Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next bay over is Playa Carillo so we rode over to check it out the white sand and waves.


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    Back in Samara there were quite a few horses wandering down the beach.


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    There is a fair in town so we had to check it out.


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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After 9 months on the road together we actually were going separate ways for a week. Dan was headed back to kite surf up north at Playa Copal and I was headed to Nuevo Arenal on the lake for some relaxation and a cooler climate after 2 weeks of oppressive heat at the beach. When we left home in June we said we would try to get time by ourselves regularly and we did not do it.


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    Heading east off the Pan Americana you can feel it get cooler from 37 to 27 degrees. Turning towards the lake the road was initially like a paved country lane.



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    It did get windier (is that a word) and windier until I saw the dreaded wind farm.


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    Suddenly the pavement stopped and for a few KM it was a dirt road with some pretty steep down hill grades.


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    I had booked into the Agua Inn B&B for some R&R. They have a steep very windy driveway too. Up is worse than down for sure, especially if you meet a car.



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    It was nice to be alone and go for walks to the lake or just hang out on the deck and watch the birds.


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    They really make you feel at home here. The girls were always making goodies for me.


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    There was a tropical storm here and it poured rain for days, but I did not mind just hanging out on the couch with a book. It rained so hard on the metal roof on the inn that I hardly slept 2 of the nights.


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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Daniel meanwhile was at copal with wind that was way too strong for a noobie, but some of the experts did kite by the full moon with glow stick on their kites.


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    He finally gave up and headed back down the dirt road south of Copal to hit the pan Americana.


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    That meant Daniel arrived back at Nuevo Arenal a few days earlier than planned, which was great. The rain finally stopped so we could get out to ride. We were last here in Arenal in 2001 when there was a very badly pot holed dirt road. The now paved road along the lake is curvy enough to drag the pegs. There are amazing views of the Arenal volcano and you end at the hot springs for a dip. There is a very expensive private springs, but as usual if you ask the locals there is a free hot spring near by.


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    In town at Moras for dinner we met Ric and Karleen. They make us look like pussies on our 500 lb BMW bikes. They walk or ride somewhere in the world for 3 months every year. Last year they walked from Ushuaia up the spine of the Andes. Ric had stitches put in on Bocas del Toro 10 days ago so it was time to take them out



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  4. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    I'm doing your journey vicariously, and it's keeping me inspired to do my own version of it in a couple years. The moonlight pics are awesome. The one of "Nurse Sara" is great too. ;-)
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes when Ric said " you can take out stitches?" I said "trust me I'm a surgeon"!


    Sara
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving Arenal the sky was dark and like most of the week it was raining and we are thankful for our over suits even if we look like two pylons. We are headed to San Jose for service at BMW motocicletas.


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    We are glad we say the volcano before, because today you cannot see anything. It did clear up by La Fortuna for a nice ride thru the mountains via Zarcero.


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    The roads here are paved, but criss-cross and wind all over like they paved the cattle paths or something. This “major” road was under construction.


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    Zarcero is known for the topiary in the church gardens.


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    Like everywhere in Latin America driving or even walking at night can be hazardess. This hole was on our way to the grocery store in San Jose.


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    We arrived bright and early to BMW and Adolpho the service manager was there to meet us. They did a great job. We were there all day so took a break for lunch too.


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    Thanks to Steve in San Jose whom we met on ADV for his advice on riding in Costa Rica and the name of the Out of Bounds B&B near the BMW dealership.



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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are now all serviced up….the next one is in Uruguay. Heading south we opted for the cooler route thru the mountains on the way to Golfito on the coast. The road curved up to 10,000 feet and the temperature dropped to 11 c degrees.


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    But first there was the hour just to get out of San Jose in the traffic.


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    Up at 10,000 feet we were in the clouds.


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    It was still sunny and nice as we neared the coast. The palm tree plantations are for harvesting the nut for palm oil.


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    As we are nearing the rainy season it tend to rain in the afternoon. It is raining and hot as we are on the coast again.


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    Tomorrow COUNTRY NUMBER TEN
  8. QCRider

    QCRider Been here awhile

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    Good luck with the crossing at Paso Canoas tomorrow! (assuming your RR is not delayed). I'm pretty sure you already have everything lined up for tomorrow's crossing, but just in case, here are a few tips:

    > CR customs office is the building with blue metal roof on your left
    > After customs line up, the aduanas is in same building, around the the corner from the customs windows.
    > If needed, photocopies are available across the street
    > then ride to Panama border. You can park the bikes in the building near the customs windows. If no space, then park at the front right on the "Panama" mosaic (good set up for pictures too. :deal).
    ... now this is usually where the fun begins! :eek1
    > while in line for customs, you need to buy a stamp for $1 (usually an official selling them).
    - you must buy insurance for Panama. You have several options, but there's a small desk near the entrance of the market on the right hand side when facing the Panama building. ~$20 if I recall.
    - if things haven't changed (yet again), you have to go up the stairs to get someone to sign a piece of papers (forget what it was exactly).
    - Then you should be good for aduanas and import your bikes
    - once done, the official need to check your bikes and sign papers.
    - last couple steps is to pay for the fumigation ($1) in the small triangular window opening towards the back of the building. Then ride to the fumigation building and get the bikes done.

    Then your on your way to PTY! :clap

    Hopefully I remember most of those steps correctly (it has been several months since last time, and the process seems to change ever time I get there).

    Here's the link to my friend Rose who owns a bar restaurant near El Valle in Panama: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...nte_Bar-El_Valle_de_Anton_Cocle_Province.html . They also have very nice cabins you can rent there. Please say hi for me if you stop there.

    Safe travels! I was a pleasure meeting you guys in CR. Maybe we'll cross roads again down in SA! :wink:
  9. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    I had no idea there were places in CR that high.

    The garden sculpting at that church looks amazing.

    Enjoy Panama ... looking forward to seeing your pics from there.

    ~Doug
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Steve thanks for the tips. Love to see you guys in SA!!

    Doug the topiary were really cool some are animals like elephants.


    Sara
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are going to cross the border into Panama, which is our tenth country in ten months. As usual we stay near the border, get a good sleep, eat a good breakfast, take snacks, and plan a destination not too far from the border.



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    Driving up to the border pass the guys about 1 km before the crossing waving at you to flag you down (fixers). Drive up past all the trucks and you will see the Costa Rica aduana on the left, which is a blue building with a covered parking out front.


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    We chose to drive just past and park in the lot just beside the building for an easier exit. This is in front of the “Welcome to CR sign”. We are exiting of course , but it is the same office.


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    Step 1: When you are facing the building from the front on the street go left into the area with the queues and go to the Salida window. They will give you tourist exit form to fill out. Return the form to the official and get your passport stamped. There were no “fixers” here.



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    Step 2: Go back to the front of the building and around the other side from where you just were. Pass the window that says Foreigner services and around to the back of the building and enter the nice glass front air-conditioned office. Fill in the paper they give you which is essentially your name, bike plate, and VIN etc. You will need the original permit and your passport. They will keep your cancelled CR import permit and give you the stamped paper as proof of cancellation. They may want to check the VIN, but they did not check ours.


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    Step 3: Drive to the Panama Aduana.


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    This is a dirty white covered building ahead of you. Enter the to Panama side on the right and park along the curb to the left and as far to the other end as you can. Try to get rid of the fixers here. At most crossings If you wait for the quiet guy left over after the pushy ones with the badges finally leave you alone and if you tell him you have no money to pay him they usually follow you and help you or say If I help you you can give me a tip (3-5$).

    Looking at the aduana from the curb the immigration office (glass windows under the cover), transito office (directly above the immigration windows on the second floor), and the fumigation window ( outside on curb side of the building) are to your right, the spiral staircase is in front of you, the Captura y Manifesto office is to the left, and the insurance office is behind you across the street (the sign outside just says copies and not segures).


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    If there is no line up at the immigration office get a passport stamp and your photo taken to the right in the queue marked entrada. While there someone will approach you and give you a sticker for your passport (1$). If there is a line don’t stand in it as you can bypass the line once you have done the other paperwork.

    Go across the street to the insurance office. You will need your vehicle title and passport and a copy of both. The insurance is 15$. They will give you 2 identical papers (one for you and one for the aduana).

    Return across the street and go up the spiral staircase to the transito office and hand over your insurance paperwork for a stamp and your passport.

    Go back down stairs turn right and go to the Captura y Manifesto window. They want the Title and passport and the copies of both and the 2 insurance papers. They will type a bunch of stuff into the computer and then return your originals and 1 copy of the insurance and permit. You have to sign the permit.


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    If you have not been to immigration yet go back there and if there is still a line go to the front on the right side and you will be helped in priority. Get a photo taken and your passport stamped.



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    A guy with a clipboard will then come up to you at your bike and take your permit and check your VIN and sign your permit. NOTE check all numbers like dates, plates, and VIN carefully before this since a mistake means you are not exiting to Columbia from Panama City.


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    Finally go to the fumigation window and pay 1$. Take your receipt and drive up to the right side of the fumigation building, but NOT into it (its auto spray for cars and trucks only). A technician will hand spray your bike (close your face shield).


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    Just before we are ready to leave a serious looking soldier in fatigues with a big dog approached me. So OK what NOW! Our conversation in Spanish went something like:

    He Is this your bike?
    Me yes.
    He Where are you going?
    Me Today to Boquete
    He No I mean eventually.
    Me Ahhh Tierra del Fuego.
    He Where did you come from?
    Me Golfito.
    He No what country did you come from.
    Me Canada, I live in Vancouver (seriously what next)
    He Big smile I like your bike I have the same one!
    Me (YEAH) Nice can I have your picture?


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    We made it in 1 hour 45 min and we had expected 4 hours from the experience of others. Now for Panama country number ten!



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    This is a CR border style restaurant.


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    Heading South! One km down the road there is a military checkpoint. Where they may ask for your permit, insurance, and passport. They just asked us if we were going back to Costa Rica and when we said no they waved us thru without looking at anything.


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    Daniel gets a treat for doing such a great job at the border.



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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a short ride down the Pan Americana to David and then up the under construction new 4 lane highway to Boquette. We drove thru town and asked where a good hotel was and were directed just up the road. While we are turning the bikes around to park another bike pulls up. When I went over to say hello to him he said I'm Christophe we met on the Internet. Nice another rider from BC and he has not met another rider for 2 months.


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    About 15 minutes later while we are unpacking we hear another bike pull up with RAMIRO and Pia. He has traveled from Buenas Ares and she met him in Panama City on their way to Alaska.


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    We were only going to spend 1 night here, but we had so much fun we stayed three.


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    These Datura grow like weeds here. Apparently you can make a hallucinogenic tea from it??


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    Day one we did a loop thru the mountains on a silky single lane paved road.


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    Daniel can never resist a side trip and this took us down a rough steep dirt/gravel track. It was all good until Christope was not behind us at the top of the last steep slippery hill. His F800GS had decided on a small dirt nap in the ditch.


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    Then it was back to town and a great lunch at Mike's (have the falafel).


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    Part 2 of our adventure was to go the hot springs which were supposed to be on the way to the caniones which is a slot canyon you can jump off the sides of into the water. Our directions there were suspect and the 45 min there became 2 hours of on and off road riding.

    First we headed off road across the canal and several bridges.


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    We met a guy in a care who could speak English well enough to direct us back to the correct turn off.


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    We finally made it there in time for a few jumps and a swim.



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    The sun way blazing hot and the sky blue at 245, but at 3 the sky had opened and it was pouring buckets. The thunder and lightening were very close too. Hiding under a tree with 3 sets of riding gear in a huge pile was useless. We were drenched. It did let up enough after an hour or so for us to put on our soaked gear on over our wet swim suits (we were smart enough to put our helmets and boot at the bottom of the pile where they were still dry).


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    Sara making friends with the local police.


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    Getting a hair cut is always an adventure.


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    The night we before we left we ran into Brady who flew to Lima (because that was the cheapest ticket from home to South America), bought a Chinese bike and is riding it back to DC.


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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were a bit sad to leave the cooler and colorful Boquete, but south it is.


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    Daniel and I have been following Gino and Fiona as they headed from BA to Ushuaia and north. They just arrived in Panama and we all planned to meet near Santiago as our paths crossed. We headed west again to David and then south to Vista Lago Ecoresort


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    We had heard from many riders that they had received speeding tickets in Panama. Christophe calculated and average of 4.5 km between moto cops with a radar gun between the border and Panama City. We found this to be true and driving the speed limit we say many cars pulled over on the way.



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    We ran into a huge line of traffic. We passed one biker, then 3, and then found the pack at the front blocking the Pan-American.


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    We did have to stop at the customs checkpoint where one official wanted our passports and the other our temporary import permits.


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    Our room looked out onto this man made lake.



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    When we arrived there we had to check out the 3 cool bikes out front.


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    Gianni from Switzerland



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    Gino and Fiona from Scotland.


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    We hung out at the pool and made friends with the local fauna. He loves fries.



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    Here is the gang hanging out drinking beers and swapping stories. You will note Fiona’s clothes are soaked as she had just been in the pool saving a man trying to drown.


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    At dinner we got serious and took out our maps.



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    Now for the goodbye. We are headed south to Pedasi and they are headed north to Boquete and then Costa Rica and beyond.


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  14. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Recalculating... recalculating.... HCMC-Vietnam :)
    I have been following your trip since page #3. Great ride report with lots of photos.
    Really like your "in-action" photos by helmet cam. That's awesome. :clap
  15. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Medellin Colombia ain,t nowhere better
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    VietHorse

    Thanks so much! Then you will have to let me buy you a beer when we get to Vietnam! Sara
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Shamrock Irish Pub and Grill
    Carrera35 #8a-11
    El Poblado
    Medellin

    We will be there FOR SURE! We are going home to work, but will be in Columbia at the end of Sept or beginning of October. Can't wait to share a pint and some Stew. HMMMMM stew!

    Sara
  18. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Recalculating... recalculating.... HCMC-Vietnam :)
    Welcome, anytime.
    You can have beer bathing here as welll :clap :freaky :lol3
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed south on the Pan-Americana and then west to Pedasi on the coast. We found a small hotel run by an ancient old lady for 30$ with aircon, a ceiling fan, and a private bath. It’s 37 and humid so aircon was a must!



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    This is a sleepy little town that has not been discovered yet.


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    We continued around the peninsula to the surfer hostel at playa Venao


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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have really had enough of the heat so we headed up to El Valle de Anton, which is a small town in an extinct volcanic caldera.



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    Leaving Venao we continued around the peninsula initially on a paved road that became a rough crappy paved road that turned to intermitted pavement and gravel and then a good gravel road.


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    The only tough spot was where the construction of the road was at the other end. They had just dumped oily aggregate. Luckily on the first steep part I followed in the front loaders tracks. For the next bit that was very deep we waited for the roll compacter. On the last short loose and deep bit it was go slow and duck walk. Managed to make it intact. Daniel of course did the first section in the deep, but waited for the roller with me. After this it was like a black ribbon undulating infront of us!


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    This is a quaint spot with few foreigners. We chose a small hotel close to the center of town and across from the church.


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    The next day we set out to explore the valley. Initially we were on a nice paved route, which became a rougher paved road and then a gravel road and then a grass (read eventually very muddy) road.


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    Turning around we headed back towards town and stopped at the ecolocical park.



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    Here you hike up along the river and past small falls and pools. This leads to some large rocks covered with petroglyphs .



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    If you continue hiking/scrambling up to the top you eventually reach the top for a view of the la India Dormida or sleeping Indian girl ( the image seen of the mountain range) and the entire Valley.


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    You could find your dream home here!


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