A sweet taste of winter entering Chile. Sometimes cold, but mostly enjoyable and a welcome change of scenery after long days through the desert on the Argentinian side. We were a group of 5 once we crossed the border.
Would you ride this road? It wasn't all that scary compared to the road heading towards this pass, which had no hard shoulder and truck drivers were merciless while trying to make it to the border crossing on the pass during the clear weather window. That was a stressful ride. This was mostly fun.
So long ago that I prepared food on a campfire, must have been Bogota. There are simply no trees on the altiplano. It’s the best way to spend the long autumn nights, instead of being curled up in the sleeping bag for over 12 hours. The light in the sky is from Mendoza 100km ahead.
A day with Martine and Johan, longterm motor bikers who settled in Argentina and live off the grid. Some delicious Indian food with South African ‘vetkoek’ 😋 New story on the blog about the first part of Ruta 40.
And then this place suddenly appeared, I’d never heard of it. If it was in the US, it would probably be a national park. There would be paved roads, parking lots, some restaurants, it would be widely advertised. In South America incredible landscapes like this appear out of nowhere, unannounced. With mass tourism rapidly increasing world wide I feel it’s sometimes better to not reveal places and put them on the map. It’s often better if places remain for the locals and the wild life. But then, maybe I should close this Instagram account...
The Fox! I read stories about him roaming around the Abra el Acay pass. People feed him (which they shouldn't). I didn't notice him on the pass, but on the downhill I found him chasing some guanaco's and he ran along with me. I let him come too close , before I knew it he snatched the trash from my front rack.