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In 2017 we decided to do something uncommon, changing our busy lifestyles for a self-development adventure that would mark us forever: we took a sabbatical year to travel the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina overlanding in our expedition truck, Brutus.

The adventure was more rewarding than we expected. We learned to embrace life on the road living simply, being present, appreciating what before we would take for granted. We have developed lifetime friendships, experienced a diversity of cultures and witnessed true wildlife encounters and untouched nature. But the best of it, we have reconnected as a couple and conceived our son, Luca, on the way.

On this blog you will find more about our journey, from whale-watching in Canada, meeting grizzly bears and fishing salmon in Alaska, chilling by the beach in Mexico, diving with sharks in Belize, to experiencing Machu Picchu in Peru and the Uyuni salt plains in Bolivia before reaching the end of the world, in Patagonia, Argentina.

Here we also explain how it all started, how we planned for our adventure and how we resumed our lives after our sabbatical. We hope you will find our insights and tips useful when planning your next lifetime adventure or next “big change"!

Enjoy and Keep On Exploring!

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How it happened

Our expedition to Machu Picchu

We were so excited for our expedition to the tremendous archeological site of Machu Picchu. The heart of the Inca civilization in Peru was on our priority list since we started our journey. This much awaited moment coincided with my 20 weeks pre-natal control which had to be done in the city of Cusco. And…

Towards Laguna Parón, Peru

We were excited to reach Peru, to finally visit the tremendous archeological site of Machu Picchu. But before heading to the heart of the Inca civilization we were advised by fellow travelers: “You should not miss Laguna Parón. It's a must do in Peru!”. The lake located at 4,185m height in Cordillera Blanca stands out…

From Quito to Cuenca, Ecuador

Located in a high-altitude valley next to Pichincha volcano, Quito is a capital of true dramatic beauty. The metropolis impressed us with its uniquely scenic views and largely preserved old town. My return to Quito for a second time gave me the chance to explore it from a different perspective, to see it with the…

Latitude Zero, Ecuador

When I first visited Ecuador in 2013 I was completely charmed and promised myself I would return one day. It was exciting to be back and rediscover it from a different perspective. Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, a small touristic village next to Quito that marks the Equator,  the invisible line that divides the earth in…

The coffee region, Colombia

The more we explored Colombia the more amazed we were with its beauty and variety. Lovely panoramas of coffee plantations and tropical mountain landscapes were unfolding south of Medellin. We received a great recommendation to camp at a coffee farm called Finca Guyabal next to Manizales where they offered a fantastic coffee seminar and tour.…

Medellin, Colombia

Changing the Caribbean heat scene for the pleasant green valleys of the Andes mountains was a spectacular transition for us. Medellin impressed with its surrounding nature and the breathtaking views from El Peñón de Guatapé granitic rock. We loved the vibrant atmosphere of the city and the voluptuous sculptures of Fernando Botero. But more than…

Santa Marta, Colombia

We left Cartagena behind to wait for the truck’s arrival in the port of Santa Marta. We were attracted by the city’s reputation of a laid-back bohemian atmosphere and were hoping to get some relaxing times around Tayrona National Park and the Caribbean Sea. When we got there we quickly realized that moving around at…

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena! The beginning of our journey in South America! We had arrived at the airport after a quick one-hour flight from Panama City. By that time Brutus was already cruising the Caribbean waters on his 3 weeks solo journey on a RoRo vessel to Colombia. We were happy to embark on a backpacking journey to…

Panama

Panama was the last Central American country to visit and it became a very important milestone in our expedition. We had several errands planned in its cosmopolitan capital besides touring around and visiting the world-famous Panama Canal. I was so excited and anxious to have my first prenatal examination, JP wanted to apply for a…