Snow industry struggles

Snow industry struggles

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Our life as instructors isn’t always bright and sunny, unfortunately the snow industry is full of struggles. It’s seasonal life and depending on life choices you need to “fight” for another job every half a year again. Luckily with our qualifications and experience, being the tip of the iceberg worldwide, this is relatively easy. But still things can be hard, companies don’t always value seasonal employees as much as full-time year-round employees. Canada Two years ago Alwin had a poor […]

vanlife on the parking at 2800m altitude in El Colorado, Chile

Vanlife on the parking at 2800m altitude in Chile

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After our adventure at the border with Chile we had a few more days ahead of us before we would reach our destination near Santiago. We spend those days mostly driving through the Chilean desert before we climbed the long way up to El Colorado and started our vanlife at the resort parking at 2800m. We had two attempts to rescue dogs. The first attempt wasn’t very successful with a young adult female dog but the second time it was […]

how a small dog could endanger an entire nation

How a small dog could endanger an entire nation

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Border Crossings, Chile, Layla, Travelling

It was a few km to the Chilean border on a straight road, we could see the contours of the buildings already. After leaving the Salar de Uyuni and Bolivia we had a small snack on the side of the road. This appeared to be a good decision. You never know how long a border crossing is going to be. So far it usually had taken between 30 min and 3 hours, and nobody ever cared about Layla. This one […]

Driving across the Salar de Uyuni

Driving across the Salar de Uyuni

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Bolivia, Recommendations, Travelling

The Salar de Uyuni is a dried out prehistoric lake, leaving behind the world’s biggest salt flat. The salt is (usually) firm enough to drive through the spectacular landscape. Most people do a day trip with a guided tour with a local 4×4, leaving from and returning to, the city of Uyuni. Of course we were doing things slightly different. We were driving across the Salar de Uyuni and continuing to the Chilean border. Surrounded by nothingness In the wet […]

Bargaining for petrol in Bolivia

Bargaining for Petrol in Bolivia

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Equipped with some new parts we left Cusco and headed for the Bolivian border. It was sad to leave Peru, which we had enjoyed more than any of the other countries so far. Our main “objective” in Bolivia was Salar de Uyuni, but to get there we needed petrol. Filling up for foreigners in Bolivia is hard though. We were bargaining for petrol every time in Bolivia, and that was the main “challenge”. Especially because the locals working at the […]

Hospitality and Mercedes parts in Cusco

Hospitality and Mercedes parts in Cusco

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Grisu, Hospitality, Mechanical Work, Peru, Recommendations, Travelling

We went the other way to what most people do, we went to Cusco after the Inca ruins. As usual, approaching the city Clara was browsing the spots on iOverlander for a place to stay for the night. This is when her eye fell on a post from the Stockert family in the middle of the city. Originally from the USA, they spend several years in Cusco for a charity mission; Helping wherever possible. This being primarily the local community, […]

the challenging trail to the Choquequirao ruins

Choquequirao

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After parking up we packed our stuff for the trip. Everything fitted in one bigger and one smaller backpack. This included two sleeping bags, a small budget tent, a few litres of water and food for us and Layla. We set an early alarm and after a rather large breakfast we took off for the challenging trail to the Choquequirao ruins as the sun rose over the mountains. The hike basically consists of 3 different parts. From the trailhead it’s […]

Choquequirao instead of Machu Picchu

Choquequirao instead of Machu Picchu

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Peru, Recommendations, Travelling

We had debated this one for a long time. Luckily we were fortunate enough to have the enormous stretch through the desert along the Peruvian coast to think about it. This stretch wasn’t particularly interesting so plenty of reason to keep our mind occupied otherwise. In the end, we decided to go to Choquequirao instead of Machu Picchu. And we were happy we did. Although we haven’t been to Machu Picchu, which kinda feels like we’ve missed something, but it […]

The dangerous and ugly desert

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Peru, Travelling

Crossing the border with Peru changed the landscape massively, from green coloured mountains to a desert in no time. This wasn’t the first border where the landscape changed drastically, from Mexico to Guatemala for example we experienced the exact same change. Just the other way around. Welcome to the dangerous and ugly desert. The Peruvian coast (north of Lima) is not famous for being a highlight of the Pan American highway for most people. It’s a long stretch along the […]

shadows on the road - venezuelan refugee stream

The Venezuelan refugee stream

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Border Crossings, Colombia, Ecuador, Travelling

Our overlanding down days faded away in the Colombian mountains. Driving at night it came a little unexpected, when the road suddenly started climbing. Our navigation app Maps.me shows us a lot of information, but not the altitude. What Maps.me also didn’t show us, is that we were following the Venezuelan refugee stream as well.. As soon as we got to higher elevations, we were more in our element in the mountains, the surroundings improved massively and the temperatures dropped. […]