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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Quality times in Cali: Vijes to Cali

Cycling day 15: Vijes to Cali We cycled the last 45km to Cali on Tuesday. We headed straight to our hosts’ (Yamileth and John Jairo) house – they are friends of Pedro and Dianna (our Medellin hosts) and will embark on a round the world motorcycle tour in January 2017 (with their dog, Lusicita!). Having […]

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Trip to Salento

We decided to take a trip to the town of Salento. It is around 35km from Pereira, where we are staying, and a tough uphill cycle. Instead of battling into the Andes just to turn back on ourselves again, we thought it would be a nice break if we took the £2 bus there instead. It […]

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