From the banks of the Titicaca Lake to the South of Lipez – 15 days – 3000 metres above sea level

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At the end of an afternoon, we crossed the border post in Kasani with no troubles. In this hamlet, there are only five little houses including a mini “Mercado”, plus the offices of migration and customs which were empty when we arrived. We woke up the customs officer for the administrative formalities. 

Then, we had only a few kilometres left alongside the lake to reach the first Bolivian city. The orange nuances of the sky at the sunset time offer a beautiful purple tint over the water of the Copacabana bay. 

The city is the main seaside city alongside the lake in Bolivia.…

On the Peruvian roads

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Peru is a country of 1 285 315 km2 and various landscapes and reliefs. Therefore, going with the sidecars from the North-West to the South-East offer various riding experiences.

At the North of the country, alongside the Pacific coast, we crossed for the first time a sandy desert over many hundreds of kilometres. From a side of the road to the other one, the sandy dunes are breaking the monotony of the road; the experience is amazing. The asphalt draws long straight black lines contrasting with the yellow of the sand. Sometimes, the wind is blowing away the sand going on the asphalt before to go under our wheels.…

Peruvian encounters

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Chio & Béto

After many days on the road, we crossed the Peruvian border on the 7th November and we arrived in the small seaside city of Cancas. We discovered the Pacific Coast, its warmth and waves. We enjoyed the amazing hospitality from Chio and Béto to recharge our batteries in the fine sandy beach while looking the endless horizon. When I was a kid, I was looking the ocean and my dad always asked me if I could see America. Today, The Peru is under my feet and I am looking for Asia on the line separating the blue of the ocean from the blue of the sky.…

Traveller’s tips – the Machu Picchu

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If you are going to Peru, the Machu Picchu is a must to see. Every year, one million of tourists visit this archeological Inca site.

The Machu Picchu, a lost site surrounded by mountains

The Machu Picchu is a site lost in the mountains. Perched on a mountainside, at its bottom there is the Aguas Calientes village (also named the Machu Picchu village) which is not reachable by road with your own vehicle. We left the sidecars in the previous village, Ollantaytambo. To reach Aguas Calientes, many options are possible…

  • The easiest solution but also the most expensive is to take the luxury train going through the valley and stopping directly in Aguas Calientes.

Peruvian experiences

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After more than thirty days in Peru, we had unusual experiences.

Surfing over the Huanchaco waves

In Peru, the Pacific waves offer the opportunity to enjoy (again) the pleasure of surfing. In the seaside Huanchaco city, the surfboard is king. With a foot on the barrier of the pier and hair in the wind, surfers are analysing the spot. Locals are mixed with Westerner tourists to surf on this regular wave breaking on the wooden pontoon. 

While we are walking on the promenade, a local surfer starts a conversation with us in French, happy to speak the language of Moliere.…

From Arequipa to the Bolivian border – 7 days – 2 335 metres above sea level

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We are leaving Cuzco to go to Arequipa. On the road, there are many buses making the journey between both cities.

Après une petite journée de route nous faisons étape à l’hôtel Chuquicahuana tenu par un couple charmant dans le petit village de Checacupe. Nous dormirons sous nos tentes dans leur champs, les chambres étant toutes occupées par des médecins et spécialistes de la santé délivrant quelques soins gratuitement aux habitants du village.

After a riding day, we are stopping by the Checacupe hotel owned by a welcoming couple in the small village of Checacupe. We will sleep in our tents on their fields, the rooms being occupied by doctors and specialists giving free treatments to the village inhabitants.