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A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

The Celebration of Octava de Corpus Christi in Pujilí We went to Pujilí on the recommendation of a fellow overlander. He said there was a ‘dance festival’ on June 17th. In Pujilí we discovered a fiesta celebrating Corpus Christi, involving three colourful parades, and...
Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

When we left Cuenca, on our way north to the Pujili Corpus Christi festival, we decided to visit Ingapirca, often called Ecuador’s most important Inca ruin site. We drove off the Pan American, and climbed the winding mountain road towards the ruin site. As we rounded...
Things I Loved and Hated about Travelling in Peru

Things I Loved and Hated about Travelling in Peru

We ended up spending close to 6 months in Peru. It wasn’t planned that way. There is just so much to see in this huge country, especially if you leave the Pan-American Highway. Many places and experiences in Peru, I really loved. But some, I really hated. I know that...
Overlanding La Selva, Peru’s Enormous Amazon Rainforest

Overlanding La Selva, Peru’s Enormous Amazon Rainforest

La Selva, literally translated ‘the forest’, means the Amazon rainforest to Peruvians. This is an enormous part of Peru, covering around a 60% of the country, but not many travellers go there. La Selva is also not really that suitable for overland travel,...
9 Places to Visit near Historically Important Cajamarca

9 Places to Visit near Historically Important Cajamarca

Cajamarca is the capital city of the Region of Cajamarca in the northern highlands of Peru. It is one of Peru’s most important historic cities. This history goes back before the Spanish, and well before the Inca Empire. There are important historical and...
Peru & Bolivia Amused Us With The Most Unique Hats

Peru & Bolivia Amused Us With The Most Unique Hats

What really sticks out, particularly in Peru, are the amazingly colourful and strange-looking hats people like to wear. When you look more closely, you will notice that the style of these unique hats often changes from one region to the next. As a matter of fact,...
Visit Lamas & Wayku – Local Advice at its Best!

Visit Lamas & Wayku – Local Advice at its Best!

When choosing places to visit along our way, guide books can be useful, although the internet is sometimes more up to date. But nothing beats good advice from people who live there, or locals who’ve been there. That’s how we came to visit Lamas, and the town within a...
Better Stop for the Captivating Museums in Lambayeque

Better Stop for the Captivating Museums in Lambayeque

We meet so many overlanders who drive the Pan-American Highway, and pass straight through Lambayeque, unaware of what this region has to offer. On the other hand, we purposely returned to Lambayeque because we remembered (from our last trip ) the captivating museums...
When I wish I could shrink BERTA, our overland vehicle

When I wish I could shrink BERTA, our overland vehicle

Or Yasha’s idea for a short to-the-point title: Oops, we did it again! If I had known earlier about the route from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca, the PE-8B, I would probably have chosen a different title for our post about the PE-3N. Both are very narrow...
New Cable Car Gives Easier Access to the Kuélap Ruins

New Cable Car Gives Easier Access to the Kuélap Ruins

The Kuélap ruins in the Amazonas Province of Peru (near the town of Chachapoyas) have been considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Peru for some time already. They are the remains of the oldest fortified stone city in South America. Until a...
Pachacamac: 2000 Years of Peru’s History near Lima

Pachacamac: 2000 Years of Peru’s History near Lima

Just 30Km south of Lima, in the valley of Rio Lurin, is an archaeological site that we had never heard of. We were so fascinated by the Larco Museum – again – that we were praising it far and wide. A direct result of this was that a friend from the travel blogging...
5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

If you only visit one museum in Lima, make it the Larco Museum. It is one of the most impressive museums we have visited anywhere in South America. Did you know that Peru is recognised as one of the ‘cradles of civilisation’, alongside Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China...
Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

The mountains east of Pisco are some of the most scenic in Peru – we are glad we detoured… It’s just 225Km from Pisco to Lima along the coast of Peru – most of it Autopista. But if you have the time, and want to experience the Andes in all their majestic...
9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

Ayacucho (formerly called Huamanga) doesn’t have the beauty of the sillar stone in Arequipa ; it doesn’t have the hordes of tourists who make pilgrimage to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ; and it doesn’t have the pull of Peru’s capital, Lima. But Ayacucho,...
Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Is Arequipa the Most Beautiful City in Peru?

Our three visits to Arequipa are almost not enough. This city prompts the use of descriptions such as ‘Peru’s pride and beauty’, ‘picturesque’, ‘graceful and harmonious’, ‘prettiest’ and of course ‘beautiful’. The main reason for the city’s appeal is that its...
Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

Out of the Ordinary: Travelling with Family in Peru

It’s exciting when close friends or family members want to come and visit us on our overland journey. They want a taste of our life – to share our day to day experiences. It’s not always easy to work out how best to do this in a limited time, but we have managed it...
Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Unexpected Delight for Bird Watchers: the Ite Wetlands

Seemingly endless sections of the coastal highway in Peru can be rather dull and boring. It’s an extremely arid landscape. Everything is bone-dry and dusty – nothing but endless sand and rocks. And then, driving around a bend, you suddenly sit up in surprise!...