On the Road, Off the Road – Enjoy the Life of Overlanding
Road trips, hiking adventures,
rough camping, coming across festivals and events, visiting cultural and historic sites, fixing your overland vehicle, meeting people and making friends throughout the world.
A life of overlanding is enriching in so many ways. Take a look.
What better announcement of spring is there than sakura – the cherry blossom season?
Peter Ivy is an American glassblower in Japan, running his own studio in Toyama. We were his guests and saw him work his art.
The cherry blossom in South Korea is the announcement of spring. People go out, join the crowds, have fun, and take selfies!
After an hour of fruitless trying piranhas were suddenly flying into the boat. Piranhas! We had hit a school of them and reeled in one after the other. Pablo carefully …
Snow festivals are a good reason to visit Hokkaido, Japan in winter. However, we were charmed by so much wildlife – here is a photo essay.
A great reason to visit Japan in winter: the snow festivals. Among the best known is he Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido.
As we weave our way through urbanized Honshu, we stop in Hiroshima, make new friends and kill the clutch in the middle of the highway.
Paraguay has more than enough to offer for overlanders to check it out.
Rocket launches, sloths, winti rituals, gold mines and car rallies are among the experiences that make traveling to the Guianas unique.
Time to get out of the car and do some walking. Hiking on Yakushima Island, in south Japan and a UNESCO Biopshere Reserve.
Overland camping in Argentina with a private vehicle amidst amazing scenery. What’s there not to like? Here 11 top overland campsites.
The Land Cruiser returned to its country of birth, Japan, where on Kyushu Island we are spoiled by Friendee Auto Workshop.
The magic of the trail found in its landscape, culture, fog and sun, the spiritual and history are all reasons to thru-hike the Baekdu-Daegan.
November 29, 2016. We make new friends, admire hellish-looking ponds, and have our first car accident in 13 years on the road.
When writing our last newsletter (Yes, I want to receive it too!) I was reminiscing about our 6-month stay in South Korea and started thanking people whom had helped us in …
700+kms of hiking the Baekdu-daegan in South Korea, may be the most challenging yet inspiring way to travel here.
How a quick visa run to Tsushima Island, Japan, turns into a 24-hour, challenging trip due to bad weather, until you meet that angel.
Some of Brazil’s most fascinating sites lie in the Northeast, the Sertão: Jalapão, Serra Capivara National Park, Sousa, and Pai Mateus.
One week of sightseeing Seoul: the Olympic Park, the Bongeunsa Temple, Royal Tombs, Korea’s National Museum and the Korean War Memorial.
4 days of hiking in Jirisan National Park were followed by an additional 7 further north. It ws the start of the Baegdu Daegan Trail.
July 11, 2016: A 3-day hike in Seoraksan National Park had us blown away. The views, the trails, the sites along the way, the meetings with Koreans all contributed to a new passion: hiking.
Visit a Brazil few travelers have seen and check out these 10 under-the-radar spots for sightseeing and outdoor adventure.
Visiting the Demilitarized Zone, in shorti DMZ, in the east of South Korea: the Eilji Observatory and the 4th tunnel, both near Yanggu.
The Andes Mountains covers 7 countries and 4,300 miles. Here are 9 mind-blowing mountain passes in South America that we crossed.
Starting our Landcruising Adventure on a new continent, South Korea has the honor of being our first step in the Far East.
When traveling from one country to the next, let alone to another continent, it’s hard not to compare. And while doing that, we tend to focus on what we like about the …
Where are we – South Korea 3: Landcruising through the southern part of South Korea: cherry blossom, temples, food, hiking, camping, people.
Beach, snorkeling, sunsets, outrigged boats, lazing, reading a book and more while exploring the Philippines by boat.
Mountain runs, hanging coffins, rice terraces, and old colonial towns.
“Guyana? Where is that?” “Guy… what?” “Is that an island in the Pacific?” Clearly, Guyana is not the best-known country in the world, and even among South Americans you’ll find many …
Suriname’s Owru Yari in photos, a unique event in the world.
Architecture, transportation, food and people: there’s enough to see, watch and admire here.
One of things that makes any journey to Venezuela unique is its incredibly kind, helpful and hospitable people…
What to do when the road ends? Take a boat, find a guide and explore the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela.
Overlanding in Venezuela: making new friends and becoming part of Destinos Inteligentes for a weekend.
Our journey in Argentina took about a year. Here we share a number of stories on our trip.
For those who love off-roading to the back of beyond, add Pauji to your list to enjoy an incredible road trip in Venezuela.
Our #1 destination in Venezuela: the Gran Sabana. Lots of space, tranquility, off-road and rough camp opportunities.
The Andes Mountains: stunning, friendly, clean, and pleasant temperatures. What’s there not to like?
Staying with indigenous people, welcomed in a workshop, invited to visit hatos and being part of one of the country’s biggest festivals. Yes, we like Venezuela.
We crossed Los Llanos in Colombia, a spectacular 6-day road trip across vast plains with cattle, wildlife and oil business.
Away from the Pan Americana, driving in Colombia is spectacular through remote regions. Here are our 5 favorite road trips in Colombia.
Where’s the line between being foolish and adventurous? Getting the best info we could, we decided to drive to the Chocó, in Colombia.
A photo somewhere on the Internet was enough reason to check it out ourselves: the Amagá railroad bridge, south of Medellín. Like in other South American countries, once flourishing railroad systems …
Enjoy an impression of Pakistan through road signs, bill boards and other texts found along the way.
The treasure of La Selva Eco Lodge in Ecuador is that you can only reach it by boat, plus watching animal life around the lodge is done by boat as well.
Signboards in Iran are intriguing: the influence of Khomeini is visible, what do all those birds mean, and what about western penetration?
Cali, in Colombia, is known for salsa and nightlife, but there are other reasons to visit this vibrant city. Enjoy streetlife and sightseeing.
The 120-km-long Vía Auca goes deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon. We indadvertedly leave the main road and meet the Huoarani indigenous people.
We crossed the little-used border crossing of San Miguel between Ecuador and Colombia, and drove across Putumayo to Mocoa.
We swap our landcruising adventure for a Galápagos cruise and to see whether seacruising would for us.
From a luxurious stay at Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador we returned to the wilderness: the páramo in the Andes Mountains.
Road Travel in Peru continues with photos on and along the road from Arequipa to Lima via Paracas, plus the Cordillera Blanca and Cajamarca region.
Photos and impressions of Landcruising Adventure from the Bolivian border to the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Arequipa.
Driving from south to north we traverse a couple of national parks in Ecuador. Hiking around volcanoes and crater lakes, and the visit of a deer and fox.
Saraguro is the centre of an indigenous community in Ecuador. Check out its annual Three Kings Celebration on January 6.
Our first impressions of Ecuador give reason for despair as well as hope. Who to blame for all the deforestation and can the damage be undone?
Impressive ruins, mountains without tops, and a beach with sunny weather; a nice mixture in north Peru.
Part 2 on our Travels in Peru: chores & friends in Lima, exploring fantastic mountainous regions and sightseeing in Chavin.
South Peru brings a couple of scary moments: how serious is that tumor, and will the rock tumbling down that vertical wall hit our Land Cruiser?
How we’re getting back in shape? From the Hash in Suriname to trail running in Peru to a running event in Arica, Chile. What’s next?
The story behind the creation of a photo book featuring Bangladesh, a country of rickshaws, rice & jute, historical wealth, and beautiful people.
There are millions of pictures of Machu Picchu. What elements did Coen capture on camera?
Landcruising Adventure in Peru starts at Lake Titicaca, characterized by bucolic scenes, beautiful colonial churches and a Temple of Fertility.
It is time for a new overland road trip, leaving Bolivia, via Copacabana at Lake Titicaca, and crossing the border to our next country: Peru.
You think you need a 4WD to drive the Americas? Julie & J.B. show that you don’t. They drove in beautifully modified Citroën 2CV Fourgonette!
Overlanding in Asia in a unique set of vehicles. Check them out.
We decided to check out the Most Dangerous Road in the World, the Death Road. Is it really that dangerous? Where was everybody?
An ambitions project of a railroad through Bolivia fell to pieces. All there is left is the train cemetery outside Uyuni, for all to see.
Time for a smile: a random selection of animals we’ve come across in South America.
To talk to birds, visit the beautiful animal sanctuary with a bird dome for a 120 birds caught in smuggling like macaws, parrots, toucans.
After 4 extensive visits, totaling some 600 days we are leaving Brazil…
Lobster on the menu: enough reason to stay another day, isn’t it?
Sometimes we’re not in harmony with ourselves, each other, or our surroundings. And then, suddenly, everything changes…
From a blown-up battery in a horrible tourist town to a magical night in the dunes.
Windshield Views from Asia give a peek of landscapes, off-roads, animals, details, and a lot of other things during our overland journey to Vietnam.
We drive to the end of the world, meet Bertoldo and get landcruisingadventure.com in the air. How does that work?
Stopped by the traffic police during a roadblock in Bélem. Are we speaking the same language as the police officer?
How did the Ford Motor Company end up in the Amazon with 1 million hectares of land?
A place where you can see manatees from up close is Balbina’s Manatee Research Center in north Brazil. We are lucky and get a private tour.
The Rupununi Savanna of Guyana is home to many birds. Coen tries to capture them.
A private tour through a gold mine!
There are blockades in Guyana and we have to calculate how much diesel we have, and how much more we need Or can we get to Mahdia after all?
A highlight in Suriname: A boat trip to remnants of Suriname’s colonial plantation history in and around the Warappa Kreek.
The 18-hour SOL Adventure Rally and the 4-day Savanna Rally focus on the savanna of Suriname. We joined the dozens of teams and conquered our own challenges.
The Hash House Harriers is a running club that exists worldwide. We are introduced to hashing in Suriname, and learn there’s much more to it than running.
Being invited for a local sampula party not only is an honor; it’s fun.
One of the most impressive sights in South America has been watching sea turtles in French Guiana: leatherbacks, green turtles and olive turtles.
Guide de Guyane, by Philippe Boré, brought us to unexpected places. We loved hiking in French Guiana, with trails full of wildlife as well as historic sites.
Europe in South America: French Guiana. It has the euro and lots of good wine and cheese. It’s also on a major drug trafficking route – how safe is it?
Part 2 of Off-Road in Sertão, Brazil: fixing the spare tank, driving rally terrain, hitting the start of the rainy season.
From the coast to Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus: Sertão, caatinga, farms, cacti and palma, and friendly, helpful people.
Driving through the Amazon during rain has its challenges: tarantula’s, midgets, mosquitoes and dengue.
One of the big events in São Paulo is the Adventure Sports Fair. We not just checked it out, but joined with a display of the Land Cruiser and our journey.
Would you hurl sheep around for fun? During a religious festival in Bolivia we saw it’s a regional tradition, part of a celebration to honor San Santiago.
After the Land Cruiser’s overhaul we take it to Copacabana, Bolivia. There, right along Lake Titicaca our overland vehicle gets is blessing.
Cruising the Altiplano of North Chile, which is characterized by llamas, vicuñas, ceremonial villages and colorful landscapes.
Are we in northeast Bolivia? Some things look very Asian, even the tropical forests around the World’s Most Dangerous Road.
We enter Sepia Photocafe in the hope to, at last, have found a place with decent Internet or WiFi to check up on our digital correspondence. It’s an inviting …