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The clouds are back

The clouds are back

The clouds are back into focus. After shooting loads of cloud photos in Colombia, seems like I can do the same in Ecuador and why not? The rainy season is not wrapped in Ecuador yet, it goes until May. While up in the highlands seems like things are all-right the...
New Cable Car Gives Easier Access to the Kuélap Ruins

New Cable Car Gives Easier Access to the Kuélap Ruins

The Kuélap ruins in the Amazonas Province of Peru (near the town of Chachapoyas) have been considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Peru for some time already. They are the remains of the oldest fortified stone city in South America. Until a...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...
Food prices, Ecuador

Food prices, Ecuador

Food is one of those things what we all need few times a day. We found that Ecuadorian food is pretty good quality, decent prices and lots of natural products, no sugar added. Finally high quality all natural yogourt, which was sorely missed for a log time. Supermaxi,...
Colourful things

Colourful things

Lots of colourful things to take photos around here. Not sure how much of it goes under the ‘tradition’ or under ‘things tourists might buy’ category. ‘A tradition is a belief, behaviour, legends, customs passed down within a group or...
People and places

People and places

So really, what one will see while traveling? People and places. Stuff that surround the people and fill up the places. Things that people do. If different than the things we do and people surround us at our ‘home’ base than it’s new and interesting....
Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Ecuador! A year ago we were in a small Mayan town in Guatemala, watching slash photographing the Easter procession. This time we did the same thing in another mostly indigenous town in Northern Ecuador, Cotacachi. I said ‘mostly...
Pachacamac: 2000 Years of Peru’s History near Lima

Pachacamac: 2000 Years of Peru’s History near Lima

Just 30Km south of Lima, in the valley of Rio Lurin, is an archaeological site that we had never heard of. We were so fascinated by the Larco Museum – again – that we were praising it far and wide. A direct result of this was that a friend from the travel blogging...
French Guiana… bonjour!

French Guiana… bonjour!

Just over the bridge from Brazil and… politics! Overlanders are always best advised to avoid national politics as they travel, but sometimes things just jump in your face. French Guiana is an overseas department of mainland France. It’s officially part of the EU, it...
Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

I extended my Ecuador tourist visa in Ibarra. There is a new option of 90 days extension introduced in February 2017. Given the fact that is a smaller city and everything s 5-10 minutes away by vehicle makes things easier. The official lady at the small office was...
Back to Ibarra

Back to Ibarra

We crossed the border from Peru and by next day late evening we arrived to Ibarra. It was a long shot but the Ecuadorian roads are getting better and better and driving through the country is getting easier. The Riobamba to Ibarra stretch is pretty good, while...
Verhalen van 1001 nacht (B1703)

Verhalen van 1001 nacht (B1703)

Terug in Nederland ​Na 1001 nachten (eigenlijk 1005) onderweg te zijn geweest in het Midden Oosten, Afrika en Zuid Amerika sinds augustus 2013 zijn we terug in Nederland. Dapper Dodo, onze auto zit in de container, de container staat op de boot en de boot vaart...
Amazon Delta

Amazon Delta

You can’t just drive across the Amazon Delta you know… you’d get a bit wet. Cuthbert earned his ‘Water-fording Proficiency’ badge reaching the Lençóis Maranhenses but this time we need to put him on a barge which zig-zags over 38 hours between the mangroves and...
Lençóis Maranhenses – Dunes and Lagoons

Lençóis Maranhenses – Dunes and Lagoons

It’s a challenging drive to the Lençóis Maranhenses, but is it worth the schlepp?  “A spectacularly unique place… thousands of crystal-clear lagoons between dunes”… so they say. Our faith in travel journalists has been tempered slightly by our recent...
Brazil: Tudo Bom!

Brazil: Tudo Bom!

Tudo bom… All good! The most common phrase we’ve heard all over Brazil. It’s a statement, it’s a question, it’s a greeting, it’s said with a smile and it’s a reflection of the consistently chirpy Brazilian nature which continues as we head into the far north. On...