Colombia
Month 12

Month 12

10 June – 9 July 2014 Have we really been gone a year? Apparently so. Thank you for reading this far. Countries Ecuador & Colombia (total 9) Distance 1,089.02km (total 13,591.79km) Climb 20,234m (total 126,163m) Longest day 96.49km, Latacunga to Quito in Ecuador (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 67.4kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures...
Boing - Riding the Trampolín de la Muerte

Boing – Riding the Trampolín de la Muerte

A 64km stretch of dirt in north-eastern Bolivia, the Carretera de los Yungas is widely regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous roads. Hundreds have died on this treacherous highway, for years the only road linking La Paz with the city of Coroico. Dispiritingly, upwards of a dozen businesses now make lucrative capital from...
Pause for breath

Pause for breath

While you’re presumably being guided through Argentina v Switzerland in relative comfort, this is the commentary we’re currently having to decode on Colombian television, courtesy of a chap named Javier Fernández. (Stick with it. The first minute or so turns out to be a warm-up for the rest.) It’s rather like being stuck inside a...
Snaps - June 2014

Snaps – June 2014

Aside from yesterday’s lengthy Quito post, we haven’t written much here about our month in Ecuador. We suspect our typically ordinary photographs may not illustrate quite how much we enjoyed it, but enjoy it we did. (As always, you can find past posts in this monthly ‘Snaps’ series by clicking here.)     As soon...
Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Before     During     After     from San Juan de Pasto, Nariño, Colombia
Forks

Forks

From Huaraz, the main gateway town to the astonishing Cordillera Blanca, there are two main ways to reach Loja, the first city of any consequence in southern Ecuador. If you turn right after Yuracmarca, you’ll take a winding mountain route through Cajamarca and historic Chachapoyas before crossing the border on to a badly maintained road...