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Alausi

Alausi

Left Cuenca early with the intention of catching the Alausi Sunday market and the Nariz del Diablo train going through the town. Arrived in Alausi around just after noon, parked the van right beside the market and kicked off the photo tour. It got pretty hot despite...
More Hat

More Hat

There is a smaller but conveniently more on the tourist trail Panama hat manufacturer in historic downtown Cuenca, which simply goes by the ‘Museo del Sombrero’. It’s not as extensive as Homero Ortega, but for those who have no will to drive out to...
Hat

Hat

It’s hard to describe the history of Panama hat in one phrase. First and foremost it is strongly underlined the fact that Panama hat is not Panamanian, it is Ecuadorian and it is wrongly attributed to an entire different place. Originally called ‘paja toquilla...
Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador so far is the most affordable of all places I have been, even lower price than in Mexico. It seems that vegetarianism is not a huge thing generally speaking. Supermarkets are expensive but regular street markets are more than affordable. So far the...
Banos

Banos

Banos is a very busy town, I would say brushing the tourist trap description. So let’s see, we have the medieval church in city centre, the crowd on the streets, tour companies/adventure tours about every 100 feet offering zip lines (called canopy around here),...
Rio Verde

Rio Verde

Cool-down was badly sought after after a long time in Panama and Cuenca was quite a bit of cool-down. Maybe a bit too much, during the day the temperature is somewhere in the low 20’s but at night the mercury dips to 8-9 Celsius, which is not bad but after a month or...
Penas Blancas border crossing

Penas Blancas border crossing

This is Mike…Well we finally had to extend our tourist visa as 90 days was upon us already. We did, like the thousands of others do, and crossed Nicaragua’s southern border with Costa Rica at the Penas Blancas check point. This time was different than past...
Cuenca

Cuenca

Having Big White liberated from port we rearranged the interior of the van from shipping state to travel, which took some four hours. With all the possibilities of theft in ports the van was heavily secured inside and outside with a better safe than sorry thought....
Guayaquil Port – Day 1

Guayaquil Port – Day 1

Online tracking is available for the ship which carries your car/container and most of the time will even show the position of the vessel. The folks at Norton-Lilly Panama sent me an email a day before the vehicle arrival to contact the Guayaquil office...

Cellphone service in Ecuador

My posts has shifted a bit to negative/sarcastic side lately, but there is a reason for that too. I read lots of blogs before and after hitting the road, gathering info about travel and not al info was helpful. To be honest if you read only happy slash positive travel...

Flying a dog to Ecuador

We had an early rise and shine on travel day in Hostel Siriri, PTY.  Sent off a call to our taxi guy, Rolando, who drove me to exchange the crate two days before, to pick up us at 10 AM. Scraped together all belongings and loaded all stuff to Rolando’s Toyota minivan...
Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

We overstayed Panama roughly with 30 days. It was an interesting time period with lots of sweat and nerves, filled with paperwork and uncertainty. With all that there was plenty to lay the camera lens on, actually more than I expected. Panama is a beautiful country,...
Galapagos Part II: Daphne

Galapagos Part II: Daphne

So I lied. At the end of the last blog post I promised I’d be back soon and I totally lied. But here I am. Back on Santa Cruz we met up with our friend Nicole again and we were on the same dive boat for our trip out to Seymour and Daphne.  We dove first at...
Copa Air

Copa Air

With Big White in port waiting to be loaded to the Zenith Leader (NYK) vehicle carrier RoRo ship it was time to buy the tickets for the Guayaquil flight. It was way more expensive than expected. After having the flight booked I sent off a booking for Blaze to Copa...
Panama

Panama

Panama means the end of the North American continent. There are two Americas, North and South, Central America is not a continent, it’s a geopolitical division. Panama can be frustrating and it turned out to be expensive. The convenience of US $ is not as...
That vehicle shipping thing

That vehicle shipping thing

The major overlander story coming out from Panama is usually regarding to vehicle shipping, dog shipping and flying down to Cartagena. As there is no way they will build a road through the Darien Gap, the interests of shipping companies and the Canal are too high, the...
Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway

Panama seems to be about two things, the Canal and the Banks these days. But its said that the Canal would have not been possible to build without the Panama Railway, which played a major role in the construction of the canal. The railway was built by the Americans...
4th grade pool party

4th grade pool party

This is Mike…We have been busy, the last week or so, running around, fixing my computer, school functions and getting ready for visitors. Now that the dust has settled I can finally get caught up on the blog. The weather has improved a lot making our time more...