Gallery: an explosion of colour in Colombia
We live in a rainbow of chaosPaul Cézanne
And what a wonderful rainbow it can be, none more so than on the streets of Colombia’s towns and cities!
You may be tired by now of me saying that Colombia is colourful, but hopefully not of seeing the evidence. Many of its small towns are as imbued with colour as the cities; indeed maybe more so as they don’t spill out into more drab commercial and industrial areas.
Colour is a power which directly influences the soulWassily Kandinsky
Passing through even the smallest village I would spot murals on local bars, bright doors and windows on the houses. But some places have really gone to town on colour. This can seem like a deliberate move to attract tourists, and it’s true that popular destinations work hard to keep their colours bright and promote themselves with gorgeous photos. But not all colourful Colombian towns are the same. Today I want to take you to two in the country’s coffee region. One, Filandia, is still very much a locals’ town, although gradually being discovered by tourists. The other, Salento, is close to the popular Valle de Cocora, so gets many more visitors, as witnessed by the plethora of souvenir, crafts and arty shops. But it’s still very much worth a visit. Both are a photographer’s paradise, as I hope these two galleries will show!
My feature photo, by the way, is from Salento.
Filandia was the first of the colourful Colombian towns we visited. For that reason, it perhaps made the biggest impression on me. It gets its names from filia (Latin for daughter) and Andes. This is therefore the daughter of the Andes, and a beautiful daughter she is. The people here take pride in painting their doors, windows, balconies and other building details in the brightest of colours.
You can click on any photo to open a kaleidoscope of colours in a slide show
Salento is, as I said, busier with tourists, and even more so probably as we visited mid afternoon rather than morning as we did Filandia. I probably enjoyed it less too because by then I was struggling with the bad knee that had flared up after my climb to the viewpoint in the Valle de Cocora! Because of that we skipped the mirador here that is one of the town’s main attractions, but we did spend some time wandering its rather hilly streets and taking loads of photos!
Again, click on any photo to open a slide show
I don’t think this is quite what Terri had in mind when she set her ‘Awakens‘ theme for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, but if these colours don’t wake you up, nothing will!
I visited Colombia in February 2023
Love the colors!
Thanks, glad you enjoyed them!
Image Earth Travel
Love the vivid colours in South America – they do tend to make you instantly happy…well for me anyway. 😉
Those colours in Filandia are so vibrant!
Yes, it’s hard not to smile when surrounded by all this colour!
Very good. Colombia has very good colours and doors…
(Doesn’t WP scold you when you write “colours”?) 😉
No, I haven’t noticed WP scolding me for that – maybe because I have a self-hosted site (.org, not .com) and set up in the UK 😀
Ok. I use only WP. Never “jumped” to a self-hosted site. So the WP editor uses American spelling. Theater. Color. etc…
(Annoys me sometimes…)
I love colour and will never tire of your Colombia photos! It seems those doors in Filandia are truly painted in every bright colour available! And the balcony in Salento is truly a masterpiece.
Thank you, I’m glad you’re enjoying all this colour 😀
I love the way you showed these, Sarah, fitting the images together to reflect all the geometry that organizes the colors. How could one not be happy amidst all this? 🙂
Thank you Lynn 😀 I often use Modula Gallery for this sort of post, as it gives me the flexibility to arrange the images exactly as I want them. I’m glad you feel it paid off!
Striking colors! I would love to visit South America but I think I would have to go alone. My wife watches to many narco/cartel series on TV 🙄
‘That was then. this is now’, as they say. Please tell her from me that it’s perfectly safe (as long as you follow advice and don’t go to a few specified areas) – I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t believe it to be so!
very colourful indeed
Thank you Graham 😀
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
I love how even the watering can joins in!
Yes, it’s pretty much the case that if it’s possible to paint a thing the Colombians will!
This makes me happy 😂
That’s good to hear Teresa 😊
It’s an explosion of colour! If you did that in Luton the planning officers would be knocking on your door. So would your stuffy neighbours probably.
If I did this in Luton I reckon the owner of the house I chose would have something to say about it too 🤣🤣 But you’re right, I can’t think of may places in the UK where you could get away with this riot of colour, although a house just a street away from ours has acquired a very vibrant pink side wall recently!
I just love the bright, bold, and happy feel that all the color gives! Like everywhere you look is a piece of art 🙂
Yes, very bright and artistic 🙂 But I have another small town to share soon that is even more colourful and more arty!
Spectacular! It would certainly cheer you up. I wonder how often they need to redecorate, though?
Probably quite often I reckon, as the weather in these hills can be changeable. We’d had a terrific storm the previous afternoon and I gather that’s not unusual, so it must take its toll on the paintwork.
We don’t have enough colour here. The teal and orange at the beginning reminds me of the time I painted a north facing bathroom bright orange and had a teal border around the window. It certainly woke you up in the morning!
That does sounds cheery!
Very cheery colours
Glad you like them Sue 😀
The colours, and the architecture..
Another very bright and colourful Colombian town to come soon!
Oh, yippee! 😊😊
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Oh, Sarah! Since I won’t be making any, I will count your gorgeously colorful photos as my Easter eggs. I think every city would benefit from more color. These two are absolutely charming. Happy Easter to you and yours.
Happy Easter to you too Kellye, and thank you 😊
Oh, I could be watching these for hours. I’d also prefer those places that are colourful for themselves, not just (or mainly) for tourists, even though that means they are not as polished. I enjoy the variety of your photography as well.
Thank you Manja – you would surely love all the doors in these small towns!
I loved all the doors and windows. I also appreciated the door knockers. I wonder what it’s like to live in all that color? Do people not see it any more? We have a grandfather clock that is in our small retirement home. We don’t hear it any more, but our visitors do.
Like living in the flight path near an airport too 😀 I guess you would see the colours but not really register them properly, they would just be background to your life.
If you like the door knockers, wait till you see the ones I have to share from Cartagena! I plan a whole post devoted just to them 🙂
How incredibly colourful! It would cheer anyone up!
Yes, these colours certainly give you a lift!