Colombia

Discussion in 'Americas' started by tibejara, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. tibejara

    tibejara Adventurer

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    Before you post about <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region> please mention dates, most Countries in <st1:place w:st="on">South America</st1:place> have change in the last 4 years.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Colombia</st1:place></st1:country-region>. (Dec. 23 2007)
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    Getting in and out:
    Coming from the north there are two choices, take a boat from Colon, Panama to Cartagena or Turbo and do Customs and Immigration in either one, this portion of the trip some times takes several days in Panama finding a boat and the trip it self; the other way is to ship your bike by air from Tocumen airport in Panama using Girag cargo to Bogotá this operation takes about two to three days, you will have you buy yourself a regular airplane ticket to Bogotá. The people in Girag are very helpful with documentation right in time for Customs. Note: once you get your papers fill out double check that the name and numbers match with your documentation.
    Insurance: the law says that all vehicles must carry a valid insurance many travelers avoid getting it and if luck is in there side nothing happens, you can buy insurance for 1-2-3 months or what ever time you want to spend here from offices that expedite S.O.A.T.
    Toll: as today motorcycles rides do not have to pay tolls
    Safety: lights on day and night.
    Also you have to use a fluorescent vest with your license plate in special color, people at the port or airport will lid you how to get one made for you, if you have a top case it is OK to install it in the back so police can see it.
    <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">BOGOTA</st1:place></st1:City>: ->personal opinion<- What to see: gold museum (Museo del oro), La Candelaria which is the colonial part of town. (I hope people that have been in Bogotá in the last 4 years can advise in places to stay and other related information)

    Tiberio Jaramillo
    Medellin, Colombia
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  2. tibejara

    tibejara Adventurer

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    Part 2
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    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. (Dec. 23 2007)
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    Maps: Is not easy to find maps like in other countries, but in most big cities there is a office from the government called Instituto Agustin Codazzi that sells maps and also have a package of 10 or 12 road routes, visit this link in order for you to locate yourself
    http://mapascolombia.igac.gov.co/wps/portal/mapasdecolombia/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3g_0xBjb1MjYwMLR28zAyNDV8sQV3M3YwN3E6B8JJK8v4u_K1A-0DHALMzV2MDRgBLdBoYEdIeDXIvfdnzyIPNRbXB1NQHZ4G7o5uNobGBkoO_nkZ-bql-QGxphkBmQDgDY4FX4/dl2/d1/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnB3LzZfTjVUM0s1MjMwOEFLNjAyMUU5VEU3RjMwRzM!
    If the above link does not work try this and then clic at ‘mapas de <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region></st1:place>’; sorry all in Spanish.
    Weather at: http://www.ideam.gov.co:8080/tiempo/imagenessatelite.shtml in normal conditions the weather flows from East to West
    Rain season: Mid March, April, May then mid September, October, November and December
    Dry season January, February and part of March then June, July, August and part of September
    Between years are cycles of EL NIÑO and la NIÑA. You can read about this phenomenon in the NOAA site.
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  3. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    This is wonderful! I'll be doing this next October / November.


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  4. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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  5. tibejara

    tibejara Adventurer

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    Part 3
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    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. (Dec. 24 2007)
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    Arriving and leaving south. (<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ecuador</st1:place></st1:country-region>)
    Normally there is no hassle at this border, general rule for border towns is to avoid sleep and spend very little time in them, also watch for personal stuff and bike.
    Arriving into <st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region> or leaving adjust your schedule to stay in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pasto</st1:place></st1:City> with good places to stay, recommendations for food and places to stay in future posts.
    Count wit delays at the border from Dec 20 to Jan 15 every year; this is vacations for both Countries; we have reports of delays from 5 to 6 hours.
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  6. garrobito

    garrobito Stromtrooper

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    Perfect!! I'm going next november/december; I think spend a little time in bogota and a lot in Cali dancing salsa whit local girls (colombian girls are the max!!)
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  7. tibejara

    tibejara Adventurer

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    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Colombia</st1:place></st1:country-region>. (Dec. 24 2007)
    Where to go? Routes? All depends in your spirit and time
    I will suggest most routes from Bogotá but you can adjust them from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cartagena</st1:place></st1:City> or Ipiales.
    North Coast loop: Bogota – Villa de Leyva* – San Gil – Barichara* – Guane* – Giron* – San Alberto –Aguachica – Taganga* – Cartagena* – San Onofre – Sincelejo – Planeta Rica – Caucasia – Valdivia – Yarumal – Santa Rosa de Osos – Medellín*.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Central loop: Bogota – La Vega – La Mesa – Villeta - Guaduas – Honda* – Mariquita –Fresno – Manizales* – Irra – La Felisa – Pintada – Bolombolo – Caldas – Medellín – Caldas – Santa Bárbara – La Pintada – Supia – Riosicio – Anserma – La Virginia – Cartago - Alcala – Montenegro – Finlandia – Salento* - Armenia – Buga – Palmira – Candelaria – Puerto Tejada - Popayán* - El Bordo – Pasto - Ipiales.<o:p></o:p>
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    South Route: Bogota – Girardot – Armenia – Palmira – Popayán – Pasto – Ipiales.<o:p></o:p>
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    If you enter from the south do this information backwards
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    * = places to see, Ok to spend time
    *Villa de Leyva – Girón colonial towns
    *Barichara and Guane considered the most beautiful towns in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Colombia</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    *Taganga; fisherman’s town
    *Salento, located near the most beautiful state, Quindío with coffee, Giant Bambú, Plantains and yucca plantations, this is a favorite spot for Colombian riders, you can visit the Parque del café (coffee park) Centro experimental de la guadua (Giant bamboo experimental lab), Mariposario (butterfly house) visit Valle de Cócora were the Colombian tree grows, palms that rise up to 60 meters high.
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    There are many other places to see, for example you are in big city you will find many small towns near by that have a special feel to it, if you have time to spend I highly recommend to visit them.
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    GPS: maps for <st1:country-region w:st="on">Colombia</st1:country-region> a terrible, I will like to share my personal tracks and POI in the near future, they are going to be uploaded in “layn’ down tracks - Out in the darkness” under <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">COLOMBIA</st1:country-region></st1:place>
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