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Pumpy 01-03-2011 09:08 AM

One day… you have to live your dream. Solo through South America
 
Just in time for Christmas I came home from an epic journey through South America. Riding my trusty DRZ400S through Argentina, Uruguay, a tiny bit of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and the whole length of Chile down to Tierra del Fuego, I covered 23,517 kilometres / 14,616 miles in four months.

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This trip was everything and more I had ever dreamt of. In the weeks to come I am going to tell you all about it; here is just a little taster of my experiences:

I saw fascinating landscapes -

Cataratas del Iguazú, Argentina / Brazil
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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Torres del Paine, Chile
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… and beautiful places –

Machu Picchu, Peru (no, I didn't ride my bike along this path)
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Arequipa by night, Peru
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Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
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I rode awesome roads –

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Ruta 26 between Nasca and Cuzco, Peru
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Carretera Austral, Chile
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Caught glimpses of history –

Brachiosaurus bones in the palaeontological museum MEF in Trelew, Argentina
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7,000 year old mummies from the Chinchorro culture, San Miguel de Azapa, Chile
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Ocotber 2010, Copiapó, Chile
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Watched wonderful wildlife –

Vicuñas in the Lauca National Park, Chile
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Pelicans on the Pacific coast, Iloca, Chile
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Magellan Penguins, Patagonia, Argentina
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Had a fair share of “Oops” and “Doh…!” moments –

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Near Pucón, Los Lagos, Chile
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“Should I have listened to the GPS?”
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Learnt a lot about the mechanics of my bike –

In the workshop of Motoservi in Sucre, Bolivia
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During regular maintenance days
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What a neglected sparkplug looks like after 22,000 kilometres…
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Tasted delicious food –

Llama steak, Uyuni, Bolivia
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Trucha (trout), freshly caught from Lago Titikaka, Bolivia
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Home cooked meals…
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And, best of all, I met amazing people everywhere. Here are just a few –

Benita on the street market in La Paz, Bolivia
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Oscar and Julia in San Fernando, Chile, who let me park the bike in their dining room
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Jorge, Facundo and their friends in Otamendi, Buenos Aires Province, who introduced me to the pleasures of a proper Argentinean Asado (BBQ)
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As English is not my first language, it will take me some time to write the report but I hope you will find it worth the wait…

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panzerphil 01-03-2011 10:34 AM

14,616 miles in four months on a DRZ400.

OK, you've got my attention, across 2 forums. :wink:

kparrott 01-03-2011 10:37 AM

Awesome pictures! It looks like you had a great time! :clap

VTbeemer 01-03-2011 10:50 AM

I'm in for this one....

Looks like a great ride!!:lurk:lurk

wraith9 01-03-2011 10:50 AM

I'm in!

HuskyGuy 01-03-2011 10:57 AM

I cant wait for the details!! :ear

lslucas 01-03-2011 10:58 AM

I'm hooked!!:clap

Motojournalism 01-03-2011 11:15 AM

Boy I could go for a llama steak right about now. :dg

kootenay kid 01-03-2011 11:20 AM

Fantastic. Maybe one day I'll have the balls to do this myself. Looking forward to the ride report.

alekkas 01-03-2011 11:37 AM

Looks like a great ride. I'm in.

chrisjk 01-03-2011 12:32 PM

Great pics Ela - can't wait for the others and the story!:thumb

rednax 01-03-2011 12:44 PM

what is your first language, spanish? Subscribed:lurk

RozzyCat 01-03-2011 12:48 PM

While English might not be your first language - looks like adventure and living the dream are native to you. I'm in!

simondippenhall 01-03-2011 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lslucas (Post 14839661)
I'm hooked!!:clap

+1 ...looking forward to hearing more

yzfcathy 01-03-2011 01:39 PM

Awesome blog
 
Your blog is very nice. A trip of a lifetime indeed.

Do you know what the DRz weighed before/after all the Mods?


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