The Grand Tour. South America in 100 days.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by muf722, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. RblueR

    RblueR Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to more, keep up the good work.
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  2. muf722

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    Thanks for support. I´m not an essay person or blogger. In fact that was what I hated most about school. Making essays. And now this, in a foreign language. So forgive me for simple text and typos.
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    After lunch and a quick trip to the pool, I ride a 18 km bad dirt and sand track out to a point, I´ve made in my fast planning, called Nazca2. Surely no nazca lines here but three pyramid shaped ruins. It takes 10 min to tour and I backtrack in search for the lines.

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    The track follows Rio Nazca and there´s lots of loose sand. I hate sand and go down once. I realize that i´m on the wrong side of the river and decide I´d rather spend the rest of the day at the pool with a beer.

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    In the evening I find this nice overview of the location and names of the lines, and I also find the locations are marked on the GPS-app maps.me. So I will go out again the next morning to find them.

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    The same evening, I meet this young Spaniard on his second long bike ride. The first going from Spain to the far east through Iran and Pakistan. His also going to Ushuaia and we agree to email each other when we are there. He´s going low budget, so I invest in him by buying one of his bracelets.
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  4. muf722

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    The Spider is well known. And the first I find after some lesser known spirals.

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    This should be the Heron bird or part of. I didn´t want to fly higher due to the tourist planes.

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    The parrot.

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    And I did see the Monkey.
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    The rest of the pictures are hit and miss. If you look in the center right of the picture you see the Condor. I didn´t on the flight.


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    After breakfast heading east inland. Weather was threatening with thunder and lightning all day, but I managed to stay mostly dry. The rainy season starts in december.


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    Leaving Nazca which is low and hot, I was a little surprised of the high altitudes and coldness of today. The ride to Chalhuanca is a halfway point to Cusco. I felt a slight headache and used one Sorojchi pill.

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    I almost forgot. New country new beer.
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  6. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    This is a great ride report. Thank you for putting in the effort! And don't worry, your English is better than some native speakers I know!
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  7. Kagemand

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    Hej MUF, glædelig jul fra alle os Grever. Det ser ud som om eventyret er i fuld gang. Spændende at få dine rapporter med gode billeder. Så sejt med dronen. Eventyret er også lidt i live herhjemme, giver Lotte 2 x AFF faldskærmsspring i julegave, og skal da selv med ;-) Hav det rigtigt hyggeligt, måske med et julemarsvin med garniture ? Skulle være populært på de kanter. Din Buddy, PER
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  8. muf722

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    Glædelig Jul alle sammen. Merry Christmas everyone from Sucre, Bolivia.​
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    Spaghetti roads or maybe old forgotten Nazca lines?

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    Roadside restaurant/ convenience store. The daily soup is the only thing on the menu.

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    I was just thinking to myself, how little roadwork had interfered with my ride, and at the next corner a 30 min stop. Roads have been in much better condition than I feared.

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    Cusco is dropped in favour of Ollantaytambo where I can take the train to Machu Picchu. A shortcut on dirt is a pleasant ride.
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    Beautiful valley and lake hidden from the main roads.

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    In order to go to Machu Picchu, you need tickets to the site itself, the train and a bus. Online I make a reservation for Machu Picchu for the next morning pass. I can buy the ticket itself at the train end station Aguas Calientes and so also the bus ticket. The train ticket is bought in Ollantaytambo for 128$ low season coach. They operate with differentiated ticket prices for citizens and tourists.

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    Reserving the entrance ticket from the official goverment site, I read the terms and conditions. I.e no walking sticks or eating food. No mentioning of drones. At the main gate, this huge sign has even more rules and I find number 25. No drones.

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    The classic Machu Picchu shot.
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    Llamas are seen everywhere near and on the roads but scare easily from the noise of the bike. This one feels domesticated.

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    I still haven´t figured out how to use the selfie mode on the camera so focus is off.

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    The city was left more or less intact and for unknown reasons.

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    The walls of the temples have stones with impressive perfect fit.
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    You have to look down in the valleys to understand how inaccessible the city is located.

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    With the risk of being escorted out by the many walkie talkie bearing guards, I take a short flight. No wind and very quiet in the mountains today, so the sound cannot be hidden.

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    I avoid Cusco on the way to Puno. From the top of the hill before Puno, I spot the big white building on a peninsular outside the city. The 5 star hotel of choice.

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    From my room overlooking lake Titicaca, I see boats sailing the canal out to the floating villages. I will have to go tomorrow.
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    Hej Flemming. Godt nytår her fra Sydney. Vi nyder meget at følge med i dine oplevelser og se alle dine flotte fotos ikke mindst dem med dronen. Pas godt på dig selv.
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  15. RblueR

    RblueR Been here awhile

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    Haven’t heard from you in awhile, hope as is well. Happy New Year !!
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    The boat to take us out on the lake arrives from Puno and docks to the hotels private pier.

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    On one of the floating villages, we have a show and tell on how they build and maintain the islands. Everything made of reed and their roots.

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    Main diet are from these small fish. All other fish in Lake Titicaca are introduced and farmed like Titicaca Trout.

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    Only other meat, is dried birds.
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    Most have a solar panel with a battery bank for light and tv. Open fire cooking is the main danger to the islands.

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    The tour includes a reed boat ride to another island.

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    Boat building. The modern version as seen, has a core of plastic bottles. That way they increase the lifespan from one to two years. I recognize the shape from Thor Heyerdahls "Tigris".

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    Back at the hotel for checkout. My bike in the shade. Heading for Bolivia.
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    The border to Bolivia only took 45 min. Only delay is my refusal to pay for a copy of the TIP. The police officer demands a copy and will not stamp my original. 15 min later he stamps the TIP but with a date stamp and not the big official stamp. I now fear my saving 50 cents will cause me later problems. Night stop in Copacabana, Bolivia. The town is just across the border, overlooking the lake and not land connected with the rest of Bolivia.

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    New country, new beer. As soon as the sun goes down, it gets cold here at 3900m.

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    Sunrise in Copacabana.

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    Copacabana and Lake Titicaca.
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    Small ferry to mainland Bolivia. No reverse gear, so a pole launch is necessary.
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    And no roll on, roll off. So a push backwards on the other shore.

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    The fuel price in Bolivia is cheap. To the Bolivians. 3,74

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    As a tourist you need to show passport, register the plate number and pay the tourist price. 213% that of bolivians. I asked about octane, but they have no idea. Anyway, there is only one grade and no options.
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    just want to thank you for the informative and entertaining report. no worry about the english, you're means to communicate is perfect. love the drone shots.

    maybe one day be able to go there but for now very happy to follow you along.
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