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Riobamba

Riobamba

What supposed to be a one night stay turned out to be three. After visiting Chimborazo I stayed another two nights, mainly because I had to pull off the front wheels again, the brake felt strange on the van after I had a brake check in Cuenca. Switched around the pads...
Closer to the Sun

Closer to the Sun

OK, how should I write this up? Although Chomolugma aka Mt.Everest is the highest mountain measured from sea level, from the center of the Earth Chimborazo is farthest point on this globe. We could say that is the closest point to the sun. Being Albertan for 20 years...
Alausi

Alausi

Left Cuenca early with the intention of catching the Alausi Sunday market and the Nariz del Diablo train going through the town. Arrived in Alausi around just after noon, parked the van right beside the market and kicked off the photo tour. It got pretty hot despite...
The Andes

The Andes

The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world. They extend through seven countries about 7,000 km. A few shots from today’s drive as an introduction, many more to come on the way. This is where Canon says to Sony ‘Hey kiddo, watch...
Chordeleg

Chordeleg

My visit to Chordeleg was shorter than I imagined. Although the town has a nicely renovated historic center, it was somehow too much of a buy-buy. The whole center is shops, carrying whatever might catch a tourist off-guard and reach for the wallet. The main industry...
Sigsig

Sigsig

After San Bartolome I headed to Sigsig, also unplanned, just like that. I clicked with the small town quickly, its laid-back atmosphere and awesome colonial buildings, built of adobe bricks and wood combination. My kind of place to stroll around with a camera. A quick...
Guitar

Guitar

Just say guitar and I’ll be there. Actually, the truth is I had no idea that today I end up chatting with luthiers of Ecuador, more specifically the highland town of San Bartolome, about hour or so out from Cuenca. What catches me is how open and friendly these...
More Hat

More Hat

There is a smaller but conveniently more on the tourist trail Panama hat manufacturer in historic downtown Cuenca, which simply goes by the ‘Museo del Sombrero’. It’s not as extensive as Homero Ortega, but for those who have no will to drive out to...
Hat

Hat

It’s hard to describe the history of Panama hat in one phrase. First and foremost it is strongly underlined the fact that Panama hat is not Panamanian, it is Ecuadorian and it is wrongly attributed to an entire different place. Originally called ‘paja toquilla...
Tumebamba

Tumebamba

Tumebamba was a former city state in the Inca empire, with high quality architecture and high importance. Well, we better believe the archaeologists and historians about it as very little proof is left to show that. Today the place is called Cuenca, a 700,000...
Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador so far is the most affordable of all places I have been, even lower price than in Mexico. It seems that vegetarianism is not a huge thing generally speaking. Supermarkets are expensive but regular street markets are more than affordable. So far the...
Casa de Arbol

Casa de Arbol

Swing at the End of the World or Casa the Arbol is a popular outing for locals as well as tourists about 15 km driving up to the top of the mountain from Banos, at about 2,600 meters altitude. A taxi will charge $10 one way and took four of us plus the dog. The entry...
Banos

Banos

Banos is a very busy town, I would say brushing the tourist trap description. So let’s see, we have the medieval church in city centre, the crowd on the streets, tour companies/adventure tours about every 100 feet offering zip lines (called canopy around here),...
Rio Verde

Rio Verde

Cool-down was badly sought after after a long time in Panama and Cuenca was quite a bit of cool-down. Maybe a bit too much, during the day the temperature is somewhere in the low 20’s but at night the mercury dips to 8-9 Celsius, which is not bad but after a month or...
Cajas

Cajas

Cajas National Park, is about 30 km west of Cuenca, but we drove at least an hour to get there. Cuenca looks like a construction zone these days, which means they dug up a bunch of roads and sometime in the future, who knows when, eventually they will be functional...
Ingapirca

Ingapirca

The largest ruins of Ecuador are at 3,149 meters altitude about 75 km from Cuenca. An Inca-Canari collaboration, served as fortress, temple and storage. It’s a minor site compared to the Peruvian counterparts, but for Ecuador is he largest one. Most of the site...
Cuenca

Cuenca

Having Big White liberated from port we rearranged the interior of the van from shipping state to travel, which took some four hours. With all the possibilities of theft in ports the van was heavily secured inside and outside with a better safe than sorry thought....

Guayaquil Port -Day 2

Day two started where finished off previous day at 8:30 AM , at the aduana building. Met the inspector lady Katarina Gonzales, went to a port office to obtain access to port area. Got fingerprinted and a password was given. At the port entrance after entering password...
Guayaquil Port – Day 1

Guayaquil Port – Day 1

Online tracking is available for the ship which carries your car/container and most of the time will even show the position of the vessel. The folks at Norton-Lilly Panama sent me an email a day before the vehicle arrival to contact the Guayaquil office...

Cellphone service in Ecuador

My posts has shifted a bit to negative/sarcastic side lately, but there is a reason for that too. I read lots of blogs before and after hitting the road, gathering info about travel and not al info was helpful. To be honest if you read only happy slash positive travel...