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
And so, now Mike & Vicky had returned home it was just the two of us again and onto the last country of Central America - Panama. Before doing that we had a choice of two borders, the Paso Canoas border by the Pacific coast which was by far and away the most travelled or … Continue reading Entering the Last Country of Central America!
The areas surrounding Monteverde in northern Costa Rica are some of the most visited in the country, and after spending a week there it wasn’t hard to see why. A welcome relief from the heat of the coast, coupled with an abundance of hikes and activities - though not all of them as appealing as … Continue reading Being Fully Fledged Tourists in Costa Rica
It was time to get back to the warm and sunny Costa Rica after 2 weeks of reunions. Feeling fresh and revitalised we took a cab back to Ana’s parent’s house and quickly headed to bed to rejuvenate. The next morning we were greeted with Tico hospitality, an amazing breakfast and Ana’s dad took us … Continue reading Back on the Road with Four
There’s something comforting about going to an airport. It might sound weird but we’ve missed them in the last year! Having only flown once (to Cuba) we were strangely buzzing for our long haul flight. It was also made a lot more comfortable by the fact that the premium economy tickets were cheaper than the … Continue reading Surprise visit home!