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A photo somewhere on the Internet was enough reason to check it out ourselves: the Amagá railroad bridge, south of Medellín. Like in other South American countries, once flourishing railroad systems have made way for road networks and railroads have fallen into disrepair. This one was used to transport, among other things, coffee and sugarcane, and connected Cali with Medellín until about 36 years ago.
From colonial times on, Antioquia has exploited its mountains rich in gold, coal and iron core. Amagá was one of those many mining towns.
Nowadays Amagá is more characterized by furniture shops than anything else. An almost invisible turn-off brought us to an unpaved track, which was once part of the railroad system. Over the years all sleepers have been taken out and on this forested track we soon discover why: they are used to make furniture with, just like the rails.
Alongside the track we visit one of those hhandicraft/furnitureshops. The place is stacked with sleepers. Some are in good condition, others have starting to rot but the holes and cracks in wood can serve artistic purposes, as Sebastian, one of furniture and handicraft makers, points out.
A little down the road we have to wait until a truck has unloaded stacks of wooden planks.
And then, there it is: the spectacular Amagá railroad viaduct, spanning an about 40-meter-high gorge. Initially I chicken out but after we’ve walked back and forth a couple of times we both feel we can drive across.
The Amagá Railroad Bridge
Coen is searching for angles to photograph the Land Cruiser. I follow so I can hit the button at the exact right spot while he maneuvers the Land Cruiser across the bridge.
But of course Coen wants to take his own photos as well.