When people start talking about new adventures, and magical places a sense of uncertainty invades your body. The decision to go abroad is not always easy, even more when trying to find a good place to do some tourism on two wheels and not dig into your pockets. Adventure bikers are now more interested in visiting this part of the world, South America gives you the best of both worlds, you can get the “go on a budget” experience or you can go all luxury.
Latam is the southern part of the Americas continent, and no is not Mexico, is much more than just one country. Music, culture, traditions, extremely delicious gastronomy, warm people, and don’t let me start talking about our breathtaking landscapes. Geography in this part of the world is a gift for some that are looking for twisty roads, adrenaline at its finest, challenging paths, and great adventures along with their two wheeled best partner.
Ok, but now let’s begin with what this blog is really about… why this part of the Americas continent is attractive for tourists. I started saying that South America gives you the best of both, small and unlimited budgets. It can adapt to any of your needs. I’m gonna focus on three countries to not make it too long, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Colombia, a beautiful country with its well-known coffee axis, Salsa music with exotic dance moves, fun/extroverted people that are always willing to make you have the best time in their country. One thing to point it out is that Colombian people are extremely nationalist, and proud of their culture, traditions, and the country itself. Colombia has demonstrated that they can offer tourists amazing experiences regardless of the political situation, and no it’s not like the press shows, you will not be living a live action Pablo Escobar novela. For those who are visiting this country the exchange rate will surprise you, affordable prices everywhere on everything, from hotel nights on the best places to inexpensive meals on luxury restaurants. The Bikers culture in Colombia has increased with up to nine million motorbikers, a country, to say the least, well suitable for adventure riders from all over the world, making any experience unforgettable. No time to be shy, when they see you on your two wheeled buddy, they will approach you quickly to ask about the machine, your plans during your stay and much much more, don’t be surprised if one invites you to ride with their biker mates.
Gifted with a great location, right in the middle of the globe, you can find a small (compared with the rest of the southamerican countries) piece of sky called Ecuador. Home of a dense variety of fauna and flora, colossal active volcanoes, handcrafted souvenirs, mouth watering food, historical cities, magical valleys, hidden beaches and much much more. A three world paradise, best description: all in one. This is the place you want to go, if you are thirsty for adrenaline, if your lust for finding magical places goes beyond your home country, Ecuador is where you want to ride. beginning with the fact that the country possesses one of the best climates of the region, with never extreme temperatures. Humid-subtropical weather on the coast, take your sunnies out, and enjoy your ride with the sun following your way. The inter-Andean valleys (highlands) have a temperate climate, but don’t get surprised if you find yourself buying an extra alpaca wool sweater to warm you up during your stay. In the Amazon region you will experience rainfall throughout the year, this weather helps everything look green and full of life any time of the year. Adventurers from all over the globe visit Ecuador to encounter new exploits, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, not meaning they have to leave aside comfort or safety from choosing the best ADV bikes to staying in the best hotels on each part of the trip. Touring in this country means off-road everywhere, highways with dope views, small narrow gravel streets in the middle of small communities that will challenge your riding skills and strengthen your relationship with the bike. Prices in this country vary from USD 2,50 per complete lunch to USD 100 for a single course meal in one of the most recognized restaurants in the capital, it’s up to you! and if you’re wondering why USD, yes!! Ecuador has dollars as its official currency, always a plus as it’s the most common currency around the world.
Perú has one of the most visited deserts in the area, a perfect place full of ancient archeology, colored textiles and multicultural communities. The country has been known as a bikers friendly destination, specially because of their kind people, its gastronomy that now is well known all over the world and much more for their challenging but rewarding high passes. The desert in this country is so extensive that it is difficult to distinguish where this ends and the beach starts. The width varies from 10 up to 100 miles, an eye catching paradise you don’t want to miss. Hidden gems as the Paron lagoon with emerald waters and surrounded snow peaks, breathtaking… don’t get fooled, it is not just because of the height. If it is not on your bucket list, start thinking about it, El Pato Canyon, a stunning road in the middle of two huge stone walls that takes you to some endless tunnels, hard to explain if you haven been there. Ruins will be present during your ride, «Huaca del sol y la luna» , an amazing adobe brick pyramid, a true beauty from the Moche civilization. Peru offers all kinds of attractions and activities, with convenient and desirable prices that allow any kind of tourist to enjoy this Inca ancestral paradise.
Put your lid on, get your gear prepared, sunnies in your pocket and start packing for this new adventure that is waiting for you. Leave these tedious tasks to locals that will help you find the best routes and activities to maximize your experience.
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