Traveling in Colombia’s remote Cocuy National Park while escorting a writer on assignment for the New York Times, Colombian photographer and visual artist Marcos Roda shot these film images, which he uses to produce watercolors and sculptural photo collage. Once guerrilla-controlled and abandoned by the state, the park now hosts several thousand visitors a year. Warming temperatures have caused the tropical ice cap to retreat from over 50 square miles in 1850, to just seven square miles today. Here, climbers approach the 17,750-foot summit of Ritacuba Blanco, in February, 2009. A month later, Baltimore-based photographer Dennis Drenner shot the travel story for the Times.
At 15,000 feet, coming off the summit of the Ritacuba Blanco. The Cocuy remains a remote climbing paradise, but, like elsewhere in Colombia, is beginning to get noticed.
Horses at just under 14,000 feet, near the lip of the Ritacuba glacier.
North of Bogotá, on the road to the Cocuy, is Boyacá’s soil-rich farmland.
Merino sheep at the entrance to the Posada Sierra Nevada, an alpine-style guesthouse at 13,000 feet.
The adobe houses of El Cocuy (elevation 9,000 feet) are uniformly painted light green.
Tropical coloring adorns a church overlooking the town plaza in Boavita.