Welcome to Colombia's weird Willys festival
Jason Barlow heads to South America, where overloaded classic Jeeps do wheelies in the street
Posted: 05 Feb 2014
Welcome to Yipao. We're in Armenia, a small, vibrant city in the heart of the Quindío region. A lung-squeezing 5,000ft above sea level, it's framed to the north by the Andes, and all around by kilometre after kilometre of coffee plantations. Coffee, of course, is one of the main drivers of the Colombian economy, but Quindío is a lushly variegated area. It's not far from the rainforest here, and vegetation covers the landscape like a lush carpet as far as the eye can see. It teems with chirruping wildlife. Needless to say, this is a spectacularly beautiful country, second only to its bigger neighbour Brazil in terms of biodiversity. Technically speaking, it's actually megadiverse.
Head north across the mountains and you'll get to Medellín, one of Colombia's other main cities. You might have heard of it. Medellín was home to Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug baron of them all. According to his brother Roberto, at the peak of its powers in the Eighties, Escobar's cartel smuggled 15 tonnes of cocaine per day into the US.