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Idle

Idle

While we planned to stay few days anyways at Swisswassi campground, we can change the reason of stay to ‘stranded’. So the Peru floods took out several roads and bridges lately and therefore there is no way of continuous travel through the country at the...
Tumbes

Tumbes

Tumbes is not quite in forefront of Peruvian travel books. Beside being the first large(ish) town after border-crossing from Ecuador not much to write home about. Hot, humid and you get a first taste of Peruvian chaotic traffic. Not much to photograph? Check out these...
Crossing to Peru

Crossing to Peru

Huaquillas was considered the worst border crossing in South America by Lonely Planet travel guide 2013 edition. Shady and all of that. Beside being lengthy and lacking logic it wasn’t shady at all. This follows the Ecuador to Peru crossing sequence: first stop...
Sea level

Sea level

Rolled down from Vilcabamba to sea level. First the road climbs up to about 2,500 m altitude from Vilcabamba and after some usual rollercoaster drive through the mountains drops down to sea level. The road is good towards Machala, not considering some parts where mud...
More Vilcabamba

More Vilcabamba

Some more photos of Vilcabamba, this time with long lenses. Basically we are talking here about a very tiny village, some 6×8 blocks the whole thing. We had a break in the rain in the morning, although quite overcast weather with flat(ish) light. Most of the...
Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

We visited Vilcabamba first time on a Sunday, which normally brings out more people to relax under the Sun, especially in Latin America. In North America it’s called shopping day, Costco is packed, Walmart is packed, The Real Canadian Superstore is packed. I never...
Riobamba-Cuenca-Vilcabamba route

Riobamba-Cuenca-Vilcabamba route

The excitingly good roads of Ecuador end at Riobamba and the drive to Cuenca through the Andes will continue on ‘regular’ two lane road. It’s asphalt, but there are potholes and a bit more attention needed. The landscape makes up for it though, the view is great,...
Quito and more

Quito and more

Ecuador is quite different from Colombia. I would say after Colombia Ecuador feels almost empty. While there is quite a bit of traffic and crowd in Quito, other than that the streets are more quiet. No more crazy motorbike and scooter drivers swarming around! Ecuador...
Pocket Earth Pro

Pocket Earth Pro

Although my cheap Costco Garmin works pretty good with Open Street map sometimes I need to look actually to a map to see my position, which is not exactly available on the Garmin. In these occasions I use the Pocket Earth Pro app on  my phone which works excellent...
Colibrí

Colibrí

Colibrí or hummingbird in English seems to be everywhere in Mindo, or is it? We walked for hours and hours around for two days but have seen just a few hummingbirds in the wild actually. The numerous restaurants and hostels in the area are baiting birds as their local...
Sony A7

Sony A7

What is the best travel camera is a really open ended question. Whatever you feel that will do for you on the road and the quality of photos you want to return with from the trip. Sony’s full frame series of A7 and all kind of variations of it looks like the...
A different day

A different day

It was a different day today compared to yesterday. Set out for another walk in the rain forest, which started with a pay-up. Looks like around Mindo is called ‘skin that tourist’. Three bux a person to enter the forest. Right. For three that equals the...
Mindo

Mindo

Mido is an eco-tourism paradise about an hour away from Quito. Birdwatchers should be in heaven in this area. The daily rain is guaranteed and the cloud forest keeps the temperature somewhat lower than other areas at this altitude. Tubing seems to be a top activity as...
Another visit to Otavalo

Another visit to Otavalo

Otavalo was pretty much Gringovalo on Saturday, I never seen this many tourists, maybe at Chichicastenango in Guatemala, at an artisan market. The market is loaded with tons of ‘indigenous’ crafts, pretty much sure that 80% of it is made in Asia. But if...
Back to Ecuador

Back to Ecuador

After using up our visa and an extension in Colombia, we crossed back to Ecuador just one day before our visa extension expired. That means we spent a total of six months in Colombia. Some people drive from Alaska to Patagonia in this timeframe. But everybody with...
Bye Medellin!

Bye Medellin!

So we left Medellin after four months and headed to the Ecuadorian border. We touched few familiar points on our way as Salento, Filandia, Las Lajas again. Took a hike in the Cocora Valley again and Blaze was more than happy about that, then strolled a bit around...
Rest stop

Rest stop

We entered Colombia from Ecuador on August 28, 2016. After a few days of driving I was convinced that we will be out from here in about a month. I think the main thing what ticked me off was the road tolls, which can be quite high in Colombia, the fairly high price of...
Paradise

Paradise

For few days it was pouring rain. It rained all day and it cleared at night so it was on the cool side. Then finally the rain stopped and the sun peaked out. It felt like paradise. We basically live in paradise  on this round thing called Earth, only that some maniacs...
Tuning in a camera

Tuning in a camera

There are endless discussions, teachings, tech talk, youtube videos, blogs, reviews so on about cameras. I used to go to gazillion sites and ended up with not much on the learning curve. I always thought that there are ‘secrets’. There might be, I stopped...
Exotic fruits

Exotic fruits

I will start to take photos of the exotic fruits and veggies specific to the areas we travel through. I should have done this long time ag, but never too late. Eventually I will even describe how they taste and how to eat them. Many times we have to ask in the market...