Dirt Roads and Bruised Shins

Dirt Roads and Bruised Shins

Last morning in crazy La Paz! We all agreed we’d had enough of big cities for a while. We woke up early, quickly packed up and headed to moto street in hopes of finding tires and new brake pads before heading into the mountains to ride the infamous Bolivian Death Road. We had been told on Saturday that the shops open around 8:00. We arrived around 8:30 to closed shops, of course. We were told by an officer that they…

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Cholita Wrestling Time!

Cholita Wrestling Time!

We woke up after a rather long night, as the crowd of Argentinian backpackers were staying up late and making a lot of noise. They also seemed to get up early and started to make noise again. Lise suffered from this more than me, I can sleep through most things. She was also unhappy about the smell of smoke, making her lungs uncomfortable. So after meeting up with the crew and having breakfast we decided to go look for some…

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On to La Paz

On to La Paz

We woke up super early this morning in order to get to La Paz in time to find the motorcycle street before it got too late. La Paz will probably be our last chance to buy new tires for quite a while and the roads are going to get rougher, so it would be nice to have new tires. Anyhow, we woke up at 6:00 but it really felt like 5:00 as we passed into a new time zone yesterday….

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Border crossing time, hello Bolivia!

Border crossing time, hello Bolivia!

Our first mission today after breakfast was to follow up on some rumors on iOverlander and other forums that you’d have to buy insurance for the motorcycles for Bolivia in Peru, as they wouldn’t let you in to Bolivia without insurance but they won’t sell it at the border. The receptionist had provided Drew with a map where he had marked a few insurance offices for us, and so we took off. Like on many other occasions things quickly got…

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Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Welcome to Puno! The second most popular city for tourists next to Cusco. It is a city of hundreds of tiny streets crammed into the hillside leading down to the famed Lake Titicaca. Last night, we settled on a place to stay that was a little outside of the madness and closer to the lake. And guess what we woke up to this morning? Yes, of course, torrential rain. We waited it out for about an hour and luckily it…

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Towards Titikaka

Towards Titikaka

Today we rode out of Arequipa as a trio. Sam and Rich had taken off yesterday to check out Canyon del Coca while me Drew and Lise farted around in the big city in futile attempts to find parts for the bike. We had decided to meet up with them again in the city of Puno by the great lake Titicaca, and to get there we had to backtrack about 100km the same way we had taken to Arequipa a…

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A Day in Arequipa

A Day in Arequipa

I really like this city! Last night I was so excited to sleep in today and so, of course, I woke up at 7. Around 9 I headed out to explore the downtown historic center of Arequipa. Linus and Drew went on a quest to find the motorcycle street of Arequipa, and Sam and Rich headed off for Canon del Colca. I had a few things to find that I needed, and some things to find that I wanted. A…

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To Arequipa

To Arequipa

Yesterday, we started the day in the high plains town of Espinar. It was cold and rainy all day yesterday from Cusco to Espinar, and our night’s pit stop was not enough time for the gear to dry. We got to enjoy the wonderful feeling of putting on cold, soaking wet gear on a cold morning. Our lovely hosts at the hostal gave us a warm send off. We took lots of photos with them and by the time we rolled…

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Leaving Cusco

Leaving Cusco

It had become time to leave Cusco. The two groups, me Lise, Sam and Drew, Rich, Geert were to join up to the biggest bike group this far on the trip for us. The plan was to make our way down to Arequipa for some parts and then drive up to lake Titicaca and in to Bolivia together. The daily goal was to go to Rainbow mountain, a colorful mountain range a few hours outside Cusco. To get to the…

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Machu Picchu Adventure!

Machu Picchu Adventure!

There are a couple different ways to experience Machu Picchu. The most popular (and expensive) way is to take a bus to a town a few hours out of Cusco, take a train to the bottom of the mountain where Machu Picchu is perched, and take a bus up the hill to the entrance. We explored options that were better for the Enoksson economy which is, sadly, dwindling as we enter the last two months of our adventure. After inquiring…

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