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Sucre and Roadblocks: Welcome to Bolivia

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After Uyuni our plan was to head to Potosi an old mining town for a day or two then on to Sucre, where we had an appointment to meet up with our friends from SprinterLife, Tree and Stevie and their beautiful daughter Sol who was still in her mama’s belly the last time we had hung out with them in…

The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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I remember, what seems like a lifetime ago, when we were saving and planning for this trip reading the blogs of people traveling South America and getting inspiration for our travels. Some places, in photo after photo, were so spectacular they became a must visit on my list of places to see, and I couldn’t wait to see them for…

Is this Mars or Bolivia? Exploring Bolivia’s Southwest Circuit

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The three things we seem to consistently hear about the southern lakes circuit of Bolivia was that the elevation is extremely high, the temperatures are extremely low (specially at night), and there is virtually nobody around. With this in mind we had been trying to get some exposure to elevation for the few weeks prior to heading into Bolivia. Unfortunately,…

Why We Love Buenos Aires

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Aahh, Buenos Aires. The city of good air. We often say in our posts about cities that we are not huge fans of cities, but then go on to list all the reasons why we liked that particular city. For this post, I’m going to skip that opening. The truth is I’ve realized that sometimes cities can be quite nice.…

Ushuaia to Bariloche: The End of the Road to the Badass Bariloche Bovine Bonanza

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After 3 years, 6 months, and 27 days, 3 trips back to the US (for a total of 10 months), 45,400 miles driven, 2,400 gallons of diesel (approximately 18 miles/gal), 14 countries, 21 border crossings, more than 15 gallons of propane, 8 broken camp chairs, 1 roof top tent eaten by rodents, and countless memories worth several lifetimes, we finally…

Beautiful Patagonia

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Oh, Patagonia. I can’t even come up with the words to describe your beauty. From your jagged granite peaks, flowing glaciers that reflect every color of blue imaginable, clean flowing rivers and lakes packed with trout and salmon, to your wild wind swept grasslands, with an abundance of grazing Guanacos and Rheas, Patagonia you have lived up to and exceeded…

Into Argentina-Our 13th Country

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Our first border crossing into Argentina was the quickest and easiest we’ve experienced on our entire trip. We crossed at a remote border called Paso Roballos. From the Chilean border post, where one guy -on a 30 day rotation and 2 weeks past due- was working and everything was done old school: paper and pens, we had to drive another…

The Carretera Austral-Part 2

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The town of Coyhaique is located about half way through the Carretera Austral and is also the biggest “city” with a burgeoning population of 50,000. After so long spent on empty roads and surrounding wilderness it was a bit jarring to pull into the main plaza and be surrounded by a bustling downtown. It was however a good place to…

The Carretera Austral-Part 1

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The Carretera Austral is a true overlanders dream; over 1200 kilometers (over 700 miles) of dirt road running through Chile’s southern region, where the land breaks off into hundreds of fjords and tiny islands, connecting Chile’s remotest region with the north. I read somewhere that the idea of the Carretera Austral is as big as the road itself, and I…

The Cordillera Blanca

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Leaving the narrow Cañon del Pato and the jagged mouthed tunnels behind, we climbed up into a big wide open valley between the two cordilleras. Whereas the Cañon del Pato is dry with very little vegetation, this valley is covered in a palette of greens stretching up both sides to the mountains. A few minutes into our drive through the…

The Cañon Del Pato (Canyon of the Duck) Doorway to La Cordillera Blanca

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We’re winding our way along a narrow dirt road in the mountains of Peru, passing through tunnel after narrow tunnel. Each tunnel has been blasted through the rock mountain side, the mouth a big dark jagged abyss as we enter. Some are so long and the road twisting though the mountain side there is nothing but darkness and the jagged…

Lima, Peru

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When we arrived in Lima, we thought we would just be spending a couple of days and moving on. As this is no doubt not the first time this has happened, I don’t know why we were surprised when we were still here a month later. A series of car problems and waiting for Lacey’s very important replacement Kindle to…

Festival de la Virgen in Huanchaco, Peru

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One morning while on our usual walk along the malecon in Huanchaco, we passed some guys building a big tower out of bamboo on the side of the road. We stopped to take a look and realized the bamboo structure was loaded with fireworks with fuses running all along the sides. It was maybe 30 feet tall, and had big…

A Visit to Minka Market and a Cooking Class in Lima, Peru

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I think we’ve made it clear that we love food and in fact a great part of our little travel experiment revolves around immersing ourselves in local culture and we believe trying local foods is an essential part of the “inmersion” process. Experiencing a culture is definitely enhanced by partaking in the local food, but in all honesty the food…

The Great Wall of Peru, The Ruins of Kuelap

Our original plan was a 4 day hike/horseback ride to the pre-Inca ruins of Kuelap, but 2 days into the hike I (Luis) had a slight mishap  involving my ankle (read about it and the hike here). So I made it to Kuelap by Mercedes Sprinter and Lacey arrived on foot .
We had never heard of Kuelap before we…

Driving to Chachapoyas

Looking at a map, it is easy to understand that Peru is a very large country. However, it wasn’t until we started our drive to Chachapoyas that we really got a full understanding of just how large it is. Our route on the map takes up only a very small portion of the country, but the drive took us about…

Crossing the border to Peru

After an amazingly long time traveling in Ecuador, our visas were finally running out which meant it was high time to get moving. We choose to cross into Peru by the coastal border crossing because we had heard that it was the biggest and busiest border crossing and we were hoping that the more people and stuff going on, the…

El Cajas National Park

About 30 kms outside of Cuenca lies El Cajas National Park, one of the jewels of Ecuador’s park system. It’s only about a half hour drive from Cuenca, so it is pretty amazing what a dramatic shift in scenery you get in such a short drive. Leaving Cuenca the road winds through green valleys and hills with lots of agriculture. Within…

Monkey Sanctuary in Ecuador

While visiting Baños we heard of a monkey sanctuary in the nearby town of Puyo. Now there is something you should know about Luis; he loves monkeys. He has always wanted a pet monkey, so monkey sanctuary is a must visit for us.
The sanctuary is actually in the outskirts of Puyo, and as it turns out there is other…

Luis Attacked by Piranhas in Ecuador!

Well, the truth is he was attacked by one piranha, while fishing for piranha and it was a tiny (maybe 5 inch) piranha… but the title is a lot cooler, no?
So the story goes as follows: We spent a week in Reserva Cuyabeno a National Park that is part of the Ecuadorian Amazon (more about this wonderful place in…

On The Road Again

After nearly three months of being back in the States, Lacey, Luis, and The Landcruiser finally rendezvoused in Quito, Ecuador. After a day of recovering from the flight and getting used to the idea that we weren’t in Kansas anymore Toto, we got one of our famous early morning starts (yes, we left at 11), and headed south. It only…

A party in Machachi, Ecuador

While working at Secret Garden Cotopaxi (SGC) we where a bit isolated from civilization. No internet, no landline, a single cell phone with one bar of reception and no people (other than guests and a couple of employees). That is one reason we were quite happy to be invited to a party in Machachi.
The city/town of Machachi is the…

Rodeo Time in Loreto, Pedregal

During our stay at Secret Garden, there was a rodeo in the local village that we had the opportunity to attend. Now you have to understand that the local village basically consists of a few houses in the middle of nowhere, so it wasn’t a huge event. It was, however, THE EVENT for the locals. There was roping, wild horse…

Livin the Life in the Highlands of Ecuador

After two weeks in the Galapagos and nearly two years on the road, we decided it was time to take a break and save some money. Our friend Dan Grec had volunteered at a hostel in the mountains of Ecuador and had really enjoyed the experience, so we contacted the hostel looking to volunteer and recoup some of the money…

Cruisin’ The Galapagos

A note to readers: While going through the insane number of photos from the galapagos, we realized there was no way we were going to be able to widdle the photos down to just a few, so we decided to just post all the ones we like. We were also going to break our post up into a few posts,…

The Galapagos Giant Tortoise

There are a few animals that automatically make us think of the Galapagos Islands, first and foremost is the giant Galapagos tortoise. A visit to the Galapagos isn’t complete until you’ve gotten up close to these guys. We took a trip to the highlands outside of Puerto Ayora to a farm where the tortoise wander around wild and went for…

Getting to the Galapagos-Part 1

A visit to the Galapagos Islands has long been a dream of ours. The Galapagos with its wide variety of species found in only one place on the planet are a pretty irresistible destination. If there is one thing we’ve gotten good at, it is living our dream, so we spent a lot of time doing internet research on the…