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Day 95 – Welcome to Chile (Arica, Chile)

06 Jan

Another day of lots of riding towards Arica, Chile.  Met an interesting Russian couple from St Petersburg in the morning; they have been traveling by car (Toyota Hilux) from Argentina.  Combination of straight roads and mountainous curvy roads.  Side case of Gintaras falling off the bike at 80 mph speed.  Vadim watching it slide on highway in front of him. 

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Reattaching the case without problem and continuing the journey.  Met a group of bikers from Colombia and Costa Rica.  Had lunch in a small village (chicken and rice); kids helping to set up the table.  GPS is crazy; following paper maps and road signs instead.  Slippery road on turns in the mountains due to tar fillings.  Reaching the border without problems.

 

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Met the guys from London, Ireland, and New Zealan again at the border.  They were a few minutes ahead of us.  Straightforward but long process at the Chilean border.  It was hot.  Vadim’s bags X-Rayed. He was upset about the process – he was tired and very hot in the moto gear.    When arrived to Arica, we stopped at the first hotel but were only able to get one night stay because of unavailability during the next few days due to Dakar.  The hotel Reception was able to help us get two extra nights at a different hotel.  Dinner at café del mar (michelada, juice, seafood and chicken salad). 

 

Routes taken: 1, 5

Miles ridden:  321 miles (514 km)

 
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Day 94 – Long Day – Record Miles (Camana, Peru)

05 Jan

Long day riding over 500 miles toward Arica, Chile for the Dakar.  Left late at 9 am.  Got out of Lima easily, refueled.  Unforgettable views of the ocean and mountains.  Met the Japanese rider from Stahlratte boat.  He was on his way to see Dakar in Chile. 

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Took many pictures and videos.  Stopped for lunch at a local restaurant for mixed ceviche.  Saw Nazca lines from ground level; small planes flying above.  Strong wind, sand on the road, riding at night.  Could not reach Arequipa and had to stay in Camana for the night. Ate at a local chicken restaurant – it was very good.

Routes taken: 1 Panamericana

Miles ridden:  519 miles (830 km)

 
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Day 93 – Back to the Capital (Lima, Peru)

04 Jan

Got up at 6 am; lack of sleep; Vadim bying some nice pecari leather gloves with alpaca wool lining at the airport; flying to Lima; bad smell in the air in Lima on way from airport; nice taxi (1/2 price of hotel taxi) to Casa Andina, our hotel; how to wash the bikes? How to wash clothes?; lunch at a nice chicken place (Criola soup, jar of Chicha Morrada, ¼ of a chicken with small salad); dinner at Las Tejas (anticucho of sea bass)

Routes taken: Air

Miles ridden:  None

 
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Day 92 – Machu Picchu (Cusco, Peru)

03 Jan

Early taxi (5am) to Ollantaytambo (1.5 hour drive).  Train to Aquas Calientes (1.5 hours, then bus to Mapi (20 minutes).  Trouble with ATMs (can’t withdraw cash); had to use hidden USD.  Nice sunny weather. Walking and taking 250 pics for 4 hours; meeting fellow bikers from Stahlratte (guys from London, Ireland and New Zeland) – took picture together. 

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Developed  idea about going to Chile to see Dakar race in a few days; gorgeous views;

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Inca bridge; back to Aquas calientes; ATM finally works; nice meal near central square (soup quinoa, beef, trout).  Long wait in the town; no earlier train; Vadim got inca massage; short work around the town in the evening and sitting in the central square; uncomfortable (no leg room and hot) train; chatty 22-year old girl from Lima on the train; minivan from Ollantaytambo (driver playing Guns&Roses).  Arriving to Cusco before midnight; very tired in the evening…Fell asleep immediately.

Routes taken: Train

Miles ridden:  none

 
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Day 91 – Early Morning and Baby Alpaca (Cusco, Peru)

02 Jan

Got up at 3:45…very sleepy.  Took cab to the airport and flew to Cusco.  Vadim having difficulty breathing in Cusco because of high altitude; GS has some headache.  Trouble finding tickets to Machu Picchu (only from Ollantaytambo with two different companies).  City tour (just main cathedral and sun temple, then Sacsaywaman, inca springs, llama wool shop);

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Sexy inca guide; Vadim buying some baby alpaca wool at, gloves, and scarf.  Eating cuy  (ginny pig) at Meson Tomas?…

Routes taken: Air

Miles ridden:  none

 
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