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A transmission tragedy – abridged

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by Paula
You might have wondered how a broken van could possibly take 11 months to repair. We’ve frequently pondered that too. Now that we’re happily on our way again, lazing on a sun-kissed Peruvian beach, let’s have a little flashback. If you are not remotely interested, step away now because it’s not going to be pretty.
There’s a US…

Time for a rest in Cordoba

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We could not get an economy seat and so we finished off a great week here with a Business class flight back to Santiago! It is time to go back To Argentina for a much deserved months rest in la Falda. Retracing our route for the third time it was no less spectacular on the snake road or on the…

There’s no place like home

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We did it! Making it to Peru was a massive relief

The beach, Peru
[by Paula]
When we blogged last week, to say that our van was back in the game after 11 months off the road, we mentioned that we had another enormous challenge to face before we could really get back into the road trip part of this…

Surfing, Cool Water, and Deserts – Nope, It’s Not Baja

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At first glance, the northern coast of Peru appears mostly like long stretches of barren desert between dusty towns and dirty fish camps. If you scratch below the surface, just a little, you find awesome little beach coves, world-famous surf breaks, and even some giant mountains/dunes beckoning you to climb. A lot of the north Peru coastline reminds us of…

Love in the land of fire

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Today is Día de la Novia (Girlfriend’s Day) here in Argentina, and the perfect day to deliver some heartening news. Guess what happened here?

Bahía Lapataia in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the most romantic place in the world.

We got engaged! It was a lovely moment, as this was at the terminus of Ruta 3…the real end of the…

The end of the road

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We have made it to Ushuaia! It is billed as ‘The Southernmost city in the world,’ although there is a small naval town, Puerto Williams, a bit farther south–across the Beagle Channel in Chile.

Milo looks out for dogs over the Beagle Channel

I only found out recently that Tierra del Fuego is an island. We crossed the Strait of…

Easter Island Part 2

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The adventure began when we rented a jeep to tour on our own.

Taking it off road we headed to Ahu Te Peu where there are some platforms and stone carvings.

On the way back we stopped at Ana Te Pahu to explore the cave.

The next stop was at Ahu Akivi to see the 7 standing Moai, which are…

March in Pictures

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Just in case it wasn’t totally obvious, yesterday’s post was an April fools. We will make it to Ushuaia today, and we still have a few more months of travel.
Plus of course, we’d never let go of Milo. Or even sell the van, for that matter.
Here is the usual post with some photos we took this month.

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Into the great wide open

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When we reached Punta Arenas, we checked into a hotel as a respite from two things that have become very difficult–staying warm at night, and fast Internet. We’ve seen so much in the past two weeks that it seems like a lifetime since our ride on the steam train in Esquel.
Driving through Patagonia feels like a real road trip–with…

Easter Island a Dream Come true

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Today we got up at 430 am to get to the airport by 615 for our 815 flight, that finally left at late at 1215! The 3800 km flight from Santiago to Easter Island (Isla Pascua) takes almost 6 hours.

This is one of the most isolated inhabited islands on the planet and is formed by 3 extinct volcanoes. It…

Driving south

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In the last few weeks we’ve been driving down Patagonia.
A few weeks ago we rode a steam train:

And run into the cover Bruce Chatwin used for his book.

It is very windy in the plains of Patagonia.One problem with wind is that it makes you wonder: “how would palm trees look, blowing in this wind?”. The Argentine government…

Santiago Part 3

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Another nice night on the patio at Casa Matte.

Today we had a 5 -hour visit to the Canadian Embassy In Santiago. WOW our tax dollars at work. We needed our signatures witnessed on some documents. By email they said just show up and we will do it for 25,000 Pesos (50$). In reality it took hours and several calls…

The post you thought we’d never write

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Safe to say that mechanic Juan Carlos and owners Lothar and Lothar Ranft don’t ever want to see us again, nor us them.

Quito, Ecuador
[by Paula]
We’re back on the road again. No, we can’t believe it either! After 11 months off the road, the van is finally purring away happily and getting ready to turn south again.
Having…

Santiago part 2

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This morning we headed to the travel agent recommended to us by a friend. She had managed to get us difficult to find air tickets to Easter Island. It seems the tour companies buy up all the LAN air seats and so you cannot get them easily this time of year. Then it was back to Motoaventura for tires, where…

Chile’s Lake District & Chiloé

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Another border crossing under our belts, we followed along the switchback road to the Pacific yet again.  We bounced South along the coast for a few days before returning inland.  We were ready to gain some headway, so we hopped on Ruta 5- one of the nicest, three lane paved roads we have been on in months!  It came with…

Our Good and Bad Intro to Peru

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After we stayed in Ecuador for the maximum 90-day visa, we headed to Peru. Not to beat a dead horse, but did I mention we LOVE Ecuador? The border crossing was uneventful and relatively easy. We got excited when we asked the immigration official for a 6-month visitor visa, and he obliged by stamping 183 days in our passport. When…

A detour to Santiago

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Now we are headed to Santiago again for tires and service, but we have a few days to kill so it’s a short 50 km to Porterillos to camp on the lake and then 70 to the town of Uspallata.

We had a good night at the campground, but woke up to the first flat of the entire trip! He…

In Patagonia

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We love Patagonia. The Chilean side had completely different vegetation, almost like a rain forest. After rain finally drove us off Chiloe Island, we camped our last night in this really cool forest preserve in Aracuria, where they had really nice hiking trails.

At the Salto del Indio, our last morning in Chile

From Aracuria, it was the easiest Argentine…

Mendoza and the Wine Festival

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We had to pool our remaining Argentinean Pesos with Trevor for the hotel, dinner and gas! Luckily we know where to go in San Raphael for money and it is only 85 km away. Arriving Dan and Trevor talked to the contact, but he said the boss would return in an hour, so we used our last few pesos for…

Road knits III

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It’s cold again, which means I finally get to wear the sweater I finished in Buenos Aires! It was so hot at the time that I could hardly bear to even try it on for size. This is only the second sweater I’ve ever knit. The first was a bad experience more than ten years ago. I lost an entire…

The lake route

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From the dock at Pargua to Puerto Octay it was an additional 135 km. We stopped off in Puerto Montt for lunch and to try to find a cambio office for Orvar to get some USD. This is a constant problem for travel to Argentina, where you cannot use your visa or ATM card because you will only get the…

Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

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Since crossing into Chile, we have been loving the frequent “real” grocery stores.  We spent more money on food and cheap wine at the grocery store than we had in weeks in Peru!  However, we were ready to hit the road to Argentina.  Not wanting any of our precious food taken from us at the border, we made a point…

ON THE TRAIL OF THE SPECTACLED BEAR

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BEAR TRACKING: SLOW GOING ON THE ROADS OF RURAL ECUADOR.

When Paddington bear comes to visit his relatives I’ve absolutely no idea how he finds them. Quite possibly they are easier to spot in “…deepest, darkest Peru…” , where he hails from, though I doubt it some how, for spectacled bears (Tyemarctos Ornatus) are an elusive creature and apparently much…

Isla Chiloe and Another End of the Road

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We had heard that the Isla Chiloe was really beautiful and also that the “end of the Pan-American highway” from Alaska and the end of the Pacific Coast Highway from Lund BC was at the far end. So we had to go now. Setting off from Osorno under cloudy skies we drove the 162 km to the ferry dock at…

Chile to Chiloe

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A view of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes

Traversing the Andes from Mendoza was spectacular, with clear days, good roads, and tons of happy roadside picnics. As much as we would have liked to have stayed in Argentina for much longer, the van’s 90-day visa was up.

Argentina-Chile border crossing through Paso Los Libertadores.

The border crossing into…

The last of the Ruta 7 after 1000 km of gravel some rest in Osorno

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We were so preoccupied by the hockey the Summer holiday Saturday night when we arrived that we did not go to the Navimag office to get ferry tickets. Big mistake. When we checked out after the game and went to the office at 11 they were serving number 40 and we had number 58. By the time we got a…

Colombia – Bogota and Villa de Layva

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a look down a street in the evening in Colombia
We have stayed in Villa de Leyva a little longer than expected.  No complaints as it is such a lovely little town. We were able to park our truck on a campsite called Hostal Renacer Colombian Highlands, a super place to park for a few nights while enjoying the ambiance of the…

Colombia 7 – Cartagena de Indias

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7th December – After discovering that we are unable to visit the “Lost City’ of the Tayronas (Ciudad Perdida) in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, without a guide and arrangements for a 6 day hike, we decide to stop at Camping Cantamar in Rodadero, shortly after Santa Marta on the coast.  We catch up with our South African friends…

THE LAND OF GREEN GOLD

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THEY LOVE TO LIE IN HAMMOCKS IN ECUADOR. THIS IS THE SEAFRONT AT SALANGO, WHERE THE LOCALS COME FOR AN ORGY OF HAMMOCK LYING.

The Smiling policeboy
You know you’ve acquired a certain age when the policemen look younger than yourself….but this is getting ridiculous. We’ve left northern Peru behind us, crossing the border into south-west Ecuador, and have entered…

Headed to the Carratera Austral on the Ruta 40 & 41

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We had to have an extra days rest in Natales after our big hike and the other guys had a day to see the glacier at Perito Moreno, which we had already seen and so we were a day behind them. Time to catch up. We had a 280 km drive to El Calafate, with a bypass on the ruta…