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Nico Rottstädt (pedalist82)
Since May 2013 I live an adventure while cycling down the Panamericana. This life-changing journey is full of experiences and surprises, which I would like to share.
Since May 2013 I live an adventure while cycling down the Panamericana. This life-changing journey is full of experiences and surprises, which I would like to share.
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Coming from Central America where especially in the southern countries the food is not very exciting our taste buds were ready for an adventure. Although the culinary options are not the healthiest ones - keywords are fried, cheese, sweet - this selection including some special delicacies is worth to be shared.
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What a surprise: We are ready for another traveling break! After almost 8 months exploring the piece of earth between Costa Rica and northern Peru we want to go home again. This time, not only with the whole kit and kaboodle but also with our new family member Pacho... Our journey will be continued with part 3 at some point.
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Finally, in Colombia it was time to get into the air again. Leaving our bicycles in Medellín we took a bus to Bucaramanga - a major city located at the eastern branch of the Colombian Andes "Cordillera Oriental". From there it only was a puddle jump to the flying site and a new paragliding adventure could begin.
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A new continent: South America.
A new country: Colombia - #11 on this long American bicycle adventure.
A big change: different people, food, scenery, ...

On our way from the Panamanian border to the big city Medellín we got a first impression of this wonderful country. Let the photos and their captions talk ... more soon.
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Imagine you are cycling down the road. Already from the distance you see something lying in the middle of the road. Probably another poor dog, cat or exotic animal that had to feel the deadly power of a car or truck. This is the sad reality you learn to cope with as a touring cyclist in Central and South America. As you are getting closer you convince yourself that it must have been a quick death without suffering. Just prepare to hold your breath for a few seconds while riding past it and the surrounding cloud of stench. This time it is a dog and suddenly it moves. Oh no, it is not dead yet. Which living creature wants to die slowly on a busy road, the traffic passing with only centimeters in between? You stop your bike to scoop it up carefully and move it to the pasture next to the road. Give it at least a quiet, grassy place for its last breaths of life. You wait and wait and wait but it doesn't quit moving. There are no obvious wounds, maybe it is not severly injured. The next vet is just a couple of kilometers away. You can't leave it alone here. Strap it to your bike and give it a try! ... This is what happened to us. The dog is a 4-months young, skinny puppy that we have named after our pet-loving friend "Pacho" in Medellín. Some days later he is dewormed, cleaned and happily running around as best as he can with one limping leg. It will take time for the fracture to heal and to put normal weight on him. Either we find him an adequate family in Ecuador or continue traveling with a companion. We had restless nights, were excited to see him getting up, eating, peeing and pooping for the first time and still enjoy every minute with the little one - it's like having a baby. After such an intense time together I doubt we can leave Pacho behind. We'll see ...
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My sister and I are now on the same continent, yeah! And she blogs about her experiences in Argentina (in german).
Mein Reiseblog
Mein Reiseblog
weltenbummlerin-julia.blogspot.com
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For our big jump from Central to South America we chose the boat option rather than taking an airplane as the landway is blocked by the jungle of the Darien region. This way we could combine the border crossing with a sailing trip through a Caribbean paradise known as San Blas Islands or Guna Yala. We found a captain who would sail with us through this group of Panamanian islands to the Colombian border on a 4-day cruise and we took off for another great adventure.
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On the one hand we were excited to cycle through the last country in Central America on our way south. On the other hand cycling Panama lengthwise means being on the super-highway Panamericana most of the time, which isn't really what we are longing for. But we found a few interesting detours that brought some changes and memorable impressions.

HINT: Don't miss the captions.
2016/03 Panama
2016/03 Panama
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After a long break from bicycle touring we finally came back to the same country where we once suspended our journey. In March, the time was right to explore the southern part of Costa Rica heading to new frontiers.
2016/03 Sur de Costa Rica
2016/03 Sur de Costa Rica
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While cycling on the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest of Costa Rica we heard about The Monkey Farm and decided spontaneously to check it out. Who could have guessed that we would get such a warmhearted welcome, becoming unexpected volunteers and leave the farm not before four weeks had gone by. This is what kept us staying there.
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