Category : Colombia

World Trip Leg #1 Round-up: South America & Antarctica

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    [travelmap-map height=400 maptype="terrain" first=2 last=64] FACTS Start Date: November 30, 2011 (Washington, D.C. to Bogota, Colombia) End Date: June 5, 2012 (Quito, Ecuador to Washington, D.C.) Duration: 187 days (6+ months) Total Spent: $24,467 * Average per person per day: $65.42 * Transportation Cost: $9,658 ** Transportation Duration: 608.5 Hours! (Over 25...


Sketchy Border Crossing

Written Dec 16, 2011 by Kristin: So what do you get when you mix 3 Venezuelans, 2 Americans, a Colombian, 2 mattresses, and a big bag of cheese in a 1979 Chevy Impala?  One hell of a Border Crossing, that’s what! The last few weeks we’ve been going back and forth about whether we were going to venture into Venezuela at all.  We’ve met several people along the way that told us it’s ...


Vive Colombia!

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Written on Dec 14, 2011 by Bryan: Kristin’s been doing all the talking so far, so I figured I’d say a little something. If you don't like this post, tell me, and I won't write anymore :-) As we await our bus to Venezuela tomorrow, I might as well take a minute to reflect on our thoughts of Colombia. First off, let’s kill the stereotypes. Colombia is NOT a place of only cocaine, kidnapping...


Almost Barracuda Breakfast

During our two weeks  in Colombia, Monday was the first time we feared for our lives.  And it wasn't because of some guerrilla drug-lord with a machine gun or someone off the streets flashing a machete while demanding all of our valuables.  In fact, we were 60-feet underwater scuba diving.  We've been diving with barracudas countless times over the last 8 years.   They don't scare us one bi...


Rolling in the Mud with Some New Amigos

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After a 16-hour bus ride from Medellin, we finally arrived in Cartagena at midnight. We didn't mind the all day and night bus ride too much though. It gave us plenty of time to catch up on our sleep after a fun last night out in Medellin partying with new friends (one of them being Dr. Stu Price from the Hangover; aka Darren). Our group had accidentally stumbled across a bottle of the Colombian li...


Chillaxin’ with the Escobars

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Medellin, Colombia was once named the world's murder capitol and most violent city (and not too long ago!).  This was largely due to the drug cartels in the days of Pablo Escobar.  The city is said to have improved dramatically since those days.  Honestly, though, Bryan and I aren't big fans of Medellin.  There are some positive points to the city.  The more upscale residential area where our...


Naked People, Street Meat, and Guinea Pig Gambling

We aren't big museum people but Bryan and I really enjoyed some of Bogota's  unique museums and sights. Museo Botero - Fernando Botero is a Colombian artist who creates some odd, eccentric work.  It's definitely not your usual art museum.  Botero clearly loves fat . . . I mean, voluptuous women.  He especially loves naked, curvy women showing their breasts.  Maybe that's why Bryan didn't c...


Biking The REAL Bogota

From exotic, delicious fruits to a street of day-time prostitutes, we just landed in Bogota this morning and have already seen so much!  We just returned from a five hour bike tour of the city with Mike from Bogota Bike Tours.  This isn't your typical, stuffy city tour though.  You'll learn lots of history, but it feels more like your biking through the city with a friend who knows everyone and...


Bogota Bound…

Stay Tuned! Our very first destination will be Bogota, Colombia. There are a lot of stereotypes about this city. Many people think it’s still a place plagued with crime and drugs. However, from what we have read, Bogota is a beautiful, eclectic city with lots to offer and has transformed over the last decade. On November 30, 2011, we will start our grand adventure by flying to Bogota to experie...


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