Wednesday, December 1, 2010


First view of Cartagena. Unloading the bikes in Cartagena. The Tango anchored in Cartagena. A ride on the Chiva Bus in Cartagena. San Felipe Fort in Cartagena. A litle jazz at the San Felipe Fort in Cartagena. Cartagena from San Felipe Fort. We love Colombia! Jenn defending Cartagena. Huge police presence in Cartagena for the upcoming Summit of the Americas. Cartagena sights. Dancers in the square in Cartagena. Pretty ladies in the Gateway of the Sweets in Cartagena. Fairy tale Cartagena streets. Fairy tale streets in Cartagena ... and a mime. Colombian artist Fernando Botero Angulo is famous for fat naked statues like this one. One of the most elegant buildings in Cartagena. Cartagena coral wall! Past, present, and future Colombian beauty queens in Cartagena. You know the area has a lot of gold when pre-Colombian inhabitants were using it to make fishhooks! Stoked to be riding in a bike lane near Sincelejo. Local plumbing near Puerto Valdivia. Cross the river and then start climbing into the Andes in Puerto Valdivia. Ridgetop town of Valdivia, Colombia. Snuggled up for the first time in months in Las Ventanas, Colombia. Colombia is the greenest place we`ve ever seen. The beautiful mountain town of Yarumal, Colombia. Colombian greenery. How to keep warm in the Andes: tinto and pan de queso! Looking at the road dropping down and climbing out of a valley in Colombia. These beetles constantly fell off the ceilings in the mountains in Colombia. Little mountain town in Colombia. How the local cyclists climb the hills in Colombia. A little stressed after riding through some of the worst traffic of the trip in Medellin, Colombia. Medellin has the best street hot dogs ever: perro rancheros! Rio Medellin near El Poblado. Crazy Nacional fans in the upper bowl. Watching the Nacional game with the lights of Medellin in the background. People come to say their prayers and give thanks at this monument in Medellin. Medellin street art. Medellin street art. Medellin street art. Medellin street art. Medellin street art. Medellin crawling up the valley walls from Cerro Nutibara. Jenn in barefoot park in Medellin. Cool Medellin arquitecture. Downtown Medellin art. Downtown Medellin. Murals on display outside the metro station in Medellin. More awesomely fat Fernando Botero Angulo sculptures in Medellin. With Paulina, Blanca, and Daniel outside of CasaKiwi in Medellin. Pool is big in Colombia.  Jenn at CasaKiwi in Medellin. Medellin has a super modern metro system. Heading up into the hills on the Medellin metro cable. Arepa de Chocolo. Jenn sampling her first Bandeja Paisa with new friends in Arvi Park. Mountains from the metro cable to Arvi Park. The Medellin metro cable travels from the city up to the poorer neighbourhoods. Valle de Cauca, Colombia. Chinchina's cathedral. Yep, that's the pineapple sundae made inside the pineapple! Coffee plants in Colombia's coffee region. Roadside waterfall near Chinchina. Mmm, fresh coffee in Santa Rosa de Cabal. Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal. Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal. Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal. Resting tired legs in Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal. Beautiful Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal. Monument from the 1971 Pan-American games in Cali. Street art in Cali. Enjoying a rooftop beer in Cali. Central park in Popayan from our hostal room. Gazing out on Popayan, Colombia. Statue overlooking Popayan. Stringing a new wire in Colombia. Those be some big avocadoes! Termales in Purace National Park. Termales in Purace National Park. Sharing a few beers with new friends in Popayan, Colombia. Why you don't wear your silver rings in termales. Jenn and Lydie taking in some downhill near Popayan. Taking in some downhill near Rosas, Colombia with Eric and Lydie. New friends riding towards El Bordo, Colombia under an unreal sky. Big mountains and deep valleys near El Bordo, Colombia. Cacti in the mountains Increasingly dramatic peaks towards Pasto, Colombia. Five cyclists with three tents in a restaurant entrance. Mountains and sky near Pasto, Colombia. Climbing through beautiful scenery on the way to Pasto, Colombia. Climbing through beautiful scenery on the way to Pasto, Colombia. Brand new mountain bike cranksets in Pasto.  Now we have lean, mean, hill climbing machines with 22-34! Roadside waterfall near Ipiales, Colombia. Santuario de Las Lajas spans this narrow gorge near Ipiales, Colombia.

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