January 8, 2019

Today we traveled from Nocaima to Bogota (80 km). First, we visited Fabian's company. Then Fabian helped me to find a car workshop to see after the alignment problem. We found someone we felt they are experienced and judged the problem right. It is the left front shock absorber which is a bit bent. Since there is no such shock absorber to find in Colombia I have to order it in Europe. Until this shock absorber is here in Bogota we will do some more traveling. The picture shows the town of Nocaima seen form Fabian's farmhouse.

January 7, 2019

Today is the «Holiday of the Three Kings» in Colombia. We, therefore, stayed at Fabian's house in Nocaima. But I drove together with Fabian to Villeta to see a car workshop to repair the alignment and the handbrake (24 km). The car workshop was able to correct both problems but could not totally repair it. For the alinement, we need some new parts. But we are not sure which ones. And I don't know how the handbrake could be made perfect. Tomorrow we will drive to Bogota and see another car workshop. Maybe then we get these things really repaired. The picture shows the landscape seen from Fabian's house in the direction to Bogota, which lays behind all these mountains. We will have another drive over the mountains tomorrow.

January 6, 2019

Today we stayed at Fabian's house in Nocaima where we have a good time. Fabian made a sightseeing tour with us to the next towns of Vergara and Nimaima (33 km). These towns are high up on hills. The streets are sometimes very steep and unpaved. It's good that Fabian has a 4x4 car to easily drive to all these places. The picture shows the main road of Vergara. This town lays at an altitude of 1550 meters.

January 5, 2019

Today we traveled from Marquetalia to Nocaima (116 km). We are invited by Fabian Ruiz and his wife, a friend from the working time, to their farmhouse. From this beautiful house, there is a wonderful view of the mountains in the region. The picture shows it at sunset time.

January 4, 2019

Today we traveled from San Luis to Marquetalia (132 km). On the way, we passed Hacienda Napoles near Doradal. This hacienda belonged to Pablo Escobar the big drug baron. He had already a little zoo on this huge piece of land. After his death, the government overtook the land and formed a tourist attraction out of it. Today it is a big Safari Zoo where you can drive through. For us, the costs for the entrance fee was too high. For one ticket we can go to eat together or overnight in a cheap hotel. And we saw such animals in their real habitat in South Africa. Therefore we didn’t enter. The picture shows the entrance gate of the Hacienda Napoles. We stayed overnight at another hacienda. It was an almost romantic spot at a river. But since we are on a low altitude (230 meters) it is very hot here (35 °C). It will be a sweaty night.

January 3, 2019

Today )we traveled from Guatapé to San Luis (121 km). When we got up this morning we found out that we slept just 100 meters away from the hostels we were searching for yesterday evening. We wonder why the people we spoke with didn't know these places. But we had a good night and saved some money. Then we visited Guatapé. It is a nice and colorful town (see picture). Then we climbed the Piedra del Peñol. This is a 200-meter high monolith. We had to climb 705 steps to the highest point. From there we had a wonderful view over the barrier lake Embalse Peñol-Guatapé. For the 121 km, we drove about 3 hours. The road went up and down on high mountains. And it was winding. There were again many trucks which slowed us down. But the road was in very good condition. We overnight in a nice trucker hotel at the road on a mountain just surrounded by woods.

January 2, 2019

Today we traveled from Medellin to Guatapé (103 km). But first, we drove down from the mountain to Medellin which is a difference in altitude of 1000 meters. We visited two car workshops because of the alinement problem. But both couldn’t help us. Our RV seems to be too big for the normal alinement measuring devices. Then we went to a place where we wanted to fill our propane tanks. Since they are fixed inside the RV is it difficult to find someone who is willing to fill them. We were lucky that a tank car just arrived when we were there and was willing to fill our tanks. Then we drove to Guatapé. We needed about 2.5 hours for the 40 km. Trucks, an accident and road works slowed us down this much. And in one place about 100 horsemen were in our way. The last ones are shown in my picture. The hotel we wanted to stay had no rooms available. Two other places we wanted to check out were not there where our GPS information said they should be. In the end, we camped wild somewhere where people told us we can do it without problems. The search for a place to stay overnight was difficult since our WIFI device didn’t work. Therefore we were like blind and couldn’t get enough information about places.

January 1, 2019

Today we walked in the neighborhood of the campground searching for an open restaurant or shop. Everything was closed except for one coffee shop which sold bread too. We bought some bread and had ourselves to cook the New Year's dinner. In order to see down to Medellin, we had to walk about one kilometer. Here I could do the attached picture of the light of Medellin.