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Colombia – Bogota and Villa de Layva

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a look down a street in the evening in Colombia
We have stayed in Villa de Leyva a little longer than expected.  No complaints as it is such a lovely little town. We were able to park our truck on a campsite called Hostal Renacer Colombian Highlands, a super place to park for a few nights while enjoying the ambiance of the…

Colombia Overland

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When visiting a Coffee farm, where else would you park?
Colombia is right at the northern tip of South America. It’s bordering countries are Brazil, Ecuador,Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Colombia also can boast that it is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s climate is great with tropical conditions along the…

Ecuador Market days

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Market Day brings everyone out.
Otavalo in Ecuador is home to one of the largest markets in South America . It has to be said it is one of the most enjoyable alfresco retail experiences we have had here.Up for grabs are handicrafts of every description – ceramics, jewellery,paintings, musical instruments, carvings and a dazzling  array of weavings and textiles.…

Ecuador Overland

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Ecuador Overland by camper truck
Ecuador is situated on the equator on the Pacific coast of South America, bordered by Columbia to the north and Peru to the south and east. Despite being a very small country it really has so much to offer. You can experience different landscapes in a single day. The country has colonial cities, cloud forests,…

Andean Christmas Traditions

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After the highlights of the past few months, we wondered if we could get back into “normal” traveling mode, which to us means following our own path and seeing what sights or events that we come across. We’re quite happy to take it all in, the good, the bad and the ugly. After our trip to the Galápagos and having…

Peru Adventures

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Peru Adventures with our Irish visitors
We had been looking forward to Friday 15th November for a number of weeks, as on this day two great friends Robin and Claire arrived from The Republic of Cork to Lima in Peru to travel with us for 24 days. After a joyous meeting in the airport, dinner and pisco sours to really…

Galapagos Islands

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It was time for us to take another mini holiday from our truck (or should I say fact finding and exploratory mission) and so the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador was our destination. It is always sad leaving our truck, but more importantly we had to find a secure place to park it for 3 weeks, in the…

After all it’s the Bolivian Amazon Jungle

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Rurre and Beni river view
Well Rurrenabaque certainly didn’t disappoint us, in fact we ended up staying for 15 days so I think that says it all !. Suddenly it was time for shorts and T-shirts as we had hit over 30 degrees. Merv was back in DIY mode using our awning so as we could sit out for our…

La Paz Bolivia to the Jungle

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La Paz at night
After 13 dental visits (for Merv), it was finally time to leave La Paz Bolivia and head in the direction of the Central Highlands and further on into The Pampas and The Jungle. The day before we left Merv rotated the tyres on our truck and he noticed that our second fuel tank was loose, so…

WOW – A day on the Death Road Bolivia

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Lets have a go then
All five of us, Sandra, Dominick, Frank , Merv and I had been staying in the same camp-site for a few days, doing repairs on our trucks, motor-bike and Merv visiting the dentist, so we decided it was time to have a day of fun and adventure on mountain bikes, and it did not disappoint.…

Cholitas – Women’s Bolivian Wrestling

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Do not mess with this woman. She might jump on you and not in a good way
It was time for something a little different, so one evening we went to see The Bolivian Wrestling Cholitas and they did not disappoint. This is held in El Alto every Sunday evening with the show lasting about two hours. El Alto itself…

Who let the dogs out – Humberstone

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Sadly we were on our last few days in Chile, but as they say all good things come to an end.  Lucky for us though we are traveling North and still have loads of new adventures, new countries and new places to visit.

Sarah checking out the general store in Humberstone
From leaving Chuquicamata Mine we decided to take the coast road…

Chuquicamata Copper Mine – Northern Chile

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Huge truck up close. Ted.
I had my heart set on going to see the worlds largest open-pit mine. It’s not hard to visit, in fact the Chuquicamata Copper Mine runs a free 3 hour-long tour, and this is a bus based tour that actually drives down a short way into the mine itself! I had seen some large mines…

El Tatio – Highest Geyser Field in the World

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Snow blowing across the road
Snowstorms on the way to El Tatio Geyser Field
At one stage we really thought the El Tatio Geyser Field was going to elude us as we had made two previous attempts to get to see them, and the weather created quite an obstacle for us, yes we had snow.  The problem wasn’t driving through…

Atacama Stargazing at ALMA

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Moglander is dwarfed by the high precision antennas.
If Carlsberg were to make the best stargazing location in the world, it would probably be the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. When you visit the main tourist town, San Pedro de Atacama you will immediately see loads of tour companies with telescopes outside their doors, advertising their stargazing night-time trips into…

San Pedro de Atacama – A great place to Chill

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San Pedro de Atacama was our destination after our wonderful journey in Bolivia through the Salar and its surrounding lakes and volcanoes. This is probably our last visit to Chile and we expect to be only here for ten days or so, maybe a little longer. It is a small dusty town of unpaved roads with small adobe houses, dim-lit…

Minus 14 on Salar de Uyuni

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The town of Uyuni
We arrived into Uyuni, the town which most Bolivians refer to as the ‘extreme cold’ place of Bolivia. I wonder why ? We were about to find out, but find out in a good way. This part of Southwestern Bolivia has few roads or inhabitants and just a few scattered settlements here and there. For adventurous…

Sucre, Bolivia

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Sarah studying our Bolivian guide book we found in a book exchange
Sucre, Bolivia. What a beautiful city , set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, boasts numerous churches , museums, funky restaurants and old houses. All buildings in the center of the city are either whitewashed or painted white. It is also a city of scholars and when…

Bolivia – for Starters!

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Leaving Argentina might have been sad for us, but on the other hand it was exciting as we were entering a whole new wonderful country called Bolivia which is probably the highest and most isolated of the Latin American countries.

This long and windy road took us to Tarija, Bolivia
The paper work at the  border crossing was relatively easy,…

Don’t cry for me Argentina

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Oh come on, you knew it was coming! We almost shed a tear leaving as we have fallen in love with Argentina and it’s people. I am just hoping it misses us as much as we miss it!  We left Salta, in the North of Argentina, intending to go across into Chile by Pass Sico to see the Atacama…

Salta Gaucho Festival

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Well we are back on the road again, having said our good-byes to Martyn and Kate in Santiago ,but before we left Martyn very kindly helped us sort some new batteries for the truck. We headed to the Chilean/Argentina border but arrived just five minutes too late in the evening, as the border post had just closed, (9am – 9pm)but…

Narrow Argentinian Mountain Pass

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Narrow Argentinian Mountain Pass can focus your mind! This road is marked as normal on our maps, but it is the worst we have seen yet. It was a bit exciting at times!
We started from Tinogasta on Route 60 to go about 40km to Route 40. It took us about 25 hours! (We did stop at sunset, and start…

House sitting in Chile finished

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House sitting in Chile can be fun. But for us, it’s over. We were parked up for just over a month, and we’ve now got ichy feet. This is what we have been doing.
Tennis of course
Sarah made a quick trip to Ireland and France to see family, and to check out some Tennis.  A hectic few days…

7 Tips for managing digital photographs while overland traveling

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Fast cameras do a few things very well, and filling up cards and disks is one of them. It may not be something that we really want to happen, but with the best will in the world it does happen. When you are overland traveling, that brings its own issues. This post is about how we manage digital photographs and…

Antarctica – What landscapes can I expect to see?

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There are loads of landscapes that you might see in Antarctica, and I have tried to show a sample of some of them here. These images were shot on our trip with Quark Expeditions from Ushuaia in Argentina. When we got back from that trip, we wrote up 2 blog posts about it, The first on the Falklands and South Georgiaand another one…

Aconcagua National Park

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After our great two weeks of helping on the Finca it was time to start moving again.  It was a little strange not driving the mog for two weeks so our feet were getting itchy, places to go, places to see, oh so many of them here in South America.

Early morning in the park
Aconcagua is one of the…

Feeling Fruity on a Finca in San Rafael

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We have been traveling long enough now to start wondering what it’s like to stop. We are not sure what that’s like, and are not sure we like the idea of stopping. What if we cannot get jobs? What if we do not like the jobs we can get? What if we hate the weather back home in Ireland? What…

Mendoza Wineries by Tandem!

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Posted by sarah on April 2, 2013

Parked up with Phil and Angie in their ivecco
We have crossed back into Argentina to meet with friends Phil and Angie whom we had previously spent some time with last year sampling Beer, so   this time we decided to  sample WINE. We arranged to meet whilst they were still in Peru and we…

Reflections, Volcanos and Views in Chile

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We were traveling north along the Pan American Highway known as Ruta 5 in Chile. This road goes from South to North along most of the country. Roads that branch off Ruta 5 go to loads of interesting places, and we decided to make a side trip through Parc National Conguillio. This park is unusual in that it has a…

St. Patrick’s Day on Volcan Villarica in Chile

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We are now back on mainland Chile, a fifteen minute boat trip took us from Chiloe Island to Puerto Montt, and from here our goal was to see Volcan Osorno.   It was really strange being back in what seem to us like a mini ‘Europe’ after the wilds of Patagonia, very posh houses all with lake views, oodles of restaurants,…