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La Falda part 2

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We headed out today for a drive along to the next town and up into the Camino de Artesanias. This is a bad washed out dirt road which surprisingly has shops and stores dotted along it. The first stop was an over 100 year old farm where they make sweets and cookies from the fruits grown there.

Next we headed…

North-ward bound

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Up and away from Ushuaia

It was tough to pull ourselves away from Ushuaia. Not only did we enjoy some spectacular weather and the great company and hospitality of some new friends, but it also meant beginning the journey back home. Even though we have a few more months ahead of us on the road, it definitely feels different now…

La falda

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The big thing to do here in Argentina is to have an Asado, which is a special kind of BBQ. There is an art to making the fire and the cooking is done over the coals only. The meat is served to wooden plates and you cut it with huge jewelled knives.

Well it has been pouring rain and thunder…

Malvinas

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On our way down to Ushuaia, we spent one night in Rio Grande, on the north part of the island of Tierra del Fuego. It happened to be the first of April, on the eve of the anniversary of Argentina’s failed invasion of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas. So the following morning, we went to the act in homage of the anniversary.…

Patagonia in”spire”s

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We bid farewell to our new friends and hopped into the truck, ready for yet another border crossing.  No more than ten minutes after we entered the aduana building, we were leaving Chile, both of us stamped out of the country and the truck’s permit cancelled.  Why couldn’t Central America’s borders be this easy?

Pulling over for a roadside lunch,…

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…

We Found Paradise, It’s In Patagonia

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Though the Carretera starts its journey in Puerto Montt, only a few miles exist until the road ends, quickly submerging underwater. Here lies the first of many mandatory ferry crossings. The first was a short 45 minutes, hugging the steep shoreline just south of Alerce Andino National Park.

The second crossing winded for hours through a narrow inlet flanked…

Arequipa

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Today I went sightseeing in town. First I wanted to get a feel of the lay-out and its people. I found out that a lot of historic buildings are bought by banks and other large corporations to safeguard the historic buildings from deteriorating. Most are partly a museum. Also a lot of buildings have beautiful details and courtyards that can…

Arequipa, South Peru

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After an uneventful border crossing but with very nice and helpful and interested Peruvian customs and immigration officers I drove through the desert of Peru up North.I had almost forgotten how extremely boring the countryside is.
Now in Arequipa in the courtyard of Hotel Mercedes. A beautiful old building almost in the center of Arequipa. To get here was quite…

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…

Kinda stuck…

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I am trying to sell my car from here in Arica, Chile until Colombia. Timeframe unknown, but estimated one-and-a-half to two months from now.
Why? Because it’s a great car and in very good condition and it would still have great value and for another ‘overlander’, it would be a great deal. But for me it would be to expensive…

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…

Fever Dreams

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The last thing I expected while traveling up the Amazon was to be cold, but there I was laying in my hammock wrapped in a sheet with my teeth chattering. It was becoming painfully cold and nobody else seemed to notice.
The mild discomfort in my stomach that I had experienced for the last two days had finally taken hold…

Earthquake, not the movie.

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Arica, Chile 21:00, April 1st, 2014
But no joke, a bloody bad joke…
At about 20:00 I talked to my Taiwanese roommate that I felt rumbling but he said it was the cars in the street… But then at 21:00 hours, I just had a shower and ready to browse the internet, it started to shake really badly. This time…

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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Parque Nacional Lauca

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I went for a day trip from Arica to Lauca National Park [4650 mtrs] drank a lot and ate a lot of coca candy for altitude sickness…
The road was winding up from the coastal town up to the height of more than 4650 meters…
The Parinacota volcano is over 6000 meters high.
Unfortunately the weather was overcast because on…

Arica, north Chile…

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I am getting good reviews from other travellers that went to Lauca National Park and the lake at the antiplano.  First I thought going there straight from Iquique but then I thought of going to Arica first and see how my ad for the car was doing. I have one really interested person.
Then in the hostel I heard that…

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…

THE COFFEE LANDS

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Jose Velazques arrives just as the sun dips beyond the hills. He introduces his dog, a brown mongrel called Lucas Alberto Velazquez. Jose is shirtless and fizzing with nervous energy. He’s a campesino, he tells us,and he’s been working all day in the fields that slope down to the Rio Piedras. The hand that shakes mine is stained from the…

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…

Ruta 7- The Careterra Austral

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After disembarking the ferry, we skirted North up the coastline towards Parque Pumalin, Chile’s largest private park founded by Doug Tompkins, former owner of The North Face.  It didn’t take long for the nicely paved road to turn to bumpy gravel.  With the afternoon clouds hanging over us, we entered the park with a slight sprinkle beginning to fall on…

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…