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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...
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...
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...

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...
Colonial Panama

Colonial Panama

The best place to experience the colonial Panama is in the old town called Casco Antigo or Casco Viejo. It is the oldest part of town inhabited today. It’s neighbouring the slums of El Chorillo, which is the poorest neighbourhood of the city, where the Americans...
Back to Boquete

Back to Boquete

It was time to return to Panama City and book our ride, well Big White’s ride to another continent. Back to the NYK office, Norton Lilly and started the booking process again. Everything flows slowly down here, don’t expect anybody to jump up and arrange...
Coco Art

Coco Art

On the way back from Portobelo we stopped by a place called Coco Art, ran by Luis a Colombian artist/diver. He brings up stuff from the bottom of the bay from shipwrecks and sells them in his gallery. Also he creates statues from various drift wood blocks, some of...
Portobelo

Portobelo

On the way back to Colon we discovered that you can cross from Shelter Bay to Colon through a ferry service, free of charge and much faster than the road through the Gatun locks. The the road took us to the colonial port of Portobelo, a high importance place for years...
Shelter Bay

Shelter Bay

From the slums of Colon we drove to Shelter Bay (Chelter Bay how the locals call it). The drive goes by the Atun locks, crossing the Canal after some waiting time below the actual locks on some ancient metal bridges. We were lucky with the waiting time, about 20...
Colon

Colon

After Big White got its wheels back again it was time for a test spin and the road led to North of Panama City, Colon. Now Colon was not a high importance colonial town, actually its existence came to light at the mid 1800’s only as a starting point of the...