“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”Ernest Hemingway
After cycling for 3 months in Bolivia and 2 weeks in south of Peru, we realised the rain season was arriving faster than we expected. And as we wanted to cross Peru through the mountains, we decided to change our plans. We took a plane to Medellin in Colombia, who was supposed to be the end of our journey, to start cycling back south from there, and arrive after the rain season in Peru. It was not easy to change our plans but as Hemingway said, it is the journey that matters in the end.
Medellin is the second biggest city in Colombia, located in the mountainous Antioquia province. It has about 2.5millions inhabitants and has changed a lot over the last 10 years. It used to be one of the most dangerous city in the world, due to the narcotraffic and the presence of violent guerillas in some neighbourhood. The government spent a lot of energy to make Medellin a safer place and to develop it as it is today : a tech city in development with a young a positive energy.
Comuna 13, in the northern part of the city, has a lot of dark history. It was occupied by guerillas and unofficial military groups and became out of control for several years. It is now way safer and became the symbol of change in the city. Tourists now come there to enjoy street art, graffitis, and to know a bit more about the history of Medellin
Arriving in Medellin was also the time for us to receive our new bikes from Trek’s warranty services after our frames broke about two months ago in Bolivia. We now have nice grey brand new trek 520, ready to shred the dirt rodes of Colombia ! ( Let’s hope those frames won’t brake again )