The Day our Luck ran out

We assumed that we would have a few weeks to explore the north of Peru so we booked a flight from Lima to Fort Lauderdale a few months ago on the cheap and nasty Spirit Airlines – we actually exhausted all of our time in Ecuador to spend time with my family so getting...

Volcano Bagging

With an abundance of relatively easily accessible peaks situated down Avenida de los Volcanes, Ecuador is a mountaineering heaven. The likes of Tungurahua, Sangay and Reventador are off-limits due to volcanic activity but it still left a variety of different...

Tip Top III

Months before our departure, I researched as many boats as possible that spend between three and fifteen days island hopping through the archipelago. The costs were ranging from the high hundreds of Dollars to the high thousands. We both agreed out budget was around...

Galápagos, Las Islas Encantadas

I’d always dreamed of visiting the Galápagos Islands since my first visit to Ecuador in 1980, at the ripe old age of twelve. More than twenty years ago my grandparents had spent a week on a cruise and talked about how amazing the islands were, but during both of my...

Quito, feels like home!

Andrea and I finally arrived in Quito some five hours after crossing the border at Tulcan. We had reserved a single night at Boutiquito, a new and trendy hostel, if not a little on the expensive side, before heading over to Cumbaya in the east of Quito to see my aunt,...

The Road to Ecuador

We’ve fallen behind with the blog, or at least I have since we left Popayan almost three weeks ago with a hop, skip and jump to Ecuador. In between we stopped at San Agustin for a few days to see the stone statues of its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mocoa for the...

Cali, the City of Salsa

Personally one of my favorite places in Colombia, being a little rough around the edges but having great people and a relaxing old town. Cali is best known as the home of Salsa, and previously with the ruthless Cali drug cartel – nowadays the police presence is huge...

Zona Cafetera

We were really looking forward to visiting this part of Colombia because we had heard so many wonderful stories from various travellers – we found that the cities were not overwhelming, the weather perfect, and the scenery stunning. And for me, loving coffee, I was...

Bogota in Brief

Not too much to talk about on this blog as neither of us were enthralled with the mass of Bogota, located on a high plateau at 2625m above sea level, making it the third highest capital city in South America after Quito and La Paz. With over eight million people...

Big Ass Ants

San Gil, the adventure capital of Colombia, and Barichara, the home to Hormigas Culonas roughly translated to Big Ass ants, were to be the next destinations on our journey through Colombia. San Gil offers a slew of activities like white water rafting, downhill...

Chiclets and Cocaine

Medellin, the city of eternal spring, and once the world’s deadliest city with 381 homicides per 100,000 people, equivalent to 32,000 murders per year in New York City, is so far one of our favorite places to visit in Colombia. Safety has improved vastly since...

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