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From Columbia to Rio

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From Columbia to Rio

Hi there,

I am looking to get from Columbia at the end of January down to Rio in Brazil. Everybody seems to say doing it by bus would be crazy?

Is there a train service that gets you down? anything but flying basically and in a relatively short amount of time.

I was advised about there being a train service but cannot find any information about this on the web.



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1. Re: From Columbia to Rio

First it is Colombia with an 'O'.

I have been to both places/cities and traveled within those countries. I suggest that you look at a map and see the distance involved no to mention the mountains, rivers, jungle, lakes, natives, gorilla military, drug runners, bandiitos, etc...... but it would be one hell of an adventure and I would love to read the book you write about it!

Gods speed!

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2. Re: From Columbia to Rio

This is a joke, right?

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3. Re: From Columbia to Rio

Train - no, never seen a train in Colombia, some old tracks in Cali and that is about it, although the Metro is very nice in Medellin,

Short amoun of time - that always means flying in S america, bus service can be great but not always quick, i doubt you could get there by bus anyway.

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4. Re: From Columbia to Rio

Yes folks, once apon a time there was a train sevice in Colombia.

In the 70's I rode the train from Santa Marta - Bogota as luck may have it was starting off point to meeting my wife.

Moving forward a few years back I revisited the old train station to embark on the tourist train: Tren Touristico de La Sabana.

Will any of this help the op find a train - Rio , no but at least he will be able to ride the train part way to Facatativa - catch a cab to BOG.


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5. Re: From Columbia to Rio

Hi, i tried to find a train when i travelled from peru to rio, but nothing goes all the way, you will probably have to go by bus, it takes a while though, so i suggest stopping off to see some sights on the way. Chez

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6. Re: From Columbia to Rio

Going via the Amazon requires patience. Fly to Leticia, then boat down to Manaus. From there you can fly to Rio: no roads out of Manaus to speak of.

If I had a couple of months I'd consider bussing down through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and then taking the notorious train from Santa Cruz to the Brazilian border.

However, the OP hasn't come back, so I guess she's been frightened off by the aggressive comments.

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