The coffee region, Colombia

The more we explored Colombia the more amazed we were with its beauty and variety. Lovely panoramas of coffee plantations and tropical mountain landscapes were unfolding south of Medellin. We received a great recommendation to camp at a coffee farm called Finca Guyabal next to Manizales where they offered a fantastic coffee seminar and tour.…

Medellin, Colombia

Changing the Caribbean heat scene for the pleasant green valleys of the Andes mountains was a spectacular transition for us. Medellin impressed with its surrounding nature and the breathtaking views from El Peñón de Guatapé granitic rock. We loved the vibrant atmosphere of the city and the voluptuous sculptures of Fernando Botero. But more than…

Santa Marta, Colombia

We left Cartagena behind to wait for the truck’s arrival in the port of Santa Marta. We were attracted by the city’s reputation of a laid-back bohemian atmosphere and were hoping to get some relaxing times around Tayrona National Park and the Caribbean Sea. When we got there we quickly realized that moving around at…

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena! The beginning of our journey in South America! We had arrived at the airport after a quick one-hour flight from Panama City. By that time Brutus was already cruising the Caribbean waters on his 3 weeks solo journey on a RoRo vessel to Colombia. We were happy to embark on a backpacking journey to…

Panama

Panama was the last Central American country to visit and it became a very important milestone in our expedition. We had several errands planned in its cosmopolitan capital besides touring around and visiting the world-famous Panama Canal. I was so excited and anxious to have my first prenatal examination, JP wanted to apply for a…

Costa Rica

After an exhausting marathon crossing in three days El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua we entered Costa Rica. We felt sheltered and rescued when at only 20km from the border we found a perfect campground to rest. We stayed only few days there as we thought the best was about to come: the reputable beaches and…

Guatemala

We were in the heart of Central America halfway through our journey. By this time, we had crossed Canada, USA, Mexico and Belize in approximatively 8 months. We had planned to complete our journey in 12, so we had left just 4 months to reach the southern point of South America. How the heck would…

Belize

“Don’t go there! It’s very dangerous!” View to the Caribbean Sea from Placencia, Belize That is what we have been told before entering Belize. Some down south neighbor danger syndrome?  We have been told the same by the Americans before entering Mexico, and it was not that bad at all. We had a great time…

Quintana Roo, Mexico

We had been cruising Mexico for three months when we reached Quintana Roo, a Mexican state known for its turquoise waters and the famous resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. We thought this region, the Riviera Maya, would be the apex of our journey in Mexico. Lake Bacalar, Mexico JP’s cousin, Dudu would…