It has been a while since the last update so here are the updated numbers of miles driven, money spent on gas and the fuel prices in the countries we have been to here in south America. We have only driven through five countries in South America so far, but have covered more than 10,000 miles.
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Traveling around the world gives you an unparalleled view into the daily lives of people in countless cultures around the globe. In many ways, people throughout the world do a lot of the same things, but the interesting part is how they go about accomplishing those things. Take for example the simple task of taking a shower.
We can all tell just by looking at the calendar and by looking at the odometer on the Toyotas that the expedition is drawing to a conclusion. We are so close that border crossings and navigation around the infamous Darien Gap aside, we could probably drive right back to the US in less than a week if we did it in a straight shot from our current position in northern Ecuador.
First, at the Monte Selva Eco Park near Puyo, Ecuador, we had an afternoon of pampering at Shamanic Spa. Still near Puyo, and on New Years Eve, we went canyoning to regain our manhood.
The real blog will come later today or tomorrow. We are about to leave Banos on our way to our next stop here in Ecuador meeting with an NGO that helps to preserve the rainforest. Since nothing is open here on New Years Day morning, I am sitting outside a cafe on the sidewalk using […]
One tends to get creative on the open road in the middle of the desert; by the looks of it a local Argentinean trucker decided to amuse himself by playing taxidermist. The World by Road sticker
The world is full of differences and we have been very privileged to witness a tremendous amount of diversity throughout the course of the expedition. Differences abound at all levels of society and culture and learning about why people, cultures and countries do things differently and more importantly, appreciating that certain things are in fact done differently is an invaluable education. However, from time to time, you also learn that many things are quite similar and familiar to what you know and recognize from home, wherever that may be.
Trying to decide which country one likes the most is a difficult task that necessitates a lot of reflection. Again, different countries on the expedition each hold different meaning to individual expedition members. Each country we have crossed through presents memorable moments that make impressions on all of us that will last a lifetime. In some cases, even a few of the bad experiences we have encountered along the way can sometimes transform themselves into positive memories over the course of time. Personally, the type of mood I am in at the time might also affect how I respond when asked what country I enjoyed the most on the trip. No matter what mood I am in though, there are certainly a few countries that always stand out in my mind above all others and one of those countries is Chile.
Just after leaving Buenos Aires, we were treated to two different delicious asados. It has now been about a month since then, and after spending a few hours editing the video together from our time there the experience was that much more intense. Sometimes when you are in the moment everything is happening so fast that you miss some of the little details, but after reviewing all of the video and photos the primitive style of cooking meat here in Argentina it is quite a larger extravaganza than I remembered.
Even with the rising value of the US dollar and the dropping prices of oil worldwide, when you are on an overland expedition, you still need to be a little creative in order to conserve your budget. We have been on the road for about 20 months now and during that time, we have become pretty good at coming up with ways to stretch our money.