I finally left Colombia on Tuesday after spending a little over 2.5 months exploring as much of the country as I could. My first full day in Ecuador was spent in the city of Otavalo (famous for the largest outdoor market in South American which takes place on Saturday).
Colombia has its positives and negatives and I had my good travel days and bad travel days. The highlights of my trip in Colombia were meeting the friendly and hospitable people along with exploring the Tatocoa Desert, Cocora Valley and living in the beautiful city of Medellin for a month while taking Spanish and salsa dancing classes. The negatives were losing my cell phone, encountering rude and scammy people (yes Colombia has these people too) and dealing with an interesting variety of inter-city transportation which includes sitting in the back of a truck next to a chicken for three hours to get to my next destination. Although it’s something I can look back and smile about now. It’s all part of the Colombian experience.
I wish I had been able to spend more time in Medellin but I am meeting my younger brother in Ecuador next weekend and we will a spend a week together exploring the highlights of the country.