STAYING ACTIVE + BALANCED WHILE TRAVELING
A really important part of this trip for me has been making sure we find time for balance, fluidity in constant states of change, and making our health a priority as we journey along to different places, cities, and countries. In Colombia, that has meant enjoying tipica meals (i.e. fried plantains, arepas — thicker corn-like tortillas, chocolate treats from the bakeries and pretty much any type of meat with rice), but also making sure we cook our own meals with loads of veggies (and a lot less oil) in addition to buying unique fruits from the farmers’ market. It means having our chill days where we lounge around but also making sure we get in some type of exercise every day. It’s all a balance, right?
FIND HIKING TRAILS WHEREVER YOU ARE
One way that we love to stay active is by hiking. Any place we can find a trail, we’re off exploring our way around for as long as we can, especially if we are only surrounded by nature. However, it can be more challenging to find epic hikes while in a city. Nonetheless, we weren’t going to let that be an excuse for not staying active while exploring Medellin. During our time spent at the orphanage, we made sure to exercise at the outdoor gyms close by or go running around “la cancha” (the field where most of the kids played soccer) when we had breaks from our daily shifts.
OUR FAVORITE HIKE IN MEDELLIN
When we ventured back to El Poblado (a fun neighborhood about 15 minutes from orphanage) on the weekends, we frequented the free outdoor gyms not too far from Tara’s apartment (a friend of Ryan’s from high school who offered up her apartment during our stay there). She also told us about a great hike called Cerro de Las Tres Cruces that overlooks the entire city. We had a blast walking five miles just to get to start of the trail speaking with locals who led us in the right direction. If you want a break down of exactly of how to get to the trailhead, make sure to check out The Unconventional Route's post on this exact same spot.
CERRO DE LAS TRES CRUCES HIKE
The actual hike took us around 45 minutes to get up to the top of the small mountain. It was steep and mostly a dirt path leading up to the top. Once we finally made it to the top, we were overwhelmed with how beautiful the city looked down below and the surrounding mountains encompassing the area we were situated between. While Ryan was busy taking pictures of the landscape, I ventured around to find an outdoor gym where some locals were taking advantage of the amazing view + getting in their exercise for the day. What I loved about it was how inventive people can be with ways to stay active. I mean the weights we were lifting were paint cans filled with cement!
To say the least, we had a blast staying active in Medellin. If you are near Poblado during your stay, make sure to visit the outdoor gyms + Cerro de Las Cruces for your daily exercise. Thanks again, Tara, for all the great recommendations! Also, if you guys are wanting to check out ways expats are staying active and keeping a balanced mindset while living abroad, check out A Sprinkle of Fitness written by the wildly talented, Kimber for your daily dash of health and fitness.