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Colombia

Curious what backpackers do in Colombia? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • 04.12.: Haben die letzte Nachtfahrt gut hinter uns gebracht und sind in der Hitze von Cartagena angekommen. Es ist verdammt schwül! Das macht manchen aber gar nichts - haben gerade noch beim Zieleinlauf des Iron Man zugeschaut.

    05.12.: Heute war Strandtag angesagt! Haben versucht uns im Meer etwas abzukühlen, was bei der Wassertemperatur jedoch nur schwer möglich ist. Dafür gehts in der Dusche im Hostel ganz gut - hier kommt ausschließlich kaltes Wasser. Abends sind wir zufällig Mona und Tobi über den Weg gelaufen und waren dann noch gemeinsam Cocktails bzw. Bier trinken und haben dem Treiben auf der Straße zugeschaut. Hier gefällt es und eindeutig besser als in Medellín!

    06.12.: Leider kam der Nikolaus nicht bis nach Kolumbien... Haben uns dennoch einen schönen Tag gemacht und sind durch Cartagenas herrliche, koloniale Altstadt geschlendert. Die Hauptplätze waren dabei von etlichen (deutschen) Kreuzfahrttouristen belagert.

    07.12.: Sind heute morgen zum "Volcán del Totumo" gefahren. Dort haben wir ein ausgiebiges Schlammbad im Krater des Vulkans genossen. Man konnte sich treiben lassen und das Gefühl der Schwerelosigkeit erfahren. Außerdem soll der Schlamm auch heilsame Wirkung haben... Lediglich auf die "hilfsbereiten" Einheimischen, die einem penetrant eine Massge andrehen und einem beim Abwaschen im See behilflich sein wollen, könnte man gerne verzichten. Für umsonst wollen die das nämlich nicht machen. Einzig der Fotograf ist hilfreich und sein Geld wert. Nach ausgiebiger Dusche im Hostel waren wir dann abends noch lecker Sushi essen.

    08.12.: Auf dem heutigen Programm stand der Besuch des "Castillo San Felipe", eine von den Spaniern erbaute Festungsanlage, um Cartagena im Angriffsfall verteidigen zu könnnen. Kurzzeitig fing es an zu regnen, was uns nicht viel ausmachte, die Straßen wurden jedoch in kürzester Zeit überflutet. Abends haben wir auch heute die ausgelassene Stimmung auf der Plaza Trinidad genossen, einem Platz in unserem Viertel Getsemaní, auf dem sich jung und alt sowie Kolumbianer und Touristen mischen.
    Morgen geht es dann für eine Übernachtung auf die Isla Barú an die Playa Blanca. Wir hoffen auf reichlich Sonnenschein, um den Karibikstrand genießen zu können...
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  • The last cyclingday of our trip in south America. There was only 80 kmand a big climb between us and our final destination Medellín. We decided to start cycling at 7 to avoid some of the heat and traffic. But it was already hot. The many road construction made that we had to wait a lot of times. Luckely we could bypass some on our bike. The climb was not to steep and steady. But 6 km before the top Nino got a flat tire. So after a quick patch we made it to the top.

    Being at the top it was only 40 more km downhill to Medellín. So we thought a pleasant warm downhill. But South America wasn't done with us yet. We got the craziest rainstorm we've had so far. So it turned out to be a cold and wet downhill. But soon we found ourselfs on the main road trough Medellín. We survived the 4 lane highway and found our hostel. We did it! Now we need some rest.
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  • After a well earned rest day we set out to cross the Cordillera Central. it has been gray and cloudy for 3 days now. And today we couldn't escape the rain. The whole day it was raining on and off. Making it hard to keep your body at the right themperature. So after making our planed 64 km we found a cheap hotel and found a warm shower.

  • We woke up to a giant thunderstorm. Water came down like crazy and the streets soon turned into rivers. But we are Dutch and used to a bit of rain. So we set out trying to avoid the worst flooded streets. Most of the cars don't really care about cyclist. So quite often we got splashed by the cars.

    We rode the whole day in the rain. But actually we preferred the rain over the 36 degrees and sunny. We made some good progress until nino got our 17th flat tire. Turned out his outer tire was totally worn. So aftet 9950 km we finally destroyed our first tire. Luckily we carried a spare and got to a town with a cheap hospdaje at 4. Tomorrow will probably be the last "flat" day of the trip.Read more

  • To get ahead of the heat we decided to leave town at 6am. Although quite early we were happy that we did it. It was still cool and traffic wasnt to bad. But two hours later it was sweating again and crazy traffic. It took us till 2 to make the 58km to the top of the pass. So we thought we would be in Armenia early.

    A couple of hundred meters i got a flat tire. It turned out one of the patches was completely ripped a part. So after changing the tube we continued downhill. Only to have ninos tire flat at the bottom. Another ripped patch. So we hope with 2 brandnew tubes in our tires to make it to medellín.Read more

  • After 2 days of rest in Armenia it was time to set out again. One of the only highlights in the surroundings is the town of Salento with the Cocora valey. so a short 22 km ride brought us to this small coffee town. here we will spend a day hiking in the valley before we set out for the last four days of cycling to Medellin.

  • We planed on doing only 60 km today. But we ended up doing 110. There is only one climb and 80 km between us and Medellin now. So if everything goes acording to plan we will be in Medellin tomorow. But first we need a good nights sleep.

  • Sexy avianca uniforms, two movies, catnap and a very smooth landing. People around are whispering that this new Airbus A330 is super fast, that's why we have arrived 1 hour earlier. Ordered a cab from the airport (using Revolut for the first time here - awesome!) and after a looong search for the destination address we're finally here.
    4:00 AM. +9 C.
    We are visiting one of Cristina's best friends and she has a wild wild cat la Gorda. La Gorda loves playing with boxes, bags, shoes and new guests. No sleeping guaranteed..Read more

  • Because taxi's with a bike are really expensive we decided to ride to a hostel next to the airport. Medellin is beautifully situated in a valley. So if you want to get out you have to climb. and it was a tought climb. With our bikeboxes folded on the back of our bikes and our baggs in total chaos the bike handled like a freight train. But we managed to get to the airport. So now we are boxing the bike and getting ready for our flight to Panama tomorow.Read more

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