COLOMBIA

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

COLOMBIA

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

COLOMBIA

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

COLOMBIA

A LAND OF CONTRASTS…

COLOMBIA

IN 2021, MY WIFE AND I SPENT OVER 8 MONTHS TRAVELING WITH TWO MOTORCYCLES IN COLOMBIA. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN CURIOUS TO KNOW THIS COUNTRY BEYOND ITS CLASSICS AND CLICHÉS. OFTEN DEPICTED IN THE NEWS OR TV SERIES AS DANGEROUS, WITH A SAD PAST, THAT YOU PROBABLY KNOW, IT IS NONETHELESS A SURPRISING AND EXTREMELY DIVERSE COUNTRY. FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MOUNTAINS AND VOLCANOES CULMINATING AT MORE THAN 5,000 METERS ABOVE THE SEA LEVEL, OR AN INCREDIBLE DESERT ALONG THE CARIBBEAN COAST… FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT COLOMBIA HAS THE HIGHEST COASTAL MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE WORLD, INHABITED BY MYSTERIOUS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE…
NOW, IT IS TIME TO TAKE YOU TO SOME OF THESE PLACES, THAT I DOCUMENTED…

SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA

SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA

Highest coastal mountain range in the world, by the Caribbean sea, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to four indigenous tribes, who are direct descendants of the Tayronas. This civilization was born around the first century AD, had a significant demographic growth around the 11th century, and slowly disappeared by 1600 AD with the arrival of the Spanish. Those who survived found shelter in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And today, the four remaining indigenous populations of the region are : the Kogis, the Arhuacos, the Wiwas and the Kankuamo people. They believe that they have a sacred task : sustaining the balance of the spiritual and ecological world. They call themselves the “Elder Brothers”, and the rest of the modern civilization are the “Younger Brothers”, whose exploitative practices are destroying the eco-systems and the conditions for all life on Earth. They try their best to alert us about the dangers of our modern way of living. I highly recommend to watch “Aluna”, a documentary dedicated to them and to their message to us…

THE LAST ANDEAN COWBOYS

THE LAST ANDEAN COWBOYS

Few people know that there are mountains and volcanoes culminating at more than 5000 meters above the sea level in several mountain ranges. I had the chance to visit a lot of them – the “Parque de los Nevados” and the “Sierra Nevada del Cocuy” in particular – and to meet some of their inhabitants… For centuries, the Colombian people of these highlands have lived isolated, relatively far from civilization. But with the development of big cities lower in the valleys, and the promise of a “better” and more comfortable life, the lifestyle of these ”Vaqueros” – cowboys – is slowly disappearing.
This is mainly a masculine world. Many of those I have met are loners, often living in rather austere conditions. However, they take great care of their appearance. They are proud of themselves and their mountains, which offer them an incredible setting in which they can enjoy an unparalleled freedom…

LA GUAJIRA

LA GUAJIRA

The region of La Guajira is divided into three parts : Baja Guajira, Media Guajira and Alta Guajira. The one that we were the most interested in was Alta Guajira. It’s the Northern most point of all South America, and the most desert area of Colombia.
it is home to an indigenous ethnic group called : the Wayuu. They represent 20% of Colombia’s total Amerindian population, and 50% of the population of La Guajira. It is the largest ethnic group in all Colombia in terms of population. Their total number range between 450,000 and 500,000 people…
They live in a very harsh environment. Everyday, they must fight against the elements to find drinking water for themselves, and for their herds of goats. Six years ago, they experienced 3 years of drought, and thousands of people died.
This place has been totally abandoned by the Colombian government…

AMAZON REGION

AMAZON REGION

A small photo diary about the life of the indigenous Tikunas who inhabit the most southern east point of Colombia in the Amazon forest. They live in three countries : Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

SEE ALL IMAGES IN MY GALLERY

MORE PHOTOS FROM MY DIFFERENT JOURNEYS…