Visit Colombia…. Now.

When planning this trip, I remember saying something like “Well, surely we won’t be going to Colombia, it’s too dangerous.” And, although getting into the country wasn’t easy, and Cartagena was a bit of a let-down, we continually refer to Colombia as one of our favorite countries.

What was it that turned us? Colombia was a continuous surprise, every destination unique. Colombia also has some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met. Oh, and the Andes are pretty freakin’ amazing. Especially driving them in an old VW.

 Random mud volcano


The Andes! Getting lost

Hanging out in Villa del leyva


Medellin is just a great place. Friendly people, pleasant weather, beautiful setting, fun stuff to do, great food, good museums, fun things for kids, great shopping, easily available U.S. college football on giant TV screens, an abundance of interesting modern architecture, developing hip international scene, great green spaces, a metro system, live music!, sushi!, avocados the size of your head, interesting historical stuff… And, if you live here you get to be a Paisa!

Like coffee? Visit Salento

Inner Earth. It’s here: Tierradentro

The countryside in San Agustín


6 thoughts on “Visit Colombia…. Now.

  • October 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Very timely post! Thanks! We have been going back and forth about starting our travels in Colombia or skipping over Colombia and starting in Ecuador. Thanks for highlighting the reasons why we should start our travels in Colombia! Safe travels! 🙂

  • October 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    hi, if they pass by Brazil, RS, can stay at my house, we would have an immense pleasure for my wife and I receive them. location:,+Sapucaia+do+Sul+-+Rio+Grande+do+Sul&hl=pt-BR&ll=-30.524413,-43.417969&spn=56.218592,79.013672&sll=-14.239424,-53.186502&sspn=58.228962,79.013672&oq=rua+delfim+moreira,+sapu&t=h&hnear=R.+Delfim+Moreira+-+Diehi,+Sapucaia+do+Sul+-+Rio+Grande+do+Sul,+93210-070&z=4

    big hug and enjoy the ride for ALL of us

  • October 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Hi Jason,Angela and Bode.

    Thank you for your comment and contribution to my
    planned journey by own car via Chile ~ Argentina blog question.

    Sorry that haven’t answered sooner to your comment and contribution.
    I have been going through my disintegrated compond fracture of my right Ankle.
    Long story but I am going to skip telling it how it happened it for now. Therefore beeing taking too many
    Pain killer called, “Vicodine” it makes you so relaxed as to wanting to do nothing, so I have been neglecting
    in keeping in touch reading inputs from all these nice folks.

    An amazing oddysey you folks are going through and I bet you are enjoying it.!

    I wished I was in my “thirties” back again as you guys are. I am in my 60’s now !..
    So you lived in Alameda? I have been sent to re-organise, the then Alameda Toyota dealership
    which now is defunct. So I know the city of Alameda fairly well.

    You gus are on the road already for 3 plus years already? When is your boy “Bode” start school?
    Are you home schooling him? Sorry for all these questions. When getting old it seems we get too nosy!

    Take care and safe motoring!

    Hybrid Ambassador. Toyota Hybrid Vehicles for this planet called, the green beautiful earth.

  • October 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Hello BodesWell Family.

    I would like to know, from which country have you shipped your VW Van into main SouthAmerica country and how much was the shipping cost?

    Best Regards,

    Hybrid Ambassador

  • October 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    WE loved columbia too. Everybody should go. Glad to see you guys are back on the road. Sorry we missed you in Cali. We are here now. happy driving.

  • October 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    best of show for us so far. we can’t wait to go back on the flip side of the SA loop!

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