Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by peergum, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. peergum

    peergum Been here awhile

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    Colombia is so gorgeous, I don't understand it doesn't have its own thread here.

    For the note, we're in Colombia since mid-May, we spend some time in Bogota after coming from Panama (we shipped the bike by air), and are now moving north toward Cartagena.

    We crossed several big bikes in the last day, apparently going toward Bogota. If anyone's in the area, wave to us. Our blog is at http://r-atw.com and there's a small map on the right side showing our (approximate) location. We also have a page on facebook, http://facebook.com/riding.atw and a thread in the RR section (usually around one week behind, FB page is update more often)

    See you in this magnificent country that you should NOT skip. And Colombians are soooo nice and friendly! Quite the change after Panama...
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  2. stevedo

    stevedo Been here awhile

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    Totally agree. We spent 8 and a half months in Colombia on our RTW (currently in Ecuador) trip. Along with Mexico, Colombia is our favourite country so far :-)

    Saludos
    Steve and Janette
    www.tiger800rtw.com
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  3. JunkyardOcelot

    JunkyardOcelot Colombia -- XR150L

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    If your in the middle of the sountry and want a tour of Parque Nevados and the glaciers. Im stationed in Manizales and glad to show people around.
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  4. climberevan

    climberevan planning the next journey

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    I'm heading there next week for a 2 week intro trip. I'll be renting a bike and riding around 2-up with my SO. We'll mostly be in the mountains, but are pretty flexible still... From everything I've heard it will certainly warrant a return trip.
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  5. Oceandiving954

    Oceandiving954 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Heading to Medellin tonight to ride in the mountains , looking forward to adding to this thread...
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  6. worthydog

    worthydog Shosholoza Supporter

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    Can you locals give some California guys a hand? what are your 3 favorite roads (dirt or tarmac) in Colombia. We are coming and August and we want to see the good stuff. Thanks
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  7. stevedo

    stevedo Been here awhile

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    We're not local but these are our three favourite rides whilst in Colombia:

    1. Manizales to Armero around the Nevado Del Ruiz volcano - paved and dirt
    2. Salento to Ibague via Toche to see the wax palms. Tens of thousands of wax palms as opposed to the few in the Cocora valley - mostly dirt
    3. St Agustin to Popayan. Beautiful views of the paromo - paved and dirt

    There were just so many highlights for us in Colombia on our RTW trip. You can find Colombia specific details here http://www.tiger800rtw.com/category/south-america/colombia/

    Saludos
    Steve and Janette
    www.tiger800rtw.com

    This is from the Nevada Del Ruiz ride

    [​IMG]Nevada del Ruiz - Andes mountains by Steve Douglas, on Flickr


    From Salento to Ibague wax palms

    [​IMG]Wax palms by Steve Douglas, on Flickr


    The Paromo in Parque Nacional Purace

    [​IMG]Parque Nacional Purace by Steve Douglas, on Flickr
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  8. worthydog

    worthydog Shosholoza Supporter

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    Thank you! We really appreciate that
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  9. stevedo

    stevedo Been here awhile

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    I edited number 2. to include "via Toche".
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  10. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    In Colombia as we speak. I'm riding with @Normlas currently and we have done some decent off-road so far! We both have threads over in the epic ride section.

    Route 60 between Chiquinquira and Puerto Boyacá was beautiful with some paved and a lot of gravel in the jungle and in the low hills near Puerto Boyacá. Took us about 7 hours to do going east to west.

    We also did the dirt track between El Retiro and Versalles. Very beautiful ride through jungle, forest, and the mountains! It rained the night before so we had NO dust!

    We did the small secondary road from La Pintada to Supia. it goes through Valparaiso and Caramanta. Fair warning, it goes to dirt after Caramanta and it's that bedrock rough stuff and there was a fair amount of traffic on it, so it was dusty. Our hotel in Supia (sourced on I-overlander) had a pool which was very nice!

    We have another couple weeks to go in Colombia and we love this country!
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  11. worthydog

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    Thanks so much!
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  12. Salentomoto

    Salentomoto Ride,eat,sleep and repeat.

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  13. mak

    mak n00b

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    Wow!! ImI so glad to have stumbled upon this thread!

    I'll be reaching Medellin in a week and will be buying a local motorcycle.. can't wait to check out these routes!
    Hopefully bump into some of you guys along the way.
    Cheers,
    Mak
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  14. kaiserkyhl

    kaiserkyhl The journey is the reward!

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  15. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Booked in. See you soon.
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  16. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    I rode Colombia. Loved it. Fantastic roads and a beautiful country.
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  17. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    This is now the Colombia thread, @peergum
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  18. Salentomoto

    Salentomoto Ride,eat,sleep and repeat.

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    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    So much more than a Spanish teacher:



    Barichara

    "Barichara is the kind of town that Hollywood filmmakers dream about. A Spanish colonial town saturated with atmosphere, it boasts cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings with red-tiled roofs that look almost as new as the day they were created some 300 years ago. It's no wonder that many Spanish-language films and telenovelas are shot here. Granted, the movie-set appearance owes a debt to considerable reconstruction efforts made since the town was declared a national monument in 1978."

    - Lonely Planet Guide
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  20. perilongo

    perilongo n00b

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    ill most likely get in contact with you when i head into town if the offer still stands
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