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Old 01-03-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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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.



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


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia


Torres del Paine, Chile


… and beautiful places –

Machu Picchu, Peru (no, I didn't ride my bike along this path)


Arequipa by night, Peru


Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina


I rode awesome roads –



Ruta 26 between Nasca and Cuzco, Peru


Carretera Austral, Chile


Caught glimpses of history –

Brachiosaurus bones in the palaeontological museum MEF in Trelew, Argentina


7,000 year old mummies from the Chinchorro culture, San Miguel de Azapa, Chile


Ocotber 2010, Copiapó, Chile


Watched wonderful wildlife –

Vicuñas in the Lauca National Park, Chile


Pelicans on the Pacific coast, Iloca, Chile


Magellan Penguins, Patagonia, Argentina


Had a fair share of “Oops” and “Doh…!” moments –



Near Pucón, Los Lagos, Chile


“Should I have listened to the GPS?”


Learnt a lot about the mechanics of my bike –

In the workshop of Motoservi in Sucre, Bolivia


During regular maintenance days


What a neglected sparkplug looks like after 22,000 kilometres…


Tasted delicious food –

Llama steak, Uyuni, Bolivia


Trucha (trout), freshly caught from Lago Titikaka, Bolivia


Home cooked meals…


And, best of all, I met amazing people everywhere. Here are just a few –

Benita on the street market in La Paz, Bolivia


Oscar and Julia in San Fernando, Chile, who let me park the bike in their dining room


Jorge, Facundo and their friends in Otamendi, Buenos Aires Province, who introduced me to the pleasures of a proper Argentinean Asado (BBQ)


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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Old 01-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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14,616 miles in four months on a DRZ400.

OK, you've got my attention, across 2 forums.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:37 AM   #3
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Awesome pictures! It looks like you had a great time!
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:50 AM   #4
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I'm in for this one....

Looks like a great ride!!
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:50 AM   #5
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:58 AM   #6
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #7
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Boy I could go for a llama steak right about now.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:20 AM   #8
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Fantastic. Maybe one day I'll have the balls to do this myself. Looking forward to the ride report.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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I'm hooked!!
+1 ...looking forward to hearing more
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:39 PM   #10
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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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Old 01-03-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:51 PM   #12
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Radarman enroute to SA

Shipped my BMW r1200gs last month to Santiago and I leave in next two weeks for Chile with plan to ride home to Canada over next two years. Second trip for me, first was Punta Arenas north to Temuca. This trip east to Urguay. Question for you, did you ever get insurance for your bike or get stopped asking for it?

LAst trip I rented KTM 640 and dealer kept a credit card no insurance!

Like the pics, have a few of the same!
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:00 AM   #13
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Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:44 AM   #14
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Question for you, did you ever get insurance for your bike or get stopped asking for it?
Yes and yes. Riding without insurance is illegal and you will be in serious trouble if you get caught without it or if you have an accident causing damage and injury to other people.

Bike insurance was the first thing I organised after landing in Buenos Aires and before getting the DRZ out of customs (post #44). While I had a contract that covered Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile on one policy, it wasn't easy or cheap to obtain insurance in Peru. So the terms and conditions may vary in the countries you are going to visit but I wouldn't even have dreamt of taking this unnecessary risk - least of all in a foreign continent.

Good luck with your trip!
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:58 AM   #15
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Glad you made it back in one piece Ela
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