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Bolivia 1 – pt 2: From Potosi, to Sucre, and down on to the plains below

From Uyuni, our journey across Bolivia took us north and east, first, to the historic mining city of Potosi, then onwards through the lovely city of Sucre and slowly (via very bad roads), down from the Andes and onto the plains below, near Santa Cruz, from where we headed East towards the wetlands in Brazil. Continue reading

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Bolivia 1 – pt 1: High Altiplano driving – from the far Southwest to Uyuni

This amazing drive, the first half of our first crossing of Bolivia, started with the “Lagunas Ruta”, in the remote southwest corner of the country, and took us across one of the wonders of the world, the Salar de Uyuni – and not without incident! As we left Chile, we were braced for one of the most remote and challenging drives of the trip…
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The Atacama Desert: More of it, and for longer, than expected

As we descended into the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth outside of the polar regions, on Sunday 12 July, we were expecting to spend around a week exploring the area around San Pedro de Atacama, but that wasn’t quite how things turned out…
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The winding road to Santiago – part 2: Southern Chile

Buying blue (and other) potatoes on Chiloe

Buying blue (and other) potatoes on Chiloe

On our route north to Santiago we a zig-zaged, to and fro across the Andes, between Argentina and Chile. The Argentinian sections are in the accompanying blog here. Our Chilean journey started with the wild Carretera Austral in far south. We then detoured back east into Argentina, before a final leg back in Chile from the largest island in South America, passing (and narrowly missing) active volcanoes all the way up to Santiago.
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La Costa – Beauty and the (little) Beast(s)

YVD image-276-November 18, 2014Two thousand kilometres of coast, mostly lined by long beautiful sand beaches has been the theme of the time that we have had on the road since leaving Montevideo. The beaches of the Atlantic shore are immense and dramatic, often backed by expanses of dunes. The ones along the undeveloped coast of Uruguay are particularly stunning…

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¡Pesadilla! Woes with the Yellow Van

The port of Montevideo

The port of Montevideo

The Cap San Nicolas, with the Yellow Van on board, tightly strapped inside a container, arrived on time in the port of Montevideo on Friday 7th November and then began 10 days or so of mixed fortunes with the Yellow Van at the start of our road trip proper. Continue reading

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