Colombia – Part 3 – Cartagena

Colombia – Part 3 – Cartagena

Introduction We had only two full days in Cartagena. For one of those days, we decided to drive to Aracataca, the birth place of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate author. We thought if we left early, we could make the one-way 4.5 hours and 160 miles (260 kilometer) distance. We took a taxi to the airport office of Avis and arrived at 9am when they opened. The man at the desk asked me for my passport, which I left in the hotel. Without it, they would not rent us a car. At…continue reading →
Colombia – Part 2 – Medellín

Colombia – Part 2 – Medellín

Introduction Medellín was recently known as the world’s most dangerous city. It may now be as famous for being the home of arguably South America’s most renowned living artist, Fernando Botero, and his signature rotund art. What Medellín should also be celebrated for is its excellent public transportation, including the metro… …light rail… …cable cars… and escalators. These people-moving systems allowed us to easily go to most parts of the city and see many attractions. Our Story Khadija and I were in Medellín on the last week of a six-week trip to the…continue reading →
Colombia – Part 1 – Bogotá

Colombia – Part 1 – Bogotá

Introduction This was the first time I was in Colombia. In the capital city of Bogotá, I expected a few things, such as delightful colonial buildings… …massive churches in front of mountains… … friendly and warm people on the street… …but what I was blown away with was the psychedelic graffiti. This alone made the city worth visiting. Our Story Khadija and I had been traveling weeks with friends through Bolivia and Peru in April and May 2018. In Colombia, it was just us. We arranged for nine days to visit important cities…continue reading →
Peru – Part 3 – Lima

Peru – Part 3 – Lima

Introduction We were on both a high and a low in Lima. The high was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The low was from just finishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as we were still tired from the effort. With this frame of mind, we made the most of our two full days in one of the biggest cities in South America. We had no desire to go to the beach along the Atlantic coastline. We did not have time to go in every interesting church we passed,…continue reading →
Peru – Part 2 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Peru – Part 2 – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Introduction For years, a group of us discussed hiking the Inca Trail. We did not know much except it went over high mountains in the clouds. We finally made it and found we would share the path with local folk. We discovered it is just as hard going down as up. We lamented that everyone could not finish. When we made it to Machu Picchu, we agreed it was worth the effort. Our Story Remarkably my wife Khadija, our friends Steve and Nick, and I coordinated our schedules for the Inca Trail hike…continue reading →