Crossing the Equator: Otavalo to Tumbaco

Cycling days 26 & 27: Otavalo to Tumbaco We had absolutely loved staying in Otavalo, so when it came to leave on Sunday morning it was so hard to get out of bed. We finally managed it a lot later than planned – but we only had a short day to Cayambe so we enjoyed our […]

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South America’s largest market: Otavalo

Freddy was still feeling very delicate on Friday, but after a minor disagreement with the guest house owner in Mira we were desperate to leave. Having hollowed himself out into the toilet and not eaten for the past 36 hours, Freddy really couldn’t cycle all the way to Otavalo. Just pushing his bike uphill knackered […]

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The one where we got sick: El Angel to Mira

Cycling day 25: El Angel to Mira We awoke with the 5am alarm. Freddy darted to the loo … Then Sarah HAD to go. We literally tag teamed around the loo until about 9am. We decided it must have been the water we drank in the national park from a stream the day before. A […]

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Hola Ecuador!: Ipiales to El Angel

Cycling days 23 & 24: Ipiales to El Angel On Monday, we awoke to a beautiful crisp morning and headed out early to cross the border into Ecuador. The crossing was quick and easy, and we were soon up the hill and into the Ecuadorian border town of Tulcan. We found a delicious breakfast of […]

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Nearly goodbye Colombia: Pasto to Ipiales

Cycling day 22: Pasto to Ipiales We left Pasto early with the ambitious aim of getting all the way to the border town of Ipiales – 83km and a lot of climbing away. We began the day with a 700m climb out of Pasto, up to 3200m (our highest yet!) and rewarded ourselves with a […]

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Pasto at last-o: Chachagui to Pasto

Cycling day 21: Chachagui to Pasto Again we woke early to finish the ascent to Pasto. We cycled the final 17km up the mountain, topping out at around 2,800m. The road then descended into the city and we sought lunch and our host. We arrived at our host’s to find that Freddy’s replacement rim had […]

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The climb to Pasto, part 1: El Tablon to Chachagui

Cycling day 20: El Tablon to Chachagui We woke early in El Tablon and continued our climb for a further 6km. A glorious 13km descent followed, which included a tunnel – very exciting! The mountain got it’s own back, however, by throwing a 24km climb back at us immediately after. Gosh it was hot and […]

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Riding all day: El Bordo to El Tablon

Cycling day 19: El Bordo to El Tablon We knew today could be another very long day… and it was! We began low down in the valley, following the Pan-American as it undulated through beautiful farmland and alongside gorges, backed by mountains. It was very hot at this low altitude and as a result it […]

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Racing daylight: Popayán to El Bordo

Cycling day 18: Popayán to El Bordo After a rest day in Popayan, we began our four-day journey to Pasto along the Pan-American Highway. The day began with rolling hills, before we descended down and then climbed up the other side of a very beautiful valley. It was lovely to return to the mountains and the […]

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Two days, two downpours: Cali to Popayan

Cycling days 16 & 17 We left Cali and our wonderful hosts: John Jario and Yamileth, with heavy hearts and after a hearty breakfast of eggs, bread rolls and some meat from last night’s dinner. It was raining when we left and the weather only deteriorated as we navigated out of the busy city and […]

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