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South America Overlanding Video Fest!!

Central Colombia is as good a place as any to take a bit of time out and rustle up a few much-overdue videos of our South America travels. We love it here and are more than happy to stay-put near Medellin for a while, but if we’re honest… our sojourn is actually less...
Quito to Caño Cristales SO2Ep13

Quito to Caño Cristales SO2Ep13

Although we could see the Volcán Cotopaxi from the Quilotoa lake, its bulk and symmetrical cone took on an entirely new dimensions when we followed local advice and picked to experience it within the bounds of its own national park. After a quick overnight in a small...
Bogotá

Bogotá

Bogotá is big. A city of over ten million people. Ten million!!! It’s a gritty working city, full of graffiti and certainly not known for its colonial charm. A trip up the Monserrate cable car for an overview of the metropolis provides a small clue as to the scale of...
The Small Towns of Colombia’s Coffee Region

The Small Towns of Colombia’s Coffee Region

We travelled north from Cali to Medellín, through Colombia’s coffee region in the Central Andes. Although we passed through several larger cities, what we really enjoyed was our time spent in a number of the small towns. They were colourful and very lively. The Coffee...
Central Colombia

Central Colombia

Help! We need an adequate superlative for Colombia. Bit unimaginative to say that it’s just the loveliest country… but trust me… it really is. After the friendliest welcome, countless scenic small towns, the finest coffee, the ancient history and the fascinating...
Why is Colombian Coffee the Best in the World?

Why is Colombian Coffee the Best in the World?

Interesting Facts You Can Learn During a Coffee Tour in Colombia During a coffee tour in Colombia you can learn many interesting facts: all the labour intensive steps, which make Colombian Coffee the best in the world. We recently travelled through the Coffee Region...
Medellin: Tale of a City

Medellin: Tale of a City

Milo is just 25 years old and extremely personable. At the age of 7 years old on his way to school, he saw his first dead body, lying riddled with bullets in the street of his neighbourhood. Eeishh… bit of a grim start to a travel blog, eh? Milo has much to tell us...
Ecuador nos vuelve a recibir

Ecuador nos vuelve a recibir

Ecuador nos había conquistado en el viaje de ida y a pesar de que fue difícil despedirnos de Colombia después de haberla recorrido por más de cuatro meses, cruzamos la frontera con mucho entusiasmo por los reencuentros con amigos a los que volveremos a visitar y por...
Colombian Coffee Time

Colombian Coffee Time

Got time for a coffee? These days we’re not short on time to sit around and swap stories with other overlanders over a coffee, so it’s rather cool to finally be here in the centre of the Colombian coffee universe. You know that Colombia’s big on coffee, right? Well,...
Cool Colombia

Cool Colombia

Hope we’re not tempting fate…. but after three weeks, cool Colombia ’s already looking hot-favourite for Cuthbert’s ‘Top Spot – South America’ Award. In the last blog we joked about Colombia’s notoriety for drugs barons and banditos. In truth, the threat to tourists...
Colombia: Termas de Cononuco

Colombia: Termas de Cononuco

Un día a alguien se le ocurrió construir el peor camino posible. Y lo hizo. Algunos años después, a una pareja de viajeros se le ocurrió tomar ese camino. Y lo hizo. Así fue como terminamos manejando en un tortuoso camino de piedras puntiagudas que no daban respiro....
Colombia: Popayán, ciudad de historias curiosas

Colombia: Popayán, ciudad de historias curiosas

Cualquiera puede encontrar en internet que Popayán es la Ciudad Blanca, que es famosa por su celebración de la Semana Santa, que viven muchos jóvenes por ser también una ciudad universitaria y que tiene una cultura gastronómica reconocida en todo el país. Pero no...
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...
Colombia: Lo que Silvia nos contó

Colombia: Lo que Silvia nos contó

Este pueblo con nombre de madre está enclavado en un valle y rodeado de montañas de varios tonos de verdes en el departamento del Cauca. Los diarios dicen que es “La Suiza de América” pero nadie en el pueblo nos la describió así. En Silvia hay un lago muy concurrido...
Yet Another “Death Road”: El Trampolín de la Muerte

Yet Another “Death Road”: El Trampolín de la Muerte

Again and again, “El Trampolín de la Muerte” comes up among Pan-American-travellers as one of South America’s infamous “Death Roads”. We are certainly not obsessed by going out of our way to drive such roads – unlike some. As a matter of fact, I was almost convinced...
Ecuador

Ecuador

  Ein SO diverses interessantes Land. Und dabei ist Ecuador so klein im Vergleich zu Kolumbien oder den noch kommenden südamerikanischen Ländern. Und dennoch wussten wir, dass wir wahrscheinlich wieder das Visum aufs Maximale ausreizen würden. Mit einem Viertel an...