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Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley

Woke up after a fairly quiet night at the traffic aid stop parking lot after a cool night, which was more than welcomed after the boiling heat of Tatacoa. There was a coffee shop in the same building and went for some sampling. It turned out an absolutely modern shop...
Downpour

Downpour

The air was thick with humidity, it was like breathing tepid soup. The roads glistened with moisture in the last of the fading light that was filtering between the rolling banks thunderclouds. We had started the day high in the mountains of Oaxaca, bundled up for...

Popayan to San Agustin

Today we were doing some real overlanding. We drove 138 km in 7.5 hours, a new personal record. The road from Popayan to San Agustin was one of the slowest of all times. While the first 30 km were asphalt, the rest was plain dirt or rocky road sprinkled with potholes....
Cellphone in Colombia

Cellphone in Colombia

Colombia has three major providers, no surprises there: Claro, Tigo and Movistar. Locals love Movistar, I went for a Tigo. I used Tigo in Guatemala and Honduras and I was all-right with it. Seems like you cannot throw a rock in Popayan without hitting a cellphone...
Camping

Camping

The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s...
Antigua part 1

Antigua part 1

Hello Antigua, Guatemala home of Laurel Baker!  Eight years ago Laurel/Lori left Chicago to “visit” Costa Rica for awhile.  She made her way north eventually landing in Antigua, Guatemala and has been there ever since.  Eight years ago I promised my great...
On to Guatemala, it only took 4 months

On to Guatemala, it only took 4 months

We took a two hour drive from San Cristobal to get to the chaotic insane small border of Guatemala, after spending four months in Mexico.  The border town was wacky and swamped with vendors leaving us barely enough room to squeeze The Globe Trol through.  It it two...
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),...

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...
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,...
Tug’s Film Debut!

Tug’s Film Debut!

So in our last post introducing Tug, we got a lot of emails and comments that we didn’t include enough pictures of Tug. So we went back and asked Tug if he would like to share some words with everyone....
Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua is quite different from San Pedro, kinda similar feel as San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, lots of colonial buildings and lots of expats/tourists. As last year we spent quite a bit of time here, this time was only a half day attraction. The tourist police is...