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Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Uyuni Salt Flat (Salar de Uyuni): Bolivia

Sweeping over 4,085 square miles of stark-white salt crust in southwest Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flat is the world’s largest expanse of encrusted salt.  The landscape is so flat, in fact, that the average altitude varies only within one meter.  It’s consistent flat surface is now used to calibrate Earth observational satellite altimeters.Ramblers who travel to the [...]

Travel and Money: Budgeting your Drive through Central and South America

I am frequently asked, “How can you afford a year-long trip?”  Our lengthy trip has remained affordable based on our accommodation and food choices.  Throughout our journey we have penny-pinched, but, as a result, we have remained abroad for a full year, which is more valuable than a few nights in sleek hotels.
In order to [...]

Concocting the Perfect Pisco Sour

The refreshingly tangy Pisco Sour, one of Peru’s favorite cocktails, is not to be missed during your rambles.  While you should sample as many different pisco sours as you can (they vary according to the bartender), here is the recipe of this foamy drink to enjoy at home:
2 parts Pisco
1.5 parts fresh lime juice
1 part [...]

Border Crossing: Peru to Bolivia – Desaguadero

The town of Desaguadero is bustling with vendors, money changers, and indigenous women dressed in pleated skirts and small bowler hats.  It is a typical border town, which is a stark contrast from the blue waters and rocky slopes of Lake Titicaca.
Go to the migracion office, located to the left of the large [...]

Off-Road Cuisine for the Rambling Camper: Pizza

Our frequent camping has provided us with ample time to experiment in the “kitchen.”  Stir-fry, beans and rice, and sauteed vegetables have become our staple meals while on the road.
Now pizza is currently our favorite dish, thanks to Kacey and Dave, who taught us how to make it while we camped together in Peru.  Kacey [...]

Rambling Peru: The Video

Watch our journey through the vast Peruvian deserts along the Pan-American Highway:

Rambling Peru

Since Nick and I have both visited Peru in the past, we decided to primarily drive down the Pan-American Highway, which is mainly vast stretches of desert and coastal lines.  Therefore, we skipped Cusco, Machu Picchu, the small towns on Lake Titicaca, and tours of the Amazon jungle, all of which are amazing sights to [...]

Border Crossing: Ecuador to Peru

Border town: Huaquillas
L E A V I N G   E C U A D O R
Turn into Huaquillas (do not go straight into the Frontera).  After paying $1 USD at the tollbooth, look for the building with the palm trees out front.  You will see the Migracion sign to your left.
Show the official [...]

Rambling Ecuador: The Video

Check out our rambles in lovely Ecuador:

Pirate Camping 102: How-To Video