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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”



By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

These photos are taken at the Parque Condor bird sanctuary in Otavalo.  


By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

As far as I know there are only two topiary gardens in Latin America, Parque Francisco Alvarado, in Zarcero, Costa Rica and the Topiary Garden Cemetery in Tulcan, Ecuador.  We paid a visit to both on our [...]

Post No.484

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, photography, travel|Tags: , , , , |

Never lower your camera, never quit practicing. I watched a video with a frontline guitar player the other day, yup 3-4 hours practice every day, he said. Why would photography be different? There's always something [...]

Olmedo Pesillo

By | May 14th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , |

One of those 'just drive and we'll see where we end up' day-trip. Drove up from Ibarra to Zuleta and kept going until we reached Olmedo-Pesillo. There are two adjacent indigenous villages under one jurisdiction. [...]

Green desert

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: dog, Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Although we are basically in a desert(ish) place, at least that's how it looked 6-7 months ago when we were here before we crossed to Colombia, now it's all green. It rains cats and dogs [...]

Canon 70-200 F2.8L surgery

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, gear, travel|Tags: , , , |

I the past few weeks my Canon 70-200 F2.8L felt somewhat strange then it became more and more obvious that is sick. The lens elements became loose. The front element above the focus ring and [...]

Post No.480

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

With quite a few blog posts and thousands of photos uploaded already sometimes I have no clue how to name a new blog post. Obviously people will look at the photos and maybe read a [...]

San Antonio

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

San Antonio, I wonder how many places are carrying this name. Probably at least one per each Latin American country. There are at least two in Ecuador San Antonio de Pichincha and San Antonio de [...]


By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , , , |

Scary, strange, adjusting, getting used to it and normal. I guess these are the stages of traveling in Latin America. Blending in and understanding it 100% is out of question, I think you need to [...]


By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

We had a glance into Ecuadorian education. It  just happened that we had an opportunity to visit an art school. Not exactly sure the level of it, it's classified locally as 'technological school' but below [...]

The clouds are back

By | April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

The clouds are back into focus. After shooting loads of cloud photos in Colombia, seems like I can do the same in Ecuador and why not? The rainy season is not wrapped in Ecuador yet, [...]

Quechua hat makers

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request [...]

Food prices, Ecuador

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Food is one of those things what we all need few times a day. We found that Ecuadorian food is pretty good quality, decent prices and lots of natural products, no sugar added. Finally high [...]

Colourful things

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Lots of colourful things to take photos around here. Not sure how much of it goes under the 'tradition' or under 'things tourists might buy' category. 'A tradition is a belief, behaviour, legends, customs passed [...]

People and places

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , |

So really, what one will see while traveling? People and places. Stuff that surround the people and fill up the places. Things that people do. If different than the things we do and people surround [...]

Happy Easter!

By | April 16th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Happy Easter from Ecuador! A year ago we were in a small Mayan town in Guatemala, watching slash photographing the Easter procession. This time we did the same thing in another mostly indigenous town in [...]

Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , , |

I extended my Ecuador tourist visa in Ibarra. There is a new option of 90 days extension introduced in February 2017. Given the fact that is a smaller city and everything s 5-10 minutes away [...]

Back to Ibarra

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

We crossed the border from Peru and by next day late evening we arrived to Ibarra. It was a long shot but the Ecuadorian roads are getting better and better and driving through the country [...]


By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , , |

Looks like 90 % of the days around here end up with pretty nice sunsets above the Pacific. The beach is OK-ish, not one of those Caribbean white sands one. There is salty water (sorta [...]


By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Peru, photography|Tags: , , |

While we are idling in Swisswassi waiting for the road conditions to improve in Peru cannot let those cameras getting rusty. Blaze and the sunset are always a good theme.  

Dead fish

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , , , |

We woke up to strong fish smell. It came from a pack of dead fishes on the shore, just 50 m from us. The birds were having a feast on the water and on the [...]


By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , |

While we planned to stay few days anyways at Swisswassi campground, we can change the reason of stay to 'stranded'. So the Peru floods took out several roads and bridges lately and therefore there is [...]


By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , |

Tumbes is not quite in forefront of Peruvian travel books. Beside being the first large(ish) town after border-crossing from Ecuador not much to write home about. Hot, humid and you get a first taste of [...]

Crossing to Peru

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Peru|Tags: , , |

Huaquillas was considered the worst border crossing in South America by Lonely Planet travel guide 2013 edition. Shady and all of that. Beside being lengthy and lacking logic it wasn't shady at all. This follows [...]

Sea level

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Rolled down from Vilcabamba to sea level. First the road climbs up to about 2,500 m altitude from Vilcabamba and after some usual rollercoaster drive through the mountains drops down to sea level. The road [...]