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Ecuador nos vuelve a recibir

Ecuador nos vuelve a recibir

Ecuador nos había conquistado en el viaje de ida y a pesar de que fue difícil despedirnos de Colombia después de haberla recorrido por más de cuatro meses, cruzamos la frontera con mucho entusiasmo por los reencuentros con amigos a los que volveremos a visitar y por...
Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Colombia: Drugs Barons and Banditos?

Drugs barons and banditos are what Colombia is famous for, but we don’t spot any obviously suspicious candidates in the immediate vicinity of the border. Maybe they’re all further up-country? We’ll keep our eyes open for them as we head north. On our way, our Colombia...
Driving the Troncal Amazonica into Ecuador’s Amazon

Driving the Troncal Amazonica into Ecuador’s Amazon

We want to encourage you to leave the Panamerican Highway and explore the Amazon region of Ecuador. We drove part of the “Troncal Amazonica”. The “Troncal Amazonica” for us was the long way around to Cuenca, coming from the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí . We chose...
17 Places We Enjoyed Visiting or Revisiting in Ecuador

17 Places We Enjoyed Visiting or Revisiting in Ecuador

Our second time in Ecuador was shorter than we had planned, but we still had time to enjoy revisiting some old favourites, and discovering new places. Here’s a list of those places we enjoyed visiting or revisiting, and would recommend to you. Also included are a few...
Ecuador Equator: Hummingbirds and Fiestas

Ecuador Equator: Hummingbirds and Fiestas

Quito’s not a bad place as far as capital cities go. We wouldn’t ordinarily choose to spend ten days there, but we’re on an admin-mission here. Missions accomplished, we head north towards Colombia, with a few detours hovering around the Ecuador Equator: a misplaced...
Ecuador Volcanos: Just a Puff of Smoke?

Ecuador Volcanos: Just a Puff of Smoke?

Ecuador has its fair share of volcanos and an even greater share of active ones. In our last blog, we saw Chimborazo and Tungurahua. Now we’re moving on to the hyperactive Volcán Reventador. On the way, we see some jungle critters, spot a rare bird, walk to some...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia’s most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive away. The streets are paved with cobblestones, the buildings...
Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

When we left Cuenca, on our way north to the Pujili Corpus Christi festival, we decided to visit Ingapirca, often called Ecuador’s most important Inca ruin site. We drove off the Pan American, and climbed the winding mountain road towards the ruin site. As we rounded...
Punchi Warmi

Punchi Warmi

Punchi Warmi means Women’s Power in Quechua language. After having the men’s ‘toma de la plaza’  ‘(occupy the plaza) event for four days in Cotacahi Ecuador, the women closed the Inti Raymi celebrations on Saturday, July 1st with their...