Some days weren’t just a challenge for the physical condition of the participants, but also for the condition of the old-timers. Thankfully everyone remains healthy and everything is going on schedule.
Where you are going, we have been. We share all our beautiful experiences with you, so you can get inspired for a beautiful trip to Latin-America.
Sunday 1 January was the day that a large number of the Panamericana participants visited one of the projects of the HoPe foundation.
Colombia is without a doubt the most beautiful country of this journey. Ecuador is stunning too, but in a sweet way. Here, the salsa just pours from everyone’s pores.
It’s incredible; this place is a feast for my depraved senses. The last hours before Ecuador the landscape was already turning greener and we were going uphill quite a bit. The shades of green that appeared before me were overwhelming.
Today’s trip was breathtaking (and not because of the thin air). Stunning mountain passes and plateaus. We also saw a lot of wild animals. At 4300 metres altitude at a mountain lake we saw flamingos, we didn’t expect to see those there.
We ended up in a traffic chaos that you had to smile your way through. We’d lost 2 cars within 5 minutes. The trick is to keep driving and hope that others stop. They usually do, about 5 centimetres from your bumper.
Thousands of people between vaguely lit market stalls along the road dressed in typical traditional dress, women with black bowler hats.
The landscape is bizarre. Impressive are these dominant mountains. And the longer you drive in them, the more colors you start to distinguish.
We are still "blaring" along Ruta 5. We have an iPod on board and it is full of heavy metal. When I put it on through the car radio, protest ensues: 'the music sounds like the car is rattling apart!' This requires a different approach.