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Las Leñas and Valle Hermoso

Las Leñas and Valle Hermoso

February 2016 Driving through the irrigated vineyards of Mendoza we marveled at the fancy wineries, it felt like we were in California’s Napa Valley. Malbec You can tour the different plush wineries, taste the Malbec and buy a case. After an overnight stop in...
Northern Argentina , south along the Andes

Northern Argentina , south along the Andes

The eastern slope of the Argentinian Andes is drier than we had expected. However, sophisticated watering systems, some dating back to the indigenous people, allow for irrigating and agriculture. Slowly we worked our way south. We wanted to visit Aconcagua, the...
Books we liked: Ecuador

Books we liked: Ecuador

“Measuring the World” by Daniel Kehlmann (German: “Die Vermessung der Welt”) “The Queen of Water” Laura Resau “The Mapmakers Wife” by Robert Whitaker (German: “Die Frau des Kartographen”) Galapagos: “My...
Books we liked: Colombia

Books we liked: Colombia

“The sound of things falling”  (Juan Gabriel Vasquez) tags: Cocaine, Peace Corps, Love “La otra raya del tigre” ,  Pedro Gómez Valderrama,  tags: Geo von Lengerke (Spanish only) and of course the books by Gabriel Garcia...
Books we liked: Peru

Books we liked: Peru

“Death in the Andes”  by Mario Vargas Llosa “Turn right at Machu Picchu” by Mark Adams “The Last Days of the Incas” by Kim Macquarrie...
Books we liked: Bolivia

Books we liked: Bolivia

“Marching powder” by Rusty Young, Thomas McFadden True story about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro prison. “Valley of the Spirits: A Journey Into the Lost Realm of the...
Northern Argentina

Northern Argentina

In San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)  we said good-bye to our friends and took off for Argentinian border. A new country again, how different they have all been, and how interesting. The border was the usual “gong show” and again, we had to pay $ 160 each to be...
The Lagunas of Southwestern Bolivia

The Lagunas of Southwestern Bolivia

The ” Lagunas Road” as some people call it, is (actually called “Reserva Eduardi Avaroa”) is on many peoples list, a series of salt lakes in the high desert of western Bolivia, connected by several roads or tracks, the altitude always 4000 m or...
Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

New Years 2016 The new year was just around the corner, we – the trio of two Toyota Land Cruisers and one XP Camper – planned to celebrate the coming of the new year on the biggest salt flat in the world : The Salar de Uyuni. In Oruro we needed to fill our...
Northern Bolivia and Chipaya country

Northern Bolivia and Chipaya country

Crossing the border into Bolivia went smoothly, but they charged us 160 US Dollars a person to visit their country because we are US citizens, our European friends entered for free.   We drove on to Copacabana, yes – this is the original Copacabana we were told....
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

  December 9. to 15. 2015 The magic word. Who hasn’t heard of Machu Picchu and seen the Pictures of this Inca citadel on top of the mountains.. Many of our friends have been there, it is one of the most famous places in the world. The photographs of this...
Paracas , on the Peruvian coast.

Paracas , on the Peruvian coast.

This reserve is on the wind-swept Peruvian coast, it is beautiful in its own way. Devoid of much vegetation it consists of sandy hills and mountains, high cliffs, coves, bays and beautiful rocky islands. There are many seabirds breeding in these cliffs and sea lions...
Driving to Chavin

Driving to Chavin

Let the pictures give you an idea of the road through the eastern Cordillera Blanca. It took us two days. Portachuelo Pass Top of the pass In high altitudes flowers seem so make do without a stem. The lillies smelled wonderful and she liked them too.   Orange...
Cordillera Blanca

Cordillera Blanca

Some of the highest mountains in South America are part of the Cordillera Blanca most are more than 6000 m high and loom majestically over steep green valleys that are dotted with little settlements inhabited by the descendants of pre Columbian people and the Incas....
From the Northern Highlands to the coast

From the Northern Highlands to the coast

  After a visit to the museum in Leymebamba we drove up to Calla Calla pass and spent a foggy, quiet night tucked away near the road. The museum in Leymebamba is well worth a visit, it displays mummies and other items from the tombs (that had not been raided...
Revash – Northern Highlands

Revash – Northern Highlands

  Revash, we decided, will be the  last ruin we would visit here in the Northern Highlands of Peru. You can’t see them all but even if you visit a few you get an idea about the past in these places. Next would be the Inca ruins around Cusco. So up we drove...
Kuelap – Northern Highlands

Kuelap – Northern Highlands

Kuelap, fortress in the clouds. (3000 m) The Chachapoyas culture inhabited the highlands before the Incas came and they left behind interesting ruins and graves, thirty known but many yet to be discovered. Driving up to the hilltop city ruins of Kuelap was amazing by...