Category Archives: South America

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

Long Overdue Update

Hello Dear Friends! Our apologies for the long blog silence. Except for a short stint in Cartagena and a trip to an Amazon jungle lodge, we’ve been out camping in the boonies with poor (if any) internet connections.    We have just entered Chile, after exploring Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. We will update more as we’re able, although in all honesty we’ve been a bit better on Instagram. That is us on Thanksgiving Day on the Salar de Uyuni,

The Trip So Far: More Honest Reflections

Here we go, Round 2 of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of overland travel! Here is Round 1.  The Very Good After a bit of a delay, we were finally able to leave Panama. Hello South America!! We are happily ensconced in a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Our truck is safely stowed in a cargo container aboard a ship that sailed from Colon (Panama) and we’ve been tracking it as it lumbers our way. The process of extracting

Peru Family Vacation: The Sacred Valley

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.  Days 1-2: Arequipa Days 3-4: Colca Canyon  Days 5-6: Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros Days 7-9: Cusco Days 10-11: Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes  Days 11-13: We checked ourselves into the lovely Sol y Luna Lodge in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The hotel is tucked away behind high walls and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of

Peru Family Vacation: Machu Picchu

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    At last, time for the famed city of Machu Picchu. Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by

Peru Family Vacation: Itinerary and Route Map

Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler The white walls of Arequipa, the high deserts of the Altiplano, and the tropical mountains of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  October 2012 We took our son to Peru when he was 20 months old. Our parents (his grandparents) were not entirely enthusiastic about their only grandchild galavanting off to South America and we were worried about the long plane ride from Seattle to Areiquipa, Peru (with stopovers in Los Angeles, Miami, and Lima). We

Peru Family Vacation: Kids Gear List

Most people can get themselves packed fairly easily for an international trip; assembling a wardrobe for the kids can be a bit more stressful. Here is the list of items we brought for Ben, who was 20 months old (almost two) at the time. We were gone for two weeks (including travel days).   From top left:Beco Gemini soft child carrier, Keens sandals, Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, Steripen water purifier, fleece Sleep Sacks, ‘Lost’ card, Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier, REI polypropylene long sleeve shirt, pea pod travel

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