Road Jardin Riosucio | Warning

Colombia

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francois.cadalen

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The road north of Jardin is good and paved but the "road" To Riosucio is not and very very rocky and boy very large. Difficult but ok with a 2wd van. but High clearance needed. maybe more difficult from Riosucio To Jardin. 3 or 3,5 hour needed for the 50km.

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van driver here, ok to drive a high clearance van in 2wd. it was pouring rain when we crossed and have 4x4 but never engaged it. big chicken buses come a couple of times a day so it's very bumpy in parts with big dips but for the most part it's a packed gravel road except where the landslides have made the road very muddy, but not very deep. only a few areas that had big rocks or deep holes that you absolutely need high clearance. a Fiat ducato probably couldn't make it, but I would say most others could.

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Quick road condition update, on 2 wheels, no issues in either directions, with heavy rains you came expect landslides, we were lucky the last one was in the process of being cleared…
As far as 4 wheels… definitely high clearance! Seems the logging trucks have beaten the road up pretty bad in the muddy sections, on the 5kms after the pavement stops on the RioSucio side. I don’t drive vans but it sure looks like it could be challenging without 4x4.

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Road update. We took this route from Rio Sucio to Jardín coming up from the south. Don’t let Google maps make you take the shortcut coming out of Rio Sucio. It’s super steep and very narrow. Once on the Rio Sucio-Jardin road there’s no size or height restriction. No need for 4x4. Just high clearance for some rough patches. A vehicle with dual rear tires or very low clearance might have a hard time of it. It took us almost 4 hours in first gear almost the whole way. We were driving a truck camper. If it’s around 2 pm or so you’ll make it to Jardín before dark. If not, there’s a couple of decent camp spots up near the top of the pass and a restaurant(didn’t try it). It was a beautiful drive, but tiring. Lots of virgin forest up top. Coming into Jardín is gorgeous but a little spooky with huge drop offs. Not much truck traffic thankfully just motos. Good thing, because it’s one lane in most spots. If you’re confident, go for it. If not, you can always go way north and come down the main highway.

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We did the road from Jardin to Riosucio and it really wasn’t too bad. 2.5 hrs. No high clearance needed. By comparison, Jericó to Jardin via Buenos Aires was waaaay worse. Any 2wd sedan or van could do it in this direction as all the muddier sections were on the descent to Rio Sucio. But, you’ll be glad for tough tires as the surface is fairly rocky on the Jardin side and over the pass, but void of huge potholes for the most part. We did see a grader and roller so apparently they’ve been doing some work on the surface on the Riosucio side. AWD or a rear engine combi would have no trouble going Riosucio to Jardin, and any car with a bit of a run could get through the short uphill muddy parts. Beautiful drive through the cloud forest, and even a few scattered wax palms at the top. There’s also a bird reserve at the summit but gate was closed and we have no info about it. If you’re a birder you might look into it.

NOTE!!! Google maps will try to route you on the blue “road” (see screen shot photo), which doesn’t actually exist, at least not on the Jardin side, and who knows what happens if following it up from the Riosucio side....it would come to a dead end somewhere for sure. See the screen shot. What you want is the yellow road marked with the black arrow, which goes through El Silencio and Penas Blancas. Again, there is NO road turnoff at Tebaida on the run up from Jardin as Google would have you think — just follow the main road as there’s no other way to go.

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the road is definitely quite bumpy and rocky, probably a little slippy in wet season, but great fun on a moto with great views.

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From Riosucio to Jardin: only first 25 km is really bad. Then 20 more km quite ok.

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Great views and great fun with a motorcycle. Hardly any other cars on the road with us. We originally planned to take the more straight road just to the east of this one; but as far as we could tell it does not exist. There was absolutely no fork in the road where google maps said there would be.

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The road north of Jardin is good and paved but the "road" To Riosucio is not and very very rocky and boy very large. Difficult but ok with a 2wd van. but High clearance needed. maybe more difficult from Riosucio To Jardin. 3 or 3,5 hour needed for the 50km.

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