A Week in the Cochamo Valley

Maybe it is because in my last post I tried to make my (mostly northern hemisphere) readers jealous about the amount of sunlight Hawk (Steve Hawkinson) and I would be enjoying.  But mostly it was probably because we went to a temperate rainforest and had some unusually rainy weather.  Following is an account of the [...]

Santiago, Chile

Very quick update from Santiago, the capital of Chile.  I picked Hawk up at the airport yesterday and we’ve been running around doing errands and doing just a little planning.  We decided that instead of trying to line up a bunch of small field trips in the area around this smoggy megalopolopolis, which seems like [...]

La Quiaca, Argentina

Woo Hoo!  ”Only” 5121km (3182 miles) to go!  I think this number seems a little high, but at any rate, it all depends on the route I take.  But it was fun to see a sign for my end point! About 12 hours in Argentina and I can tell you things are rather different than [...]

Tupiza, Bolivia

Yesterday I arrived in Tupiza, which is only 60 paved miles ride away from the Argentina border and at about “only” 2,950m (~9,700 feet). For about the past 4 weeks I’ve been above 3,000m, and for the past 3 weeks and 800 miles, never below 3,650m  (~12,000 feet), along the rather flat altiplano of Peru and Bolivia. Perhaps not a [...]

Uyuni or Bust

A quick note before I leave Oruro, I’m on my way to the Uyuni salt flat.  I’ll most likely be without internet for the next week, on a particularly rugged part of Bolivia.  The salt flat has been on the top of my list ever since I set off on this journey.  It is several [...]


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