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The following is a detailed account, with prices, of our two day road trip from Vilcabamba, Ecuador to Chachapoyas, Peru. We started in the morning by standing on the road below Hostel Izhcayluma to flag down the local bus to the town of Zumba, Ecuador. The bus was supposed to come by around 10:30am, but we were advised to start our wait at 10:00am, just in case. We expected to be the… Read More

Vilcabamba is a village in the southern region of Ecuador, in the Loja province, about 45 km (28 mi) from the city of Loja. The etymology of the name “Vilcabamba” apparently derives from the Quichua “huilco pamba.” Huilco denotes the sacred trees, Anadenanthera colubrina, that inhabit the region; pamba (cognate with pampa) is a word meaning “a plain”. The area has been referred to as the “Playground of the Inca” which refers… Read More

Reika and I arrived in Cuenca late yesterday, after riding for eight hours on two local two buses. This morning we took a stroll along the river and found another trove of street art. Some of it seems to have been commissioned by the city to highlight local artists, others are spontaneous outpourings. Enjoy!

We took the local bus to Baños, $3.50 each, and it was a scenic four hour ride. Since we had no reservations, and no LP guidebook, we had to hoist our packs on our backs and walk around town for a bit until we found a place we liked. The first place we tried looked good from the street, but the room was dark and stale and had no window to the… Read More

This time I took a stroll with the idea of documenting living street art against the background of  historic Colonial Old Town. Banksy eat yer heart out!