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
The axis of the drugs trade has lately moved south to Peru, and Colombia is safer than it used to be. But where the coca plant grows, there will always be cocaine, trafficking and men who will commit unimaginably violent acts to control the flow of a commodity the West seemingly can't get enough of. Cocaine and coffee: that's Colombia. The British foreign office advises tourists simply not to go there.
Standing in Plaza de Bolívar, Armenia's main square, an industrial tumble dryer is currently posing the most clear and present danger. Two men are hoisting this large grey obelisk into position on the back of a Willys Jeep. Nothing too unusual there, except that the dryer is perched on top of a fridge-freezer, which is wedged cheek-by-jowl alongside a huge television, next to a dishwasher, and the whole caboodle appears to be held in place by little more than Sellotape and string.