South America 2019-202x
unknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

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This journey is the continuation of the trip that began in section Quebec to Panama 2017-2019.
January 15, 2021
Still in Quebec. The pandemic still rages on, and I don't know when I will travel again.

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To be continued in 2021...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Dec 15, 2019  —   Chile
Scenery along the coast...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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”...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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May 26, 2019  —   Ecuador
Some magnificent scenery on the trail from Tulcán to the Pacific Coast...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...