Thursday, April 12, 2012

Geological curiosities of the Serranía de la Lindosa

After an exciting second day in Playa Guio (Guaviare department, Colombia), for our last day we visited a nearby place known as Sendero Puentes Naturales (natural bridges trail), part of the Serranía de la Lindosa.  We entered the trails passing a bridge over a very nice creek.  
The area is of Precambric origin, similar to some areas that we visited in Venezuela (specially the "mirador"); however, this place exhibited some VERY curious rocky formations, with funny names as well.
Jan Axel in the chair
Jan Axel in the bed
Just like the sign indicated, the habitat transition was quite evident, from bushes and scattered trees, to a secondary, more dense forest and finally a high canopy forest.
We walked through a dense forest, with rocky soil... and thanks God our guide Luis Fernando never told us the moment when we were crossing the "Puentes Naturales"... it was only when we started to descend that we realized that the "Puentes Naturales" are narrow rock corridors (bridges) formed thanks to the erosion produced by the river over millions of years... easily these formations (three bridges actually) are suspended over 30 meters or more!
Puentes Naturales
Under the Puentes Naturales
Over the Puentes Naturales
As you can see, there are many things to see and experience in this world!  And the day was not over yet!
From left to right: Luis Fernando Galindez, Rafael Cortes, Jan Axel Cubilla and Mauricio Rueda


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