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Old 05-15-2014, 08:42 PM   #616
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Belen

The next day was a short 55 km of good dirt with only the occasional sand pit and then 30 km of very new tarmac to Belen. Poor Andi was worse today so it was a good thing we had an easy day.

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This gave us time to tour the town, Cathedral, and the local museum. The artifacts here are thousands of years old.

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Old 05-16-2014, 04:43 PM   #617
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Antofagasta de La Sierra

Today we are headed where few people seem to have gone, which is Antofogasta de la Sierra in 257 km. This route is not on google map, but is on RP 43 which heads out from RN 40 just before Hualfin. The road is paved from Belen to the turn off ( last gas) and then there is about 30 km of dirt. The rest is paved until the last 60 km from El Penon.

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The 4200 m altitude hits you after “you see the first big dune” as our friend told us. We stopped when it got to 2.5 degrees to add a few layers.

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When we pulled over Andi went off the pavement into deep sand for a nap.

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We stopped for a break in El Penon before the last off road section. There are a few km of new pavement to start. It then deteriorates quickly.

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For a bit of fun we decided to ride on the “tarmac” sections, which have never been used in the 4 years they have been here. This meant riding over the dirt blockades or riding around in the sand. This avoided the dusty dirt road beside us.

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The last 10 KM are pot holed with a few sand pits and dirt sections. Just before town there is a large black lava field from the two nearby black volcanoes.


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Arriving in Antofagata at 3200 m we met up with our friends from La Falda who had managed to book us rooms here on this long weekend. The room was nice enough, but since there was no heat or insulation and the window did not close all the way it was the same temperature inside our room and outside minus 10, but at least not with the added wind chill. The worst part was Sara now had Andi’s flu and combined with the altitude was pretty miserable.

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Old 05-17-2014, 06:33 AM   #618
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Beautiful area indeed.
Great pics
If you are still in the area, I suggest you visit Laguna Brava (AR).
Be aware that if you plan to cross into Chile, the passport control office in Argentina is in the town of San Jose de Jachal (about 40 kms before the actual border)
Looking forward to your next update.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:09 PM   #619
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Beautiful area indeed.
Great pics
If you are still in the area, I suggest you visit Laguna Brava (AR).
Be aware that if you plan to cross into Chile, the passport control office in Argentina is in the town of San Jose de Jachal (about 40 kms before the actual border)
Looking forward to your next update.
Buen viaje!
Thanks for the advice! We are way behind in the blog due to very sketchy internet access in the last 3 weeks. We are in Cuzco and going to Machu Pichu! tomorrow. SP DP
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Old 06-01-2014, 04:54 PM   #620
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Finally back...

Well we have been delayed in posting for several reasons. I had a missing photos issue. Thanks to the Two Moto Kiwi who I had luckily given all my pics of the dunes to for uploading them to us. The rest of the delay is the lack of decent internet for the last few weeks. Now onto the dunes!


We did head out for a 4x4 tour with our friend Walter to the Great Dune, the Campo de Piedra Pomez, and to see some ancient stone carvings. Driving out of Antofagasta you get a great view down the Alta Plana toward the white lava rocks from the white volcano.

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The largest dune here has a trail up the lava field nearby. From the top the view is amazing of the other volcanoes and the white lava fields. The TMK had never been on a dune of this size before so were keen to run/ski down. Sara could barely walk up she was so sick with her cold.

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Old 06-01-2014, 05:16 PM   #621
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The dunes are incredible!

Every time I look at your report I wish I was right there with you. I'm still not decompressed and am longing for the road again.

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Old 06-01-2014, 09:24 PM   #622
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The dunes are incredible!

Every time I look at your report I wish I was right there with you. I'm still not decompressed and am longing for the road again.

Stay safe!
Well I hope we can meet up this summer over a beer!!!! We will be home June 24.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:27 PM   #623
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The White Rock!

In this area there are more than 200 volcanoes some are giant and some are very small. The Blanco or white Volcano erupted to form the Campo de Piedra Pomez or pumice stone field. This is a 16 mile area was formed by the eruption and sculpted by the wind and it looks like a sea filled with white icebergs or with white waves with pick crests. Thanks Ellen for the pictures, until I can get mine recovered.

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Old 06-03-2014, 03:18 PM   #624
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feeling the altitude

The stone carvings here are from the same era 1000 ACE to 9000 BCE as the artifacts in the museum of Belen. Walter took us around to several sites that you would never find on your own as they are out in the middle of nowhere.

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The plan from here had been to head OFF OFF road and drive on the Salar de Antofalla (the longest salar in the world), camp out, and then make it back to the dirt road 300 km north on the RP 51.


The combination of the altitude, the freezing temperature, the possibility of no gas available in the next tine town, and Sara being sicker today we opted to be safe and back track 332 km to civilization and normal altitude in Santa Maria. It’s a good thing, since arriving there Sara went directly to bed and didn’t get up until the next morning.

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:52 PM   #625
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Pachamama

She was a bit better today so we decided to get going north. On the way out of town there is a huge statue of Pachamama. Pachamama is the goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. In Inca mythology she is a fertility goddess. After the conquest by the Spanish the figure of the Virgin Mary became united with the Pachamama for many indigenous who were forced to convert to Catholicism.

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Just 21 km out of Santa Maria is the small village of Amaicha, which has an amazing Pachamama Museum. From here we rode north and thru Cayfate (which is a very cute town) “ on our way to Cachi up the ruta 40”.


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Old 06-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #626
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Cayfate & Salta

Our plan had been today to head up to Cachi, but Sara was still not feeling up to 120 km of dirt, washboard, and steep mountain roads, so we drove 25 km thru the vineyards to San Carlos after a total of only 84 km and STOPPED and actually ate lunch! Heading 19 km back to Cayfate we found a nice room in a small hostal. They have a nice square here full of restaurants.

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The road north from here 189 km to Salta is amazing on the RN 68.

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It looks a lot like Utah with the red rocks.

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We saw 4 tour busses pulled over on the side of the road so we checked it out. It was a very cool ancient waterfall from a now dry lake that created a natural amphitheatre.


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It was so nice arriving in town to be greeted by Clive (my motorcycle over lander concierge). He had rented us a great fully set up apartment with underground secure parking and with a view of the cathedral for 22$. He also of course had wine, vodka, and food for us.


This evening we went on a walk of the area, the main square, and to see the Cathedral.

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Dan made friends with an empanada in the square.

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:54 PM   #627
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Cachi

We decided to do a day trip to the isolated mountain town of Cachi, since we had missed it on the way up to Salta. This is an awesome 159 km one -way ride that Google says takes 5 ½ hours, but Dan did it in 2 ½. He says this is in the top 5 roads of the trip so far.

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From Salta you backtrack on the 68 about 30km on the pavement to the turn off.

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The rest of the way is paved except a few small patches and about 30 km on the switchbacks up the mountain, but on very good gravel. You ride along the river on the valley floor to the end of the valley and then up.. up.. up to 3700m on the switchbacks.

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The view from the end of the valley as we head up the mountainside.

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The last 80 km is across the high plateau with stunning views.

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The town itself is a tourist enclave, with shops restaurants, and wineries. We stopped for lunch at the famous Oliver wine bar.


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The locals grow a lot of peppers and dry them in the sun.


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Old 06-08-2014, 09:57 AM   #628
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North to the border of Bolivia

Today we are headed to the border of Bolivia. The border town of Yavi is 391 km north from Salta.

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Gassing up on the way out we took this picture of the very cute gas girl to add to Trevor Angel’s collection of cute gas girls. There was this crazy huge armadillo sculpture on the edge of town too.

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The ride north from Salta on the 9 is fantastic. The route thru the valley is on a very curvy paved road that is only 4 meters wide and about 30 km long.

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A great stopping place for a snack is the cute town of Pumamarca in the valley of the seven colors.

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There is a very old church here with a 700-year-old tree.

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Arriving back at our bikes we found this police man “guarding” our bikes. He told us we had left them alone too long and they could go missing. He was not at all worried about this guy parked next to us with all his gear. He even has a long board skateboard.

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Just up the road is an artisanal shop with a huge Llama and a cactus with a nice rack (Andi). This is the first time we had issues with gas and altitude. The 650 especially did not like it and several times the power failed and twice the bike died at 3900-4200 m. Phew and we have not even got crappy Bolivian gas yet.


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Arriving at the border at 4 pm we had lots of time to get to the Bolivian town of Tupiza in 65 km. Driving up it was eerily quiet. This was because there was a roadblock on the Bolivian side and the border had been closed all day. They said it would open at 7 the next day. We drove 38 km to Yavi Chico because we had been told it was a nicer place to stay then Yavi, it’s not. So we headed back to town and found a hotel. Luckily there was a room with the border closure and there was also a large tour here with 12 bikes.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:01 PM   #629
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Its Bolivia so of course there is a protest and blockade

Today we are in for a big day with crossing the border to Bolivia (country number 16) and 210 km of dirt to Uyuni.

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In the morning we were up at 630 to make it to the border early as we expected a huge line up after the closure the day before. There was no one there and we were second in line behind one of the guides from the tour dealing with the support vehicle!!!

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Pulling up to the border go under the covered area and park to the right along the curb. You will see a number of windows to your right. You start at window number2, which is where you get the Argentinean exit stamp for your passport. Then you head to number 3 where you go into the office and up to the counter of the Aduana so you can get your Argentinean temporary permit cancelled. You need your passport, permit, proof of insurance for Bolivia, and bike title. In January we had bought 6 months of insurance on the net from an agent in La Falda for Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil. This avoids the previous problems we had heard of people getting hassled by the Bolivian police for insurance you cannot buy at the border.



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Pulling up to the border go under the covered area and park to the right along the curb. You will see a number of windows to your right. You start at window number2, which is where you get the Argentinean exit stamp for your passport. Then you head to number 3 where you go into the office and up to the counter of the Aduana so you can get your Argentinean temporary permit cancelled. You need your passport, permit, proof of insurance for Bolivia, and bike title. In January we had bought 6 months of insurance on the net from an agent in La Falda for Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil. This avoids the previous problems we had heard of people getting hassled by the Bolivian police for insurance you cannot buy at the border.

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Then proceed to window number 4 this is Bolivian Migration. Then wave at your riding friends back at number 2. The officer will give you a 2-part form in English to fill out and stamp your passport to enter Bolivia. Lastly go to window 5, which is the Bolivian Aduana. They will want your passport and title. They will get you to sign 2 copies of the new permit. Make sure you check the VIN carefully. This was the stumbling block as their Internet was on and off. Despite actually being the second in line the whole thing took over 90 min.

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Finally they will come out and check you plate number.

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Next head across the bridge to Bolivia, where they will check that you have completed the import process.

Uyuni 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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We headed into Bolivia in dense fog and a temperate of 1 degree. We had planned to stop to get money in Tupiza in 110 km. Luckily the tollbooth agreed to take Argentinean Pesos (the toll is 5 Bolivianos or about .80$ to get to Tupiza). They give you a receipt to show at the next tollbooth.


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About 80 km later we came across a roadblock of several loads of rocks and dirt. Daniel went across to see what was going on. Basically the police were trying to explain to the protestors that blocking the road was unconstitutional. Their response was that blocking the road was their constitutional right. Dan finally said in Spanish “ excuse me, but I don’t understand what the problem is here. Can we pass with the motos?” The leader of the protest said “si”.

Uyuni 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The only way to cross was over and so Dan drove the bikes over. This took two tries for Lulu because she is so low. In between I flattened out the top and removed a few rocks. Dan’s bike was no problem.

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After this was a tunnel and then the road was again strewn with rocks. Where they were really blocking the whole road the locals had made a 1-foot wide walking path that we could just drive up.



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Arriving in Tupiza we found the square and an ATM that “spoke” English. Despite what we had heard about Bolivia (horrible drivers, bad food, and very unfriendly people) we found just the opposite. That good vibe continued to be true for our whole visit to this country named most unfriendly in the world by CNN.


Just outside of town you head off road 208 km to Uyuni on the route of the Dakar. The first 104 km to the town of Atocha are very hard packed good dirt and gravel. We could travel at 80 km at least. There is actually a toll and a barrier blocking this dirt road again of 5 BS per bike. There is not too much traffic on this road, but it is still very dusty when there is some. We stopped in the town for an empanada snack. The 650 again was having some issues with power and cut out a few times on the steeper hills.


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