The road chose me A lifetime of ebb and flow

It starts out nice and mellow... 4

The Rio Santa Road

On the advice of a fellow overlander, JF, I take a back road up into the mountains following The Rio Santa. For anyone driving through this area, absolutely take JF’s advice and drive this...

The enormous perimeter wall 4

Kuélap

By far the biggest and best preserved site in the whole Chachapoyas area is the ancient city of Kuélap, perched high on a mountaintop with commanding views on all sides. It’s quite an effort...

Looking inconspicuous in the main square of Chachapoyas 3

Around Chachapoyas

The area surrounding the town of Chachapoyas, high in the mountains, was inhabited from around 880 AD until the 1470s when the Chachapoyas were defeated by the Incans. As a result, the surrounding countryside...

The international border at La Balsa 6

Into Peru

I wind my way along a very remote dirt road, and find myself at a military checkpoint on what could easily be the top of the world highway. After the friendly guys check my...

On the mountain roads 3

Ecuador Ends

I’ve always thought one of the hardest things about constantly being on the move is constantly saying goodbye. Leaving The Secret Garden Cotopaxi is absolutely no exception. I’ve made some great friends over the...

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