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    Nations Unknown: Tawantinsuyu

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    Tawantinsuyu is the name the Incas gave to their empire. It means in Quechua, “Four Regions Together” or “Four Directions-under-the-sun United” – and reflects the expansion of the Incas from their homeland in the Cusco region of south-central Peru. By the time the Spanish arrived and took over the show, the Inca Empire had stretched… Read more »

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    Nations Unknown: Guna Yala

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    Of all the nations unknown that Earthcircuit has visited these past three years, Guna Yala is the most established. It has borders, it has a language, a distinctive culture and an independently legislative existence within the Republic of Panama. You even have to pay $10 to get in. Possibly, though, it’s one of the strangest… Read more »

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    The Price of Paradise

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    Our friend, Inti, was the first to come up with this phrase when trying to understand why there isn’t a road from Panama to Colombia, through the Darien – and to be honest it’s as good as an explanation as any other… The Panamerican Highway comes in two parts: North and South. The north part,… Read more »

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    Carbon Credits in the Garbage

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    When I think about offsetting the carbon footprint for flying from the UK back to Costa Rica, the image of footprints all the way across 8000 km of Atlantic Ocean comes to mind. That’s a lot of footprints. I’m glad I’m not walking. According to an online calculator, I am going to produce 1470 kg… Read more »

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    The Truth About the End of the World

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    So last week was scheduled the end of the world according to the lost Mayan civilization. Their complicated methods of keeping time all came to a head as the Mayan Calendar got to the end of the 5125 year long count and started again from zero. Of course, this event got loads of people around… Read more »

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    Squatting Culture Becomes Criminal

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     Traveling around the world overland very slowly is a pretty incredible cultural experience – you get to see something of the planet and her people every inch of the way – you also bring something of your own culture with you. What I didn’t expect is that, in the time that we’re away, my way… Read more »

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    The World in Hot Water

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    If taking a break from Panama City is a good thing to do; driving up to the cool of El Valle, around 200 klicks back west, and immersing yourself in the hot water pools of Anton Valley’s Agua Calientes, ranks as a very good thing to do. Some overlanders told us that some scientist living… Read more »

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    Why do some countries drive left and others right?

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    If you’ve been studying our website closely you’ll know that our truck, Jigsaw, is right-hand drive and it was designed to drive left. Which means that this entire Earthcircuit is, for us, happening on the wrong side of the road.  “No!” Americans will say, “It is you Brits who drive on the wrong side, just like the… Read more »

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    Garifuna

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    The Garifuna peoples live on the Caribbean coast of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras and Roatan, an island that now belongs to Honduras. There are communities in St.Vincent and in the largest of North American cities, notably New York. Theirs is an interesting, intriguing story – and an invaluable part of the American landscape after the… Read more »

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    Guifiti: Herbal bitters from the Caribbean

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    It’s not every day that you come across an alcoholic beverage that’s (a) said to be beneficial for the health, (b) descends from a mysterious and secret indigenous tradition and (c) hits the spot. Guifiti is such a drink, made by the Garifuna from rum, herbs and roots – a medicinal concoction designed to promote… Read more »