Week 8 & 9 - Colombia's Coffee Region (Salento, Filandia and Armenia)
Updated: Feb 23, 2020
We headed off South in the direction of coffee region, more specifically Salento. Not long after we arrived at a Peage (peage Primevera - spring peage, probably because Medellin is the city of eternal spring). We were stopped for the first time by the Colombian police... I think they were bored! Obviously we stopped, got off the bikes, gave them a beaming smile and greeted them. We were asked for our 'documentos', which fortunately I had readily available. Kelvin was trying to speak Spanish and indicated for them to talk to me however I used my best English accent to say 'hablo un poco de espanol' just in-case it would be better for me to be able to play dumb. Luckily, they were happy with everything and just asked a few questions about our travels and our bikes...surprise, surprise, once I knew all was good my Spanish improved a little! Just as we were about to leave the officer who seemed to be the main man said 'photo?!'. We nodded and he gestured for us and the two other officers to get together...they were very jolly about it, we later found out that the fourth officer (security guard?) photo bombed! So, our first experience of Colombian police was a positive one and they were super friendly and just more interested in our adventure.