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Round trip around South America with my motorcycle: part V: Bolivia



Part V: Bolivia

Author's note: this chapter is the continuation of Peru part IV.II

Day27 KM8146 28/08/2013 Peru Border / Bolivia- La Paz

Peru Bolivia border

Day28 KM8279 29/08/2013 La Paz - The Road of Death (Coroico) ; Irupana

As soon as I leave La Paz, the trails are off road. Obviously, Bolivians don't like paviment!

Track 3 Bolivia

 Route 3 Lama Bolivia

It's cold here…

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

And…the bike in snow!

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

An overview of the ski slopes ...

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

A snow bike is what I need here…

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

Yes, I am crossing but with difficulty... I'm breathless!

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

The rest is easier!

route 3 snow moto Bolivia

And the famous « Road of Death » which technically is not very hard but it is better keep the track…

route 3 snow motorcycle Bolivia

Be carefull... it's deep!

route 3 snow motorbyke Bolivia

Road of Death in bike Bolivia

Day29 KM8500 30/08/2013 Irupana- Oruro

After daily check of the bike, I realized that the chain (DID VP2) is almost out of order. It's necessary to change it urgently! The total kit of the chain will be remplaced in Santiago de Chile (it is easier to find the parts).

Who says dusty road (in the sunrise)…

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

…Who says dusty village (confortable hotel)…

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

…says air filter clogged (4 cleaning within 24h !)

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Daily special menu…

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Track Irupana Cajuata bike Bolivia

Snow-capped Puchini Bolivia

snow-covered peak Puchini Bolivia

Garage motorbyke Oruro Bolivie

Day30 KM8770 31/08/2013 Oruro- Desert of Salar

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

The air filter is still obstructed ...

Route to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

And I arrive to the famous train cemetery…

Train cemetery Uyuni Bolivia

Train cemetery Uyuni Bolivia

Train cemetery Uyuni Bolivia

Train cemetery Uyuni Bolivia

Train cemetery Uyuni Bolivia

Day31 KM9043 01/09/2013 Desert of the Salar- Laguna Colorada

A few pictures of the hotel this morning, it's expensive but very beautiful!

Salt hotel Uyuni Bolivia

Salt hotel Uyuni Bolivia

I enter to the Salar...

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

The track is currently relatively well traced

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

The place "of the flags" and a small museum next to one.

The place of the flags Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

"Pescadores" island

Pescadores island Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Here they make bricks of salt ...

bricks of salt Salar de Uyuni Bolivia

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

The dam announces the end of the salar.

Crossing Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

« What are you doing on the floor? » « It is my pilot who doesn't know how to drive in the sand!» Today... two falls!

Track to San Juan Salar de Uyuni in motorbike Bolivia

Track to San Juan Salar de Uyuni in motorbike Bolivia

Track to San Juan Salar de Uyuni in motorbike Bolivia

Track to San Juan Salar de Uyuni in motorbike Bolivie

Map of the Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

Day32 KM9498 02/09/2013 South of the Salar Desert - Colorada lake - Chile

After spending the night outside at 4600m in the wind and at low temperatures, the bike doesn't want to start. The battery is almost completely out! But hey, like every time ... it coughs and finally comes to life!

Back on the tracks and already 3 days without seeing gas station!

Stone tree Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

The famous "stone's trees"

Trees of stone Salar de Uyuni by motorcycle Bolivia

Approaching a peak at 5000m of altitude...

snow top motorbike Bolivie

And once in the top 5100m of altitud... There is about 1.50m of snow height from side to side

snow top motorbike Bolivie

Tracks and more tracks…

Track south Salar Uyuni Bolivia

Track south Salar Uyuni Bolivia

The Green lake…

laguna verde Salar Uyuni Bolivia

The border Bolivia-Chile ... a lonely border post!

Border post south Salar Uyuni Bolivia

After 3 days off road, 600km without gas station, it is the back to civilization with great Chile's roads ... best things have always a end!

Bolivia Chile Route Calama

Day33 KM9870 03/09/2013 Calama – Antofagasta