After one week of Spanish classes, we were in need of some physical activity! We decided to spend our weekend on an overnight hike to Volcano Acatenango (3976m), a dormant volcano near Antigua, from where you can view active Volcano…
We are in Medellin, Colombia now and our bikes are at the bike shop to have the spokes replaced. Unfortunately (for us), there is a long weekend in Colombia this weekend, so they won’t be finished until Tuesday. So, we have a few days to explore Colombia’s second largest city. Thankfully, its much cheaper here than in Central America! :)
Yesterday we went on an Exotic Fruit Tour with Real City Tours through the fruit section of the Minorista Market, where we learnt about and tried a range of exotic, tropical fruits. We are looking forward to eating a lot more of these fruits while touring through Colombia!
We are in stunningly beautiful, but incredibly wet, Costa Rica now! We crossed the border on Friday and were almost immediately greeted by the rainy season. The headwind that had accompanied us relentlessly through Nicaragua disappeared and was replaced by drenching rain. We are in Tilaran at the moment and will be heading to Monteverde today for some bird watching (no doubt, in the rain!).
Unfortunately, we have continued to have bad luck with David’s spokes. To date, we have broken 10 spokes (1 on my bike and 9 on David’s bike – all on the back wheels). The spokes are breaking in the middle, which indicates a bad batch. We only have 2 spares left and think it is unlikely that we will be able to make it all the way to Panama City, as David seems to be breaking a spoke a day. We hope that we can make it to San Jose on the remaining spokes and will then have to catch a bus to Panama City.
We had hoped to sail from Panama to Colombia (via the San Blas islands), but the boat trip was too expensive – US$1400+ with the bikes. So, instead we have a flight booked on 4th June from Panama City to Medellin and a full set of new spokes, for all 4 wheels, will (hopefully) be waiting for us when we arrive! :)
After David arrived in Oaxaca, we decided to do a day trip to the Valley de Tlacolula near Oaxaca. We looked at taking a tour, but the itineraries didn’t match up with what we wanted to do and public transport…