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Lençóis Maranhenses – Dunes and Lagoons

Lençóis Maranhenses – Dunes and Lagoons

It’s a challenging drive to the Lençóis Maranhenses, but is it worth the schlepp?  “A spectacularly unique place… thousands of crystal-clear lagoons between dunes”… so they say. Our faith in travel journalists has been tempered slightly by our recent...
Brazil: Tudo Bom!

Brazil: Tudo Bom!

Tudo bom… All good! The most common phrase we’ve heard all over Brazil. It’s a statement, it’s a question, it’s a greeting, it’s said with a smile and it’s a reflection of the consistently chirpy Brazilian nature which continues as we head into the far north. On...
Sunsets

Sunsets

Looks like 90 % of the days around here end up with pretty nice sunsets above the Pacific. The beach is OK-ish, not one of those Caribbean white sands one. There is salty water (sorta muddy), waves, sand and clay  mixture beach with some garbage washed up. It’s...
Blaze

Blaze

While we are idling in Swisswassi waiting for the road conditions to improve in Peru cannot let those cameras getting rusty. Blaze and the sunset are always a good theme.   The post Blaze appeared first on BARNA...
Dead fish

Dead fish

We woke up to strong fish smell. It came from a pack of dead fishes on the shore, just 50 m from us. The birds were having a feast on the water and on the shore as well. Could have been natural, could have been the 4.5 Earth quake from the previous day, could be the...
Idle

Idle

While we planned to stay few days anyways at Swisswassi campground, we can change the reason of stay to ‘stranded’. So the Peru floods took out several roads and bridges lately and therefore there is no way of continuous travel through the country at the...
Tumbes

Tumbes

Tumbes is not quite in forefront of Peruvian travel books. Beside being the first large(ish) town after border-crossing from Ecuador not much to write home about. Hot, humid and you get a first taste of Peruvian chaotic traffic. Not much to photograph? Check out these...
Crossing to Peru

Crossing to Peru

Huaquillas was considered the worst border crossing in South America by Lonely Planet travel guide 2013 edition. Shady and all of that. Beside being lengthy and lacking logic it wasn’t shady at all. This follows the Ecuador to Peru crossing sequence: first stop...
5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

5000 Years of Peru’s History at the Larco Museum

If you only visit one museum in Lima, make it the Larco Museum. It is one of the most impressive museums we have visited anywhere in South America. Did you know that Peru is recognised as one of the ‘cradles of civilisation’, alongside Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China...
Sea level

Sea level

Rolled down from Vilcabamba to sea level. First the road climbs up to about 2,500 m altitude from Vilcabamba and after some usual rollercoaster drive through the mountains drops down to sea level. The road is good towards Machala, not considering some parts where mud...
More Vilcabamba

More Vilcabamba

Some more photos of Vilcabamba, this time with long lenses. Basically we are talking here about a very tiny village, some 6×8 blocks the whole thing. We had a break in the rain in the morning, although quite overcast weather with flat(ish) light. Most of the...
Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

Pisco to Lima via the Central Highlands Scenic Route

The mountains east of Pisco are some of the most scenic in Peru – we are glad we detoured… It’s just 225Km from Pisco to Lima along the coast of Peru – most of it Autopista. But if you have the time, and want to experience the Andes in all their majestic...
Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

We visited Vilcabamba first time on a Sunday, which normally brings out more people to relax under the Sun, especially in Latin America. In North America it’s called shopping day, Costco is packed, Walmart is packed, The Real Canadian Superstore is packed. I never...
Riobamba-Cuenca-Vilcabamba route

Riobamba-Cuenca-Vilcabamba route

The excitingly good roads of Ecuador end at Riobamba and the drive to Cuenca through the Andes will continue on ‘regular’ two lane road. It’s asphalt, but there are potholes and a bit more attention needed. The landscape makes up for it though, the view is great,...
Ongelofelijke Natuur (B1702)

Ongelofelijke Natuur (B1702)

De kust en Guayaquil Voordat we naar de absolute highlight van Ecuador, de Galápagos-eilanden vertrekken zijn we een paar dagen in Puerto Cayo aan de kust. We wandelen naar het dorpje waar weinig te beleven is, langs het strand en naar het nationale park...
Quito and more

Quito and more

Ecuador is quite different from Colombia. I would say after Colombia Ecuador feels almost empty. While there is quite a bit of traffic and crowd in Quito, other than that the streets are more quiet. No more crazy motorbike and scooter drivers swarming around! Ecuador...