January 2012 - Pablo Buitrago

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

Jeeps are used especially on the roads that are not paved, and they can carry over to ton of stuffs, groups of people can hire one so 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 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 the 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 with different things; and 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 was not very loaded, but hopefully in the future I'll get to show you how the loaded jeeps look like.

Exif Date: Nikon D5000; Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 18 mm, ISO 320; f / 5.6;

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There is something very traditional in this photo, and it is not the guaduas but the jeeps, which are a very significant element in the culture of the coffee axis.

Jeep drivers are also hired for fights or removals, in one trip they can carry all their belongings; imagine a car of these loaded with electrical appliances, furniture and things to decorate, seems unthinkable but it is true, everything fits in these cars.

Loaded jeeps are known as yipaos; every year people make a jeep recognition by organizing a parade with more than 100 of these loaded with traditional elements of the coffee zone.

This is one of the many traditions of this country, for many it can be strange, but in truth, I really like seeing these cars loaded with different things; is something that is not seen every day, and less in the center of a city, so when I saw it happening, I took the camera and took a photo next to the guadual, which is also very traditional. It's a pity that this car was not fully loaded, but I hope to have the opportunity to see and photograph one of them so they can meet them.

Photo details: Nikon D5000; Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55; 18 mm, ISO 320; f / 5.6; 1/125 s.

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