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Central Colombia, Part II: Wax Palms and Giant Car Crashes

We rolled into a hostel in the sweet little town of Salento. It was pouring buckets and the camping area was about 6″ deep in standing water. Dude, we are from SEATTLE; this doesn’t bother us in the slightest. We popped the top of the camper and the kids happily played with legos while we tried to eek out a wifi signal. Chris also took the shortest shower in the history of mankind because the temp started out hot and

Central Colombia, Part I: Zona Cafetera and Jungle Hot Springs.

On this trip we really haven’t given big cities a fair shake. We tend to roll up to the outskirts, take the briefest of peeks into the urban center, and then promptly get the heck out of dodge. We have missed countless museums, fabulous restaurants, and delightful shopping. Example A: Medellin, Colombia.    We had a slightly terrifying drive up to the campground though the city (Google Maps is not our friend – we should have listened to Garmin), tried

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia update

It seems like just yesterday I did out last budget post but alas, we’ve managed to make our way through another five countries over the past two months. We are still running well below our budget of $200/day. Over the past two months, we’ve had a few major expenses as well, shipping the truck from Panama to Colombia (required to get around the Darien Gap) and a trip into the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. From a fuel perspective, we saw

Shipping Across the Darien Gap

Hello! I promise we’re still on our trip and trucking south. We’ve been camping almost non-stop since we left Cartagena and the wifi has been spotty at best. Hence the lack of recent blog posts.  Shipping Time!   I’m sure most overlanders dread this process; we certainly felt it hanging over our heads in Costa Rica and Panama. A quick recap: Geography buffs will know that it is impossible to drive the relatively tiny stretch of roadless wilderness between Panama

Panama Canal Zone

After thoroughly enjoying our time in Bocas del Toro, it was time to head south to Panama City and prepare our truck for shipment to Cartagena (Colombia) aboard a giant container ship. Geography buffs will know that it is impossible to drive the relatively tiny stretch of roadless wilderness between Panama and Colombia known as the Darien Gap. Instead you find a buddy with another overland vehicle and you share a cargo container, the same type that is used to

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Costa Rica update

Beautiful beaches, great food, U.S. prices… That pretty much sums up Costa Rica. We spent three weeks here and loved it. However, it certainly was not cheap. We averaged $182/day. However, we did have two larger expenses which were school for the kids for two weeks as well as an unplanned visit to the doctor for an eye infection + insane Rx prices. Most food at restaurants was no different than going out to eat in the U.S. and groceries

Bocas del Toro: Air

Last Bocas del Toro post! We got out the drone for a little aerial action.   But first a photo from my mother-in-law that she took atop the birding platform. Can’t get enough of them sunsets.     These pictures are from three different locations. #1: The dock at Tranquilo Bay   This is a good shot of the reef close to shore. Nice snorkeling right off the dock, although we may have spent most of our time playing chicken

Bocas del Toro: [Under]Water

I haven’t done any scuba diving since I was rear ended in a car accident a few years ago and consequently suffered a burst disc in my neck and nerve damage in my arm. My left side is pretty weak so for now we’re sticking to snorkeling, which is just fine in a place like Bocas del Toro as much of the coral is in shallow water.    If you take the day trip to Cayo Zapatillas (highly recommended!), bring

Bocas del Toro: Water

The best part about the resort is that several excursions were offered to nearby attractions: beaches, coffee plantations, and bat caves on the mainland. I’m sure most people opt to choose all three but we elected to spend all our time lounging on the beach and playing in the water. Coffee is nice….but sand is better!   Our favorite beach was a national park called Cayo Zapatillas, which was about 20 minutes away by boat. We went twice, it was

Trip Highs and Lows

We’ve had a few crazy adventures on this trip; here are the best and the worst plus a few fun stats. (We’ll update these as we go along) Farthest North: Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, Alaska Farthest south: To be decided! Ushuaia, Argentina? Hottest: 47.2 Celsius (117°F) Death Valley (previously: 106°F Vacaville, CA) Coldest: 8 Celsius (46.4°F ) Nevado de Toluca, Mexico Highest: 3,730 meters (12,237 ft) Nevado de Toluca Lowest: Badwater Basin 252′ below sea level, Death Valley NP Windiest: TBD Best thunderstorm: El Rollo

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