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Mission: Middle Brazil

Mission: Middle Brazil

A brewery, a palace, a gold mine, a football stadium, a police selfie, a floating angel, broken glow-plug, a desert lagoon and a foot swallowing sand-bubble. Our last post saw Rio and fab beaches, now we’re on a mission to see the great mix of middle Brazil, with the...
Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

   Just before leaving Evansville, Indiana for Asheville, North Carolina I went to a historic site called Angel Mounds state park  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Mounds. I wanted to see some of the large mounds and hills that the Mississippian...
Reaching 55th Parallel South SO2Ep3

Reaching 55th Parallel South SO2Ep3

Uruguay has always been something like a child of a lesser god .Nowadays  after two centuries living in the shadow of its neighbours ,Brazil and Argentina South America’s smallest country is finally getting a little well-deserved recognition. Progressive, stable, safe...
Colibrí

Colibrí

Colibrí or hummingbird in English seems to be everywhere in Mindo, or is it? We walked for hours and hours around for two days but have seen just a few hummingbirds in the wild actually. The numerous restaurants and hostels in the area are baiting birds as their local...
Sony A7

Sony A7

What is the best travel camera is a really open ended question. Whatever you feel that will do for you on the road and the quality of photos you want to return with from the trip. Sony’s full frame series of A7 and all kind of variations of it looks like the...
52. feuerland 2 / februar 2017

52. feuerland 2 / februar 2017

die brücke am grenzübergang nach argentinien ist nur für schmale fahrzeuge geeignet. breitere müssen durch den fluss. der alte leuchtturm am capo san pablo ist etwas in schieflage geraten. von hier oben erblickt man schon das wrack der in hamburg gebauten desdemona,...
51. feuerland 1 / januar 2017

51. feuerland 1 / januar 2017

feuerland ist eine insel. der westen ist chilenisch, der osten gehört zu argentinien. über eine meerenge der magellanstraße verkehrt regelmäßig eine fähre. die überfahrt dauert etwa eine halbe stunde. unser erstes ziel war an der bahia inútil (englische siedler...
9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

9 Reasons to Visit Ayacucho in Peru – Now

Ayacucho (formerly called Huamanga) doesn’t have the beauty of the sillar stone in Arequipa ; it doesn’t have the hordes of tourists who make pilgrimage to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ; and it doesn’t have the pull of Peru’s capital, Lima. But Ayacucho,...
A different day

A different day

It was a different day today compared to yesterday. Set out for another walk in the rain forest, which started with a pay-up. Looks like around Mindo is called ‘skin that tourist’. Three bux a person to enter the forest. Right. For three that equals the...
Mindo

Mindo

Mido is an eco-tourism paradise about an hour away from Quito. Birdwatchers should be in heaven in this area. The daily rain is guaranteed and the cloud forest keeps the temperature somewhat lower than other areas at this altitude. Tubing seems to be a top activity as...
Another visit to Otavalo

Another visit to Otavalo

Otavalo was pretty much Gringovalo on Saturday, I never seen this many tourists, maybe at Chichicastenango in Guatemala, at an artisan market. The market is loaded with tons of ‘indigenous’ crafts, pretty much sure that 80% of it is made in Asia. But if...
10th Wedding – Medellín, Colombia

10th Wedding – Medellín, Colombia

Vane & Beto [[Our 10th and the last wedding in South America took a place in a beautiful restaurant Chuscalito (www.chuscalito.com) in Medellín, Colombia. The restaurant is set up on a hill overlooking the city and has more than 35 years of tradition,...
Back to Ecuador

Back to Ecuador

After using up our visa and an extension in Colombia, we crossed back to Ecuador just one day before our visa extension expired. That means we spent a total of six months in Colombia. Some people drive from Alaska to Patagonia in this timeframe. But everybody with...
Bye Medellin!

Bye Medellin!

So we left Medellin after four months and headed to the Ecuadorian border. We touched few familiar points on our way as Salento, Filandia, Las Lajas again. Took a hike in the Cocora Valley again and Blaze was more than happy about that, then strolled a bit around...
It’s Brazil, Baby!

It’s Brazil, Baby!

You like beaches? Brazil’s got trillions. You like jungle? They’ve got the world’s biggest. You like mountains and caves? Yup, they’ve got those. Waterfalls? Tick. Deserts and dunes? Err… yes. Wildlife? Yah, plenty dat too. And of course, the football… many shed-loads...
Argentina – East Coast III

Argentina – East Coast III

Playas Doradas [[After the crazy long drives on long and quite boring roads of eastern Argentina, we needed a place to stay and rest for a while. We checked the map and a small place called Playas Doradas caught our eye – it means golden beaches :) So we drove...