Archive for the ‘Colombia’ Category

Closing Thoughts: Colombia

Closing Thoughts: Colombia
Having never been to Colombia, we had little idea what to expect. Frankly, I spent a few nights tossing and turning at home in Canada before getting on the plane, with stories dancing through my head of kidnappings, guerilla fighters, and drug lords forcing me into the muling business. What we found...
January 19th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Hacienda Guayabal: Get Your Coffee On!

Hacienda Guayabal: Get Your Coffee On!
The life of a worker on a coffee finca is one not to be envied to say the least. Ten-hour days consist of hauling 30kg bags on their backs up and down impossibly steep pathways for extremely little pay. Mosquitoes are relentless and the heat of the sun even more so.  The scenery, however, is breathtaking:...
January 18th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Santuario Las Lajas

Santuario Las Lajas
After 19 hours of bus travel, we arrived at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning in the entirely deserted town of Ipiales, only a few kilometers from Colombia’s border with Ecuador. Not too keen to wander by ourselves through a deserted town in a region known for drug-related “issues,” we immediately...
January 18th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Looking down on Cartagena

Looking down on Cartagena
We’re in Cartagena, staying in the historical district of Getsemani, which is just a few blocks away from the historic centre, an area surrounded by walls built hundreds of years ago as one of several fortifications built to protect the city and its treasures from pirates. After a week of long...
January 13th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Meet the Andes

Meet the Andes
From San Gil, we took a bus to Bucaramanga, capital of Santander Department, before switching for an overnight bus to Cartagena. The ride from San Gil to Bucamaranga happened to serve as an introduction to the Andes (Cordillera Oriental); more specifically, it served as an introduction to the joys of...
January 12th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

San Gil & Barichara

San Gil & Barichara
It took us longer than expected to leave Bogotá: we got a lead on where to purchase the memory card reader we needed to share photos and, after having been told by an employee in one photography store that such a device didn’t exist anywhere in Colombia, we couldn’t resist the challenge of navigating...
January 12th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Observations from Bogota

Observations from Bogota
We’ve completed what is quickly approaching a busy 48-hours in Bogota: The National Congress (where we were apparently lucky to be allowed in), the President’s home (we were not allowed in), the police and military museum (lots of big guns and funny military hats with feathers), Plaza de...
January 7th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More

Longing for clean underpants

Longing for clean underpants
We have officially arrived in Bogota, Colombia, ready to begin the trip. After leaving Vancouver on a morning blanketed by thick fog just over 24 hours ago, we sit now in our hotel awaiting the arrival of our final piece of luggage to follow our trip from Houston to Bogota on the next available flight,...
January 6th, 2010 | Colombia, Feature, Travelogue | Read More
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