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28 Feb 2014

An almost entirely off-tarmac ride through some towns and landscapes that you might otherwise miss

Dist: ≈370 km; Date: Feb 2014

Leave Ayaviri on the 3GS after passing the Reserva Ecológica La Moya and crossing the river. It’s a well-graded dirt road that begins with a very long straightaway of 54 km to the town of Humachiri followed by a stretch of the same to Llalli. After Llalli Ruta 3GS begins t...

24 Feb 2014

Visit the famous and eerie Nazca lines and then ascend into the Andes to Cuzco via Ayacucho

Dist: 911 km; Date Feb 2014

The best and most stomach-wrenching way to see the Nazca lines is by taking a tour in a small prop plane. There are also a couple of places along the Inter-American Hwy where you can pull out and climb a nearby hill for a vantage of the odd markings.

From Nazca take the Carretera In...

17 Feb 2014

If you’re ready for a little excitement after a long stretch on the Inter-American, try this

Dist: ≈20 km; Date: Feb 2014 (partial)

I actually did this in reverse and didn’t quite make it to La Capilla after a crash in deep sand sapped my detour time to meet back up with Jess on the Inter-American. So if you do this loop, let me know how it was.

Riding south on the Inter-American, you’ll come to a ro...

11 Feb 2014

Good tarmac that snakes through some beautiful landscapes and give an opportunity for off-road exploration

Dist: 114 km; Date: Feb 2014

This is at least part of a route recommended by the friendly people at Freedom Bike Rental (website).

The Via Sigchos road leaves the Carretera Panamericana/35 about 33 km south of Machachi. Go west and weave your way along a serpentine road until the town of Sigchos...

6 Feb 2014

Visit Pleasant Laguna de Yahuarcocha and pleasant Otavalo, especially if your passing this way

Dist: 47 km; Date: Feb 2014

We crossed into Ecuador from Colombia at the Ipiales-Tulcan border and made it as far as Ibarra. Fortunately, rather than settle for a hotel within Ibarra proper, we detoured onto the road around nearby Laguna de Yahuarcocha where we found camping at moto-friendly Finca Sommerwi...

4 Feb 2014

A lovely unpaved mountain among small settlements within a beautiful landscape

Dist 43 km; Date: Feb 2014 (partial)

Visit the character-rich city of Jamundí just to the south of Cali. Just south of the downtown, take Via Chipaya west into the rural areas. This road might change names but essentially you want to follow it on a lovely, unpaved circuit, which ultimately passes through the town of Potre...

2 Feb 2014

Maybe you can find a ferry crossing in one of the towns along the river, otherwise it’s a long detour until you reach a bridge

Dist: 204 km; Date: Feb 2014

This is definitely not the quickest way to reach Ibagué from Girardot. But it does take you through some nice towns along the Río Magdalena on a mostly good and mostly unpaved road. The Magdalena is the problem. Several towns you pass through on...

2 Feb 2014

A fun off-tarmac jaunt if you’re passing Anapoima and need to get dusty after a long highway stretch

Dist: 13 km; Date: Feb 2014

I did this ride on a suggestion from a local after staying the previous night in Apulo. Jess caught up on some emails while I hoped on my bike and raced through this scenic 9 km of Ruta 21 and then 4 km of dirt where the road ends at Cerro de Peña Blanca. Not much of a vie...

1 Feb 2014

Days 116-118 – Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica to Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panama – 18,223 km

 

The Route: A) Cahuita, B) Guabito, C) Santa Catalina, D) Panama City

 

 

We left Cahuita first thing in the morning and we rode the remaining few kilometers east to the Panama border. It was a sleepy border crossing at Sixaola-Guabito but just over the bridge into Panama we were greeted by several German bikers...

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