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Getting to know Colombia

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After a few long and frustrating days dealing with shipping bureaucracies we were very excited to finally have our van back. We spent another couple of days doing some sightseeing in Cartagena before departing. We visited an old Spanish fort…

The Tatacoa Desert

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From Bogota, we headed south towards the Tatacoa Desert.  We didn’t know much about this desert besides a few pictures we had seen that looked very similar to Bryce Canyon in Utah.  These pictures were enough to inspire us to…

Baños, Ecuador

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In my tourist guide book for South America there are highlights listed for each country. And while I try to visit some of them, it’s not always possible to get to see them all. There six places listed for Ecuador,…

What a Perfect Day at La Campana

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Hi, Yasha here, the third member of dare2go. This past week I have joined up with the other two, Juergen and Berta, to do what we worked over a year in Germany for, and I’ve been working six months in…

The Southwest Circuit of Bolivia

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After the Salar de Uyuni, our next destination was the “southwest circuit” of Bolivia. It’s well known for it’s Mars-like landscape on a very high-altitude plain around 15,000 feet (4500 meters). The southwest circuit was everything we expected – bad…

A home away from home in Ecuador

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There’s an old Newfoundlander proverb (actually a few different places take credit for this one…) that says “There are no strangers in life, only friends you haven’t met yet.” And in my opinion, meeting people is the best part of…

South America!

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This is the Agata M, the vessel that we used to ship our vehicles. This is a picture from the web; we never actually saw it. $166 per mile. That’s what it cost us to ship around the 30 miles…

Vulcan Chimborazo – Central Ecuador

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South of Quito there are two parallel chains of mountains that run north to south in Ecuador. When the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt visited this part of the world in 1802 he called this area the “Avenue of the…

The Road to Quilotoa

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Brian and I ride out of Quito bound for Lago Quilotoa. I’ve been hearing a lot about the hike and the great guys at Ecuador Freedom Bike in Quito highly recommended the ride from Quito to the small villages and…

Panama City and shipping the van

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Our van is hopefully on it’s way to Colombia now. The process of shipping out of Panama was unpleasant and expensive, and we wish they’d just build the 30 miles of road that are missing between Panama and Colombia! But…

Adventures around Villa de Leyva

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We were not sure what to expect in Villa de Leyva. Like most places we visit now, we kind of just show up and figure out what we will do when we get there. We camped at a great hostel…

El Cocuy- Into thin air

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Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy is tucked away high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is at high elevation and has the largest expanse of glacier fields in northern South America. The mountainous area around El Cocuy used to…

Argentina, we meet at last

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It’s all a bit lovely in northern Argentina. Purmamarca, Jujuy. San Ignacio Guasú, Paraguay [by Paula] The arid deserty landscapes of northern Argentina notwithstanding, the country is proving to be something of an oasis. With a few small exceptions, we’ve…

Quito, Ecuador

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Quito is many things – the highest official capital city in the world as Ecuador’s capital, one of two cities (along with Krakow) whose historic central districts were named as the first UNESCO World Heritage sites back in 1978, home…

Northeastern Ecuador and Crossing the Equator

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On the first day in Ecuador we ride south on Highway 35 toward Cayambe. It’s a gorgeous day and the blue skies over Ecuador provide a beautiful contrast to the enormous valleys and mountains, great plains, and volcanoes. Late in…