We arrived in Colombia early November 2022, waiting for our Jeep home to ship across the Darién Gap. At the end of March 2023, nearly five months later, we said goodbye to a country we’d come to love, crossing the land border into Ecuador.
But it was a challenging day. Eric didn’t sleep well because of a lightning storm. We woke before dawn and drove hours in torrential rain to reach the border. After jumping through the bureaucratic hoops to enter a new country with our vehicle, we still had to find a place to sleep. That took hours, too. And once there, our phones weren’t working and we had to get that resolved. It was a rough, tiring start to our time in Ecuador.
Full-time life on the road has its ups and downs, and this was a down. But Eric had an encounter he’ll never forget and it completely changed his perspective. Hope you caught that story in the video.
The electrical system in our habitat is still down, as we wait for the replacement part to arrive via DHL. The part was originally shipped from North Carolina, but it got lost. We have no clue what happened to it. So the part was shipped again, this time from Australia. The Ecuador customs office called us, so that means the part is getting closer. We hope it will arrive this week.
In the meantime, we’ve arrived in Cuenca, which is the third largest city in Ecuador. It is known for its beautiful architecture, expat community, and security. Before our electrical system went down, we’d already booked a two-week Airbnb stay. It’s our first apartment since February in Bogotá and we appreciate the space and amenities more than ever, after two weeks without power in our Jeep home.
We need to leave Ecuador around August 20 at the latest, so we are currently planning our travels in Peru.
Thank you for being part of our journey!