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Old 08-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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RTW 2013-2014 From Chile to Canada and hopefully much more

From Santiago de Chile to Tierra del Fuego and up to Central America - being on a trip around the world, we are right now heading up north for Mexico, USA and Canada.

We came across the ADVrider forum through our friends in Antigua Julio and Luisa, who travelled last year from Guatemala all the way up to Alaska and back.

Who are we and what have we done before we started this thread on ADV?

We are a couple from Germany, Claudia and Ingo, travelling on 2 BMWs through Latin America. On Santa Clause 2012 we started our adventure in Santiago de Chile. From there we were heading down on the Ruta 40 to “Tierra del Fuego - Fin del Mundo”, the famous place at the end of the world.



Torres del Paine National Park, wind protected camping





Torres del Paine Nationalpark



Ushuaia worldīs end


We then took the Ruta 3 east of Argentina to come up to Buenos Aires and Uruguay, visited the Foz do Iguazu, the enormous waterfalls in Brazil, back into Argentina and Chile. From San Pedro de Atacama we popped into Bolivia, continued with Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.



Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento, save place for the bikes



Brazil, Foz do Iguacu



Argentina, Salar Grande



Chile, Lauca National Park



Bolivia, ferry across the Lago Titicaca



Peru, Lago Titicaca, floating islands



Peru, Machu Picchu



Lima in Peru, not always lucky > puncture



Ecuador Galapagos Islands, Galapagos tortoise



Colombia, coffee farm

From Bogotá, Colombia we shipped our bikes across the Darian Gap to Panama City to continue with the Central American States from there. So back on the road, heading up north again we passed through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador into Guatemala.


Panama, Boca del Toro



Costa Rica, Colibri



Guatemala, Antigua

And now here we are. Just visited Tikal in the north of the country, ready to take the border into Mexico.



Guatemala, Tikal

When we donīt travel, we live in Zurich, Switzerland, but not only for the cheese fondue and chocolate purposes. How old are we? Well, past the age when life is rather difficult, letīs say in our best years, at least this is what we believe: 41 and 52.

For all details and maps, please check our website www.reisemotten.com .
(Sorry, only in german)


Claudia and Ingo
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:41 AM   #2
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:48 AM   #3
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Good to see you finally made it and you started posting here on ADV

Great pictures BTW , keep them coming !!

It was great meeting you guys and having the chance to take you for a few rides in my backyard

Good luck with the border crossing today and may our trails cross again...

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
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Great trip and pix

It's going to be great following you two along your upcoming travels!

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Finally!!

Great pics! Looking forward to much more and a visit in Vancouver.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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Good to see you finally made it and you started posting here on ADV

Great pictures BTW , keep them coming !!

It was great meeting you guys and having the chance to take you for a few rides in my backyard

Good luck with the border crossing today and may our trails cross again...

Vayan con Dios ,

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Hola Julio,

Thank you! And I am sure our trails WILL cross again rather soon.
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the black text reads real bad on the default forum skin (dark grey background). would be better to change it

Hi LethPhaos,
you are quite right, I will try to sort this out. Not 100% sure though how it works as I have just started posting the thread. Will do my best for you and your eyes!

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Great pics! Looking forward to much more and a visit in Vancouver.

Hi you two! Yes, thanks, will try to get up to Canada before you start your trip, but I donīt think we can make it on time. Will let you know soon. Look lorward to see your thread here!

Viva Mexico!
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It's going to be great following you two along your upcoming travels!

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Thanks! We will keep posting our pics...

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Crossing the border into Mexico

We had an easy border crossing from Guatemala into Mexico. The aduana and migration at "El Ceibo" was in a new(ish) building and impeccably clean. The ride was fantastic with almost no traffic on the road.

Being in Palenque we spent the day at the archaeological site in the Nationalpark "Palenque" and at the waterfalls "Misol-Ha".











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Very nice.

We don't read as many reports of people south to north on ADV. Most are riding south. I'm sure you know you're into raining season big time in Mexico.
Sept can be the rainiest, where as Sept. in the US is the best month of the year for travel weather (cooler and dry).

Up this way (Americans and Canadians), are prepping for their ride south starting in Nov. Generally from Nov-June is the dry season in Central America. Up here, by Oct. the mountains will be cold and most often snow.
Where do you plan on riding in the winter months if you're riding north?
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So glad you started a RR! Your pictures are amazing!! I hope you make it to visit us in Vancouver so we can host you before we head back to get the bikes where you last saw them at Girag in Panama. We fly there Sept 23.

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Very nice.

We don't read as many reports of people south to north on ADV. Most are riding south. I'm sure you know you're into raining season big time in Mexico.
Sept can be the rainiest, where as Sept. in the US is the best month of the year for travel weather (cooler and dry).

Up this way (Americans and Canadians), are prepping for their ride south starting in Nov. Generally from Nov-June is the dry season in Central America. Up here, by Oct. the mountains will be cold and most often snow.
Where do you plan on riding in the winter months if you're riding north?

Our trip through Central America was supposed to be in the rainy season. We knew it before and there was no other way to avoid this time of the year. We were quite worried about too much rain though, but in the end we were just so lucky. There was only very little water coming down, mostly in the afternoons and at night. Starting the days early helps a lot. So yes, there is the last risk now riding through Mexico in August/September. Letīs see how it goes.

We donīt know exactly where we will be spending the winter months. One option is to ship the bikes to New Zealand, this would be inside a friendīs big truck (itīs not the friend who is big, just the truck!). We are also thinking of travelling parts of southern Australia. The other possibility is to ship them (or just one) to Asia. Well, donīt know 100% right now.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:14 PM   #14
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So glad you started a RR! Your pictures are amazing!! I hope you make it to visit us in Vancouver so we can host you before we head back to get the bikes where you last saw them at Girag in Panama. We fly there Sept 23.

Sara

Sara, hi how are you? Letīs keep the fingers crossed that your bikes are still there! But yes, they looked quite all right when we saw them back in July I think it was. It all depends on how quick we travel through Mexico...

Enjoy the last few working weeks in BC.

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Good to see you finally made it and you started posting here on ADV

Great pictures BTW , keep them coming !!

It was great meeting you guys and having the chance to take you for a few rides in my backyard

Good luck with the border crossing today and may our trails cross again...

Vayan con Dios ,

Julio

Julio,

just taking the chance, how about meeting up at the Lagunas Montebello? Itīs just at the border to Guatemala. For an "Indio"?

Un abrazo
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