Colombia: bad first impression, good next impression

We landed in Barranquilla at 12 midnight and were in line for a cab by shortly before 1. Becca had booked us a hotel in Barranquilla because we didn’t think we would be up for a 2-3 hour drive after a full evening of flying. Turns out however that the hotel Becca booked doesn’t exist … Continue reading Colombia: bad first impression, good next impression

Peru to Colombia: not Columbia

After Machu Picchu we spent 2 days in Cusco recovering and getting ready to head to the sun and warmth of Colombia. It was nice to spin the clothes in my bag and bring the shorts and pinnies that had been so neglected for the last 4 months to the top of my bag. As … Continue reading Peru to Colombia: not Columbia

Salkantay Trek: Machu Picchu!

**Still having problems with the cloud, unfortunately I am now on a beach and am likely too sunburnt too look for a ladder... It is definitely easier to wake up when you are really excited to see something. This was definitely the case on the morning of Machu Picchu, even Becca got out of bed … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Machu Picchu!

Salkantay Trek: Days 3 & 4

**unable to get photos down from "the cloud" will try to update as soon as I can find a tall enough ladder. We awoke sore the morning of day 3. Hiking downhill for 2000m of elevation was definitely a wear on our joints. The day also started fairly cool but promised to get quite warm … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Days 3 & 4

Salkantay Trek: Days 1 and 2

After resting for a couple days we were feeling ready to attack the Salkantay. After some initial confusion with our guide company and trying to figure out what we were allowed to bring (yah we used donkeys and porters, sue us). It was another early start and sketchy bus ride to our starting point. One … Continue reading Salkantay Trek: Days 1 and 2

Cusco: The city and Rainbow Mountain!

Our hostel was in a great location in Cusco, right beside the San Pedro market where every morning we could go and get freshly squeezed juice for about $2. It was also very close to the main plazas. Late June is a very busy time in Peru there are lots of festivals going on celebrating … Continue reading Cusco: The city and Rainbow Mountain!

Copacabana and Puno: relationship testers

We left La Paz early both feeling slightly off, maybe it was the 3 gin and tonics the night before, maybe not. We hate to point fingers. The bus ride was uneventful, we did stop to get off our bus and get onto a ferry, while our bus got onto the sketchiest ferry/barge I have … Continue reading Copacabana and Puno: relationship testers

The Last Drive…

After finally deciding we needed to make a move, Becca and I found ourselves driving back towards Calama at 15km/h up the hill out of San Pedro de Atacama because that was all that Alfonso could muster. Driving up a 15km long road at that speed takes some patience, especially when double decker passenger buses … Continue reading The Last Drive…

San Pedro de Atacama: desert oasis

Leaving Alfonso out of this one; will report when we know more. Currently he is happy under a tree at a great campsite outside of San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro de Atacama is definitely the Pucon of the north. There is so much to do and see it seems impossible to get to everything. … Continue reading San Pedro de Atacama: desert oasis

Elqui Valley: Pisco Paradise

The day we left Vilches was a sad one. We were really going to miss everyone and ten days of waking up in the same place (a real bed) and being able to go to the bathroom without getting fully dressed were really nice. The instability of vanlife is definitely one of the benefits but … Continue reading Elqui Valley: Pisco Paradise