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


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 [...]

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 [...]