Day 107

Hi Everybody!

There is something traditional in this photo, and it ain’t the guadua, this post is more about jeeps that are such a significant element in the colombian coffee area.

Jeeps are used specially on the roads that are not paved, and as they can carry over a ton of stuffs, groups of people can hire one so that they can take a trip into a town and get to know different landscapes. They are very famous in old and small town for being an option for the tourists to move,  the willys driver charge about $2000 colombian pesos (about one american dollar) per person for a 30 minutes riding.

The loaded jeeps are called “Yipaos”. Jeep drivers are also hired for moving families with all their stuff in only one trip, imagine one of these cars loaded with electronics, furnitures, and things to decorate a house; it can be unthinkable but it’s true, everything fits in there. How? I have no idea, but it does.

To show the love for the jeeps, people organize every year a parade with more than 100 of these vehicles, all of them loaded with different things that are meaningful in the colombian coffee area.

This is one of the crazy traditions of this country, but actually I like it, it’s quite fun seeing this cars loaded of different things; and as they are not easy to see in the city or close to it, I grabbed my camera quickly; it’s a shame that this one wasn’t very loaded, but hopefully in the future I’ll get to show you how do the loaded jeeps look like.

Exif Data: Nikon D5000 ; Lens:  Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 18 mm, ISO 320; f/5,6 ; 1/125 s.

Have a great weekend!

Feel free to leave feedback, critiques or suggestions.


Hola a todos!

Hay algo muy tradicional en esta foto, y no son las guaduas sino los jeeps, que son un elemento muy significativo en la cultura de eje cafetero.

Los Jeeps son utilizados especialemente en las carreteras no pavimentadas, y como tienen una gran capacidad de carga, grupos grandes de gente los contrata para moverse de un lugar a otro. Son muy utilizados en publos antiguos y pequeños, donde se han convertido en una alternativa para que los turistas se muevan de un lado a otro, un recorrido de 30 minutos cuesta 2000 pesos colombianos, que equivalen casi a un dolar americano.

Los conductores de jeeps son también contratados para trasteos o mudanzas, en un sólo viaje pueden llevar todas sus pertenencias; imaginen un carro de estos cargados con electroodomésticos, muebles y cosas para decorar, parece impensable pero es cierto, todo cabe en estos carros.

Los jeeps cargados se conocen como yipaos; cada año la gente le hace un reconocimiento al jeep organizando un desfile con más de 100 de éstos cargados con elementos tradicionales de la zona cafetera.

Esta es uan de las tantas tradiciones de éste país, para muchos puede ser extraña, pero en verdad, a mi me gusta mucho ver estos carros cargados con diferentes cosas; es algo que no se ve todos los dias, y menos en el centro de una ciudad, por eso cuando vi que iba pasando, saqué la cámara y le tomé una foto junto al guadual, que también es muy tradicional.

Es una lástima que éste carro no estuviera completamente cargado, pero espero tener la oportunidad de ver y fotografiar uno de ellos para que puedan conocerlos.

Datos de la foto: Nikon D5000 ; Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 18 mm, ISO 320; f/5,6 ; 1/125 s.

Que tengan un excelente fin de semana!

Críticas, comentarios y/o sugerencias son bienvenidas.




11 thoughts on “Day 107

  1. Le caben toneladas de cosas, hasta gallinas he visto que llevan!!!! jajajaj además son divinos…
    Me acuardo cuándo iba a Santa Rosa donde mi abuela, los veía en la carretera con 20 personas, 40 animales, 20 mercados, papas, plátanos, yucas colgando, gallinas votando plumas y lo mejor?? el carro completamente inclinado hacia atrás a punto de volcarse pero nooo, el puede con todo! Así subía hasta Santa Rosa y yo desde el carro atrás, haciéndo fuerza que no se nos fuera a volcar encima!!!

    La composición de la foto esta súper, la mirada se va hacia la derecha abajo y se abre con todos esos árboles.

  2. I love to read each one of your posts, because I learn something new each day. We were discussing Rio de Janero at work this morning (one of my co-workers is from there) and I told everyone about your lovely photos of Columbia. So we oohed and ahhed and everyone agreed that it would be a wonderful place to visit!

    1. Thank you Cindy!
      Yes, this coutry has great things to offer to people, there are lots of different things to see, different traditions and people is very nice and happy all the time.
      Somany people in the world still see Colombia as the dangerous place that it was 20 years ago, but things have changed; I was actually talking to a German guy last evening, and he said that people in Germany was afraid to come to Colombia, but he decided to give it a try, and he was very happy here.

  3. Sounds cool ! I love the story you tell with your images. I’d Love to go in colombia! This picture hasn’t been taken during the parade?

  4. Lots in of information. If ever I make it to Columbia, I’ll have to this this trip..
    This is a beautiful, well composed photo with each element standing on it’s own. You also did a great job on the color 🙂

  5. I want to visit your country. It must have a lot of beautiful and green landscapes! Some day I’ll be in Colobia. And thanks for show your feeling through the writing and photography, somehow you’ve made me happy! 🙂 Smile and keep your blog in this way. -Leo

    1. Thank you! I really apreciate it!
      Beside all the problems that we have had in this country, things have got a lot better in the last 8 years and we are trying to change the image of Colombia, we don’t want to be pointed anymore as drug-dealers or cocaine producers, and I’m sure I’m not gonna change everybody’s mind by this blog, but I’m sure some people, like you, will look at it and maybe get another idea of how Colombia is really like.

      1. You have all the reason. I know some Colombians (including you) and they’re really kind. So, I’ve never had a bad image of your country.

        I think like you. My idea for the blog was to send a eco-message (including human rights, some photography or music, opinions…) and I knew that a few people would read it, but I thought it was worth try it, although only one person received my message.

        Thanks again for your wonderful comments!

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