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December 5, 2019

I did not really update my blog over the last couple of weeks, so I created a big backlog. I ended my previous blog in the Argentinian city of Mendoza, two weeks before my parents would arrive in Santiago de Chile. I wanted to receive them well, so I wanted to arrive on time in Chile’s capital. From Mendoza, it took me about 5 days to reach the city, via a small detour. This was quite a journey, since I had to climb over the Andes mountains. The route was beautiful, the headwind not so much.

Just before the Chilean customs, there is a big tunnel that is not possible to...

October 24, 2019

After the short cycling break in which I visited Buenos Aires and Montevideo, it was time to start cycling again. I left Salta with renewed energy and focused upon reaching Cafayate within a couple of days.

The morning I left salta, I received a question from someone that has been following my trip on Instagram and she asked me why I’m carrying such a big bicycle pump. I told her that I’ve had quite some flat tires along the way and that I was tired of using the small pump. I didn’t even make it outside of the city center before I noticed I had another flat tire, I thi...

October 5, 2019

In the last few weeks, I have relatively cycled a big amount of kilometers before I arrived into the beautiful city center of Salta. Next year in March, I will fly from Ushuaia to Europe, probably via Buenos Aires. However, it’s unlikely that I’ll  visit the city of Buenos Aires in this transit. I really wanted to know Buenos Aires, so I decided to do that now. I could leave my bicycle and luggage in the hotel where I was staying and took a plane on an early Tuesday morning. I flew with Flybondi, which is Argentinian low-cost airline, and arrived around 10:00 AM.

The f...

September 17, 2019

After the spectacular trip through the salt flats of Uyuni, I was only a handful of cycling days away from the border with Argentina. Before I cycled towards the border place, I decided to make a side trip by bus to the city of Tarija, known for its wines that are produced on high altitude. I’m actually not really a wine drinker, but I guess I don’t really have a choice with the famous wine regions that I will pass through in Argentina. I decided that I will become a wine expert.

The bus trip to Tarija was not particularly a pleasant one. The bus driver was driving lik...

August 30, 2019

After two and a half months in Peru, I decided it was time for the next chapter and chose the most direct route towards Bolivia. This route went through Puno, one of the bigger touristic cities in the area. The city was nice, but they were restoring the main square, much to the displeasure of the local businesses, since it is the touristic season. The municipality did not take this into account at all!

Puno borders the well-known Titicaca lake, the biggest lake of South-America that border both Peru and Bolivia. The road towards the border with Bolivia was parallel to...

August 13, 2019

After the nice days I spent together with Torsten and Lutz, the two German cyclists that I met earlier, we split in the town of Ayacucho. I continued towards Cusco, while they decided to take a more rural road through Peru.

It was about 500 kilometers between Ayacucho and Cusco, the tourist capital of Peru. I took the main highway through the mountains that was fully paved. The road was surprisingly quiet for being the main road through the mountains towards the big city of Cusco.

I took me six days to cover this distance, which I think is pretty good if you look at the...

July 28, 2019

After I had finally resolved my technical issues, I could continue my way towards Argentina. I left Huaraz and immediately noticed that I hadn’t climbed for a long time, I was gasping for breath. I ended my day in Conocha, a tiny village where the Peruvian Divide route starts. This is a popular route among the die-hard cyclists and brings you over high passes through rough and unpaved roads. I did not exactly have the right setup to cycle on this terrain, but I would try it anyway.

The sun quickly burned away the clouds above the lake

Soon, I understood why this route...

July 14, 2019

In my previous blog, I wrote about the technical issues that I had with my gears. A missing spring, not even a centimeter long, was the cause of these problems. My father even had to send a package to fix it. However, this did not go very smoothly. I’ve been stuck for almost a month before I could finally continue. I will write about what I did with this time.

The first package that my father sent was supposed to arrive in Trujillo, a big coastal city without any atmosphere. I visited the post office on a daily basis, to ask whether my package was already traceable in...

June 17, 2019

I finished my last blog in the city of Cuenca, where I could recover for a couple of days after some tough days of climbing. I used that day to check my bicycle, since it has some technical issues. Two tiny missing parts are probably the cause of the issue, and these parts are only available in Europe. I immediately ordered them online and my father sent it to an address that is located 1000 kilometers ahead of Cuenca (thanks dad!). So now it’s a matter of waiting and hoping that it’ll arrive on time.

I left Cuenca on a Saturday morning, heading towards the coast. That...

May 25, 2019

… and it continues

So the rainy circumstances gave extra shine to all the waterfalls that I passed during my descend from Ecuador’s Andes mountains towards Ecuador’s Amazone area. I arrived soaking wet at Jaime’s house. I received his contact details from Nancy, a Mexican women that I met earlier in Mexico and saw again in Honduras. She started with a group of seven Mexicans (for the people that remember, I cycled together with this group for a couple of days), she later continued in a duo and is currently riding solo. Jaime had received Nancy and was also willing to r...

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