El Yipao.Source Before the introduction of the Willys Jeep, the only transportation in the hilly mountains was by mules, that’s why the Colombians now dubbed the Jeeps “mulitas mecánicas” or mechanical mules.
The Colombians were introduced to the Willys Jeep at the end of the Second World War in 1946 when they were imported by the Colombian Ministry of Defense for military purposes. The first Jeeps were M38 and CJ-2A models.
Fonte: IsaVictory The vehicles are driven by the main streets of the city and the Jeeps with the largest amount of objects carried with the most harmonious arrangements earn prizes.
Jeep carregado com plantains.Source So, the Yipao is of a major significance in the everyday life of many Colombians. They dubbed it Yipao because of the local pronunciation of the word Jeep.
The Colombian coffee farmers saw this vehicle as perfect with all the qualities needed for the unpaved roads on the hilly coffee mountains, and soon the Jeep became the most popular vehicle in this corner of the world.
In, fact, every’ year in the small towns where coffee farming is an integral part of life, there is a folkloric parade called “Yipao”, honoring the Willy Jeep which has become a beloved symbol of the coffee growers culture.
Yipao-Columbia- In the coffee scented country of Colombia, the locals praise a rather unlikely icon- the Willys Jeep. The American military vehicle of World War 2 is a ubiquitous vehicle in the coffee growing regions in Colombia. However, the Colombians regard the Jeeps differently than vehicles used for transporting bulky loads of cargo.
Fonte: Santiago Restrepo Calle / Flickr If you find this rather odd subculture charming, why not use this technique for your next “Moving Day?”
Yipao-Columbia- Furniture- The Jeep is pilled with tropical house hold items that consist of everything from a TV Set to a over-sized Jesus Art. This category is certainly the most picturesque and of a kitchy yet charming nature.