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Snaps - September 2014

Snaps – September 2014

Yet another month’s worth of touring reduced to a dozen or so rotten photographs. The other pages in this ‘Snaps’ series are lurking, a little sheepishly, behind this link.     Half the rooms at the Paradise Inn, where we waited out a day of storms, are named and themed after countries, with garish murals...
In Panama

In Panama

Panamá, Panamá, Panamá. So good they named it thrice. In what might be useful pub-quiz knowledge if Latin America had such a thing as pub quizzes, the country, its largest province and its capital city all share the same name. Granted, this useless trivia isn’t the most interesting thing about what the anglophone world knows...
Month 14

Month 14

10 August – 9 September 2014 Countries Colombia, Panama & Costa Rica (total 11) Distance 1,450.86km (total 16,007.16km) Climb 12,542m (total 155,127m) Longest day 147.17km, Santiago de Tolú to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 66.5kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures 1 (total 24; Will leads 17-7) Touring cyclists encountered...
Snaps - August 2014

Snaps – August 2014

A day late, our monthly collection of holiday snaps for which we couldn’t find a place elsewhere on this site. Previous months in this ‘Snaps’ series can be found by clicking here; and there are hundreds more pictures on our Flickr page.     Medellín’s Feria de las Flores (Festival of the Flowers) is one...
Mind the gap

Mind the gap

The sole land border between Colombia and Panama is occupied by the Darién Gap, a 160km-long, 50km-wide area of largely unexplored forest and swamp. The name is easily explained: ‘Darién’ after the Panamanian province in which it sits; ‘Gap’ for the break in the Panamerican Highway, an otherwise continuous 48,000km road between Alaska and Patagonia,...
Four exports

Four exports

Much of Colombia’s contribution to the world’s second largest single-product marketplace is cultivated in a sizeable chunk of land in the centre of the country. Hilly paisaje located at a suitable altitude (between 1,000m and 1,800m above sea level) and blessed with a temperate climate (sunny, regular rainfall, highs around 18-23°C), the region has long...