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Recovery at Playa Blanca, Colombia

Written by Robin on Thursday, September 4, 2008
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We took a road to a beach to the west of Cartagena, Colombia, called Playa Blanca. On the way we met a group of people who’s Land Cruiser had become stuck in the mud. Of course, we gave them a hand. Before they left, they gave us a really big conche shell which we will keep as a souvenir.

We’re taking on a stronger philosophy of giving with less conditions than we’re used to at home. As gringo tourists we are typically targeted for our money; some would say we are acosted on a regular basis. We’re taking it in stride, and we’re finding that the more we give, the better is for everyone at the end of the day. Enjoy the video!

Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by expeditionswest
September 4, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

Great job guys! Fun footage.

Comment by Brady
September 5, 2008 @ 10:16 am

R&R, you’re amazing. Nice to talk last night, be safe.

Comment by Dad
September 5, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

Si Ranaelle, Feliz Cumpleaños – I forgot!
I remember a small boy who used to play with trucks in the mud. Nothing much has changed…great video.

Comment by David Laporte
October 16, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

Hey, found your site again–good stories—-ill keep up on the regular updates from now on


Comment by Steve Sample
February 22, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

Thanks. I will be learning from you for my trip as I prepare my 2000 Trooper for my Mexico adventure! Steve

Comment by Christy
March 6, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

How did you get from Panama to Colombia? Drive straight through?

Comment by Robin
March 6, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

Christy, we shipped from Colon, which is the Carribean side of the Panama Canal to Cartagena in Colombia. Cartagena is about 30 minutes from Playa Blanca.

There is no road suitable for a vehicle from Panama to Colombia. It may be possible to take a motorcycle if you wanted to carry it a lot of the way.

We’ve heard that it would be extremely dangerous, and likely so. But then we’ve heard a lot of things are extremely dangerous by people who’ve never done it or been there. Then when we do and go there we find it perfectly safe!

In any case, right now you cannot drive to Colombia from Panama.

Comment by craig
May 17, 2009 @ 1:28 am

great blog.. love reading your stories.

we’re about to set out from Los Angeles to Colombia. Do you mind if I ask how much it was to ship your cruiser? Also, were you able to make a reservation beforehand or did you just show up and get lucky? Lastly, once on the boat, how many day did it take for the car to arrive?

thanks & keep up the adventure!

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