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Starting with the original London-Sydney Marathon in 1968 driving 10,000 miles in 10 days the bug for overland travel (at a much slower pace!) bit hard. We've driven throughout much of southern and east Africa in a tD5 Defender, then changed to the recent Puma version and first drove Cape Agulhas in South Africa to North Cape, Norway in 2009/10. Now engaged on another long one from Ushuaia, Patagonia to Deadhorse, Alaska over 18 months. The two of us travel alone for much of the time but inevitably meet other overlanders along the way and much enjoy swopping stories, info, fun times and others.We live in Cape Town, South Africa. Is there a nicer city to call home?

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The last leg of Pan America Overland — Halifax, Canada

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Due to unforeseen circumstances this blog entry was delayed and only finalized in Cape Town after our arrival back home at the end of our long trip. Nevertheless, we hope those of you who have followed our progress and sent messages and encouragement will enjoy this albeit late
arrival.

Marcus, Taylor, Wendy & Madison, Mississauga

This is to be the last…

The long haul across north America — Mississauga, Canada

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We imagine that many who have been reading our earlier blog entries must have recently wondered if we had sunk without trace after getting back to Fairbanks in Alaska from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean coast. After all Prudhoe Bay was the real end point of our overland trip so it was tempting to say “that’s it, there’s not…

The last leg to Deadhorse — Fairbanks, AK

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N64° 49.635’ W147° 48.458’
This is a shorter entry than usual as it revolves solely around the last leg of our overland trip from Ushuaia up to Deadhorse. We finally made it to Deadhorse on 22nd June after driving along the
Elliott and Dalton Highways for 835 kms from here at Fairbanks to our trip destination close to the Arctic Ocean…

North to Alaska — Fairbanks, AK

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Our first night out of Smithers we stayed at a Provincial Park at Meziadin Lake (N56 05.235 W129 18.481) and very quickly had a run in with the voracious mosquitoes which attacked us from the moment of our arrival. I was very grateful for the floppy hat complete with mosquito net that I had
bought in Norway on our Cape…

Beautiful British Columbia — Smithers, Canada

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SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
3rd June 2013
N54° 49.711′ W127° 11.883’
No wonder the British Columbian have “Beautiful British Columbia” on their vehicle licence plates. This province is just that.
After our brief and, as it turned out, unnecessary return trip to Port Angeles in Washington State in the US due to the nonsense with the vehicle liability insurance we…

From “Oh Wow!” Oregon & Washington to beautiful BC — Victoria, Canada

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15th May 2013
N48° 24.598’ W123° 19.869’
After Medford we wanted to drop by at Crater Lake, about 100 kms NW of Medford along the appropriately named Crater Lake Highway. Everyone who knew that part of Oregon told us it was perhaps the most beautiful lake in north America and definitely worth the trip. But being quite high up in the…

Utah, Nevada, California & Oregon — Medford, OR

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MEDFORD, OREGON, USA
27th April 2013
N42° 19.410’ W122° 52.155’
No, we didn’t drive over a cliff into the Pacific, the cops didn’t arrest us and lock us up, and so far at least we haven’t suffered any crippling medical emergency. The reason we have been remiss in not getting our latest blog entry out sooner is quite simple. For the…

The US of A where big is beautiful — Bryce, UT

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Bryce, UT

Where I stayed

Foster’s Bryce Canyon Motel

JUST OUTSIDE BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH, USA
29th March 2013
N37° 41.836’ W112° 11.085’
“WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES” said the sign at the US border post in Tecate. This was without doubt one of those milestone points in our journey that we had been anticipating ever since setting out…

This was Mexico’s BIG Baja — Ensenada, Mexico

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MOTEL AMERICA,

ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
13th March 2013
N31° 51.590′ W116° 37.073’
It was a long haul out of La Paz northwards on MEX1 more or less up the centre of the long peninsula that is the Baja California Sur or South, the whole peninsula being divided into two states
– just plain Baja California and Baja California Sur…

Baja California – beautiful but a bit brrrrr! — La Paz, Mexico

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La Paz, Mexico
LA PAZ, BAJA
CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO
26th
February 2013
N24° 09.546′ W110° 19.101’
Rosscos Hostel in San Cristobal de las Casas was inclined to be noisy at night due to them having no rules concerning noise from inmates after say 10pm. We were also kept awake till late there because of inconsiderate other dorm occupants banging the…

Yucatan and Chiapas — San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Where I stayed
<divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Rossco Backpackers Hostel San Cristobal de las Casas
(San Cristobal de las Casas hotels)
SAN CRISTOBAL DE
LAS CASAS, MEXICO
8th February 2013
N16° 44.564′ W92° 38.370’
The run back up the Southern Highway from Placencia was speedy and uneventful. That is until we had briefly headed west and…

Big Guatemala to little Belize — Placencia, Belize

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Placencia, Belize
Where I stayed
<divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Lydia’s Guesthouse Placencia
(Placencia hotels)
PLACENCIA, BELIZE
27th January 2013
N16° 31.241′ W88° 22.155’
Were we glad to get out of Guatemala City! Without being unkind, it really is a horrid place. If it had some interesting places to visit, some attractive old buildings, a park or two to stroll around these might…

Honduras & Guatemala – kindred countries? — Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
16th January 2013
N14° 37.944′ W90° 30.775’
There are few opportunities to camp in Honduras and later we found the
same in Guatemala, so we stayed at the Los Arcos Hotel in Esteli (N13 05.625
W86 21.354). Not a nice town, spread out along the main road, and except for
its impressive, well lit church with a…

Nicaragua – little but likeable. Very. — Leon, Nicaragua

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Leon, Nicaragua
LEON, NICARAGUA 31st December 2012 N12° 26.031’ W86° 52.722’ Los Malinches campsite at Junquillal definitely rates as one of our top favourites, not least of all due to its charming and gentle owner Manuel who has owned the property on which it stands for some 30 years and went out of his way to make us feel welcome…

Something different this time — Leon, Nicaragua

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Leon, Nicaragua
Where I stayed
<divclass=”” style=”padding-bottom:7px”> Hotel Austria Leon
(Leon hotels)
We have been asked a few times about the vehicle we are driving on this trip along with its equipment. So what follows is not about where we have been recently but is to provide some info on our Land Rover and the stuff in it.
VEHICLE
Ours…

Costa Rica – east to west — Junquillal, Costa Rica

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Junquillal, Costa Rica
LOS MALINCHES, JUNQUILLAL, COSTA RICA
N10° 10.489′ W85° 49.000’
19th December 2012
 
We stayed at Hostel Gaia in Boquete (N8 46.402 W82 25.948) and
a very nice place it was too with a couple of comfy dorms with just 4 beds
each, a great kitchen for us to use, nice bathroom and as usual, most
importantly,…

Goodbye south America, Hello central America — Boquete, Panama

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Goodbye south America, Hello central America – Boquete, Panama

Boquete, Panama

Where I stayed
Hostal Gaia
(Boquete hotels)

What I did
Hills and rivers above the town

BOQUETE, PANAMA
24th November 2012
N 8° 46.402′ W 82° 25.948’
Yep, we made it by yacht from Cartagena to Panama but not on the catamaran called Jacqueline owned by the German guy…

The wild north of Colombia — Taganga, Colombia

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The wild north of Colombia – Taganga, Colombia

Taganga, Colombia
TAGANGA, COLOMBIA
22nd October 2012
N11° 15.964′ W74° 11.228’
Wow, we have been really remiss at not updating this blog. The reason? A combination of plain laziness and failure to get stuck in with it plus a perhaps slightly more forgiveable one which is the weather up here in northern…

The wild north of Colombia — Taganga, Colombia

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The wild north of Colombia – Taganga, Colombia

Taganga, Colombia
TAGANGA, COLOMBIA
22nd October 2012
N11° 15.964′ W74° 11.228’
Wow, we have been really remiss at not updating this blog. The reason? A combination of plain laziness and failure to get stuck in with it plus a perhaps slightly more forgiveable one which is the weather up here in northern…

Ecuador to Colombia — Guatape, Colombia

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Ecuador to Colombia – Guatape, Colombia

Guatape, Colombia

Where I stayed

Hostel El Encuentro Guatape
(Guatape hotels)

What I did
El Penol or La Piedra

EL CUENTRO HOSTAL ,GUATAPE, COLOMBIA
27th September 2012
N6° 13.704′ W75° 09.330’
We sat with Chris &amp; Janet at Casona de Mario with the maps, guide books and GPS waypoints in front of us setting…

Ecuador around and about – sierras to sea — Quito, Ecuador

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Ecuador around and about – sierras to sea – Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Where I stayed

Hostal La Casona de Mario Quito
(Quito hotels)

QUITO, ECUADOR
4th September 2012
S0 12.436 W78 29.127
We left Marc and Sue at Pequeno Paraiso with regret as has happened before when packing up and moving on from really nice places to stay. But…

Ecuador, beautiful Ecuador — Banos, Ecuador

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Ecuador, beautiful Ecuador – Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

Where I stayed

Hosteria Pequeno Paraiso Banos
(Banos hotels)

What I did
Tarabitas – spectacular cable cars across the gorge

BANOS, ECUADOR
9th August 2012
S 1° 24.126′ W 78° 17.278’
It was really a tussle leaving Izhcayluma and Vilcabamba. Izhcayluma had to be one of the highlights of the trip so…

From Peru to Ecuador – the rough way — Vilcabamba, Ecuador

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From Peru to Ecuador – the rough way – Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Where I stayed

Hosteria Izhcayluma Vilcabamba
(Vilcabamba hotels)

VILCABAMBA, ECUADOR
25th July 2012
S 4° 16.688′ W 79° 13.440’
In a perverse way it was a little sad to say goodbye to Lima. Why? Because we are not great fans of big cities in general, especially on…

Disaster strikes-but we are over it — Lima, Peru

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Disaster strikes-but we are over it – Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

Where I stayed

Hitchhikers Backpackers Lima Hostel(aka. Hitchhikers B&B Backpackers Hostel)
(Lima hotels)

LIMA, PERU
11th July 2012
S12⁰ 07.351´ W77⁰ 02.171´
Well, I guess there was a statistical chance on this trip through south and other bits of the Americas that we would be unfortunate and hit a…

Crazy Bolivia – ups and downs, mainly ups — Copacabana, Bolivia

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Crazy Bolivia – ups and downs, mainly ups – Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana, Bolivia

Where I stayed

Ecolodge Copacabana
(Copacabana hotels)

What I did
Stunning sunsets over Lago Titicaca

COPACABANA, LAKE TITICACA, BOLIVIA 16° 10.756’S 69° 05.965’W 21st June 2012
We enjoyed Sucre even if its crowded streets and narrow pavements stuffed full of vehicles belching exhaust smoke over everyone walking…

Many contrasts – fantastic to awful — Sucre, Bolivia

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Many contrasts – fantastic to awful – Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre, Bolivia

Where I stayed

# Pachamama Hostel Sucre
(Sucre hotels)

What I did
Recoleta Mirador and the Franciscan Convent

SUCRE, BOLIVIA
14th June 2012
We had a great time relaxing at the 7Duendes Twin hostel in Salta. Note the name anyone reading this also travelling to Salta and looking for…

Probably our last entry from Argentina — Salta, Argentina

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Probably our last entry from Argentina – Salta, Argentina

Salta, Argentina

Where I stayed

7 (Siete) Duendes Hostel Salta
(Salta hotels)

What I did
The Cathedral, Inca child mummies exhibit, Iglesia san Francisco, San Bernardo Convent, Teleferico cable car

SALTA, NORTHERN ARGENTINA
28th May 2012
We were in a way quite sad to leave Mendoza. It’s one of those cities…