Wrapping up 105 days and 6,000 miles of overland shoestring travel from Cape Town, South Africa to Kampala, Uganda, with numerous side trips in between.
After two relaxing weeks on Zanzibar, we finally returned to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city and transit hub. We found ourselves at a crossroads, wondering if anything could possibly top our time on Zanzibar. With still over a month […]
One of our final items of business in Quito was to explore the neighborhood of Guapulo, not exactly an easy feet on foot from Old Town, but undoubtedly worth it. Lonely Planet had this to say about Guapulo: If you […]
The Equator is an endless source of fascination for those of us who grew up in the northern (or southern) latitudes, particularly here in Oregon where a short drive from Portland to Eugene takes you across the 45th Parallel — the […]
Man, do I love cities like Quito — sprawling messes and masses of millions with a cultural ecosystem all their own — brimming with a palpable tension between old and new — between deep traditional roots and the energy of youth seizing the present. Some of […]
The largest Neo-Gothic basilica in the Western Hemisphere, Quito’s gigantic Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) is also definitely the coolest church I’ve ever set foot in. Longer AND TALLER than a football field, this mammoth structure is completely […]
Arriving in Quito was the culmination of a six week journey beginning in Lima and covering some 2,000 miles (mostly overland, with the help of a 600 mile flight from Lima to Iquitos on the edge of the Amazon rainforest). Ecuador […]