Race you to the top! A day exploring Guatapé

The town of Guatapé looks like 10,000 Crayola boxes melted on top of it. Seriously, it simply can’t be real. It is exactly what a movie set for an old, peaceful Colombian village would look like because, well, that’s pretty much what it is. On a tip from a San Francisco friend that we randomly …

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Photo Focus – Medellín’s Metrocable

While in Medellín we decided to venture to Parque Arví, a large ecological nature reserve that sits just beyond the ridgeline above the city. After taking a “standard” Medellín Metro train north through the majority of the city we then switched to the super-impressive gondola-like Metrocable line. It was like loading a chair lift in …

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A view, a waterfall, and a pair of stolen shoes—One night in Minca

I’ll start by saying that I didn’t vibe with either Santa Marta or Taganga. In both towns tourism seems to be booming in spite of the local community, not alongside it. Poverty abounds and yet parties rage in the bars along the waterfront. We went to Santa Marta because it is the gateway to Tayrona National Park, …

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Just call me a Colombian Bike Junkie

Let’s start this post at the end of the day. We had completed approximately 26 miles of downhill mountain biking and had another 8 miles of “cross country” riding ahead of us. We took off our heavy duty elbow and knee guards and set out for what I thought would be a rolling, easy finish. …

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An anniversary to remember—Rappelling down the Juan Curi Waterfall

As of July 5, Terra and I have officially been dating for two years. In a way, our entire trip to Colombia is an anniversary celebration. A pretty kick ass one, if I do say so myself. On the morning of July 5, we took a local bus from San Gil to the Juan Curi …

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From road to sky in 120 seconds—Paragliding in San Gil

We arrived by car to a bluff where three companies launch their paragliding businesses, and less than two minutes later Terra was airborne. We had scribbled our names and weights onto a piece of paper and Terra was immediately rushed towards a guide, strapped in to a series of harnesses, and asked if he speaks …

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