Crossed the Peruvian border today, but first finish the last Equadorian chapter…
After the lost final by the Dutch team on sunday 11 july,…..monday wasn’t a good day to drive my bike. So tuesday july 13, I finally got my bike again and headed to the coast. Bas & Janneke did likewise and Roel & Petra went to the jungle. My solo ride was a long one, but very nice for the first part. Leaving the Andes at 3000m and descending to sealevel. I drove to Conoa, a chilled-out surfvillage and stayed in beach hostel Bambu.
Because it was quite cloudy and there was no surf, there wasn’t much more to do than chill out. Nice….
Tuesday I drove to Puerto Lopez for some whale watching. Had to take the ferry to cross Bahia Caraquez.
I Had a nice 6 dollar room! and next day I did see some whales. Very impressive. Too bad, it was still overcast….where is the sun???
Saturday,17th I had a short ride to surf/party village Montenita. Along the way I stopped in Ayampe, where Bas and Janneke invited me for some fresh coffee and they would also come to Montenita in the evening. In Montenita there was a small reunion, meeting friends we met along the way. Still no sun though… 🙁
With Roel and Bas, we decided to meet in Cuenca to continue our journey together. So on monday I headed land inwards again and stayed for one night in Duran near Guayaquil. Next day I was very excited to meet the boys in Cuenca, or maybe already along the way. But some bad news arrived via sms. Bas’ bike wouldn’t start and it didn’t look good at all in the beginning. Although some bad news, I did enjoy the ride to Cuenca. Climbing from sealevel to over 4000m! And while climbing I understood why I hadn’t seen sun for more than a week. I drove through the clouds and after that I had the nicest view over the overcast layer all the way to the coast.
My bike really had problems with the altitude and I could only reach the top in first gear….going 10km/h. Well…never be in a hurry while travelling. All the time to say hello to the first lama’s. Hola!
I arrived in beautiful Cuenca, where I met Petra in the same hostel. Besides the company and the sun, I also liked the good news from Bas and Roel, that they were good to go and would be in Cuenca the day after. Oh yes….so excited.
Wednesday 21 july the dangleberries reunited and next day we hit the road heading south. We drove to Vilcabamba, a little village in the south of Equador at an altitude of 1500m, giving it a very nice climate with a very relaaaaaax atmosphere.
Here we gave our bikes some TLC for the next few thousand km’s and wondered why some weird types of people settle here. Many old Americans seem to find this place the ideal village to spend their old days and learn how play the bongo’s……
Saturday 24th we left Vilcabamba and had the most curviest route to border village Macara. Unbeleivable…so many curves and hair pins….without any other traffic. Can we ever enjoy riding in Holland again……?
Sundaymorning we crossed the border to Peru. Easy does it.
Hasta pronto amigos!
Ps. found this in a hostel in Cuenca,….and it does make some sense. Funny.