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Es un poco complicado…

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With our somewhat scary encounter with the armed, uniformless men behind us, our next stop was to be the Tatacoa Desert, an arid but beautiful landscape in Southern Colombia. We decided to take the more direct route in which turned…

Adventures on Colombian Roads

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The aging Kenworth shuddered to a stop in front of us amid groaning steel and the venting of high-pressure air. A kid, no more than 14, stood in the middle of the hairpin turn holding his hand up to tell…

Zona Cafetera

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After a fun day at the science museum, we drove to a small town about 2 hours outside of Bogotá to do some volunteer work. What San Javier lacks in size it more than makes up for in hospitality. Angela…

Bogotá

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We’re not big city fans to begin with, and combine that with driving a large, ungainly vehicle and Bogotá’s (well deserved) reputation for horrible traffic, and we almost decided to skip the city altogether. In the end we decided to…

One day in our Colombian life

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It is a Sunday in October. Back home the leaves are turning into beautiful colors in homage to the Autumn season. Kids are getting ready for Halloween and are preparing their Halloween costumes. Oh how I miss Fall! We have…

Exploring Villa de Leyva

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After having been on the road for a couple of weeks, we needed to find a spot to rent a house for a month so I could work to pay the bills and so Quinn could play Minecraft. We’ve found…

Budget: Colombia

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Camp Site List: Colombia

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All of these campsites (and more) are available over on iOverlander.com Navy Museum Parking lot Date Visited: 07/01/2014Location: 10.42125, -75.55278 (Altitude: -20 feet) Parked here for a night. Secure and just enough room to maneuver our rig.Internet: No…

Hot-dog juice anyone?

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We left the national park / amusement park around mid-afternoon on Thursday, and made it to the town on San Gil later that afternoon. We spent two nights there catching up on grocery shopping and enjoying the pool at the…

Getting to know Colombia

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After a few long and frustrating days dealing with shipping bureaucracies we were very excited to finally have our van back.We spent another couple of days doing some sightseeing in Cartagena before departing.We visited an old Spanish fort…

The Tatacoa Desert

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From Bogota, we headed south towards the Tatacoa Desert.  We didn’t know much about this desert besides a few pictures we had seen that looked very similar to Bryce Canyon in Utah.  These pictures were enough to inspire us to…

South America!

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This is the Agata M, the vessel that we used to ship our vehicles. This is a picture from the web; we never actually saw it.$166 per mile. That’s what it cost us to ship around the 30 miles…

Panama City and shipping the van

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Our van is hopefully on it’s way to Colombia now. The process of shipping out of Panama was unpleasant and expensive, and we wish they’d just build the 30 miles of road that are missing between Panama and Colombia! But…

Adventures around Villa de Leyva

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We were not sure what to expect in Villa de Leyva. Like most places we visit now, we kind of just show up and figure out what we will do when we get there. We camped at a great hostel…

El Cocuy- Into thin air

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Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy is tucked away high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is at high elevation and has the largest expanse of glacier fields in northern South America. The mountainous area around El Cocuy used to…

Riding into Ecuador

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We leave our hotel in Ipiales early enough to run back out to Las Lajas and walk down to the church in the canyon….it’s just one of those places you can go back to again and again. And if I…

La Guajira- A Humpty Dumpty tail

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So, you might remember in our last blog post we had just found our back window smashed in pieces on the ground, a victim of La Guajira wind. Coming back from a spectacular hike to find your back window in…

Southern Colombia and Las Lajas

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After we leave Salento, we head back to the highway and south toward Buga for the night. We stay in a hostel located in a microbrewery that had a lovely terrace on the roof. We wandered over to see the…