South America

The Walls Close In – Exit From Chile

The Walls Close In – Exit From Chile

What a difference a week makes. In fact, really just a a couple of days.......Throughout the Covid 19 crisis to date both of us had remained resolute that we would carry on and see this through fully expecting to be asked to voluntarily self quarantine at some point where we were. I would not...

Salar de Uyuni and Beyond

Salar de Uyuni and Beyond

The Salar de Uyuni is an otherworldly place. Stark white, for as far as the eye can see, this massive salt flat draws visitors from every corner of the globe and is unquestionably Bolivia's tourism crown jewel. Having seen it before in winter ( July ) we were dazzled ( quite literally ) as we...

Bienvenidos Bolivia !

Bienvenidos Bolivia !

From Rainbow Mountain it was only a few hours drive south to Puno and then on to Bolivia via scenic Lake Titicaca. Arriving in Puno with time to visit the Uros islands we hopped on a short “tour” of the Uros  (floating ) islands. Home to an indigenous group that for  centuries have lived on...

Peru – Central Coast Route

Peru – Central Coast Route

Our cool, scenic respite in the Peruvian Cordillera was to be short-lived. From the stunning beauty  around Huaraz, Highway 16 wound across a high mountain plateau before rapidly zig-zagging down to sea level and joining the main coastal highway heading south. Sadly, for the next few days, it...

Southern Ecuador to Peru

Southern Ecuador to Peru

Four hours south of Cuenca and at a considerably lower altitude lies the bucolic Ecuadoran town of Vilcabamba. Like Cuenca, Vilcabamba ( or San Pedro de Vilcabamba to be precise ) is somewhat of a haven for North American retirees. Not so much, it seems, in the “snowbird” sense  ( as in those...

Central Ecuador – “Volcano Alley”

Central Ecuador – “Volcano Alley”

It’s probably fair to say from a sightseeing perspective that the bar was high after a week in the Galapagos. Suddenly, we thought, the rest of Ecuador was looking a lot less interesting. Banish that thought ! While we would not be seeing more stunning underwater marine life, quirky birds or...

The Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands

Mere mention of the Galápagos Islands conjures up images of otherworldly giant reptiles, rare and colorful oddly named birds and a profusion of amazing undersea creatures. Few would not jump at the chance to go there and while it is remote and far from almost everywhere, not so when you are...

Bienvenidos Ecuador !

Bienvenidos Ecuador !

Crossing from Colombia to Ecuador proved reasonably trouble-free and in the space of two and half hours we were stamped out of Colombia, stamped into Ecuador, and had the requisite TIP ( temporary import permit ) for the truck. While somewhat crowded the border was notable for the abscence of the...

Our Last Week in Colombia

Our Last Week in Colombia

Sometimes it’s the places you visit and sometimes it’s the people you meet. While this past week did not take us through particularly notable places, it did bring us into contact with some incredibly interesting people - always one of the great delights of travel. Allen ( Canada ) and Rik (...

Jeff + Lois

Jeff + Lois

We are Lois and Jeff, of Kelowna, BC, Canada. A mid and late 50’s couple, recently retired with a serious travel bug, looking forward to hitting the road in May 2019. Our plans are open-ended but North and South America are first on the list and we will determine what comes next after we see how we do in the America’s.

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