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Yes, we have decided to go back to the Netherlands. At least for a while. The last few months we have not really been into the traveling anymore. Is it because we spent too much time in Central America? We started to have a “been there, done that” kind of feeling. Another beach, another mountain, another sunset. Too many bugs.…

Bordercrossing Nicaragua – Costa Rica with foreign car and a dog.

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This bordercrossing was the most confusing so far, especially on the Nicaraguan side. None of the buildings had any sign on it and there were lots of steps to follow, which you just sort of had to guess.
Nicaragua
Arriving at the border, we were stopped at a gate by a guy who gave us a form to fill out.…

Colombia – Bogota and Villa de Layva

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a look down a street in the evening in Colombia
We have stayed in Villa de Leyva a little longer than expected.  No complaints as it is such a lovely little town. We were able to park our truck on a campsite called Hostal Renacer Colombian Highlands, a super place to park for a few nights while enjoying the ambiance of the…

Work or travel?

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Michel’s sabbatical is almost over. It was a sabbatical without job guarantee and without a guarantee from Michel’s side that he would come back to his employer. Should we go back to the Netherlands, back to a “normal” life? Or do we want to continue traveling for another year?
The idea has always been to drive from Alaska to Argentina,…

Colombia Overland

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When visiting a Coffee farm, where else would you park?
Colombia is right at the northern tip of South America. It’s bordering countries are Brazil, Ecuador,Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Colombia also can boast that it is the only South American country with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s climate is great with tropical conditions along the…

Panda is for sale!

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Even though the final decision has not yet been taken, it starts to look more and more that Panama will be our final destination. Therefore Panda is for sale!
Volvo TGB1314 (1978) converted to an overland vehicle. It is the ex-army ambulance from the Swedish army.
Mechanical:

6×6 + differential locks on all axles
Portal axles for extra ground clearance…

Nicaragua..

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We spent about three-four weeks in Nicaragua.
Our first 4 days were spent in the North. We drove through the National Park Miraflor, where we stayed at the property of a Finca. The friendly owner invited us to stay on his land when we asked if we could stay overnight on the road near his place. The area is amazing…

Maintenance

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After having driven little more than 40.000 kilometers in almost a year, we decided it was time for some large maintenance on Panda. We needed an oil change, the brakes needed an adjustment/replacement of pads, we found a leak on one of the axles that needed to be checked, etc.  Even though we would be able to do most of…

Bordercrossing Honduras – Nicaragua with dog and foreign vehicle…

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Our crossing into Nicaragua was a bit unexpected. We planned to find another (free) campsite for a few days before crossing the border, but we were driving and searching and before we knew it, we were about 10 km from the border. It was 12h00 on a Monday when we said “let’s cross the border then”..
HONDURAS
Got our exit…

Honduras

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We spent exactly a week in Honduras. Crossed the border on a Monday, which went all very smoothly. However, when we tried to get money from a bank with either our debit card or our credit card, it did not work. We tried several banks and ATMs but none of them would give us any money.
Fortunately Honduras seemed way…

El Salvador – The War Zone

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El Salvador went through a very bloody civil war from 1980 to 1992 in which five groups of guerrilla’s got together to fight the government which was led by the violent junta at that time. By the end of the 1970‘s death squads instructed by the government were killing 10 people every day. In 1992 this war came to an…

Ecuador Market days

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Market Day brings everyone out.
Otavalo in Ecuador is home to one of the largest markets in South America . It has to be said it is one of the most enjoyable alfresco retail experiences we have had here.Up for grabs are handicrafts of every description – ceramics, jewellery,paintings, musical instruments, carvings and a dazzling  array of weavings and textiles.…

El Salvador – The Beaches

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We spent our first week in El Salvador at various beaches along the Pacific Coast.
The first and best beach is Playa Palmarcito, or as we called it “Thomas’ beach”. We had read good reports about a town called El Zonte, along the Balsamic coast. Unfortunately there is no access to the beach and all hotels in that town have…

Guatemala – A Country Recap

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We spent about 5 weeks in Guatemala, of which about three weeks around Lake Atitlan.
The other nights were a mix of boondocking on beaches, volcano mountains and a few parking lots.
The People
Guatemala was one of those countries many people warned us for and we were a bit cautious after we crossed the border. Every building has high…

Ecuador Overland

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Ecuador Overland by camper truck
Ecuador is situated on the equator on the Pacific coast of South America, bordered by Columbia to the north and Peru to the south and east. Despite being a very small country it really has so much to offer. You can experience different landscapes in a single day. The country has colonial cities, cloud forests,…

Guatemala – El Salvador Bordercrossing With Dog and Foreign Car

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We are still traveling with John and Betti from the UK when we decide to cross the border into El Salvador. For some unknown reason it is not allowed to drive into the country with a Right Hand Drive Vehicle though, which is what John and Betti are driving.
We are doing our border-crossing research in Antigua and find out…

Playa Tecojate

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Our minds have not been ready to write much in the past few weeks with Dunya almost dying. Now that she is doing better, I will try to catch up where we left.

After having to leave the beautiful Lake Atitlan, we decided to drive to the beach. Our new friends John and Betti decided to come with us after…

In which Dunya got very ill..

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After our last update here, Dunya got very, very ill. From the volcano we went to the beach and she stopped eating. We tried everything we had, but we never managed to give her more than a few bites. We kept treating her with antibiotics, but we could feel she was very hot and obviously had a fever. On the…

An Unexpected End To Our Lazy Days…

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In the third week of our “vacation” at Pasajcap, something horrible and unexpected happened that made an immediate end to our lazy days.
When we arrived at Pasajcap, the owner was a bit reluctant to let us camp there, because of Dunya. Only a month before, the two dogs of his girlfriend had attacked a dog of a customer and…

Andean Christmas Traditions

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After the highlights of the past few months, we wondered if we could get back into “normal” traveling mode, which to us means following our own path and seeing what sights or events that we come across. We’re quite happy to take it all in, the good, the bad and the ugly. After our trip to the Galápagos and having…

Lazy Days At Lake Atitlan

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After a few days of driving through the Guatemalan mountains, mostly in second or even first gear, and reaching an average speed of not more than 25 km/hour, we were very happy to arrive at Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is a crater lake, surrounded by mountains and vulcano’s. We decided to drive to San Marcos, where we heard that we…

On How We Did Not Go To Tikal..

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In the past two months, traveling through Mexico and Belize, we visited several Maya ruins. The South-Eastern region of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala are famous for the Maya ruins. One of the highlights, and also the largest, is Tikal, in Northeast Guatemala. To be honest, after seeing about 6-8 ruins in Mexico and Belize, we were sort of done with…

Belize – Guatemala bordercrossing with dog and foreign car

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The bordercrossing between Belize and Guatemala was our first crossing that we did not do on a Sunday. It just happened that we were not ready to cross yet on Sunday, but did not want to wait almost a week either. We had always heard that crossing borders on Sundays is somehow easier, quieter, more relaxed. We were curious to…

Peru Adventures

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Peru Adventures with our Irish visitors
We had been looking forward to Friday 15th November for a number of weeks, as on this day two great friends Robin and Claire arrived from The Republic of Cork to Lima in Peru to travel with us for 24 days. After a joyous meeting in the airport, dinner and pisco sours to really…

Belize!

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As soon as we cross the Mexican-belizean border, the atmosphere changes. At the customs building and the car insurance office, they played reggae Christmas music. Relaxed rasta people everywhere. We get thumbs up from people on the street. Smiles everywhere. We felt comfortable immediately. We are in the Caribbean! Rum is cheaper than soft drinks and the food finally gets…

Mexico – country of dragonflies and butterflies!

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To us, Mexico was the country of dragonflies and butterflies. We have seen them both in all varieties and colours. On some occasions we would drive through clouds of dragonflies.

 
Especially the size of the dragonflies amazed us. I can not remember ever having seen such huge dragonflies in bright blue and green.

We welcomed the huge clouds coming…

Internet in Mexico

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TELCEL

Internet in Mexico was so much better than we expected. On our first day in the country, we bought a Telcel usb stick with sim. If I remember correctly, we had 3 GB + stick for 300 pesos, that is about 25 dollars. The 3GB were valid for a month and were enough to check our mail, update facebook…

Mexico – Belize bordercrossing with a dog

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We crossed the border between Mexico and Belize on a Sunday. Before being able to cross the Belizean border with a dog, there are quite a few hoops to jump through though.
The first thing you need to do is contact the BAHA – the Belize Agricultural Health Authority for an import permit for your dog. If you forget to…

Mexico – a recap

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Two days ago we crossed the border between Mexico and Belize. It is time for a recapitulation of our thoughts on the country. Our likes and dislikes on food, people, safety, camping and dogs.
Food
We had heard and read a lot about the Mexican food and were not sure whether we were looking forward to it, or fearing it..…

Gringo Dave’s last resort!

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Gringo Dave’s last resort is a campground/resort about 11 miles west from Chetumal, just before the border to Belize. The location is absolutely gorgeous, on the shores of Laguna Milagros. Because of its location close to the border, it is the perfect place to prepare for a bordercrossing into Belize. The buses to Chetumal pass on the nearby road and…