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‘Homesick’ to Brazil 10 reasons to return or GO (if you haven’t been)   The biggest sports event in the world, the football World Cup, has started again last week, which here in The Netherlands means the whole country turns orange as soon as the Dutch team is playing. It’s really almost as if we have […]

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Entrance Salt Cathedral Zipaquira
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Praying Underground in Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral   An underground salt cathedral is not your daily place to say a prayer. But for hundreds of mine workers the cathedral in the salt mines of Zipaquira, Colombia, was for years the one place where they would pray daily for protection before they started the day’s work. Whereas […]

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When planning your trip to Peru, Lima is one of those places that will most likely get on your itinerary just because you fly in there. It is not really promoted by travellers as a fun city, nor as a safe one. A lot of stories about theft and unsafe taxis do the round and […]

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Street Art Buenos Aires
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During this trip my passion for photography, art and design has translated itself in a side project to take pictures of street art along the road. Although my main focus is on murals and the like, I also consider art objects displayed in public places to be covered by the term ‘street art’. I feel […]

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Valle De Cocora
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One of the most underestimated tourist destinations in South America is Colombia. For many this country still carries the image of the unsafe, dodgy country it once was. But times – luckily – change and through many efforts of the government the country is nowadays much safer to travel for locals and tourists alike. Roads […]

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Clear blue waters and white tranquil beaches against a lush green mountain range, this is the cliché that describes the Colombian Caribbean coast best. Whereas parts of this coastline were inaccessible in the past due to the guerrilla being around, nowadays many parts are safe to wander around, to hike or to camp. You may […]

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Pisac
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Although the Sacred Valley in Peru is mainly known for the different Inca sites scattered around, the Andean villages in this area are definitely worth a visit, or more. Pisac, only 33 kilometers from Cusco, is one of these villages. Besides a visit to the Inca fortress Intihuatana close to the village, its Sunday market […]

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Laguna 69
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When the height hits in, the question is will you do it, or better put, are you able to do it. Travelling in a mountainous region is no joke, at least if you are speaking about the Cordillera Blanca, Peru and many other regions in Peru and Bolivia. It is surely different in the European […]

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Encountering animals during my travels often gives me that happy feeling not many other things give. Were it the street dogs following our paths everywhere in Chile and Argentina, the dolphins playing around with us at Praia da Pipa or our highlight of the Galápagos wildlife, every time I am surprised how animals touch our […]

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Cuy or Guinea Pig Baker
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Hearing the word ‘guinea pig’ you usually think about those cute little rodents that we keep as pets in the west. The ones that are favoured by many children worldwide. In Peru they look at these cuddly animals somewhat differently. Guinea pig, or ‘cuy’ as the Peruvians call it, has been a local delicacy in […]

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Puerto Nariño – Deep Down In the Amazon Deep down in the Colombian part of the Amazon, a couple of hours by boat from Leticia, lies the cute little village called Puerto Nariño. Completely different from what you expect from a village in the midst of the jungle up the Amazon river, Puerto Nariño seems […]

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Meanwhile, back in the Netherlands for some weeks now, it is time to look back at our fifty weeks of travel, wrapping things up and looking ahead. How did we experience a year long of travelling, what did we like and what did we frown upon? Questions and answers that I leave to my partner […]

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Being twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Colca Valley in Peru – northwest of Arequipa – is said to be the deepest canyon in the world. The lush-green valley is still inhabited by descendants of pre-Incan cultures, which maintain their ancestral traditions – such as clothing – and continue to cultivate the stepped […]

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It is definitely not an everyday activity for us to jump from a night bus  on to an early morning flight without any reservations, but sometimes things are arranged quickly and then you just go for it. And so we suddenly sat on one of these little Cessnas to fly over the Nazca desert to […]

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Huacachina
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Coming down to the coast from the Peruvian highlands is in a way a relief. Don’t get me wrong, the Peruvian Andes and its hidden valleys and cities are beautiful and worth all efforts visiting. The height is, however, something hard to get used to and simply made life different and slower for us. When the […]

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It has now crossed my mind on several occasions here in Peru. Women here are strong, by far more dominant compared to their male counterparts and said to rule the household. And this reminded me of the initial project I had in mind for this trip and the start of it all. That one night […]

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Canaima
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Sometimes travels take a different course than you planned, either voluntarily or forced upon you. During this year’s travels our initial plan has changed various times, because of amongst others new insights, interests and unexpected surprises. Where we were initially planning to travel from the most Southern point of the Americas up to the most […]

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You would almost say Venezuela has it all as far as stunning nature concerns. La Gran Sabana in the Southern part of the country is, for example, one of the most impressive regions I have come across these almost ten months of travelling, at least as far as natural beauty concerns. Venezuela’s coastline is well […]

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“Well, you have to kill and eat it, before it kills and eats you..” our taxi driver and guide in Iquitos, Peru joked while driving us around the city in his mototaxi and discussing eating crocodile meat. Soon we would discover that this was not just a joke. After having spent some time in the […]

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Imagine being dependent on reeds only to build your house at the middle of the highest navigable lake in the world and build up a whole community this way. This is exactly what the Uros did when they fled the mainland out on the Lake Titicaca near Puno in today’s Peru. Initially living at boats […]

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