Pin Valley – gateway to wilderness

From our base in Kaza, we cycled southeast along the Spiti River until the bridge at Lingti where we crossed a “magical” gateway into a hidden wilderness. From here we ventured up the quiet and stunning Pin Valley, surrounded by great Himalayan peaks and bordered by huge fragile, decomposing and terrifying rock screes. Cycling along […]

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From Delhi to the Himalayas

After a couple of weeks in the UK to catch up with my parents, the next stop of our adventure is India. It has been 10years since we were last in Delhi, and wow has it changed. Compared to ten years ago and even more to our first visit 22 years ago, New Delhi is […]

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The Tough Gauchos of Patagonia

It’s the people you meet that make the trip so special. The people of Patagonia are incredible. Their forefathers and to great extent those we met are pioneers. Colonizers of the vast, temperamental and wild land. This was very true of the Gauchos we met. These tough rugged individuals who run the “estancias” – the […]

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La Fiesta Del Cordero

The island of Chiloe, is at the heart of the Chilean culture and the focal point of many stories. Stretching 180km long by 50km wide, Chiloe is South America’s second largest island (after Tierra del Fuego). The indigenous community – the Huilliche’s and Chonos are still very present and it’s easy to spot these descendants. […]

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Shipbuilders of San Juan

We had the pleasure to visit the amazing little village of San Juan. Famous for its church and its two ship builders. It was amazing to see the team of artisans at work repairing 3 or 4 boats, and building about 5. These are family businesses with their trade being passed down from father to […]

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La Minga

Day 6: Quemchi We visited the Museu of Francisco Coloane, a famous Chilean Poet and Author who wrote some great books about life in Patagonia at the turn of the century. The museum also explained a great Chilean tradition called the Minga. La minga de tiradura de casas is an old Chiloé island custom which consists […]

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Disaster Strikes

It looks pretty but the ripio (gravel roads ) are incredibly dangerous. Very loose with some big stones. Other than the main roads which are busy nearly all the roads so far are ripio. Add to that the occasional truck passing by and showing you with stones and dust, and its just a lot of […]

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Arriving in Chiloe

Day 2. Calbuco After a late and relaxed breakfast, we cycled down the v815 road about 36km to Calbuco. We are not used to cycling with the big bags, so we noticed the weight and were rather slow…. Calbuco is a sleepy town, with hardly any tourism. We found a lovely old Hospedaje run by […]

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Arriving and starting

We arrived in Santiago and recovered our bikes. To great relief the bike boxes were intact and looked in good condition. Our friend Fran was waiting at the airport to pick us up and take us to her sister’s house which was our base camp for the next few days.  Janet had not been to […]

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