stocked with a couple of days of food and continue our way to Villa de Leyva. The temperature starts to creep up now after staying high up for a couple of days.
Our route: Belen – Paramo del San Jose – San Jose de la Montaña – fork to Encino – Canada – Páramo de la Rusia – Palermo – Arcabuco – Villa de Leyva