South America

My journey throughout South America was probably my toughest and anyone who has completed this trip (or not) would tell you that South America is by far the most demanding leg of this journey. I would start my South America leg by crossing the Darien Gap with the Stahlratte Sailing Ship, which transports motorbikes to and from Panama City, Panama, and Cartagena, Colombia. I would then snake my way down and across each country through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and crisscrossing in and out of Chile and Argentina with Patagonia being the highlight of this journey. South America is one of those places everyone must explore at least once, in a lifetime, it has everything one could wish for as a Solo World Traveler by Motorbike, amazing scenery, massive mountains through the Andes, great food, gorgeous people and a wide variety of cultures and influences.

Blog Posts from South America

Yungas Road, Bolivia The Death Road by Motorbike

Ride Day 56: Yungas Road, Bolivia / The Death Road by Motorbike

Getting to Death Road, Bolivia (North Yungas Road) was always going to be a challenge. However, after meeting with Motorcycle Tours Bolivia and hiring a private guide (Tito) to take us there, we knew we would be in good hands. I was joined by Chris Moody, another experienced rider I met on the Stahlratte and who joined me in La Paz for the Death Road or as it is known locally as North Yungas Road.

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Puno Peru to La Paz Bolivia by Motorbike

Ride Day 55: Puno, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia by Motorbike

After nearly 3 weeks in Peru, it was time to go from my last stop in Puno and across the border by motorbike into La Paz, Bolivia. The trip would take me following across mostly on paved roads and swept along high altitude valleys for most of the way through a variety of weather conditions. Thankfully there was little to no traffic on this road as it is the northernmost border town from Peru to Bolivia.

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Cusco Peru to Machu Picchu with Belmond Hiram Bingham

Ride Day 52: Cusco, Peru to Machu Picchu with Belmond Hiram Bingham

After spending a day touring Cusco, Peru and organizing my trip to Machu Pichu (which took some time), it was Machu Picchu Day! I left my home at 7 am and rode to Poroy Station where I would embark on my journey to Machu Picchu with Belmond Hiram Bingham train and tour. The ride was mostly through small towns and was a lot of fun, even though I had some weather on the journey.

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Jaen, Peru to Trujillo, Peru

Ride Day 47: Jaen, Peru to Trujillo, Peru by Motorbike

After spending only two nights in Jaén, Peru I had a long day riding to Trujillo, Peru which is where I would spend only one night. It would take me a massive 13 hours to get to Trujillo, Peru taking in around 400 miles (625 kilometers) mostly on the paved roads. The biggest feature of this ride was going from the dense lush rainforests into the barren mountains and windswept deserts of Peru.

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Quito Ecuador to Cuenca Ecuador

Ride Day 44: Quito, Ecuador to Cuenca, Ecuador by Motorbike

After spending 4 nights in Quito Ecuador, I needed to get back on the road and the 290+ miles (487 kilometres) to Cuenca, Ecuador. The ride would take me deep into the Andes Ranges and would take over 8 hours. It was so great to get on the road again and driving high up mountains and then deep into the valleys through some spectacular villages on my way to Cuenca was a treat I had been missing for a while.

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Ride Day 39: Medellin to Cali, Colombia

Ride Day 39: Medellin to Cali, Colombia by Motorbike

After 3 nights relaxing and sightseeing in Medellin, I was back on the road – destination Cali. On my way to Cali, I would pass over some spectacular mountains and down through valleys dotted with pretty villages. I was really getting a feel for the Andes and the gorgeous backdrop it provides for the ultimate mountain riding experience. I was now right in the thick of it and I was loving it.

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