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Colombian National Willys Jeep Festival

Every year, the inhabitants of a small, but picturesque town by the name of Calarcá, located in the department of Quindío in the Café triangle, decorate their streets, houses, and balconies with elements of their culture. This is the preparation for a celebration replete with applause, laughter, and music, whose climax is the Desfile y Concurso del Yipao; that is, the Yipao parade and contest.

This event pays due homage to the region’s icon, the Willys Jeep, for its performance up and down the coffee mountains of Colombia carrying people, coffee, products, and many kinds of objects. Actually, the word “yipao” is an imaginative mispronunciation of the term “jeep”.

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