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The clouds are back

The clouds are back

The clouds are back into focus. After shooting loads of cloud photos in Colombia, seems like I can do the same in Ecuador and why not? The rainy season is not wrapped in Ecuador yet, it goes until May. While up in the highlands seems like things are all-right the...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...
Food prices, Ecuador

Food prices, Ecuador

Food is one of those things what we all need few times a day. We found that Ecuadorian food is pretty good quality, decent prices and lots of natural products, no sugar added. Finally high quality all natural yogourt, which was sorely missed for a log time. Supermaxi,...
Colourful things

Colourful things

Lots of colourful things to take photos around here. Not sure how much of it goes under the ‘tradition’ or under ‘things tourists might buy’ category. ‘A tradition is a belief, behaviour, legends, customs passed down within a group or...
People and places

People and places

So really, what one will see while traveling? People and places. Stuff that surround the people and fill up the places. Things that people do. If different than the things we do and people surround us at our ‘home’ base than it’s new and interesting....
Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Ecuador! A year ago we were in a small Mayan town in Guatemala, watching slash photographing the Easter procession. This time we did the same thing in another mostly indigenous town in Northern Ecuador, Cotacachi. I said ‘mostly...
Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

I extended my Ecuador tourist visa in Ibarra. There is a new option of 90 days extension introduced in February 2017. Given the fact that is a smaller city and everything s 5-10 minutes away by vehicle makes things easier. The official lady at the small office was...
Back to Ibarra

Back to Ibarra

We crossed the border from Peru and by next day late evening we arrived to Ibarra. It was a long shot but the Ecuadorian roads are getting better and better and driving through the country is getting easier. The Riobamba to Ibarra stretch is pretty good, while...
Sunsets

Sunsets

Looks like 90 % of the days around here end up with pretty nice sunsets above the Pacific. The beach is OK-ish, not one of those Caribbean white sands one. There is salty water (sorta muddy), waves, sand and clay  mixture beach with some garbage washed up. It’s...
Blaze

Blaze

While we are idling in Swisswassi waiting for the road conditions to improve in Peru cannot let those cameras getting rusty. Blaze and the sunset are always a good theme.   The post Blaze appeared first on BARNA...
Dead fish

Dead fish

We woke up to strong fish smell. It came from a pack of dead fishes on the shore, just 50 m from us. The birds were having a feast on the water and on the shore as well. Could have been natural, could have been the 4.5 Earth quake from the previous day, could be the...
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...