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Colombia

Ipiales and the Ecuadorian border

Our last stop before crossing the border into Ecuador was Ipiales. Being a border town of ill repute we took a taxi from the bus terminal straight to our hotel and did not venture farther than across the street for dinner. While we did not have any problems, border towns along the Colombian Ecuadorian border are known for their issues, such as weapon and drug smuggling...

Popayan – The colonial city in white

Hurrying ahead of the threatened farmers strike, we rushed to Popayan from Salento, the traditional colonial city known for its solid bright white buildings. The ride was uneventful, no farmers with pitchforks blocked our bus's path, there was however a noticeable increase in police and military presence along the side of the road. It seemed every two or three kilometers there was a group of policemen or military personal standing alongside the road watching the traffic. Our bus was pulled over halfway to Popayan...

Salento – Coffee tours and playing with gunpowder

We have been in the Ecuadorian rainforest away from wifi and unable to update the blog, but we're back in civilization and ready to share more. Salento, deep in Colombia's coffee country, was our next destination after Medellin. Two bus rides and seven hours from Medellin will take you through Colombia's rugged and beautiful green coffee country and to the small town of Salento...

Medellin – From World’s Most Dangerous to Most Innovative

In the 1980's and 1990's at the height of the drug cartels power, Medellin was one of, if not the, most dangerous city in the world, with the highest murder rate anywhere. Even locals were not safe on the streets, no one wanted to travel there, not even Colombians. However with the rise of Colombia's new stronger government and major crackdowns and the virtual elimination of the drug cartels, the city has been transformed into a new modern metropolis and recently named The Worlds Most Innovative City...

Midnight bus to Medellin

After now having taken a couple dozen bus rides of various lengths in Colombia I'm ready to declare myself "hardly an expert" and share just a few observations. Buses are a great cheap way to travel the long distances and with so many amazing views I actually have begun to look forward to them. Buses are definitely popular, more people get around on buses than any other mode of transportation by far, and many choose to go from A to B on an overnight bus. One benefit of the over-night bus is that you don't have to pay for a place to sleep for that night. We decided to take one from Bogota to Medellin, 9 hours of... what's the opposite of comfortable? ...

Bogota – Part 2

After our unpleasant experience on Monserrate, we were left uncertain as to whether we liked Bogota and whether we even wanted to stay. We did decide to stay however, and gave the city a second chance, vowing this time to avoid any unreasonably dense crowds...

Pickpocketed in Bogota

Taking another night bus from San Gil to Bogota we arrived bright and early in the morning. Our first impressions of Bogota were a little sour, it was cold, raining, and busy. The bus station a flood of people walking in every direction. Outside hundreds of taxis lined up in the rain to take people away from the bus station. Taking a cab off the street is supposed to be dangerous, so...

Paragliding in San Gil

San Gil is the adventure sports capital of Colombia. A 325 year old town, founded in 1689 is now a place where adventure sports addicts converge, whether you feel like mountain biking through the canyons, white water rafting up to class 5 rapids, kayaking, paragliding, bungee jumping, caving, or repelling down waterfalls, all can be found in San Gil...