The 1990s murder capital of the world is..Medillin

Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2008

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Palm Tree Hostal

Flag of Colombia  ,
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

As you will have seen from our map or heard from us directly we decided that we had to go to Colombia. We were this close and the Caribbean sea was too much of a draw. Everyone said getting to Bogota was 27 hours and cost about 75 dollars. Again Caroline and I thought weŽd try and do this quicker and cheaper. Although we did do it cheaper, we failed as we never made it to Bogota...

After a small detour round Quito due to a miscommunication we got a bus to Tulcan - the border town ($5). Apart from some chaps trying to sell us mints while telling us their life stories, this is a regular occurence on South American buses, some great views and 4 hours of traveling nothing really to tell here.

Once at Tulcan we swiftly hooked up with come Colombians and shared a taxi to the border ($2). This border is easy, well for Gringos, we had to leave or Colombian friends there arguing with the passport control person! Once over the border we caught another taxi to the next town ($4) and started to look for buses. The Caribbean was calling us so after a quick look at a map Medellin looked a more direct route. Within 5 minutes we were on a bus to Medellin, Sadly we would have to be on it for 21 hours!!!! Not having any time to exchange dollars to pesos and no cash machines around we were not looking forward to idea of spending the whole bus journey without food. The views the next morning were absolutely breathtaking. Large canyons covered in sub tropical scrubs and palm, fields of coffee and countless hamlets. Would be great if we can go back there.
We finally arrived in Medellin, the 1990s murder capital of the world, tired and weary. Again we had been suggested a hostel so a quick $4 taxi to The Palm Tree saw us sorted.

Medellin was not much more than a stop over so not much to tell. We went for the customary walks round the town etc. Caroline noticed a lot of fake boobies, female kind not Galapagos bird kind, I however missed this completely. I am now trying to be much more observant! Medellin is nestled deep in a valley and surrounded by hills. Home of the infamous Pablo Escobar and his Cartel de Medellin - the town in which the "Colombian Necktie" was born. All in all, it's a very safe place.

We left for our chillout destination of Tananga at 6pm (80,000 pesos).
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