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



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 [...]

More Vilcabamba

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

Some more photos of Vilcabamba, this time with long lenses. Basically we are talking here about a very tiny village, some 6x8 blocks the whole thing. We had a break in the rain in the [...]


By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , |

We visited Vilcabamba first time on a Sunday, which normally brings out more people to relax under the Sun, especially in Latin America. In North America it’s called shopping day, Costco is packed, Walmart is [...]

Riobamba-Cuenca-Vilcabamba route

By | March 12th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

The excitingly good roads of Ecuador end at Riobamba and the drive to Cuenca through the Andes will continue on ‘regular’ two lane road. It’s asphalt, but there are potholes and a bit more attention [...]

Quito and more

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Ecuador is quite different from Colombia. I would say after Colombia Ecuador feels almost empty. While there is quite a bit of traffic and crowd in Quito, other than that the streets are more quiet. [...]

Pocket Earth Pro

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: travel|Tags: , |

Although my cheap Costco Garmin works pretty good with Open Street map sometimes I need to look actually to a map to see my position, which is not exactly available on the Garmin. In these [...]


By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Colibrí or hummingbird in English seems to be everywhere in Mindo, or is it? We walked for hours and hours around for two days but have seen just a few hummingbirds in the wild actually. [...]

Sony A7

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , |

What is the best travel camera is a really open ended question. Whatever you feel that will do for you on the road and the quality of photos you want to return with from the [...]

A different day

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

It was a different day today compared to yesterday. Set out for another walk in the rain forest, which started with a pay-up. Looks like around Mindo is called 'skin that tourist'. Three bux a [...]


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

Mido is an eco-tourism paradise about an hour away from Quito. Birdwatchers should be in heaven in this area. The daily rain is guaranteed and the cloud forest keeps the temperature somewhat lower than other [...]

Another visit to Otavalo

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , |

Otavalo was pretty much Gringovalo on Saturday, I never seen this many tourists, maybe at Chichicastenango in Guatemala, at an artisan market. The market is loaded with tons of 'indigenous' crafts, pretty much sure that [...]

Back to Ecuador

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , |

After using up our visa and an extension in Colombia, we crossed back to Ecuador just one day before our visa extension expired. That means we spent a total of six months in Colombia. Some [...]

Bye Medellin!

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

So we left Medellin after four months and headed to the Ecuadorian border. We touched few familiar points on our way as Salento, Filandia, Las Lajas again. Took a hike in the Cocora Valley again [...]

Rest stop

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

We entered Colombia from Ecuador on August 28, 2016. After a few days of driving I was convinced that we will be out from here in about a month. I think the main thing what [...]


By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Colombia, photography|Tags: , , |

For few days it was pouring rain. It rained all day and it cleared at night so it was on the cool side. Then finally the rain stopped and the sun peaked out. It felt [...]

Tuning in a camera

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

There are endless discussions, teachings, tech talk, youtube videos, blogs, reviews so on about cameras. I used to go to gazillion sites and ended up with not much on the learning curve. I always thought [...]

Exotic fruits

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Colombia, food|Tags: , , |

I will start to take photos of the exotic fruits and veggies specific to the areas we travel through. I should have done this long time ago, but never too late. Eventually I will even [...]

Renewing car permit in Colombia

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

So we renewed our tourist visas and next was to renew the temporary car import permit. A fairly simple process, right in the middle of downtown Medellin at the DIAN office. The renewal is free [...]

Colombia extended

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Colombia|Tags: , , |

On August 29th we entered Colombia and we intended to stay a month, maybe two. Today we extended our tourist visas in Medellin. How 'bout that? The process went fairly smooth. First you need to [...]

Colombian prices

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Colombia, travel|Tags: , , |

Not much of a budget statistics guy as sometimes makes no sense, but this time I drew up a list on Colombian prices. It's far from complete but it gives a basic idea of what [...]