Lifetravelled- Aussie couple hitting the road to Argentina -in Peru

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  1. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    On the way down out of Jerico we got let through the roadworks again, they were painting the lines and the que was huge, but they let motorbikes through so off we went. Then we had an issue... Rear tyre was low, pulled over and got it up on the center stand, it was a decent puncture, I attempted to plug it and just as I was about to put some air it a local Colombian rider pulled in on Vstrom 1000, he spoke to English but was eager to help, he had a look and went to his bike and pulled out his giant plug kit, we tried that but no dice.

    Well time for the wheel to come off, I jumped on the back of his bike holding the rear wheel.... I felt like a true local now, doing 100km/h holding on the wheel. Each town enemy if it only has 5 houses generally has a tyre repair place, we pulled in and the young kid got to work....


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    This is what we found inside the tyre, a river rock sliced in half had gone through the tyre, the cut on the inside was about 4cm
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  2. holckster

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    You do realize pilfering ancient artifacts is frowned upon.

    What hotel did you use in the El Poblado District.
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  3. lifetravelled

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    Haha I will be keeping it as souvenir.

    We stayed at Hotel & Apartasuites Torre Poblado, it's around $46 a night, but we had an apartment it was big and included breakfast, the whole area is a bit pricey.
  4. lifetravelled

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    We got the tyre patched, wasn't quite patched, so our good friend got some superglue and some tyre glue and got it patched, returned put back on the bike and made the decision to head back to Medellin, about 90kms back, hoping the tyre would hold up. We checked into a cheap hotel in Medellin, $13 a night with underground parking.

    We caught up some friend in Medellin that night and had some well deserved beers.

    Next morning we headed to Africa motos to get a new tyre, super shop, they changed the tyre and oil change in an hour. highly recommend this shop, lots of Adv bikes in there, they had like 7 Vstroms come in while we were there. Met some cool people there too.

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    With the tyre fixed we werepacked and back on the road 10am, we rode to Jardin where we would spend the night. Half the road we had ridden before, it's a nice ride once out of city and we pulled into town at about 1pm, checked into the Hotel Diana, which was half a block from the square and you could ride your bike right past the room and park in an undercover courtyard.

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  6. lifetravelled

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    We are spending New Years at steel horse, reading the wall of overlanders we saw @CanuckCharlie message, which is super cool, he was a huge inspiration for our trip and made us realise what's possible, so a huge thanks to Charlie for a great RR.

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    Happy New Years you two! Be safe.
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    We spent that night in the square, it was super busy and we ate some nice street food. The locals went on to 330am.

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    We rode south out of Jardin, it's about 45km of dirt roads to the next town and with some mud and water we were glad to have the new tyre on.

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    We took a break at little shack and hung out with the local pigs.

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    The road to Salento was super nice twisty great surface and great views, we stopped for another meal of the day and then headed for Salento, we were met with about 3km of traffic heading up the hill into town with very few spots to pass, even the local bikes were waiting patiently, got to town and checked a few places we had scouted on ioverlander, all full, over the traffic and craziness we decided to leave town and head for the steel horse just outside of filandia, about 40 mins away.

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    We arrived at the Steel Horse, for those who don't know this is an overlanders only accomodation just outside of Filandia, it's owned and ran by an English couple in their 30s who rode South America and decided to open this place, there was a young Czech couple over landing in a Toyota 4wd staying, super cool people.

    The place has a great set up and Evette and Paul are working hard to create a great place, nothing was too much hassle. Super secure. Stay here!!!!

    Also if coming to the coffee region I think your best to stay in Filandia than Salento. Less touristy but with plenty of options to eat and it's very pretty.

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    The next morning the guys gave us a lift into town and we had breakfast and wondered around.

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    This plate of food costs about $1.30 us
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    We spent the afternoon doing a coffee plantation tour, it was out of picking season but it was still interesting and you are still able to find ripe beans to pick.

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    Sample on tour- terrible coffee, like dirty water.
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    This coffee in their cafe, one of the best we have had on the trip.
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    Then it was back to the steel horse for NYE, the guys put on a great bbq dinner.

    Last sunset of 2018
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    With plans to head into town, we were all having too much fun and we stayed put and had a great night.

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    Hey guys, happy New Year and thanks for the posts, I noticed on post 729 you appear to have a electrical or data cable wrapped around your right leg? Not sure if that was an issue, but if you are looking for a lost cable??
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    Thanks and happy new year to you, thanks for reading. Thanks, it's just stefs charging cable for her phone, all good, we did lose one back in Mexico....
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    Happy New Year! Looks like you had a great time.
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