We’ve been lucky throughout our trip, consistently having plenty of visitors and now the time had come for our last visitors. Luckily for us they were fairly important ones - Annie’s parents were flying all the way to Peru just to come see us! Rather than trying to squeeze everyone into the van, which wouldn’t … Continue reading Some Very Important Visitors!
Exhausted from our hike of 4,600m on Laguna 69, it was time to get our last leg of driving done before meeting Annie’s parents. After our hike we headed to Huaraz, and found a lovely little hostel where we just about fit in with the van. Since we’d been staying in a garage for the … Continue reading The Last Leg of Peru
As we arrived into Peru a few days early, we took the time to enjoy our first campsite. Owned by a Swiss family, with a private view to an empty beach we spent 2 nights just relaxing! They also had good WiFi so we could catch up on blogs, photos etc. Two other campers were … Continue reading Long Drives and Beautiful Hikes
The small town of Banos is famous for the Devils Cauldron, an immensely powerful waterfall with a beautiful staircase built for… well we aren’t entirely sure! That said it sure made for a good picture. Leaving the rain of Cotopaxi we thought we might be able to find some nice weather in Banos as it’s … Continue reading The Devils Cauldron and Into Peru
It’s fair to say that we hadn’t really planned our seasons well going through this whole trip. Having passed through the south of Mexico in what was basically rainy season we thought ‘right, that gets rainy season out of the way!’. Unfortunately this absolutely was not the case - as it turns out the rainy … Continue reading Wild Weather in Ecuador
The trampoline of death (Trampolina del Muerte) is an infamous road in the south of Colombia. Trampoline because it’s so bumpy it feels like your car is on a trampoline, and death because… well.. yeah it’s dangerous! Nonetheless we’d heard it wasn’t the worst road in the world and as long as we took it … Continue reading Nasty Roads and Easy Borders!
What a dream to have the van back! Having spent the night in a hotel car park it was time to get some mileage under our belt, as the whole affair at the port had taken more time than we’d anticipated. On our first day we got right back into the stride of things by … Continue reading Shooting through Colombia
Flying into Cartagena we felt a strange sense of recognition. We’d spent 3 weeks backpacking around Colombia in 2016, and both thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It was instantly clear the hospitality and friendliness of the people hadn’t changed one bit. As we had a good 5 days to kill whilst waiting for Betty, we … Continue reading Familiar Territory in Colombia
The day after we arrived in Panama City we had to get our car inspected, which involved arriving in a customs complex at 6am and queuing for a ticket. They only give out 25 a day… Then when you have the ticket you wait until 8am for someone to come round, check the VIN on … Continue reading Waving Goodbye to Central America
Panama, being the last country before the Darian Gap - a 66 mile stretch of land between Panama and Colombia which is considered unpassable - meant we figured we should take advantage of the availability of US car parts. We’d also found an ex-pat mechanic originally from the US based in Boquete, who we linked … Continue reading Making Some Improvements in Panama