Ecuador

A year on the road in photos…

Live the life you've imagined

It’s 365 days since we stepped out of our empty London home onto the early morning streets of Peckham and made our way to Rio. Twelve months and twelve countries later, we’re in Mexico with no intention of stopping our travels. It’s been an epic year and, short of reading the blog in its entirety, I think the best way to tell it is in photos… Read more

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Victoria in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Photo stories, Portugal, Spain, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Yoga 48 Comments

Top 15 South America highlights: our year in pictures

Excellent splendour salt flatsThis time last year, our journey was still a dream. I had another couple of months at work, we needed to find tenants for our house and the number 2012 was still synonymous with the Olympics. Now, twelve months later, that number has come to symbolize the year the dream came true.

Choosing to travel was a massive ingredient that helped make 2012 one of the best years of our lives. In our next post, we’ll look at what else helped create that, but today we wanted to celebrate our travel highlights from the past 12 months.

During that time, we’ve been to six countries in South America, as well as separate trips to India, Europe and the US, and now Mexico (which you’ll be hearing a lot more about soon as we’ve fallen for it head over heels). In the meantime, we’re limiting this list to our highlights from South America. Here’s the top 15 in no particular order. Read more

Posted on December 31, 2012 by Victoria in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Destinations, Ecuador, Photo stories, Thoughts, Travel tips 19 Comments

Photo of the Week: the last safe place on Earth

Golden light of Vilcabamba. Ecuador

When fleeing from the shape-shifting reptilians and the end of the world, the fearful Vilcabamba ex-pats also demonstrate great taste. The town, considered to be the last safe place on earth, is magically gorgeous, every day revealing a different light. This golden downpour was one of our favourites.

Read more about Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy theorists, in our latest post on one of the strangest towns we’ve ever visited…

Posted on December 14, 2012 by Victoria in Destinations, Ecuador, Photo of the Week 2 Comments

Welcome to Vilcabamba, land of conspiracy theorists…

Vilcabamba valley - land of conspiracy theorists

“There’s a lot of that going round – loads of panic attacks,” said the long-haired, wiry Californian.

His wild-eyed companion peered around nervously before speculating: “They must be interfering again.”

I wondered who the ‘they’ were that they referred to – a mysterious force causing endemic panic attacks. It sounded like something out of a sic-fi movie – but instead of some other dimension or imagined future hell-hole, I was in Vilcabamba, a small, and very beautiful, valley town in Southern Ecuador – which has recently become home to a very particular breed of gringo. Read more

Posted on December 11, 2012 by Victoria in Destinations, Ecuador, Thoughts 9 Comments

Time for a digital detox…

Steve and the view at Izhcayluma on our digital detox

Travelling in the olden days, by which I mean 10 years ago, used to mean guaranteed internet-free periods. You’d have to seek out a fluorescent-lit hole filled with god-forsaken PCs struggling along on Windows 98. Nowadays, a laptop is almost as common as Imodium on every traveller’s packing list. A hostel without wi-fi is like a cafe without coffee, and travellers sit fixed to their Facebooks or downloaded episodes of Breaking Bad. Read more

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Victoria in Ecuador, Thoughts 6 Comments