April 2017: Entering the southern hemisphere
With April 2017 done time is starting to fly. “Only” 8 more months and 4 more countries left until I’m done. In April I started with a broken van in south Colombia, crossed the equator in Ecuador and ended up at the coast in Peru.
- The mountains had some beautiful hikes
- Relaxing on the warm beaches
- No major van problems (after the alternator was fixed)
- The mountains still had a lot a lot of rain.
- Altitude headaches are a pain
- Hiking at almost 4000m (Otavalo, Quilotoa and Cajas)
- Wobbly ladders and bridges to get to the top of a church (Quito)
- No days: 30 (436 total)
- No. km: 2691 (48750 total)
- Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
- No. Border crossings: 2
- No. of places stayed at: 18 (18 campsites)
- Hikes: 63 km height difference 3287 m
- Books: 4
- Movies: 4
- New Beers: 3
- Photos: 681
- Days: warmest 33 coldest 12, average 22
- Nights: warmest 25, coldest 6, average 16
Rainy evenings resulted in me watching a lot of movies and reading loads of books. I had quite a bit of relax days on the beach so April has the least amount of pictures taken so far. This month was the first time I drove higher than 4000m and even slept at 3900m, because of that I had some pretty cold days and nights.
Daily costs for April
- Camp sites: 5 Euro per night (plan was 7)
- Food: 6 Euro per day (plan was 7)
- Fun: 1 Euro per day (plan was 4)
Total: 12 Euro per day (plan was 18)
Ecuador was a bit more expensive than Colombia but Peru is a whole lot cheaper again. Overall they were all cheaper than planned.
Overall driving (13 months):
- Distance: 48750 (plan was 48937)
- Fuel costs: 62 cents/l (plan was 62 cents/l)
- Efficiency: 11.2 km/l (plan was 11 km/l)
For the first time in a long time I managed to stay below my planned kilometers.
New to the monthly summaries: last month’s route and the elevation profile.