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First impressions Colombia

First impressions Colombia

Lets see some first impressions about Colombia. Based on other overlander impressions Colombia supposed to be ‘even cheaper’ than Ecuador. It is, sort of, but hold on with that thought for a second. If you need THINGS, which we don’t generally,...
Ecoparque Rayos del Sol

Ecoparque Rayos del Sol

I really cannot plan beforehand for how long we are going to stay in any given campground. There are gazillion of reasons which will determine the length of stay. This is the case of Ecoparque Rayos del Sol too. The hosts are extremely nice local people, the location...
Anniversary

Anniversary

It’s been exactly three years since HOBOtrail kicked off. That time I never thought about more than one maybe one-and-half years on the road. That’s the average Panamerican travel length. It’s been thirty-six months since then and we barely made it...
Ipiales to Popayan

Ipiales to Popayan

It took nine hours to grind 358 km today. That’s pretty much 40 km/h rolling speed in average. Most of the time we were alone on the road, I wouldn’t say that there was much traffic on this route, occasionally a truck or bus, not too many personal...

Ecuador to Colombia

Finally we left the Finca Sommerwind campground somehow after a long stay, there were few lazy moments and nice slices of German cakes there. The drive towards the border was kind of slow, dust carried by the wind in the desert landscape with lots of roadworks...
S’more Otavalo

S’more Otavalo

I took a bunch of photos this Saturday in Otavalo. any surprise there? My camera comes with a 250,000 clicks guarantee by the manufacturer so that would be let’s say 10,000 photos per country roughly. Why would I hold back the shutter? I know beforehand that I...
Just another day

Just another day

Just another day on the road today ended up differently than planned. Supposed to drive out to a volcanic lagoon, but a quick stop in Otavalo turned into a  few hours stay and that was that for the day. It’s time to move on I guess. Sometimes I wonder...
Finca Sommerwind

Finca Sommerwind

This German expat family owned finca is one of those places in Latin America where overlanders will find a complete setup for comfortable overstay, rest, clean up, fix up, laundry, do all those small things in and around the vehicle what was left uncared of for days,...
Let’s eat again

Let’s eat again

This is the street food of Ecuador, not the one from fancy restaurants. We go to the local mercado or small eateries on the streets, sit between simple people. These places are small sometimes only few tables, the food is not a la carte, you just sit down and say...
Test drive

Test drive

We had a test drive today and seems that the Sprinter is in good shape to continue in a day or two the trip. Thanks for all who had an input, ideas, I really appreciate it. So where we were at? Um, yeah we went to the mercado. It gets some use to it after shopping for...
What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

What we WILL Miss About Ecuador

I learned a few interesting things with the last post. The major thing I learned is that if we ever need to boost our reach, the formula is to say something mildly negative about Ecuador and let people who live in Cuenca see it. Our reach more than doubled. Thanks! If...

The Gordian Knot

The first , older, technician arrived at about 9 AM. He pulled out a scanner and hooked it up. In less then 10 minutes it was clear that he is pressing buttons on the scanner aimlessly. The last Sprinter model listed on the screen was a 2006. Half an hour later he...
Walk the dog

Walk the dog

With frustration running high took the dog and a camera to a small hike up on the dusty hill above the campground. A dog walk is always good for the mind. The view was nice from up there with Laguna Yahuarcocha in the valley and volcano Imbabura in the distance. Blaze...
Not again!

Not again!

Fridays seems to be troublesome, at least mechanically. While most of the people are decompressing from a week worth of work, I’m flying high on adrenaline. Parked the van beside the market to pick up some food and after an hour the Sprinter became dead weight....
What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

What We Are NOT Going to Miss About Ecuador

For those of you who weren’t aware, we are leaving Ecuador next month. We were planning to travel around South America before returning to the United States, but those plans will have to be delayed. For reasons beyond our control, we need to return to the US...
Camping

Camping

The definition of camping would go like”wherever you can sleep uncomfortable” in Latin America, mostly. Generally speaking is “roughing it”, “boondocking” or “bush whacking”. I park the van, I’m home, OK it’s...
Overstaying

Overstaying

We’ve been overstaying at Finca Sommerwind for almost two weeks now, not that is super exciting around here, but there are several small things to fix up on the van. Looks like we are not alone doing that though, there are quite a few overlanders around. The...
Bulls

Bulls

Beer, food and music in abundance at the fiesta in La Esperanza, at the outskirts of Ibarra, Ecuador this long weekend. To not to get too-too overweight from all the calories consumed they released few bulls in the farm-like arena. Everybody seemed to have fun while...
Healing waters

Healing waters

Drove out from Ibarra to Chachimbirro for few hours and ended up staying two nights, unplanned. The pools of Arco Iris are filled with volcanic thermal water of various temperatures and they looked attractive for some “healing”. We were allowed to enter...