November 2022 The changes in the world and the limits of tourist visa renewal in Brazil had sent us back to the USA. We arrived in the USA in March of 2021 and traveled, visited friends, loved on precious grandbabies, bought land, bought and sold rigs and longed for our life on the road. You … More Returning to South America
We actually passed through Lima several times in our loops around Peru. The prior two visits were filled with touristic fun and exploration. But during this visit we had some other business to take care of, along with our fun stuff. One day in Lima we parked on the beach and had lunch while Nica … More Peru- Back in Lima, again.
The last post mentioned some of the touristy highlights we experienced in Lima. Another stop that we enjoyed was the private auto collection of Jorge Nicolini. You can see the website HERE for some additional info. But I will share some of the photos that we took during our visit. I know that many of … More Peru- Lima Auto Museum (Museo de Autos Nicolini)
Lima is the largest city in Peru. It spreads North and South along the beautiful ocean coastline and far into the suburbs. Each neighborhood of the city has specific characteristics and concerns. We enjoyed a couple of them during our visits to Lima. The first time we arrived in Lima, we were there to pick … More Peru- The capital, a visit to Lima with a friend.
Leaving the edge of the Amazon meant leaving the lush, wet jungle behind us. After that sketchy looking ferry across the river (click HERE to see that story) , the surroundings started to change quickly. We looked ahead on the map and realized we would be crossing the Andes on some rough, desolate dirt roads. … More Peru- The Cordillera Blanca and an amazing blue lake.
Cuenca was our last big city stop in Ecuador before we crossed the border to Peru. The some small ruins that are attributed to the Inca mark the area around Cuenca. We took the time to explore several of them. Banos del Inca in Ecuador is an area said to have been used for ritual … More Ecuador- Cuenca and nearby historical areas.
This country is rich with indigenous heritage. The various cultures (tribes) are respected and honored with positions in the government and opportunities to improve their communities. Many traditions and practices continue to be a part of their daily lives. Raising, cooking and eating cuy is one of those traditions. Cuy (in the USA we call … More Ecuador- Daily life and history combined.
Baños is a bustling town built in a volcanic valley. The weather is nearly perfect year-round. The main business is tourism, and everything revolves around that income. Good restaurants, thermal pool spas, massage parlors, night clubs, a few parks and a beautiful church. The cathedral is the central point in town, as always. And while … More Ecuador- The Baños area
We came back into Ecuador at the busy little Colombia/Ecuador crossing and quickly secured the necessary paperwork for the three of us and also the truck to stay 21 more days. This was the amount remaining on our original visa. If you want to know more about how that works, please send me a note. … More Ecuador- The volcanic Andes
We really weren’t sure what to expect at the Equator. We have crossed the Tropic of Cancer a couple of times and posed at the sign. One crossing was in the Volkswagen Van during our time in Baja, Mexico. Another crossing was in the camper in mainland, Mexico. But we never saw any signs like … More Ecuador- The line that passes through!