South America 2019-202x

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This journey is the continuation of the trip that began in section Quebec to Panama 2017-2019.

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An awesome country  —  2019/08/20  —  Ecuador

After three months in Ecuador, the country is now one of my favourite. I like everything in this small country; the mountains, the markets, the villages...
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Road to Zaruma  —  2019/08/19  —  Ecuador

It's the end of my visit in Ecuador. I am heading toward the small town of Zaruma for a night, and the next day, I will cross the border and enter Peru.Curiously...
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Cajas National Park  —  2019/08/16  —  Ecuador

The Cajas National Park, only 30 kilometres from Cuenca, is a vast mountainous area of páramo and glacial lakes. This very wet and foggy region is considered...
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Cuenca and the surroundings  —  2019/08/14  —  Ecuador

Cuenca is one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador after Quito. The capital is more impressive, but it's not a city where I would like to live since...
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Baños and the surroundings  —  2019/08/08  —  Ecuador

Heading for Baños I am now driving towards the town of Baños.As usual, instead of going by a fast-paved road, I drove some small mountain roads in order...
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On the road #2  —  2019/08/05  —  Ecuador

Lagunas de Mojanda A nice excursion near Otavalo is to go to the Lagunas de Mojanda at an altitude of 3720 metres.Quisato, the other Mitad del Mundo A...
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Otavalo  —  2019/08/03  —  Ecuador

Otavalo is famous for its legendary craft market. If someone wants to buy a souvenir from Ecuador, it's the place to come. But watch out, bargaining is...
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On the road #1  —  2019/08/01  —  Ecuador

Mindo Mindo is a small village known for the number of bird species in its surroundings; more than 400 have been observed. However, during the nice season...
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Quito  —  2019/07/20  —  Ecuador

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is located in spectacular scenery at an altitude of 2800 metres, surrounded by lovely mountains. The “Old Town”...
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Cayambe-Coca National Park - part 2  —  2019/07/11  —  Ecuador

I'm still exploring the Cayambe-Coca National Park from the city of Cayambe. Yes Cayambe is a city, a park, and a volcano.This time, I went to the mountain...
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Cayambe-Coca National Park - part 1  —  2019/07/09  —  Ecuador

Papallacta The park is home to Cayambe Volcano, the third-highest summit of the country with a height of 5790 metres. It's a vast territory that I explored...
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Looking for condors  —  2019/07/07  —  Ecuador

I went to Laguna de Secas to see condors. On the internet, everybody says that they are easy to observe. It was the truth!On the previous photo, there...
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Cotopaxi Volcano  —  2019/07/05  —  Ecuador

The Cotopaxi Volcano is a magnificent symmetrical cone covered by a glacier. To see this awesome summit in all its glory requires a bit of luck since...
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Laguna Quilotoa  —  2019/07/02  —  Ecuador

The Quilotoa is a crater lake, with a width of about 3 kilometres, that was created after the collapse of a volcano that erupted some 600 years ago. The...
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The Quilotoa Loop  —  2019/06/30  —  Ecuador

The Quilotoa loop is a circular road going around the famous Laguna Quilotoa. It's a popular itinerary with hikers since the roads and trails cross picturesque...
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Zumbahua  —  2019/06/29  —  Ecuador

Zumbahua is a small town located about 12 km south of Laguna Quilotoa, at an altitude of 3800 metres. The main highlight of the place is the weekly market...
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Saquisilí's market  —  2019/06/27  —  Ecuador

The market in Saquisilí has been one of the most impressive I've seen in Ecuador. The day starts with the animals market, on the outskirt of town, and...
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Pujilí's market  —  2019/06/26  —  Ecuador

The small town of Pujilí is host to an interesting biweekly market. The market is located in the centre of town, on the central plaza.You will notice...
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The Highlands - part 3  —  2019/06/25  —  Ecuador

Salinas de Guaranda to Angamarca Here are more photos of the magnificent mountains of Ecuador.I'm still following the Trans-Ecuador Trail, and consequently...
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Salinas de Guaranda  —  2019/06/23  —  Ecuador

Salinas is a superb village very popular with travellers and locals alike. In addition to being picturesque, Salinas could be described as a small gastronomic...
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Chimborazo Region  —  2019/06/21  —  Ecuador

The Chimborazo volcano is the tallest mountain of Ecuador at 6263 metres. Due to the shape of Earth, the Chimborazo is both the furthest point from the...
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A long day  —  2019/06/16  —  Ecuador

The mountains of Ecuador are magnificent, but they can hide a few surprises. A few parts of my itinerary follow the trail called Trans-Ecuador. The trail...
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The Highlands - part 2  —  2019/06/15  —  Ecuador

My journey through the mountains of Ecuador is still going on. The landscapes are still spectacular. On these mountain roads, there are often road signs...
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Nariz del Diablo  —  2019/06/13  —  Ecuador

Nariz del Diablo means the Devil's Nose. It's a superb region with fantastic landscapes, but also where the Trans-Andean train was crossing a steep cliff...
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The Highlands - part 1  —  2019/06/11  —  Ecuador

Departing from Guayaquil on the coast, I head toward the Andean Mountains. It's the longest mountain range in the world with a length of 7100 kilometres...
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The Pacific Coast of Ecuador  —  2019/06/09  —  Ecuador

As I write these lines, I have been in Ecuador for almost 6 weeks. My first stop in the country has been the town of Tulcán, a pleasant mountain town...
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Guayaquil - part 2  —  2019/06/08  —  Ecuador

Parque Bolívar Here is the second part of my stay in Guayaquil.Park Bolivar is also nicknamed the park of iguanas because of the many reptiles that permanently...
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Guayaquil - part 1  —  2019/06/07  —  Ecuador

Guayaquil is the second city in importance in Ecuador after the capital Quito. However, it's the economic heart of the country with its 2.7 million inhabitants.It's...
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Parque nacional Machalilla  —  2019/06/03  —  Ecuador

Machalilla Park is the only coastal park in Ecuador. Created in 1979, the park protects about 50 km of beaches, 400 sq km of tropical dry forest, and...
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Pacific Coast  —  2019/05/28  —  Ecuador

When I was in panama, in the oppressive heat, I was dreaming of the mountains with its colder climate. But before exploring the Ecuadorian mountains...
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From Tulcán to the Pacific Ocean  —  2019/05/26  —  Ecuador

Some magnificent scenery on the trail from Tulcán to the Pacific Coast...
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Tulcán  —  2019/05/24  —  Ecuador

Tulcán is the kind of town I love. At an altitude of 3000 metres, the refreshing climate is excellent. Few tourists stop here since the town is not famous...
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The other side  —  2019/05/20  —  Colombia

Welcome to South America!I completed the first step of my great journey of explorations through the Americas. I am on the other side of the famous Darien...
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DR650 Maintenance and problems log  —  2019/05/15  —  Various

Maintenance:0 km (the bike is at 18896 km) +8200 km +10415 km +23500 km +27317 km +33607 kmAfter a 6 months break at home, I have returned to Mexico...
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DR650 Modifications List  —  2019/05/14  —  Various

Here is a list of modifications made on the bike and a few comments on them.When I refer to the TAT, it means the Trans-America Trail. This trail is quite...
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