Monday 6 February 2017
Another travel day. The 'highway' became more like a single track 4x4 road for the first bit. Stunning scenery as we wound our way down into valleys and over the mountains without another car in sight. Got through our first police road checkpoint and made it to our next stop of Jardin in about 4.5 hours. This is a very colourful town with a beautiful church as its centrepiece.
In the late afternoon we stopped in at the Gallito de Roca Preserve, reserve for the endangered Andean 'Cock of the Rock' bird. This is the national bird of Peru. It is mating season here in Colombia and at specific hours of the day you can see the flashing red males gather at the preserve to challenge each other. They remind us of parrots but are a different genus. They put on quite a show.
Don and our driver, Jose, at a trout farm lunch stop:
A Cock of the Rock: