We’re coming to the end of our time in Colombia and shall mourn its passing, though the route towards Quito is promising much too.
Rapid progress (for us) was the order of the first two days away from San Agustin – possibly because the road was paved and had lots of downhill. Possibly too much downhill, actually. After turning right just before Pitalito towards the Colombian Amazon it was only 30km before the descent back to the jungle began.
Mocoa, at about 500m elevation is on the edge of little visited (by tourists, anyway) Colombian Amazon. It was the last time we’ll be that low for quite a while, and probably the hottest we’ll be too. Eastwards from Mocoa, there are no more mountains, only the vast Amazon basin.
The road from Mocoa, the departmental capital of Putamayo to Pasto, capital of Nariño back in the Andes at 2500m is quite a journey. Most of it is un-paved, and involves a lot of slow climbing surrounded by spectacular drops, lots and lots of water and the prospect of cool altitude.
From Pasto, it’s a final push south along the Panamericana to Ipiales and the border with Ecuador – we’re not far from being into the southern hemisphere!