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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...
Buga

Buga

Guadalajara de Buga, Valle de Cauca is one of oldest towns in Colombia.  It is known for it’s famous Basilica del Señor de los Milagros, cattle industry and the crash of American Airlines Flight 965, the highest death toll caused by an airplane crash in...
Palmira

Palmira

Palmira, Valle de Cauca the capital of sugar boom is not ranking high on places to visit in Colombia. For now is listed on the top ten most dangerous cities in the world. We paid a short visit to the central area of the city and took a close to two hours stroll with...
Amazon-ing Overlanding

Amazon-ing Overlanding

The Amazon: awesome, exciting, wildlife, adventure, river eco-zone? Or hot, humid, over-bearing, mud-ridden, insect-infested swamp? The Amazon jungle has been all of these things to us (and more) over the last few months. With highs and lows. Most recently we cut...
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...
Transfer point

Transfer point

Popayan is the capital city of the Cauca department of Colombia. It is a real colonial city, founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. Not to be confused with colourful tourist traps as Salento or Guatape. What is a colonial city? According to Britannica...
61. geisterstädte in der atacama-wüste / juni 2017

61. geisterstädte in der atacama-wüste / juni 2017

zwischen antafogasta und iquique zieht sich im landesinneren auf ca. 1000m höhe eine vegetationslose ebene, die „pampa“. im boden befinden sich große vorkommen von „salpeter“, nitrat, hier in form von natriumnitrat. seit mitte des 19 jahrhunderts wird der salpeter...
Colombia: vuelta al Eje Cafetero

Colombia: vuelta al Eje Cafetero

Hace ya casi dos meses que nos despedimos de Medellín para adentrarnos en tierra cafetera, una de nuestras áreas preferidas de Colombia. Dimos tantas vueltas entre el Quindío y el Valle del Cauca que pareciera no tener sentido, pero es parte de la no planificación que...
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...
Inti Raymi continued

Inti Raymi continued

According to the local media there were about 2,000 dancers at the Inti Raymi festival in Cotacachi the past weekend and about 370 police. I left the event at about two in the afternoon on Sunday while things were normal. Later on it came down on the news that fight...
Things I Loved and Hated about Travelling in Peru

Things I Loved and Hated about Travelling in Peru

We ended up spending close to 6 months in Peru. It wasn’t planned that way. There is just so much to see in this huge country, especially if you leave the Pan-American Highway. Many places and experiences in Peru, I really loved. But some, I really hated. I know that...
Post 505

Post 505

These days everything has a meaning. I reached blog post 505 and looked up what the number means. Actually more than one thing: Pronounced Five-Oh-Five. The thing which is simultaneously keeping you alive and killing you, often used to describe a person who...
Beyond Inti Raymi

Beyond Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. Sounds simple and it is. In Cotacachi it’s taken beyond that by men on the ‘Toma de la Plaza’ days. It morphed into a rebellious act against the conquistadors. The ‘zamarros’ aka...
Inti Raymi, the show goes on

Inti Raymi, the show goes on

The Inti Raymi dances went on and on Saturday in the main plaza and streets of Cotacachi. People were quite soggy by the end of the day from all the alcohol consumed and smokes rolled. In the meantime I got locked-in by an suv in the parking lot, couldn’t leave....
Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. This event is celebrated just about everywhere in South America. Being in Ecuador at the moment I chose to observe this event in Cotacachi, the same place where we went for the Easter celebration. This event in...