Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. It’s landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogot√°, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, has a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs.

Medellin to Cali, Colombia
Cali, ColombiaCali, ColombiaMedellin to Cali, Colombia

Ride Day 39: Medellin, Colombia to Cali, Colombia

After 3 nights relaxing and sightseeing in Medellin (see my previous post on my trip to Medellin), I was back on the road – destination Cali. On my way to Cali, I would pass over some spectacular mountains and down through valleys dotted with pretty villages. I was really getting a feel for the Andes and the gorgeous backdrop it provides for the ultimate mountain riding experience.

The Stahlratte from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia
Getting our Bikes off the StahlratteGetting our Bikes off the StahlratteThe Stahlratte from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia

Ride Day 37: The Stahlratte from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia

After we had boarded the Stahlratte, we were told to get to our bunks and sort out our luggage and then reconvene in 15 minutes on the upper deck for a full briefing before we headed out to sea. You can read about getting to the Stahlratte here. All the cases went into storage areas, and I had a lower bunk and kept my backpack, helmet, clothes bad (including wash bag) and tank bag with my bed. All of our bikes are already under covers when we board.