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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,…

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…

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…

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…

Riding into Ecuador

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We leave our hotel in Ipiales early enough to run back out to Las Lajas and walk down to the church in the canyon….it’s just one of those places you can go back to again and again. And if I…

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…