This week was another strange week for us, as we were on a time crunch to get to Bogota for Christmas. We were only on the bikes for one day this week on our way to Caucasia. During the rest of the week, we took a bus to Medellin, where there was a combination of live music, armed robberies, projectile vomiting, and getting on the wrong bus to Bogota... It was a pretty eventful week.
After three days of sailing through rough waters, we finally made it to Cartagena, Colombia’s fifth-largest city and famous for its history of Caribbean pirates. We stayed at Mamallena’s Hostel on the incredibly busy Media Luna Street and we were excited to finally be in South America. While the city is also known for it’s hot climate, unique architecture, and crazy parties, we faced one small problem… We spent most of our time being bedridden, sick and miserable.
Due to the fact that there aren't any roads connecting Panama and Colombia (and that hiking through the swamp and jungle is incredibly dangerous), we had to look for alternative options. Because we didn't want to box up our bikes again and put them on a plane, our only option was taking a boat from Panama to Colombia. It was a trip of highs and lows, as we were fortunate enough to see the beautiful San Blas Islands, but unfortunate enough to puke our guts out while holding on for dear life in the rough seas. For more info, read on...
Do you want to travel from Panama to Colombia (or vice-versa)? Did you know that a road connecting the two countries does not exist?
Instead, more than 3,000+ square miles of dangerous forests and swamplands prevent easy road-travel between Panama and Colombia. This area is known as the Darien Gap, and it's one of the most dangerous travel routes in the world. Unless you're willing to hire professional guides and potentially risk your life, we would definitely suggest finding another option of travel between the two countries.
So how do you get from Panama to Colombia? What are the safest and cheapest options? Is crossing the Darien Gap a good idea? Read on for more info...
This week was a strange one as we only spent one day biking. We spent the rest of the week busing to and exploring Panama City, and then taking a boat from Panama to Colombia.
Having survived our first full day of biking, we were very optimistic about what the rest of our trip would bring. However, it was day two, storm clouds were approaching, we were tired, and there wasn't a single camping place in sight. Out of desperation, we turned off the main highway and down a small dirt road. We approached the first house we saw and talked to the old man relaxing under the shade of his patio. Surprisingly, he immediately offered to let us stay in his backyard and led us around his house, past four dogs and a handful of family members, through his wood storage sheds, and then to a plot of grass. ¨Will this be okay?¨he asked. We looked up, surprised--his backyard was perfectly overlooking the ocean. Stunned, we responded, "Yes. It's perfect."