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Closest to the Moon

Closest to the Moon

Physically speaking, we’re doing some ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in Ecuador. We enter from Peru across miles and miles of banana low-land. Then we climb up-high. We get lots of cheese and chocolate, and spend a night closest to the moon. After that, we do a quick swing off a...
Tupiza to Oruro (Bolivia) SO2Ep10

Tupiza to Oruro (Bolivia) SO2Ep10

Crossing the Argentina-Bolivia border north of Humahuaca, as I read the night before on the internet, was meant to be a painful long process. So the next day we arrived prepared. In reality though, everything went rather smoothly and after finishing with the border...
13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

Our first visit to Cuenca was in 2008. More recently we returned to the third city of Ecuador in June 2017. We had loved it the first time, and we loved returning for a second taste. We had to leave, after just a week, to make it to Pujilí in time for the Corpus...
Diesel & Fuel Issues in Bolivia

Diesel & Fuel Issues in Bolivia

Although this topic has been mentioned many times and probably read even more on the internet, we decided to put together this tip post about foreign vehicles & fuel in Bolivia. We spent in total the allowed 30 days in Bolivia and we had absolutely no problems...
Far-west with Whales

Far-west with Whales

The coastal route doesn’t showcase the best of north Peru for the tourist; much more excitement on the Andean route. Loads to see there. But we got that tick last year and boy, is it a sloooow way to go! So this time, after arriving in south Peru from Brazil, crossing...
Chimborazo

Chimborazo

6,263.47 m / 20,549.4 ft Der höchste Punkt Ecuadors. Der höchste Punkt in unmittelbarer Nähe des Äquators. Jetzt wird es also ernst. Alles vorher war nur Vorbereitung auf das was jetzt kommt. Kindergeburtstag quasi. Caro ist zurück in den Amazonas um noch ein paar...
Ecuador

Ecuador

  Ein SO diverses interessantes Land. Und dabei ist Ecuador so klein im Vergleich zu Kolumbien oder den noch kommenden südamerikanischen Ländern. Und dennoch wussten wir, dass wir wahrscheinlich wieder das Visum aufs Maximale ausreizen würden. Mit einem Viertel...
Giron

Giron

Giron is another colonial town listed on the national heritage list of Colombia. It was on my way with a planned overnight stop so might as well shot some frames. The colonial town centre is part of the big amalgam of Bucaramanga and its like a miniature colonial...
Granada in 5 days

Granada in 5 days

About a month ago we had some very good friends visit us from the states. Prior to coming out here they questioned whether 5 full days would be enough to see the sites around town. Elise and I felt confident that it would be a good first start to Granada, so they...
Barichara

Barichara

Barichara has the nickname of ‘the prettiest small town in Colombia’. Sure, it’s a great place to take some awesome photos. As for me, El Jardin of Antioquia still tops the chart. While not questioning the awesomeness of Barichara, somehow the...
Hold that thought

Hold that thought

Casa de Terracota: ‘Since its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle for the individual and the community, as well as for the surrounding environment.’ Let’s...
Peru: Battles and Mines

Peru: Battles and Mines

So is it all Incas and llamas in Peru? Well, okay… there are quite a lot of Inca sites and there are quite a few wandering llamas. But there’s other stuff too…. Honest! For our third entry to Peru, we crossed the Brazilian Amazon into the (rather similar looking)...
A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

The Celebration of Octava de Corpus Christi in Pujilí We went to Pujilí on the recommendation of a fellow overlander. He said there was a ‘dance festival’ on June 17th. In Pujilí we discovered a fiesta celebrating Corpus Christi, involving three colourful parades, and...
Cómo renovar la estadía en Colombia

Cómo renovar la estadía en Colombia

Colombia es, hasta ahora, el único país en el que pedimos renovación de la estadía para extender los 90 días que nos otorgaron al entrar al país. Este plazo se puede renovar solamente una vez por año calendario, es decir, uno puede estar 180 días al año dentro de...
Mercado

Mercado

Villa de Leyva has a poor lineup of stores, although they seems to be everywhere the selection of produce is low around the historical area. The only good source of fresh produce is the Saturday market (mercado) about 3 blocks from the center. The selection is fairly...
Colonial vibes

Colonial vibes

Villa de Leyva definitely has some colonial vibes left even these days. Walking the cobblestone streets you will not be disturbed much, it’s a pretty quiet place and the whitewash buildings are quite simple, nothing sophisticated. It might be a good hideaway if...
Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Villa de Leyva celebrated ‘Dia de la virgen del Carmen’ and the town was packed with tourists. Basically the setup was the same as the previous two days: drink, food, music stage, rides, vendors, street dogs, crowd, fireworks at the end of the day.That...
Honda

Honda

Honda, Tolima takes its name from the indigenous people of the region which are called Ondaimas. Founded in 1539 and it was the main river port of the country for a long time. For us was a quick stopover on the dive between Zona Cafetera and Villa de Leyva. We...