First thing in the morning, we drive to the border and actually pass the Colombian customs office and park just before the Ecuador border.
- We get our passport’s stamped out of Colombia (The building with all the white tents outside of it).
- Walk 50m to the DIAN office to cancel our Temporary Import Permit – TIP. BTW, there are ladies with stacks of US Cash walking around (they exchange Colombian Pesos for you) and they will show you the way to the DIAN office.
- Drop off your original TIP
- Drive over to Ecuador’s offices
Again super simple! I don’t know if it’s because we had our lucky swiss charms, but we went to the Ecuador passport office and within one hour – we were done! We cross over and start our Ecuador journey. First stop, the tree sculptures. These tree sculptures are hidden inside a cemetery in the small town of Tulcan.
We take it slow and do a nice and slow road trip through the north of Ecuador. First, stopping for a night at a campground called Finca Sommerwind and then driving through the mountains and then we get to our first wild campsite just outside of Apuela. It’s a safe small town and we find a free campsite right by the river. Even though we’ve only been in Ecuador for a few days, we already love the lushness of the lands. It’s so much green all around, we are surprised and already know 2 weeks won’t be enough to explore this country.
We know it’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve had more… car issues. That will come in the next post, but long story short – we had to replace some parts unexpectantly. With the amount of driving it’s normal, but it’s difficult to try and deal with all these issues in a foreign country when you only know basic Spanish (and that is being generous).