How is the day-to-day camper van?

Traveling for three years in the Saioneta has been a unique experience. We explain how is the day to day living in a camper van, a home with wheels of six square meters.

Durmiendo en nuestra furgoneta camper

We wake up to the sun

Sunlight is strained by the folds of curtains of the van. It’s time to wake up. In general, while we travel and sleep in the Saioneta we follow the schedules of the sun. We open the first eye when the star comes out and we pick up when it gets. It is a good way to enjoy the day and work or entertain us watching a movie or connecting to the internet at nightfall.

Durmiendo en nuestra furgo camper

Making the lazy on the van

As it is still early – in some areas of South America the sun goes out at 6 in the morning – we open the side door and we do the lazy before we activate ourselves. It is a real pleasure when you sleep in a rural area or in small villages, where you are not only awakened by the sunlight but also the birds that sing good morning. Even in some places there may be some cock that will alarm us. And they say that the best way to wake up is naturally.
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Comiendo en nuestra furgo camper

The breakfasts of the van

On the van we make most meals of the day. Here we cook and eat practically always, if they do not invite us or we make an extra and we go to a restaurant. Of all the meals, our favorite is the breakfast. One of the greatest pleasures of traveling, without schedules or a boss who dictates the agenda, is to be able to take as much time as you want for the first meal of the day. Journey.

Eating on our camper van
This also allows us to reflect on what we eat and what we do not want to eat. For some weeks we are opting for an alkaline diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, low in sugars, salts and fats. We have drastically reduced the lactic and meat and, although it costs quite, we also try to lower the consumption of transgenic and wheat, especially if it is refined. In the first picture, we experimented with making some chapatis of bean flour with guacamole. In the second, a good soy hamburger with green salad.

Mobile office and hippie market

In addition to dining and bedroom, the van is a mobile office. Here we edit the videos, write our stories and configure the routes. The Saioneta also makes us the stage for concerts and the hippie street market to sell the crafts that we are doing. In the photo, we show the handicrafts and disks of Furgo en route in front of the dock of Laguna Cocha, in the south of Colombia.

The van also serves as a sideboard to spread the project of Freeway en route. Coinciding with the three-year route – in fact we still have a month and a half to celebrate the anniversary – and the 70,000 kilometers traveled, we are explaining our route from the southern tip of the continent, in Ushuaia, Argentina, to the country closest to North of South America, Colombia, where we have recently arrived.

Taking the mate in our camper van

The van: a small house with a huge yard

Although the house is small – the cabin is only about six square meters – our patio is immense and extends beyond the horizon. We just have to get to a natural area, stop and pull out the chairs and the table to have a giant dining room. The stage can be as spectacular as you can imagine. Smoky volcanoes, eternal snow glaciers, ancient forests, crystal-clear lakes, deserted beaches of white sand … well, it is not always so idyllic, of course. But the square of a small town or the park of a city can also be good places to camp.

Personal hygiene, a whole world inside the van

Although small and has its limitations, in our camper van there is also room for personal hygiene. In the Saioneta we clean and stretch the clothes – outside or inside, according to the place and the moment -, we shower with the extendable tap as long as it does not get too cold on the outside, and even we have a chemical bath for emergencies, that finishes you Saving you when you can not stand it at midnight and you’re in the center of a city. In the photo, clothes lying in the middle of Rio de Janeiro.

Condiciendo nuestra furgoneta camper

A relaxing ride … if the breakdowns allow it

Obviously, a part of the time is spent driving. We do not do it every day, and the length of the journeys depends a lot on each moment. As we take turns driving and can stop at any time, in general – if there is no unforeseen or breakdown – it is not difficult to travel in the camper, not even when we made a roll the 2,500 kilometers separating Rio de Janeiro from Paraguay .

From mechanic to mechanic … and we take the opportunity to make friends in the workshop

The Saioneta speaks to us. He’s always telling us things. When it is not a taca-taca it is a crec-crec. Sometimes it makes sounds when the lights come on. At other times the fan changes its usual buzz by a different one. She communicates with us, and we, as a reward for giving us conversation, take her to the mechanic. We left home without knowing anything about mechanics, but after going through workshops all over South America, we began to identify one of the many noises he shared with us.

As we have been through so many mechanics and our house is the Saioneta, when we have to stay several days waiting for a piece or a repair in the yard of the mechanic this is customary to become the parcel Where we plan our home. That’s where we take the opportunity to make friends. For a few days, the mechanic, the mechanic’s family and some of the mechanic’s clients end up being our private, ephemeral family until the repair is over. In some cases, as happened with Silvio in Paraguay, with Pablo in Buenos Aires or Pato in Quito we maintain contact with our good mechanical brothers.

We share with friends and other travelers

In these three years, it has been many people who have passed through the Saioneta. From the hitchhikers we have collected all over South America, to the travelers with whom we have shared some days of travel or the friends who have welcomed us at home and have climbed the van to make some excursion. In the photo, we share some mates on the route that goes to Otavalo, Ecuador, with the Rodando Ando, ​​a family of Argentines who are traveling around the world in a bus adapted as housing.

We fall asleep watching the stars

In our camper we go to bed early. Between 21.30 and 1.30 we prepared the Saioenta to put it in night mode. We almost always slept downstairs, on the sofa bed, so we played everything we carried behind in the front seats. It is a process that repeats itself every day, since the bed is never made, but you get used to it. With a bit of luck, if the area is isolated and there are no clouds, we can sleep while we see the stars, as in the photo, somewhere in the Ecuadorian Andes.

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22 responses to “How is the day-to-day camper van?”

  1. Melisa Fernandez

    Hola!! Estoy en viaje hace casi tres meses, estamos en Chile con la idea de recorrer Latinoamerica en nuestro furgón Partner, más chico que el suyo, pero adaptado para poder dormir y cocinar en el, la cuestión del sanitario me llamo la atención en su caso ¿Cómo lo solucionaron? Me estoy leyendo todos sus posts muchas gracias por compartir, son muy útiles.

  2. caracul

    Snifffffff,
    I jo currant

    Us estimo i us envejo.

    Petonasssos!!!!!!
    Montserrat P

  3. Eduardo

    Me ha encantado la idea del cambio de dieta a un intento más “Ecológico” o digamos natural….

    Podíais poner un apartado en la WEB con aquellas recetas de los platos que más os gusten y sean dignos de compartir con el resto de seguidores….pero solo las buenas ehhhhh¡¡¡¡ 😉

  4. Nestor Lopez

    M’agrada veure les fotos i llegir els comentaris…son un uruguaià furgonetero. ..en Manresa.

  5. Josep Rof Rof

    Hola amics ha set una sorpresa al rebre el vostra correu, per cert molt extens i guapo! Auguro que torneu estar de marxa, lo qual m’alegra un munt, ja em direu quelcom abraçades, qui us recorda Josep

  6. Sandra - guery

    Hola amics! M’ha encantat el reportatge! Crec que Estéu fent un viatge d’aquells que fan que la vida calgui la pena, inolvidable, tot un exemple de viure cada moment intensament, m’encanta!! Molts Petonets i us continuem seguint!!!!!

  7. Angels Mestres

    Guapis!!! M’ha molat molt aquest post!! M’encanta el vostre estil de vida! Espero algun dia poder fer-vos una visita!! 😉 una super abraçada bonics!!! I seguiu aixi de macus!!! 🙂

  8. tnttgn

    Molt maco el relat. Veient el para-sol de la FurgoFesta m’imagino a vosaltres explicant alla de que es tracta. Furfgofestaaaa oeeeeeee!!!

    Relato precioso. Viendo el parasol de la FurgoFesta me imagino a vosotros explicando allí de qué se trata.

    😉

    Salut! Una abraçada. Cuideu-vos

  9. Denise Freitas

    O sorriso que estampa o rosto de vocês dois é a prova da beleza de se viver nesse Furgo de aldeia em aldeia, sob o sol e as estrelas. Cumuru sente saudades de vocês. Bjs

  10. gisela

    fuerza chicos! son unos genios , espero poder realizar un viaje similar algun dia!

  11. José cubilla

    Les sigo siempre… Fuerza!! Y sigan adelante.. Saludos desde Asunción

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