Monthly Archives February 2014

Colombia the Beautiful and Perilous: Driving the FARC Route

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What comes to your mind when you think of driving through the jungles of Colombia?  If you’re from the US you probably think of cocaine fields and armed rebel groups and wonder at the sanity of a family of four with two small children who dare to undertake a drive through the “zona roja” of Putumayo – an area deemed under control of the FARC.

Ford Ranger driving road from Pasto to Mocoa Colombia through FARC territoryPutumayo

At the level of the clouds we find a pullout in the road and stop for a pee break

The route in question is a 60-mile stretch of sometimes one-lane dirt road between Pasto and Mocoa that winds precariously along muddy steep mountains with drops of 3,000 feet straight down...

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Ayangue beach: A hidden gem on the Ecuatorian coast

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Our first destination once we crossed into Ecuador from Peru on our overland adventure from Argentina to Montana was the tiny beach town of Ayangue. This quaint fishing village, nestled within the protective cliffs of a small bay, is a haven for local families from Guayaquil and other points in southern Equador. A good friend of ours from Quito, who I met in Ashland, Oregon over 12 years ago while attending Southern Oregon University, recommended the place as a great beach for families, and he was right.

Check Out Our Video Highlights of Ayangue

You couldn’t ask for a more peaceful to place to unwind on the beach and let the kids run amok than Ayangue...

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