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Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Drugs barons and banditos are what Colombia is famous for, but we don’t spot any obviously suspicious candidates in the immediate vicinity of the border. Maybe they’re all further up-country? We’ll keep our eyes open for them as we head north. On our way, our Colombia...
Panama

Panama

  Panama hatte mir bereits seit Langem Bauchschmerzen bereitet. Zwar konnten mexikanische Schneeberge und Cenoten, guatemaltekische Vulkane, salvadorische Surfwellen, nicaraguanische Lava und costa-ricanische Traumstrände mich ein wenig davon ablenken...
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia’s most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive away. The streets are paved with cobblestones, the buildings...
Top 5 Appliances in a Big Rig

Top 5 Appliances in a Big Rig

Switching from a house to road life can be quite a change.  You will soon realize what you have been taking for granted everyday.  Whether its keeping the house clean, finding a place to sleep, or trying to figure out how to earn a few bucks.  Just...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...
Rest stop

Rest stop

We entered Colombia from Ecuador on August 28, 2016. After a few days of driving I was convinced that we will be out from here in about a month. I think the main thing what ticked me off was the road tolls, which can be quite high in Colombia, the fairly high price of...
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet....
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet. We asked...
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet. We asked...
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...
Medellin

Medellin

We dropped down to Medellin the second time, probably not the last one though. It’s been some time since the Medellin Cartel is defunct and Pablo Escobar is gone. The city is a tourist destination these days, safer than let’s say 20 years ago but still has...
Panamá

Panamá

A hike up a hill in a jungle within the city, can you even believe this is what Panama City looks like?   Our first night in Panama We found free camping for our first week in Panama right on the beach.  It was hot, but there was a consistent breeze from the...

Filandia to Medellin

We left the colourful Filandia to drive up to El Jardin, as we heard is a less visited colonial town where time stands still. Drove trough the first toll booth and dropped 10,300 COP, then the first city we hit was Pereira, which had several roads closed in the favour...