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Medellin to El Jardin

Medellin to El Jardin

We supposed to arrive in 3-3.5 hrs to El Jardin from Medellin on 132 km of asphalted roads. Yeah right. It took us an hour just to get out of Medellin. After some 20 minutes drive we hit the only toll booth for the day and coughed up 7,300 COP. Few minutes after...
Coasting North

Coasting North

Back at sea-level! Yehhy! We do love the mountains, but life at over 12,000 ft can provide a few wobbles in your physiology. It’s a welcome change to now have the soothing sound of rolling waves and the smell of the salty sea air. The drive from Cusco down to the...
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...
Staring at the sky

Staring at the sky

Here I am staring at the Colombian sky again through my lens. Somewhat better details of the clouds than a day before for sure. These clouds go crying every night and the temperature drops basically to similar as in the Canadian Rockies, let’s say in July. This...
Cloud level

Cloud level

Camping up at 2,600 metres altitude has its pluses and minuses, at this latitude is mostly attractive. Stayed put and did some housework today, but the attractive clouds before sunset called for some photos to be taken. The clouds were about the same level with me in...
la paz und abschied von bolivien / september 2016

la paz und abschied von bolivien / september 2016

auf der fahrt nach norden machten wir in sico sico rast. unser nächstes ziel war tiwanaku, die bedeutendste archäologische stätte in bolivien, seit 2000 unesco weltkulturerbe. die geschichte der stadt reicht bis 1000 vor chr. zurück, ihre blütezeit war von 400 bis...
Smells like Alberta

Smells like Alberta

Woke to a fresh new day and with all the cash blown for diesel and tolls, fridge empty, we needed a little trip to pick up some dough and food. Not keen on the dropdown to Medellin on the steep road we drove towards a small town in the opposite direction called...

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...
bolivien: lagunentour teil 2 / september 2016

bolivien: lagunentour teil 2 / september 2016

ein weiterer höhepunkt war die laguna colorada auf 4280m. die intensiv rote farbe der lagune stammt von algen und plankton im mineralreichen wasser. das weiß ist kein eis, sondern ablagerungen von salz, magnesium, borax und gips. hier trafen wir endlich auf die lange...
bolivien: sucre und potosi / september 2016

bolivien: sucre und potosi / september 2016

sucre ist die offizielle hauptstadt boliviens, 1538 gegründet und auf angenehmen 2700m höhe gelegen. seit 1992 ist die innenstadt unesco weltkulturerbe. allerdings befindet sich nur der oberste gerichtshof noch in sucre, die regierung boliviens sitzt in la paz. sucre...
bolivien: cochabamba / august 2016

bolivien: cochabamba / august 2016

cochabamba bietet kaum klassische sehenswürdigkeiten und wir hätten die stadt fast ausgelassen, wenn nicht wolfgangs hörgeräte defekt gewesen wären und cochabamba die einzige stadt in bolivien ist, wo sie repariert werden können. dann gefiel uns die stadt so gut, dass...
im bolivianischen tiefland / august 2016

im bolivianischen tiefland / august 2016

in der zwischenzeit hatten wir 4 wunderbare und erlebnisreiche wochen mit nora & matze, die viel zu schnell vorbeigingen. wir drehten mit den beiden eine große runde durch bolivien. da es viel zu sehen gab, folgen jetzt mehrere blogs dieser gemeinsamen zeit. wir...
Filandia

Filandia

Based on the recommendation from locals our next stop was Filandia, which is basically half an hour drive from Salento. While the architecture is similar, colourful buildings in the main plaza and along two-three streets, the feel of the town was quite different,...
Salento

Salento

Salento is a very touristy town in the coffee zone of Colombia. Basically restaurants, hostels, hotels and souvenir shops are alternating along the streets with slightly higher prices. The buildings although their architecture is less sophisticated are extremely poppy...
Reaching the Rainbow

Reaching the Rainbow

Rainbow Mountain might predictably be described as colourful. The strata are indeed exquisite but at over 5,000m/16,400ft altitude in southern Peru, Rainbow Mountain sits far from any driveable tracks and it’s no ‘walk in the park’ to get there. Our friends Karen and...
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...
Brasilia: a Futuristic City in the Present

Brasilia: a Futuristic City in the Present

For a long time we thought we wouldn’t get to Brasilia – due to its inland location, far from anywhere else. In the end we spent over a week in Brazil’s capital city. And we are both glad we went, because visiting Brasilia has been an uplifting experience,...
Tatacoa

Tatacoa

The first thing about Tatacoa it’s the heat. Thermometer shoots up to 45C during the day and ‘cools’ down to about 34C inside the van during the night. It’s brutal if you are coming from the cool highlands.  We endured two nights before we...