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Oct 17, 2012 - Big Andean pass to Popayan

We left Ibague (1205m altitude) on a cloudy but bright day to head up the La Linea pass (3293m.) After only the first part of the ascent we heard over the walkie talkies that there was a hold up ahead. The pass connects Bogata to the Pacific port of Buenaventura and is busy with trucks - so we were not expecting a quick passage, but we had not planned for a 45 minutes hold up going nowhere while the road was being repaired. The locals all love our cars and fortunately took it well when we crept by the long queue to position ourselves near...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Jan 11, 2012 - Side trip to Silvia, Columbia and onward to San Augustin

I read an article about the Pittsburgh game, pretty cool! (Unless you are a Steelers fan.) Then the power went out. The plan was to email then. I read the LP with my flash light for an hour and then looked out the window. Most everywhere else it was on, so I went to dinner. I was up early yesterday and took a bus for 1 1/2 hours to a market town in the mountains north of here. I know that I always say this, but it was the best one ever. It was even better than the Saraguro market, south of Cuenca, Ecuador. That is weird too, because most...

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May 17, 2010 - Popayan

Bus supposed to leave coming from Papito didn't arr til 9:45am, so 6 hrs on mostly Forest Service,l to 1 1/2 lane, rocky, bumpy roads was a long time though very scenic (only last 30 km = 45 minutes paved). Mtn pastures are steep, most for cow/cattle - Holsteins - grazing...but saw plots of veggies, strawberries, and when not in pasture, coffee mixed w/ banana and other fruit trees. One plot of coffee was interplanted w/ beans of all things. Got back to HostelTrail, our ON place, just in time before rains came. This is a festival wknd (plus...

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May 13, 2010 - Popayan

Got bus to Armenia then another to Popayan, total time traveling=8 hrs, arr at 4. Countryside in long valley was filled with miles and miles of sugar cane fields.... Ze Ee, from Malasia traveling w/, she is a very easy going gal, thus we have done well. Here we walked the old town and to view point at Morro de Belalcazar (founder of the city)...see pics. More Info on Popayan More Info on Popayan Also saw the bridge, Puente del Humilladero, the Catholic bishops used to cross the river. See pics Located in the center of the city, in the zone...

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Jan 27, 2010 - Entrée en territoire andin

La route de San Agustin à Popayan nous effrayait un peu: 120km de chemin de terre prévus en 7h, réputés dangereux selon le guide (malgré ce que nous avaient dit les habitants), et un départ à 5h40 du matin... Bien sûr, Super Mario (cf post précédent) nous a réveillés et accompagnés pour prendre le bus. Finalement, nous avons été agréablement surpris par le voyage: une route sublime, alternant paysage de montagne aux routes sinueuses, bocage normand et étendues désertiques. On a été un peu déçus à notre arrivée à Popayan, joyau colonial...

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Sep 24, 2009 - Tierra Adentro

The trip from San Agustin to Tierra Adentro was one of our most interesting. It started with a colectivo (a cab that doesn't go until it is filled up with passengers) in San Agustin. Luckily they were waiting for two people to show up and we left right away. About an hour later we were in La Plata. We got onto a truck at the bus station but we had to sit in the back. This is a common mode of transport in rural Colombia. Small pickups have benches put in the box along the sides with tarps over top. Up to eight people are stuffed into the...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Purace

Yesterday we went to the Reserva Naional Natural state forest in Purace about 2 hours from Popayan by Jeep with Liliana, Adri, Camillo and Laura. The road was bumpy with lots of pot holes..We went for a bush walk in the reserve and saw natural hot springs. The water was warm and bubbling amongst the rapids. There was all this mist around and it was freezing. We were over 3000m high. It also was raining and we got all wet on the walk. We had to walk on rocks over the rushing rapids, and slippery mud and moss. Adri´s screams echoed over the...

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Oct 21, 2007 - Long, Scary Bus Ride

We woke up early in Ipiales to take a short taxi ride to the Santuario de las Lagas. This a church built into the side of a rocky mountain where the Virgen Mary appeared in the rock. (Think Virgen Mary appearing in grilled cheese sandwhiches in the US.) We couldn't actually get up close to the rock where she appeared as church was going on when we arrived, but it actually wasn't that eventful anyway as it was really small AND some artist had painted over the rock where it appeared so you'd make no mistake where it was. The cool part was the...

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Apr 13, 2007 - Popayan, Colombia.

The bus trip from San Agustin to Popayan was the bumpiest we've experienced on all our travels - way worse than Myanmar and that's saying something! It didn't help that we had the back seats in the bus and had to hold on for our lives for the entire journey! The road is completely dirt and mud and takes an incredible 8 hours to do 100km ... a real crawl and we got into Popayan well after dark. The scenery was amazing though and made up for some of the discomfort! Supposedly this road is very dangerous with guerrillas stopping buses, but...

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