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Guatemala 2 – North to Tikal in the El Peten region and returning south to Antigua.

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24th February – Peten is the northernmost department of Guatemala, as well as the largest and is home to a number of archaeological sites belonging to the ancient Maya civilisation.   Of these, Tikal is probably the real highlight and…

The final countdown

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We are going home TOMORROW! I’ve thought about home so much as a mental escape that it has become hard to believe it is a real place, far away, where we will be transported overnight through the magic of aviation.…

Signs

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Here is a little gallery of some of the signs we saw on the road in Patagonia. Useful information or good advice in every one of them.…

One last night camping

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We spent one last night in the van, at Andean Roads, the place our friend and fellow VW fanatic Cris owns north of Buenos Aires. In the morning, we organized the van in order to ship it back to California.…

Punta Alta

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We spent the last several days in my home town, Punta Alta. It makes sense: a short 700Km drive from Buenos Aires, here we have family, friends, showers, internet, and my childhood house to stay in. We spent the time…

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…

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…

End of the World

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The ferry spit us out onto the other side of the Strait of Magellan, where we drove along the flatland watching the golden grass sway, all while trying to keep the truck under control from the powerful gusts of wind. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

In Patagonia

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We love Patagonia. The Chilean side had completely different vegetation, almost like a rain forest. After rain finally drove us off Chiloe Island, we camped our last night in this really cool forest preserve in Aracuria, where they had really…

Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

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Since crossing into Chile, we have been loving the frequent “real” grocery stores.  We spent more money on food and cheap wine at the grocery store than we had in weeks in Peru!  However, we were ready to hit the…

Chile to Chiloe

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A view of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Traversing the Andes from Mendoza was spectacular, with clear days, good roads, and tons of happy roadside picnics. As much as we would have liked to have stayed in Argentina…

From East to West

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After leaving Punta Alta, we traversed Argentina from its Pacific Coast to its Western edge, in a matter of days. This meant crossing the low-lying plains of La Pampa. It felt like driving through the Great Plains on any rural…

The Argentine Herculaneum

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Epecuén was a little lakeside resort until 1985. Lago Epecuén is the saltiest of a string of lakes in the southwest of the province of Buenos Aires. As such, it was popular with visitors for its alleged properties curing all…

Argentimes

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This has been a very special week, because Milo and I have gotten to meet Juan’s family and friends from his hometown, Punta Alta, in the southernmost reaches of the Buenos Aires province. After living as a transplant among so…

An Argentinian Christmas

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Hello country number 14! We were flying down the smooth, black surface at rapid speed, long gone were the hours of persistent washboard and potholes lying in wait. We had finally made it out of the lunar SW Bolivian landscape.…

CHOCS AWAY!

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MOONRISE OVER LAGO DEL DIAMANTE Mendoza Province, Argentina It was the stuff of legend, the sort of heroics to make aces like James Bigglesworth and Algernon Lacey positively drool, had they been real pilots, of course. Unlike Biggles and his…