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The Small Towns of Colombia’s Coffee Region

The Small Towns of Colombia’s Coffee Region

We travelled north from Cali to Medellín, through Colombia’s coffee region in the Central Andes. Although we passed through several larger cities, what we really enjoyed was our time spent in a number of the small towns. They were colourful and very lively. The Coffee...
Why is Colombian Coffee the Best in the World?

Why is Colombian Coffee the Best in the World?

Interesting Facts You Can Learn During a Coffee Tour in Colombia During a coffee tour in Colombia you can learn many interesting facts: all the labour intensive steps, which make Colombian Coffee the best in the world. We recently travelled through the Coffee Region...
Driving the Troncal Amazonica into Ecuador’s Amazon

Driving the Troncal Amazonica into Ecuador’s Amazon

We want to encourage you to leave the Panamerican Highway and explore the Amazon region of Ecuador. We drove part of the “Troncal Amazonica”. The “Troncal Amazonica” for us was the long way around to Cuenca, coming from the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí . We chose...
17 Places We Enjoyed Visiting or Revisiting in Ecuador

17 Places We Enjoyed Visiting or Revisiting in Ecuador

Our second time in Ecuador was shorter than we had planned, but we still had time to enjoy revisiting some old favourites, and discovering new places. Here’s a list of those places we enjoyed visiting or revisiting, and would recommend to you. Also included are a few...
Yet Another “Death Road”: El Trampolín de la Muerte

Yet Another “Death Road”: El Trampolín de la Muerte

Again and again, “El Trampolín de la Muerte” comes up among Pan-American-travellers as one of South America’s infamous “Death Roads”. We are certainly not obsessed by going out of our way to drive such roads – unlike some. As a matter of fact, I was almost convinced...
Street Art in Ecuador: A Multitude of Colourful Styles

Street Art in Ecuador: A Multitude of Colourful Styles

From every country we travel through, we like to show you some of the street art we discovered. In Ecuador we found a multitude of colourful styles, and many works were ‘officially’ sanctioned by the authorities. What a contrast to the prevalent thinking that all...
13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

Our first visit to Cuenca was in 2008. More recently we returned to the third city of Ecuador in June 2017. We had loved it the first time, and we loved returning for a second taste. We had to leave, after just a week, to make it to Pujilí in time for the Corpus...
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...
Street Art on the Move: the Colourful Truck Art of Peru

Street Art on the Move: the Colourful Truck Art of Peru

We were rather disappointed that we didn’t find ‘real’ street art in Peru – not even in the capital Lima. We always love to add to our extensive street art galleries . But then we noticed the colourful trucks everywhere, with their elaborate paintings on the back and...
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, because...
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...