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Old 01-03-2011, 08:08 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…

. - Four months through South America on a DRZ - Ride Report: One day... you have to live your dream
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