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Riding across Central Colombia

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We left the farm early one morning hoping to head west to the Zona Cafetera – coffee highlands – of Colombia. The two-lane roads are littered with road blocks for construction work areas so we have to stop every couple…

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains

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While we absolutely loved our time in Cartagena, it was almost unbearably hot at times. And when we get hot, we usually head to the mountains in search of cooler air. However, we first headed over to Iguana 4×4 in Barranquilla…

The grittier Cartagena

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While we were in Cartagena, we spent five nights in Getsemani, a neighborhood that just five years ago was considered too dangerous for tourists to visit. Now, it is a safe place you can get a feel for a more…

Guatape and El Penol

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We ride out of Medellin and head east out of the city over the mountains toward the small town of Guatape. Not far away is the giant monolith of El Penol which rises out of the rolling land in way…

Love in the time of Cartagena

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Cartagena first came into my life in 1984, when Romancing the Stone came out. I remembered (a very young) Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner running around a fort surrounded by blue Caribbean waters in the movie, it seemed so exotic.…

Medellin, Colombia

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Medellin sprawls for miles along a valley and up the sides of both ridgelines of mountains surrounding it. Most buildings are sporting red-tiled roofs or bricks on the exterior, so it’s got a red hue going on everywhere you look.…

Giron to Medellin, Colombia

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We ride from Bucaramanga to Medellin all in one day…and it’s a big day. We hadn’t planned to do that, but it’s how it worked out. We stayed in Giron in a small hotel on the cute town square. Had…

The Darien Gap: A Tale of Two Ports

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Shipping Across the Darien Gap When we started planning on driving the Pan-Am Highway, shipping across the Darien Gap was the most daunting obstacle.  Now that we have made it through the gauntlet, I wanted to share our experience and understanding…

Returning to Colombia

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We need to get some gas in La Grita before we head closer to the border. Because Venezuela is trying to discourage/prevent people from buying the nearly free gas and driving over the border to sell it for a profit,…

Underway…

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My container with my car is finally underway to Curaçao. The ship that initially had to transport my container was sold and did not leave the harbor of Colon, Panama so it took at least a week extra. The other…

Riding into Venezuela

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Back to the border crossings again, lol. I never look forward to them, but I’m actually nervous about this next one. We’ve decided to ride into Venezuela. I’ve tried to research other ride reports, travel blogs, etc. to gather as…

Minca, Colombia

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After spending a few days in the intense heat of the beach, we decide to ride up to Minca which is in the hills above Santa Marta. I’m hoping climbing to just under 2000 feel will make a difference in…

Nothern Colombia coast to Taganga

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We head east and north along the Caribbean Sea coast toward Santa Marta which is supposed to be a place where the locals go for their holidays and vacations. It’s just a few hours from Cartagena. We stop somewhere past…

Cartagena, Columbia

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Cartagena is the perfect place to enter Colombia, as it´s a picturesque and historical city near the beach. What more could you ever want in a city. We´ve already been processed by Migracion before getting the bikes, and now we…

Panama City and Panama

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Each country I cross into on my way south has seemed greener, more humid and more “jungle”-ish than the last. Panama is no exception. It’s beautiful and the roads are great. The highway is 4 lanes in some places and…

De Jongens

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Jongens, Deze blog is gemaakt voor oma’s, opa’s, familie, vrienden en ook voor jullie, later als herinnering aan deze fantastische reis.  Maar, ook voor mezelf als aandenken aan mijn bijzondere jongens.  Het was een heel avontuur waarin we samen prettige momenten…

Het vliegtuig naar Bogota. (door Jakob)

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We namen de taxi van ons hotel naar de luchthaven.  In de luchthaven hebben we ingecheckt en aten we een hamburger.  Er zat nog een familie Belgen te supporteren voor de tv, voor de Belgen tegen Argentinië. Uiteindelijk ging Argentinië…

Cartagena (door Jerom)

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We kwamen in Cartagena aan. We hadden geboekt voor een 5 sterren hotel omdat we hier vijf dagen moesten blijven wilden we een goed zwembad. Maar toen we aankwamen was het hotel vol en sliepen we de eerste nacht in…

Cabo de la Vela

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Vanaf Riohacha trekken Jkes en Gkes samen het schiereiland Guajira op. De hitte houdt aan. De thermometer geeft tussen de 37 en de 40 graden aan. Met airco op volle toeren rijden we zover noordelijk als we veilig kunnen.  Het…

De Caraïben (Jkes)

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We komen terecht in een gezellig hotelletje in de Bocagrande wijk van Cartagena. Coole kamers en een klein zwembadje dat we gelukkig wel voor ons alleen hebben.  We dompelen ons twee dagen onder in het broeiend hete Cartagena. Het grote…

Cartagena – car shipping

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This morning I concluded with the very professional shipping agency; Enlace Caribe, the shipment of my car, back to Bonaire. Señor Luis Ernesto la Rota and his partner Sonia had the process down to a very effective one week loading…

Modder (jkes)

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We vertrekken direct uit Turbo en rijden een tweetal uur verder naar Arboletes en de Vulcan de Lodo.  Dit dorpje heeft de grootste moddervulkaan van Colombia en het vooruitzicht om straks in de krater van een vulkaan in de modder…

En dan eindelijk, de zee (Jkes)

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Santa Fe De Antioquia is een gezellig en heel mooi koloniaal stadje. Ietwat gepolijst en toeristisch maar wit schitterend onder de schroeiende zon heeft het wel iets.  Het is onze laatste stop voor we de verzengende hitte van de Caraïben…

Medellin (Jkes)

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Het verhaal van Medellin is bijzonder. Hier heerste een van de meest tot de verbeelding sprekende drugbaronnen aller tijden. Pablo Escobar zijn greep op Colombia tart alle verbeelding. Hij bouwde een reputatie op van bruut willekeurig geweld. Vaak met kidnapping…

Jakob’s verjaardag

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Het is nu een feit, we hebben onze eerste tiener in huis (voorlopig in de tent).  We hebben nog een dagje langer rust genomen op Hacienda Venecia om te kunnen genieten van Jakob zijn verjaardag.   Omringt door de prachtige koffieplantages…

Heerlijk Colombia (Jkes)

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Colombia is weer een ander Zuid-Amerika. Ook hier blijft de natuur overdonderend mooi, maar de sfeer is hier weer zo anders dan in Ecuador en Peru. De prachtige kleurrijke huizen, de schitterende haciënda’s, de warmbloedige mensen en het lekkere eten…