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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…

Salento, Colombia and the game of Tejo

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Salento is a town that keeps popping up in blogs I’ve been reading and in suggested places to visit in Colombia. It’s located on a dead-end road off the Pan Am Highway and up a gorgeous valley in the Zona…

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…

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…

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…