From Ibarra to the Equator – 7 days – 2225m above sea level

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Once the border crossed without any issue (only passport, driving licence and documents of the vehicles are required) we did a quick lunch break in the Tulcan village. We took the opportunity to withdraw some American dollars.

Indeed, Ecuador is the biggest country in the world which doesn’t have his own currency. Since the 9th January 2000, the American Dollar replaced the “Sucre” which didn’t survived the economics and politics crisis in Ecuador during the 90’s. 

Then, we headed to the South and did 150 kms on a nice asphalt to reach Ibarra.

We spent a week there.…

Colombian encounters

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We wish that sharing moments are at the heart of this adventure. Therefore, we are sharing our travel with children of French schools, our relatives and on social media. But the exchange is built everyday with people crossing our road. Without them, we couldn’t share as many stories. Unfortunately, we can’t be exhaustive and present all of these people to you, but each encounter will be unforgettable.

 

Benjamin & José Luis – Mutiscua

Our first story started on the way to Pamplona. Since our departure in Cartagena, we got used to make a stop every 150 kms.…

Night spots in Colombia

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During the preparations of our trip, we were hoping to do a lot of wild camping to enjoy the nature and save some money. Today, we wish to share these spots with you if you go there one day. To be fair, in Colombia we needed to lower our expectations. Indeed, the wild camping is not recommended.

Among the 33 nights spent in this country, we slept 22 nights in hotels, 5 nights in a local’s home, 5 nights in campsites and only 1 wild camping night. 

There is only one spot but here the details, if one day you are looking for a spot around Bucaramanga jn Colombia.…

Colombian experiences

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During a month spent in Colombia, we had many surprising experiences. We just wanted to share some of them with you along these few lines.

 

Playing Tejo with a local beer

The Tejo is a Colombian traditional game. You can play with family or friends and usually with a “cervecita” (little beer). The Tejo playground has a length of 19,5m. Therefore, everyone doesn’t have their own playground in their garden! Their are usually located in the main places of cities or villages (mainly bars, sports grounds or venues).

We had the opportunity to discover this game in the small village of Salento, in the bar named “Los Amigos”.…

From Salento to the Ecuadorian border – 6 days – 1895 metres above sea level

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Medellín being surrounded by mountains, we need to reach a col to leave the city. There is nice road going down hills towards the little village La Pintada before to go up hills again in the mountains.

The most famous coffee production area in Colombia is located in the triangle made by the cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia.

The little village Salento is in the heart of this triangle. Salento is a touristic village, also famous for being at the entry of the Cocora Valley where excessively tall palm trees are growing.

Salento kept a colonial architecture.…

Medellín & Guatapé – 3 days – 1500 metres above sea level

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Arriving in Medellín, we understood quickly the impressive size of the city. Some new areas, with houses made randomly, are being built in the surrounding mountains. Effectively, Medellín is the second most populated city in Colombia.

This city is sadly famous in the world for the bloody crimes which happened from the 70’s to the 90’s. The drug cartel of the famous Pablo Escobar imposed his law which causes many score settling.

Step by step, the local associations with the help of the public authorities have successfully integrated the street art and the urban culture to replace the acts of violence and delinquency.…