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Chachapoyas and Kuelap, Peru

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Chachapoyas is a lovely colonial-style town. The central plaza has lots of tour companies, cafes and shops.  I see a few gringos out and about, but mostly it’s locals, maybe because it’s the off-season now. We are back up in…

From the border of Peru to Chachapoyas

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After crossing the border we head for the town of San Ignacio before stopping for the night. We wind up staying at a small hotel and parking our bikes in a private garage behind the hotel. It’s a little unnerving…

Riding into Peru

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We get to the border late in the day and I check my watch while we work on paperwork and see its 4pm. Yikes. We were hoping to ride all the way to San Ignacio tonight just to get away…

The long last day in Ecuador

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Vilcabamba is the last place we stay in Ecuador, and it has been gorgeous. We’ve heard from friends who have gone on ahead of us that the road ahead, which is largely dirt to the Peruvian border, is a nightmare…

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

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We rode south from Cuenca on a weekday on one of the main highways, but not the PanAm. There’s virtually no traffic which is nice, and we spend most of a day getting from Cuenca to Loja and then on…

Chapter 5

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So yes, now Bulgaria was next. For me it was the third visit and for Rochelle the first. The previous two times that I came by here, I must admit that I wasn’t impressed by the country, something that didn’t…

Cuenca, Ecuador

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My tourbook, as I think I may have already shared, lists 6 things as the absolute “must see” things of Ecuador…and among them is Cuenca, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was colonized by the Spanish in the 1550s and…

Chapter 4

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Romania was in my travel plans for quite a while but I had never been there until a couple of weeks ago, when Rochelle and I rolled Voukefalas to the Hungary-Romania border.As we crossed the border and we were…

From Macas to Cuenca, Ecuador

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The ride from Macas to Cuenca that we choose takes us through a beautiful river valley and west on Route 45. It’s raining in the morning as we go for breakfast and then pack up, and we are told that’s…

Swimming in a big natural aquarium: full of big fish!

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After Campo Grande, our next Brazilian stop was Bonito. And, it wasn’t even a place we’d heard of until Brazilians started telling us about it.Bonito is known for crystal clear rivers which have about 30 different types of fish…

Baños, Ecuador

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In my tourist guide book for South America there are highlights listed for each country. And while I try to visit some of them, it’s not always possible to get to see them all. There six places listed for Ecuador,…

A home away from home in Ecuador

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There’s an old Newfoundlander proverb (actually a few different places take credit for this one…) that says “There are no strangers in life, only friends you haven’t met yet.” And in my opinion, meeting people is the best part of…

Vulcan Chimborazo – Central Ecuador

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South of Quito there are two parallel chains of mountains that run north to south in Ecuador. When the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt visited this part of the world in 1802 he called this area the “Avenue of the…