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Rest stop

Rest stop

We entered Colombia from Ecuador on August 28, 2016. After a few days of driving I was convinced that we will be out from here in about a month. I think the main thing what ticked me off was the road tolls, which can be quite high in Colombia, the fairly high price of...
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet. We asked...
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, These Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet....
The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

The World Lost Its Mind in 2016, But These 17 Travelers Kept Their Cool

  If you followed world news in 2016, you might have gotten the impression that the apocalypse is near. But we are here to tell you that all is not lost! In fact, the beauty of humanity and life blissfully abounds in all corners of our wonderful planet. We asked...
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...
Medellin

Medellin

We dropped down to Medellin the second time, probably not the last one though. It’s been some time since the Medellin Cartel is defunct and Pablo Escobar is gone. The city is a tourist destination these days, safer than let’s say 20 years ago but still has...
Panamá

Panamá

A hike up a hill in a jungle within the city, can you even believe this is what Panama City looks like?   Our first night in Panama We found free camping for our first week in Panama right on the beach.  It was hot, but there was a consistent breeze from the...

Filandia to Medellin

We left the colourful Filandia to drive up to El Jardin, as we heard is a less visited colonial town where time stands still. Drove trough the first toll booth and dropped 10,300 COP, then the first city we hit was Pereira, which had several roads closed in the favour...
Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

When we aren’t filming for Filmmaker For A Cause on our journey south, you might find us exploring a national park or enjoying the breeze at the ocean.  Typically these down-times from filming come with days upon days of editing our FMFAC projects or working on other...
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...
Overstaying

Overstaying

We’ve been overstaying at Finca Sommerwind for almost two weeks now, not that is super exciting around here, but there are several small things to fix up on the van. Looks like we are not alone doing that though, there are quite a few overlanders around. The...
Otavalo

Otavalo

Not sure what I expected, but my excitement plummeted fast when I walked around Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous tourist trap. All streets in the center of Otavalo are paid parking, 50 cents/hr. Ecuador learns fast, builds few kilometres of highway and puts up a toll...
Laguna Quilotoa

Laguna Quilotoa

You know all those Youtube channels followed by gazillions where kids compare cameras. They run out to the front of the garage and snap a photo of the neighbours garage then yep an hour which camera is the best and talking about features you’ll never need in...
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...