The Winter is close and I really don’t want to meet it up in the mountains. After a few days in Santiago I head to the “Paso de los Libertados”, known as one of the 25 most deadly roads in the world. In fact at one switchbacks I had a mishap.
Continue reading “Stage 5: Santiago – Mendoza – Mallargüe – Bariloche – El Calafate – Ushuaia – Bueonos Aires – Montevideo: To the “End of the World”…and further”
To get to „Machu Picchu“ one of the main attractions of Peru, probably the main attraction, the majority travel via Cusco by train to Aguas Calientes and then either hike or go by bus up the hill to the main entrance. There’s also an alternative to that: The so called „back door to Machu Picchu“, which is finally not completely right as it is an alternative to get to Aguas Calientes but not to Machu Picchu. It’s the way to Santa Teresa and then either hike or go by train to the small town at the foot of the hill. I take that way plus a more adventurous way to Santa Teresa than necessary. A long way from Lima with some heavy passages on deep gravel roads on creek crossings without bridges.
Continue reading “Stage 5: Lima – Machu Picchu – Titicaca – La Paz – Salar de Uyuni – Santiago de Chile”
Bogotá is for sure not one of the most beautiful cities on my trip, but at least it’s the city where I spent most of my time so far. Finally because of heavy rain storms. As soon as there’s a good weather window, I take my motorcycle and say good-bye to Bogotá…what I didn’t know: I will return far sooner than ever expected.
Continue reading “Stage 5: Bogota – Medellin – Pereira- Cali – Tulcan – Quito – Guayaquil – Sullana – Lima”
After a red-eye flight from Seattle to San José, Costa Rica, I immediately went to the local BMW dealer to pick up my motorcycle. The dealer kept the Beast warm and safe. That’s amazing but nothing what the Beast seems to appreciate. Although the mechanics were able to solve the spluttering of the engine, it has new issues, which keeps me from sightseeing the upcoming cities. Too bad.
Continue reading “Stage 5: San José – Panama City – San Blas islands – Cartagena – Bogota: By land, by water and in the air”
So far on my Panamericana-trip I was mostly traveling alone, although I never felt lonely as you always meet people to chat with on the street like other travelers or curious locals. But now switching within a stage from traveling by two to one feels strange. We got used to each other so easily. When you start spending longer time with someone for the first time, you never know how this works out. There’s always the possibility for heavy discussions or even fights… but not even close in this case. Amazing conversations every day and support for each other when the other one needed it. So, it’s a change of scene…literally.
Mahahual at Costa Maya didn’t welcome us too much. Maybe we just had bad luck, but the people we met were quite unfriendly, the hostel we chose was pretty crappy and the atmosphere wasn’t too nice. Only the mosquitoes took good care of us and were around us all the time. We gave it still a try and chose to focus on the beach but it didn’t overwhelm us. Spontaneous as we are, we decided while sipping our coffee, that we go to Belize. As our clothes were at a laundry, we couldn’t start immediately but had to wait for them.
Continue reading “Stage 4: Mahahual – Corozal – Belize City – Flores – Puerto Barrios – San Pedro Sula: Good Start into 2018”
As Mexico City on Christmas reminds us on some the-day-after-apocalypse-movies, we hit the road earlier than planned and head towards Oaxaca. This city is always mentioned for their own kind of food. As we’re always interested to taste something new, we’re curious to get there. …as long as there’s at least some life in the city now. And we’re surprised: In contrast to the capital the streets are crowded.
During the last stage I had a sudden phone call with back home and at the end the surprise was perfect: In stage 4, I will have a companion for the most part of the trip. Although we only did once a day trip by motorbike together, I know for sure that she’s the best companion I could imagine.