May 19

Colombia Photo Gallery: Victoria, Caldas

La Victoria Caldas Colombia

 

I recently took a last-minute trip to the small town of Victoria in the very south of Caldas department (so far south in fact, that much of the landscape you can see in these photos is actually Tolima), ostensibly in search of birds (the forests above the town are home to a surprisingly number of special endemic species); however, I was struck by the startling beauty of the landscapes around the town, and by the nature within the town itself, particularly the gigantic 120 year old ceiba tree which towers over the town from the central plaza.

Victoria is a very small, but delightfully friendly and welcoming town, and I would recommend a visit to anyone who wants to experience a truly off-the-beaten-track Colombian travel experience…(I explored the surroundings of the town with the excellent local guide Arturo of Eco Turismo La Ceiba Aventura Extrema, who also offer visits to nearby waterfalls.) The town will be celebrating their ceiba festival on the final weekend of June (which is also a holiday): I’ll be there, so should you! So here’s a photo gallery of my visit to Victoria in Caldas…

 

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
Stunning views over the town of Victoria with Tolima in the background leading to the Magdalena River…

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
The streets of Victoria with their emblematic ceiba tree towering over town

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
Beautiful birds like these Spectacled Parakeets call the town home

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
Along with Thick-billed Euphonias like this one

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
The ceiba dominates the town

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
Yep!

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
These mighty trees can be seen throughout the surroundings of the town

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
As do wonderful examples of Indigenous rock-art

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
Views from Caldas over Tolima

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
The distant plains of the Magdalena Valley in Tolima

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
The town and surrounding countryside is alive with nature

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
…and more parrots!

 

La Victoria Caldas Colombia
The small church in the main square

 

Chris

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