Category Archives: Colombia

Rocks, ropes and roses – our final few days in Colombia

29th September: We’re getting a bit behind ourselves on the ol’ blog. Right now we are in Madrid, Spain having said a fond farewell to our cycling adventure in the Americas after just over a year on the road. Prolonging … Continue reading

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Cows, coal and Ciclovia – the road to Bogota

31st Aug – 12th Sept: We`ve been in Bogota over a week now hanging out and trying to get to know this city of eight million people. At 2,625 metres above sea level Bogota is the third highest capital in … Continue reading

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Boyaca – ‘land of freedom’; land of panela!

The department of Boyaca is known as ‘land of freedom’ as it was the scene of famous battles in Colombia’s quest for independence from Spain – the freedom fighters led by Simon Bolivar. To us, peddling through, it felt like … Continue reading

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San Gil to Villa de Leyva

22nd – 29th August: From San Gil we continued to follow the Cordillera Oriental of the Colombian Andes, into the department of Boyaca. Winding our way up and down valleys, along and over ridges, through towns and villages, we gradually … Continue reading

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Blots on the landscape

Colombia is blessed with some of the most diverse and fertile terrains on earth. For example I have lost count of the number of new fruits that we have sampled in less than a month, it’s probably running at one … Continue reading

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Deciphering directions in Colombia

Asking for directions and route information in general is a necessary, and most entertaining, pastime. Over the course of our travels we have learnt to be wary of the advice of non-cyclists when it comes to distances, cycling times, and … Continue reading

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Adventure in the foothills of the Colombian Andes: Bucaramanga to San Gil

14th – 20th August: Thanks to fellow cyclists Cass, Russell and Lorely (although we’ve never met them we like to think of them as friends!) we happened upon a back route to San Gil that took us away from the … Continue reading

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Cartagena to Bucaramanga (1st-10th August)

Miles: 402 Biking days: 8 Punctures: 2 Gifts received: 2 cups of tinto (Columbian coffee), 1 giant Colombian biscuit, 6 bags of water, 5 ice lollies (2 coconut, 2 chocolate, 1 raspberry), countless shots of aguadiente, 4 beers, 1 Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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Cartagena – the Costa Caribe Colombia

29-31 July: Slap bang on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, with prime maritime access to Central, North and South America, Cartagena was, and still is, a very important city. Founded in 1533 by the Spanish conquistadors, Cartagena soon became an … Continue reading

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Sailing on the good ship Sacanagem from Panama to Cartagena

21-26 July: The boat ride from Panama to Cartagena has become something of a backpackers’ rite of passage in recent years. With the land route through Darien province to Colombia a roadless, jungle wilderness infamous for drug trafficking and general … Continue reading

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