São Paulo Exhibition

We landed at the Condiminio Cultural a couple of weeks ago in a cloud of road dust, gushing streams of diesel from a cracked fuel pipe. High up in the hills of Pomperia, this has been the perfect place with the most perfect people to help us fix the bus and escort us to various… Read more »

Stray Dogs Of Sucre

It’s not a long way between Potosi and Sucre – a few hours’ drive and a drop of 1000m from the barren hills around one of the world’s highest cities down through the valleys to the eternal-spring climate and greener region of Sucre, Bolivia’s traditional capital and beautiful, most perfect city. The ancient connection between… Read more »

Vegetarian Restaurants In La Paz, Bolivia

Being a vegetarian in South American countries can be a testing experience and, in general, Bolivia is no exception to that rule. In their capital city, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, however, you will find plenty of healthy, good food that has been cooked deliberately without meat or fish – pretty much an oasis of… Read more »

A Short Ayahuasca Detour On A Long Journey

Ayahuasca is a brew of various plants traditionally found in the Amazon region where it is used by people there for ritual, cleansing and spiritual practice. Generally one of the ingredients is a plant that contains DMT, a hallucinogenic drug that is illegal all over the world although in Peru the preparation and consumption of… Read more »

Drive From Lima To Cuzco

Two Hours by Plane, A Day by Bus – Nearly a Week with our L.O.C. After so many months in Lima, we were really looking forward to the drive to Cuzco. Time to let the cobwebs blow free and get some movement on again. For this run we had a couple of Londoners on board… Read more »

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    Younger Dryas Impact Finished Off The Mammoths

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    A study supporting a major impact at the onset of the Younger Dryas period, conducted in America, was published recently. It was an examination of ice age cores and the discovery of melted spherules indicating an impact 12, 800 years ago. Busy time, 10, 000 BC, wasn’t it? The woolly mammoths are also in the… Read more »

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    Into The Amazonas Through A Rainbow Doorway

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    It was raining and getting dark and, for the past hour, the road had been passing through canyons and gorges, under punkus, by pongos and sometimes just inches above violent rapids. We were desperate to stop but the terrain afforded very little habitation – let alone free overnight parking spots. Instead there were lots of landslides –… Read more »

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    A Ruin Around Every Corner

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    Nothing quite so ruined as Peru ruins. Not only does the country boast a good variety of landscapes, there are also the mysterious remains of forgotten cities scattered throughout. In the mountains, there are forts on every hill, tombs hidden high up the valley walls and archaeological complexes at the end of torturous tracks. In… Read more »

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    From the highest mountain on earth to the edge of the driest desert

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    Driving south from Quito, there were still thousands of kilometers before dropping back down to sea level and the border with Peru. You are in a land high in the patchy clouds  – crispy air at night like a kind of express autumn as we raced south into the winter. And nestled in valleys on… Read more »

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    Equator

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    On board LOC Jigsaw*, we are very fond of lines, whether real or imaginary, and so you can imagine our excitement as we found ourselves crossing the equator. Fortunately we are not alone; we pulled off the highway just past a small town called Cayambe, at zero degrees latitude exactly, to find the wonderful monument and… Read more »

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    Gallery Updates from the Equator

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    Being so close to the equator, and parked up in the middle of nowhere, means we can finally get on with some gallery updates. Eleven hours of darkness, utter stillness outside and starry skies (that usual wilderness fallback) generally obscured by cloud – affords us the opportunity for bothering the laptop and it’s ever-swelling hard… Read more »

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    Driving through Colombia

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    Driving through Colombia is a pleasure. From the north, the Caribbean coast, the road runs straight south through the greenest, lush, countryside imaginable. To the left, lies a range of mountains that mark the border with Venezuela –  and to the right is another rising cord of hills – both ranges work together to gently… Read more »

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    Peligro Road Trip

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    Our great South American road trip has begun in earnest. From Santa Marta, Colombia to Lima, Peru – 3,500 km in three weeks. Doesn’t sound too far if you imagine driving, say, from London to Ankara or across the USA but this is South America we are talking about – where the traffic plays footloose,… 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 »