HuamachucoPeru ParacasPeru VilcaNor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape ReservePeru Trail from Pampas to the Tablachaca RiverPeru Toconao-Laguna Lejia-Paso Sico-Santa Rosa LoopChile Isluga Volcano National ParkChile South America 2019-202xunknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650MenuLatest NewsVisited RegionsRouteAbout the journeyContact meOther JourneysSite en français Latest news: This journey is the continuation of the trip that began in section Quebec to Panama 2017-2019. Where am I : Mendoza, Argentina (in Quebec during the pandemic) (January 18, 2020) April 16, 2021Still waiting for borders to reopen in South America... January 15, 2021Still in Quebec. The pandemic still rages on, and I don't know when I will travel again. Most recent posts: To be continued end of 2021 or in 2022... Santiago de Chile — Dec 23, 2019 — Chile During the Christmas and New Year's holiday season, I stayed in Santiago, the capital of Chile. In fact, I stayed there almost a month to relax and essentially... read more Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve — Dec 21, 2019 — Chile This village is one of the two access points for a visit of the Pingüino de Humboldt Reserve. From this place, it is possible to take a tour boat to... read more Pacific Coast - part 2 — Dec 19, 2019 — Chile After my journey to the Nevado de Tres Cruces Park, I return to the coast for a few days.You will find that even though beaches in Chile are sometimes... read more Nevado de Tres Cruces National Park — Dec 17, 2019 — Chile The park Nevado de Tres Cruces is one of the hardest to reach in Chile due to its remoteness, and the lack of services in its surroundings.I successfully... read more Pacific Coast - part 1 — Dec 15, 2019 — Chile Scenery along the coast... read more From San Pedro to the coast — Dec 12, 2019 — Chile Chacabuco was a mining town at the time of the saltpetre-produced nitrate boom. It once sheltered up to 5,000 people, but it is now a ghost town with... read more Back in San Pedro de Atacama — Dec 11, 2019 — Chile After a detour through Bolivia, I am back in San Pedro to visit the last popular sites around town. The town in itself is not very interesting, but the... read more Lagunas Route - Going back to San Pedro — Dec 9, 2019 — Bolivia Here we go, all good things have an end... After a superb week with Caroline, it's time to part ways. I go back to San Pedro in Chile while Caroline continues... read more Uyuni - Train Graveyard — Dec 5, 2019 — Bolivia My journey with a partner ended in Uyuni, a small town right next to the salar. Next to the town, a nice train graveyard can be visited... read more Salar de Uyuni — Dec 3, 2019 — Bolivia With Caroline, the second leg of our journey in Bolivia was to drive on the Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world. It was an awesome experience... read more Lagunas Route — Nov 30, 2019 — Bolivia Here we are, in Bolivia, in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Caroline and I just started the famous Ruta de las Lagunas. The altitude... read more Meeting bikers — Nov 28, 2019 — Chile In San Pedro de Atacama, in the Chilean desert, I met Steve and Priscilla, a couple from California. They bought motorbikes in Peru and want to go down... read more Laguna Chaxa — Nov 25, 2019 — Chile In the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, the Laguna Chaxa is one of the most visited sites near San Pedro. In the morning, numerous tourists gather to... read more Excursions around San Pedro de Atacama — Nov 21, 2019 — Chile The region around San Pedro de Atacama is bursting with fantastic landscapes. During about a week, I make excursions for discovering high mountains, and... read more El Tatio to San Pedro de Atacama — Nov 20, 2019 — Chile Looking at the map, you will notice I made a big detour through the city of Calama after leaving the El Tatio Geysers. I was not in need of any supply... read more El Tatio Geysers — Nov 18, 2019 — Chile The El Tatio Geysers are a very popular attraction visited from San Pedro de Atacama. Over an area of 10 km2, one can admire numerous geysers, steaming... read more Backcountry route to El Tatio — Nov 17, 2019 — Chile I am now heading in the backcountry and the high mountains of the Andes Mountains. I am still in the great Desert of Atacama which still offers me superb... read more La Noria and the Pintados Geoglyphs — Nov 16, 2019 — Chile La Noria is another oficina salitrera, a mining town where lives were revolving around digging for saltpetre used in nitrate plants.Nowadays, there are... read more Humberstone and Santa Laura — Nov 14, 2019 — Chile Nowadays, Humberstone is an interesting ghost town. In its heyday, it was a lively town with a grand theatre, a large swing pool, a ballroom, a school... read more Protests in Chile — Nov 12, 2019 — Chile Surprise! It is a national protest day in Chile. All around the country, the main roads have been blocked for many hours.I am at the entrance of the village... read more Iquique to Pisagua — Nov 11, 2019 — Chile Following the breakdown of my motorbike in the Huasco salt flat, members of the group offered me to stay a few days in their bunker. One of theirs, with... read more More awesomeness in the north — Nov 7, 2019 — Chile Small church lost in the middle of nowhere. There was nobody around the place. The village of Isluga is vacant during a large portion of the year. It... read more Salar de Surire — Nov 6, 2019 — Chile Salar de Surire Natural Monument is an enormous salt flat (with borax) located at an altitude of 4245 metres. It is almost entirely contained within the... read more Las Vicuñas National Reserve — Nov 5, 2019 — Chile I continue to drive in this reserve located directly south of the Lauca National Park. It is a region with fantastic landscapes.Curiously, I didn't see... read more Lauca National Park — Nov 3, 2019 — Chile Starting from Putre, I begin several days of an expedition in the high mountains of northern Chile. I will pass through several parks and salars (salt... read more Exploring Northern Chile — Nov 1, 2019 — Chile From Arica, I did a few excursions in the backcountry, but without reaching the highlands. My first loop was on the route called the Missions Road, then... read more Arica and around — Oct 29, 2019 — Chile After an easy crossing at the border, my first stop is Arica. Even with a population of 233,000 inhabitants, the city is pleasant and calm. It is a very... read more Pacific Coast - part 5 — Oct 20, 2019 — Peru While stopping close to the ocean, I stumbled upon this peculiar fishing area. I don't know which kind of shell they are, but I think it was fairly excessive... read more From Nazca to the coast — Oct 19, 2019 — Peru After Nazca, I make a detour towards the mountains before going back to the coast. I want to see a fairly rare species of animal; the guanaco. I visited... read more Paracas National Reserve — Oct 16, 2019 — Peru The first time I passed through the village of El Chaco, gateway to the Paracas National Reserve, I saw way too many tourists for my taste and I was completely... read more Cañon de los Perdidos — Oct 14, 2019 — Peru The cañon de los Perdidos is often translated as the Lost Canyon, but I prefer the name Canyon of the Lost People. Indeed, before reaching the region... read more Ancient civilizations around Nazca — Oct 13, 2019 — Peru The site of Cahuachi was an important ceremonial centre of the Nazca culture, from AD 1 to 500.The site of 1.5 km2 contains more than 40 mounds topped... read more Nazca and Palpa Lines — Oct 12, 2019 — Peru This small museum is dedicated to Maria Reiche, an archeologist and mathematician who devoted a large part of her life to the study and conservation of... read more Pacific Coast - part 4 — Oct 6, 2019 — Peru Tambo Colorado has been a military and urban administrative centre around AD 1140 and 1532.The complex was built with adobe bricks following the tradition... read more Huancavelica and the Santa Barabara Mine — Oct 2, 2019 — Peru Huancavelica is an old mining town founded in 1571. The main resources of the region were mercury and silver. When the mine was operating, the town has... read more Central Highlands - part 2 — Oct 1, 2019 — Peru This itinerary of 220 kilometres was very interesting since there were so many llamas in the fields (especially near the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Reserve). At... read more Vilca, Huancaya, and Vitis — Sep 29, 2019 — Peru Vilca, as the two other villages shown in this post, is located in the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve.It is a pretty and quiet village where the... read more Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve — Sep 27, 2019 — Peru The Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve protects a mix of magnificent snowy mountains, bright blue-green lakes, canyons, and rivers.It's not a hidden... read more Central Highlands - part 1 — Sep 26, 2019 — Peru After more than one week in Lima, I am heading to the Central Highlands. From San Mateo, I leave the main road behind and head into the outback.It was... read more Pacific Coast - part 3 — Sep 19, 2019 — Peru Back on the coast after a few weeks in the mountains. The archeological site of Cerro Sechín dates from 1600 BC, and was discovered in 1937.The main... read more Cordillera Blanca — Sep 14, 2019 — Peru After the canyons, I took a few days off in the town of Caraz.From my hotel room, I was seeing the Cordillera Blanca. A magnificent show just after sunset... read more Driving magnificent canyons — Sep 10, 2019 — Peru In the region I am about to visit, the most famous canyon is Cañon del Pato or, in English, Canyon of the Duck. However, before reaching that canyon... read more Mountain Roads — Sep 8, 2019 — Peru One of my favourite activities; no history to read, no need to speak a foreign language, no schedule to follow...Just the simple pleasure of driving my... read more Ruins around Huamachuco — Sep 6, 2019 — Peru Around Huamachuco, three sites are worth a visit if you like ruins from ancient civilizations. Even if you don't like ruins, I recommend a quick visit... read more On the way to Huamachuco — Sep 5, 2019 — Peru A nice drive in the Andean Mountains over a distance of about 150 kilometres.The altitude is around 2750 metres. Second day driving toward Huamachuco... read more Polloc Church — Sep 3, 2019 — Peru The church, also known as Santuario Virgen del Rosario de Polloc, is also a very interesting excursion around Cajamarca.It is one of the nicest churches... read more Excursions around Cajamarca — Sep 2, 2019 — Peru Cumbemayo is an astounding example of pre-Inca engineering. This aqueduct, built more than 2000 years ago, extends over an incredible length of 9 kilometres... read more Cajamarca — Sep 1, 2019 — Peru Now it is time to leave the coast and to head into the Andes Mountains.After the grey sky of the coast, the pure air, blue sky, and awesome landscapes... read more Ancient civilizations around Trujillo — Aug 30, 2019 — Peru El Brujo consists of three different structures (huaca), with one that is especially impressive for its mural reliefs.The complex was mainly used from... read more Pacific Coast - part 2 — Aug 28, 2019 — Peru Pimentel is a nice coastal village located 12 km from Chiclayo. During the high season, its beaches are busy with numerous locals. The beach is suitable... read more Ancient civilizations around Chiclayo — Aug 24, 2019 — Peru The Sicán culture thrived in the Lambayeque region from AD 750 to 1375. The Nation Museum of Sicán shows some beautiful golden artefacts from that culture... read more Pacific Coast - part 1 — Aug 22, 2019 — Peru The Pacific Coast of Northern Peru is a mix of beauty and horror. There are few nice villages and small towns with nice beaches, but the majority of the... read more An awesome country — Aug 20, 2019 — 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... read more Road to Zaruma — Aug 19, 2019 — 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... read more Cajas National Park — Aug 16, 2019 — 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... read more Cuenca and the surroundings — Aug 14, 2019 — 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... read more Baños and the surroundings — Aug 8, 2019 — Ecuador 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 to enjoy the scenery... read more On the road #2 — Aug 5, 2019 — Ecuador A nice excursion near Otavalo is to go to the Lagunas de Mojanda at an altitude of 3720 metres. A popular place of interest is to visit the Mitad del... read more Otavalo — Aug 3, 2019 — 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... read more On the road #1 — Aug 1, 2019 — Ecuador 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... read more Quito — Jul 20, 2019 — Ecuador Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is located in spectacular scenery at an altitude of 2800 metres, surrounded by lovely mountains. The “Old Town”... read more Cayambe-Coca National Park - part 2 — Jul 11, 2019 — 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... read more Cayambe-Coca National Park - part 1 — Jul 9, 2019 — Ecuador 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 from... read more Looking for condors — Jul 7, 2019 — 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... read more Cotopaxi Volcano — Jul 5, 2019 — 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... read more Laguna Quilotoa — Jul 2, 2019 — 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... read more The Quilotoa Loop — Jun 30, 2019 — 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... read more Zumbahua — Jun 29, 2019 — 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... read more Saquisilí's market — Jun 27, 2019 — 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... read more Pujilí's market — Jun 26, 2019 — 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... read more The Highlands - part 3 — Jun 25, 2019 — Ecuador Here are more photos of the magnificent mountains of Ecuador.I'm still following the Trans-Ecuador Trail, and consequently, I meet courageous cyclists... read more Salinas de Guaranda — Jun 23, 2019 — 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... read more Chimborazo Region — Jun 21, 2019 — 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... read more A long day — Jun 16, 2019 — 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... read more The Highlands - part 2 — Jun 15, 2019 — 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... read more Nariz del Diablo — Jun 13, 2019 — 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... read more The Highlands - part 1 — Jun 11, 2019 — 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... read more The first 6 weeks — Jun 9, 2019 — 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... read more Guayaquil - part 2 — Jun 8, 2019 — Ecuador 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 lives... read more Guayaquil - part 1 — Jun 7, 2019 — 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... read more Parque nacional Machalilla — Jun 3, 2019 — 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... read more Pacific Coast — May 28, 2019 — 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... read more From Tulcán to the Pacific Ocean — May 26, 2019 — Ecuador Some magnificent scenery on the trail from Tulcán to the Pacific Coast... read more Tulcán — May 24, 2019 — 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... read more The other side — May 20, 2019 — 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... read more DR650 Maintenance and problems log — May 15, 2019 — 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... read more DR650 Modifications List — May 14, 2019 — 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... read more Copyright © 2010-2021 Jocelyn Ouellet. All rights reserved.