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Zuleta, El Limonal en Otavalo (Gkes)

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Zuleta ten oosten van Otavalo doet ons denken aan het rustige, landelijke Polen van vijftien jaar geleden. We hebben deze omweg gekozen voor het prachtige borduurwerk dat hier gemaakt wordt. Lena is in haar nopjes met een mooi kleedje. Maar…

Dangerous Quito (Gkes)

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We rijden Quito in om Piet Wostyn, een Catapa oudgediende, te ontmoeten die sinds enkele maanden voor de UN werkt rond vrouwenrechten. We beslissen er een nachtje te blijven en op Piets aanraden –zeer terecht- bezoeken we de Kapel van…

Haciendas (Gkes)

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Haciendas hebben in Ecuador een bittere nasmaak. Eva van Inti Sisa vertelde ons dat de meeste van deze monumentale herenboerderijen in verval zijn. Pas in de jaren 1960 was er een grote landhervorming waarbij het feodaal systeem met traditionele grootgrondbezitters…

Quito to central Colombia

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Two days ago I left a nice sunny Quito and with me I took this really nice american guy who has been hitchhiking all around South America. I told him that he had to cross the border on his account…

Bushrepair in Quito (Jkes)

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We komen met onze defecte Defender bij een onafhankelijk Land Rover garage terecht. Erg behulpzaam bekijken ze onmiddellijk het probleem. Helaas wordt er vastgesteld dat het de hoofdversnellingsbak is en niet de transferbak. Jammer natuurlijk daar ze voor deze laatste…

Banos

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The real fun part of Ecuador is its diesel price… $1.10 or there about…. For a gallon, that is !!!! So I can fill up my tank for less than $20.– The roads are not as good as in Peru…

Cuenca

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Yesterday morning I first went to another insurance office but was told to drive to another office, where I was told I couldn’t get the insurance. That was number three already. Then I saw a sign for another company so…

Corrupt transit cop.

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Another dirty cop to top off another lousy day. Just got over the border, and wanted to be on my way to Cuenca in Ecuador but almost everything went wrong that could go wrong. Immigration for both Peru out and…

Van Cuenca tot Riobamba

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Op de plaats waar nu Cuenca ligt, lag vroeger een nederzetting van de Canaris. Ook dit volk werd onderworpen door de Inca’s.  Cuenca heeft net zoals Sucre in Bolivie witte gevels en gezellige straatjes.  Na twee dagen in de stad…

Ecuador

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Na ons stranddagje staat ons besluit vast. We vertrekken naar Ecuador. Na een lange dag rit en een erg trage grensovergang rijden we het land van de evenaar binnen. Het klimaat is hier warm en vochtig en de natuur overweldigend…

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…

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…

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…

ON THE TRAIL OF THE SPECTACLED BEAR

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BEAR TRACKING: SLOW GOING ON THE ROADS OF RURAL ECUADOR. When Paddington bear comes to visit his relatives I’ve absolutely no idea how he finds them. Quite possibly they are easier to spot in “…deepest, darkest Peru…” , where he…

THE LAND OF GREEN GOLD

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THEY LOVE TO LIE IN HAMMOCKS IN ECUADOR. THIS IS THE SEAFRONT AT SALANGO, WHERE THE LOCALS COME FOR AN ORGY OF HAMMOCK LYING. The Smiling policeboy You know you’ve acquired a certain age when the policemen look younger than…

We Like a Big City! – Cuenca and Southern Ecuador

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Most people wouldn’t call Cuenca a “big city”, but for our standards, it is plenty big, with a population of over 400,000. We usually don’t enjoy the concrete jungle of cities, so we were pleasantly surprised by Cuenca. Cuenca is…

Strictly come dancing

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Cuenca, Ecuador [by Paula] A great many things have happened on this trip that could not have been predicted. In fact, the majority of happenings were not foreseen, but some are more surprising than others. So when I was standing…

Liquor Without The Hangover – Rancho Bonanza, Ecuador

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Finding quality beer in Latin America is starting to become a little easier! You may remember our trip to the brewery in Buga, Colombia to hunt down some good IPA. Two months later we managed to find a restaurant/campground/brewery outside of…

Ecuador Overland

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Ecuador Overland by camper truck Ecuador is situated on the equator on the Pacific coast of South America, bordered by Columbia to the north and Peru to the south and east. Despite being a very small country it really has…

Our First Taste of the Ecuador Coast – Leaving the Mountains of Ecuador

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As we drove from the central Andean mountains to the coast of Ecuador, it took a measly 50 miles to drop from 12,000 ft to 1,500 ft in elevation (steep!). A cursory check of our living quarters revealed water dripping…

Ecuador 9 – Northern Highlands – Otavalo, Lagunas de Mojanda, Ibarra and the Reserva Ecologica El Angel

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 9th – 15th October –  Returning to Quito and Hostal Zentrum once again, following our trip to see Cotopaxi…….a real highlight!  We renew our vehicle insurance once more for a further month and have one day of sun to dry…

Baños, Beer and Boobies

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Although loving the wintery weather in Cotopaxi, we were ready for the temperate climate of Baños.  Baños is a small tourist town famous for it’s thermal pools.  Although we didn’t visit the pools, we explored much of what Baños has…

Galapagos Part 4

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Last night we had a short sail to the nearby Rabina with its red sand beach. The afternoon walk was to see the massive land iguanas and flamingos. We went to the bridge for a visit to the captain and…

Galapagos Island part 3

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Tonight we have an 8 hours sail to Genovesa Island in the north. It was sort of like trying to sleep in a washing machine. The first walk of the day we went along the cliffs to see masses of…

Here We Come Ecuador!

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After our muy successful visit to Buga and the Holy Water Ale brewery, we drove pretty quickly towards the Ecuadorian border. We had enjoyed Colombia, but were definitely ready to move on. Colombia turned out to be very expensive for…