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Bas and Eelco on tour
From oktober 2004 to april 2007 we, Bas and Eelco, have been on tour. On this site you can read about that journey. The dutch version of this site is a bit more detailed.
Right now, they're back in the Netherlands, trying to get used to normal live. From august 2007 they will be available as freelance Java Architect and Test-consultant. see also the LinkedIn links on the right. Or their resumes: resume Eelco Aartsen and resume Bas Sommeijer. The site will be used to describe some activities or happenings in our normal life.
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|Nederland: Hiking and Couchsurfing through North-Holland|
Friday, July 01 @ 14:46:48 CEST by eelco (340 reads)
In 1990 I travelled through Africa for one year and then together with my girlfriend I backpacked through Latin America for two and a half years. These trips were amazing, far away lands for us with interestingly different cultures, people and landscapes. But you do not really need to go to faraway lands to have an awesome holiday. That was proved by our last holiday, which we spent in our own province of North-Holland. In two weeks we hiked from couchsurf address to couchsurf address. The result was one of our best holidays ever!
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|Nederland: Tulips, cheese and the Bokketochie|
Monday, May 14 @ 09:28:36 CEST by eelco (2505 reads)
Does this sound familiar: you travel abroad and meet people who have visited your own country, and they've seen things, close to where you live, and you have NEVER been there!!! That happend to us sereral times last 2,5 years. Two famous attractions are the Keukenhof, famous for it's tulips, and the cheese market of Alkmaar. So that's what we did. The tulips we did on our own, but the cheese market we did together with Paul. We met Paul when he was working as a guide for the Quetzaltrekkers in Xela, Guatemala. A volunteering organization raising money for street children. He was our guide on the Sanitaquito trip (see pictures here). Now he came to Holland, so we could guide him to some typical Dutch treats like the cheese market and the world famous Bokketochie!
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|Chili: Trekking Villa O'Higgins (Chile) to El Chaltén (ARG)|
Wednesday, March 21 @ 16:31:06 CET by eelco (2309 reads)
|After going down the Carretera Austral in Chili you end up in Villa O'Higgins. If you want to continue to the south you have to cross the border, wich is only possible from November 1st till April the 30rd. From May till October the Chilean border is closed and you won't be able to cross. This crossing involves boats, walking, buses and or hitchhiking and on clear days a great view on Monte Fitz Roy. If you don't want this, you have to go up again to Chile Chico and continue south at the Argentinian site, which costs a lot of money and time. Here you´ll find information how to plan this nice crossing, because not every day there busses and boats.
At the Argentinian site you find the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares with the famous Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and a lot of people. But on the Chilean site there is also a park, Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins with beautiful trekking posibilities to a glacier and almost no people. When we were there we were the only people in the whole park.|
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|Chili: Trekking information Parque Nacional Puyehue, Baños El Caulle|
Thursday, February 15 @ 15:47:51 CET by bas (5291 reads)
|We went trekking around Volcan Puyehue. First day to campsite Perdida, the second day to refugio El Caulle and climbing Volcan Puyehue and the third day to Baños de Caulle and Los Geisers. Most people go back to the refugio but we did the alternative finish, Ruta Los Americanos. We used the map they sell at the restaurant and the LP Trekking in the Patagonian Andes. The trek is quite clear in the first part (refugio El Caulle, volcan Puyehue, Baños de Caulle and Los Geisers) but the second part is not well marked and the LP does not give a lot of information. Here is some information so you won't have to look and search and backtrack as much as we did. |
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|Busy december days in Holland|
Saturday, January 06 @ 21:28:18 CET by eelco (827 reads)
It's saterday evening. Our last evening in Holland, in the house of my parents. Tomorrow, we'll fly back to Buenos Aires. We planned to spend the december holidays in december with friends and family. But we went a little earlier than planned, because my grandmother was dying. After the funeral and all heavy emotions that come with something like that we 'did' the holiday-parties in a very high speed. To give you a little impression of (way to warm) december in Holland, we're writing this article about our december in Holland.
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|Bolivia: How to get into the San Pedro jail in La Paz|
Tuesday, September 19 @ 23:01:18 CEST by eelco (2434 reads)
YES!!! It is still posible to get into the famous San Pedro jail in La Paz. Previously, you could get a tour, but that's over now. Now you have to do a little more work, but it's worth it. But... be quick, because rumours go that the government first wants to get rid of the foreigners in the jail and second, transfer the building into a hospital. And all what's left then is the famous book Marching Powder, to give you an idea how it's like inside.Click on the picture for more information....
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|Peru: Peru Tips|
Tuesday, September 19 @ 22:25:18 CEST by bas (1379 reads)
|Peru was for us the country where every city and village had its own food. The first tip is go in every town to the tourist information and get the yellow leaflet and look for the typical food, aks for restaurants who have those typical dishes on the menu. But also hostel tips and more general information can be found in this article. The tips will be generally from North to South, we way most people travel.|
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|Ecuador: Cuenca and Quilota loop tips|
Tuesday, September 19 @ 21:49:13 CEST by bas (1101 reads)
|Lovely hostels in Cuenca and Quilotoa Loop|
In Cuenca we met Luis at the busstation where he was promoting his hostel. He explaned how to get there by bus. It's not so easy to find because there is no sign of a hostel, only a brown door with a sun painted above the door. Luckely for us, his wife Maria Elena was waiting for us. It's a lovely family run hostel where you can use the kitchen. It has a bit soft beds but the big breakfast and friendliness make this a great option for 5 USD. Casa Sol, Estévez de Toral 10-33 y Gran Colombia, Tel 07 2822507.
We wanted to do the Quilotoa Loop but the Lonely Planet gave only one option in Chuchilán, the Black Sheep. We are happy to inform you that right now there are more and more affordable hostels, like the Mama Hilda Hostel or the Eco Hostel.
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|Peru: Machu Picchu on a budget|
Wednesday, August 23 @ 02:27:27 CEST by bas (4736 reads)
Machu Picchu is one of the highlights of Peru and one of the most expensive. If you look in guidebooks and go to the tourist office in Cuzco they will tell you that there are only two ways of getting to Machu Piccu, by train, the cheapest option 44 USD return, or hiking the Inca trail or other hikes offered by the tour agencies, which all are very expensive.
By looking on the thorntree of LP we found another way, taking busses to Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Hidroelectrico and walking the last 10 km to Aguas Calientes. This will cost about 8 USD. And because we didn't wanted to return the way we came we walked from Aguas Calientes to Km 82 for free. from there you can take a bus (1 SOL = 33 USDcent) to Ollantaytambo or decide to walk the last kilometers. This trip took us 5 days and we managed our daybudget of 36 USD for 2 persons, including the entrance ticket Machu Picchu (which is now 118 Soles pp).
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|Ecuador: Ecuador in a nutshell|
Friday, June 02 @ 21:18:23 CEST by eelco (1504 reads)
We did Ecuador very quick, "just" 6 weeks! For us that is VERY quick. And it even included 18 days on the Galápagos. But that was then absolute a highlight of our trip through Ecuaodor; animals where ever you looked. Like the dolphins you see on this picture on the left, 10 dolphins playing around our daytrip-boat to Bartolomé. We did not do the Galápagos on a cruise, but independent. Bas already wrote an article about that. In this article we give you insight in where we went and what we did in Ecuador.
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|Ecuador: Galápagos on a 'budget' (2006)|
Saturday, May 27 @ 19:07:11 CEST by bas (11089 reads)
Galápagos is a great experience but also an expensive one. If you start orientating, you soon discover the prices of cruises start around 1000 USD for a 8 day tour. Not a real budget option for many people. And because most people think that a cruise is the only option to "do" the Galapagos, they skip it entirely. But... you CAN do it on your own, there are budget accomodations, there are boats between the islands, and without doing the more-day-tours you cán see a lot. Because most people don't know that we wrote this article.
We had a lot of discussions on the thorntree discusion forum, people thought we had the opinion that doing it "our" way was better. But, we do NOT want to say that, we don't want to say that doing a tour is a waste of your money. But ... not all people want or can afford these tours. We enjoyed our way very much, very relaxed and we saw a lot. But ofcourse, by cruise you get to places you can not go on your own. But on the other hand, we've been to places where the cruise-people don't go. So, maybe the best way is, to do both ways, by cruise AND on your own.
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|Colombia: Colombia, incredible, beautiful and friendly!|
Thursday, April 20 @ 21:07:05 CEST by eelco (1345 reads)
|When we started our trip (1,5 year ago) we didn't even think about going to Colombia, way to dangerous! But, while travelling through Central America, we heard so many good stories, that when we were in Panama, there was no doubt anymore. We were going to Colombia. And we are VERY glad we did. We almost stayed 3 months in Colombia, we walked through the jungle (Ciudad Perdida, see the picture on the left), partied with Carnaval, relaxed on the beach and much more, but above all, we met VERY, VERY friendly people. Incredible, how friendly and warm the Colombians are. In this article, you can see our route through Colombia, read about what happend and jump to the pictures of our photoalbum. |
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|Panama: Panama, unknown, but well worth the visit|
Sunday, February 05 @ 21:35:06 CET by eelco (1008 reads)
|A lot of travellers seem to think that Panama is not realy worth visiting. Okay, maybe the canal, but that´s it. Well, they are wrong! After visiting all the Central American countries we decided that Panama, after Guatemala, is our 2nd favorite countrie of CA! Congratulations Panama! And why: it's diversity, from the wild dangerous jungle of the Darién to the metrolpolitan Panama City, cool mountain villages and hot beaches, and though already very gringo-ed, the indigenous (and especially the Kuna) still keep their tradition alive. It´s not the cheapest, but still very affordable. In this article you can see and read what we did in Panama between 19th of november 2005 and the 29th of januari 2006.|
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|Panama: Darién on a budget|
Wednesday, January 18 @ 14:51:30 CET by bas (2312 reads)
|After our trip through La Moskitia we decided that we also wanted to go to Darién. It´s a remote area with a lot of jungle and not a lot of tourist go there. We read in the guidebooks that transportation was expensive but with our experience of La Moskitia we knew it should also be possible with a small budget if you have time. We stayed in our budget of 18 USD (15 EUR) per person per day. We went to Meteti, Yaviza, El Real, Rancho Frio (National Park Darién) and La Palma. In this article you find the information we gathered from own experience, different guidebooks (LP, Rough Guide, Footprint, Let´s go) and some anonymous traveller who left his Darien info at Mamallena hostel. Are you just interested pictures see our Darién fotoalbum|
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|Panama: Panama City tips: Hostel, Internet and cheap food|
Wednesday, January 04 @ 20:56:38 CET by eelco (1360 reads)
In this article with Panama City Tips, we'll give you info about a very nice hostel, a superfast and cheap internet place, and cheap, filling and traditional Panamanian food "Mamallena".
Mamallena BackpackersClick on the picture for the other 2 tips. If you look for our pictures of Panama click here.
Mamallena is not only the name of food, it's also the name of a new hostel in Panama City. Started by a Belgium guy Xavier and his Panamanian girlfriend Isabel. As always with our tips, it's not mentioned in the guidebooks, but ABSOLUTELY worth going. It's clean, spacey, has good beds, includes breakfast and internet, located in a nice, safe area with shops etc. and just has a very nice atmosphere. Especially that atmosphere makes people come back. Right now they have 2 dorms with airco, a kitchen, a big terrace, and livingroom with cable tv. To find it, look in the guidebooks for the Voyager, Mamallena is located right next to it. See also their Mamallena website, or our fotoalbum of Mamallena pictures.
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