(versión en español, a continuación)

Hello fellow motorcyclists. I'm Santiago Lema, 54, Colombian living in Calgary, Canada.

34 years dream and 2 years preparation are supporting this journey. Although I’m going after the track of others who inspired me while reporting how amazing South America is, my route will include some places not often considered by travellers. Planned to be 33.000 km, most of them on country roads that show and teach more about the land and the people than highways.

I chose a dual-purpose bike: Suzuki DR-650 (Dear Suzi). I hope my reports and pictures will be able to transmit you, esteemed readers, a fraction of my beloved continent. But most important, I hope that they spark off your willing to live and feel the road on 2 wheels. Finally, I would like to apologize for my wording and grammar in this, my no-native language.

Hola amigos motociclistas. Soy Santiago Lema, colombiano de 54 años viviendo en Calgary, Canadá.

Un sueño de 34 años y 2 de preparación soportan esta correría. Aunque voy tras la huella de otros que me inspiraron con sus reportes acerca de lo maravilloso que es Suramérica, mi ruta incluirá algunos lugares poco considerados por los viajeros. La mayoría de los 33.000 km planeados son por carreteras secundarias que muestran y enseñan, mejor que las autopistas, acerca de la tierra y sus pueblos.

Escogí una moto de doble propósito: Suzuki DR-650 (mi yegüita Suzi). Confío en que mis reportes y fotografías sean capaces de transmitirles una buena parte de lo que es nuestro querido continente. Pero mas importante, es que despierten sus deseos de vivir y sentir la carretera sobre dos ruedas.

March 18, 2009 GMT
28. Curitiba to Iguazu

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I reach the Vila Velha Park too late for entering that day. Looking for something different, I went to the Enviroment Police Station close to the park asking for some place to sleep. I was offered a bed into the room, but I chose the corridor closer to Suzi and some pets policemen have. Yerba mate was shared with me by soldier Nelson.
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Amigo: ahora puedes leer la historia completa en mi libro "La Suramérica que recorrí". Ve a www.palibrio.com. Las fotos, míralas aquí.
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Llegué al Parque Vila Velha muy tarde para entrar ese dia. Buscando algo diferente, me fui a la Estacion de Policia Ambiental cerca del parque solicitando un lugar para dormir. Se me ofrecio un cama entro de un dormitorio, pero preferi el corredor ceca a Suzi y a algunas mascotas que tienen los policias. Compartimos mate con el soldado Nelson.
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Posted by Santiago Lema at 11:17 AM GMT
March 27, 2009 GMT
29. Iguazú to Corumbá

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I rode from Iguazú along the Itaipú Dam to Guaíra on the banks of the Paraná River.
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Amigo: ahora puedes leer la historia completa en mi libro "La Suramérica que recorrí". Ve a www.palibrio.com. Las fotos, míralas aquí.
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Rodé desde Iguazú a lo largo de la Presa de Itaipú hasta Guaíra en la margen del Río Paraná.
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Posted by Santiago Lema at 06:22 PM GMT
April 15, 2009 GMT
30. Chiquitano

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Entering Bolivia – March 22/09 - by Puerto Suarez I was told by customs that Suzi’s previous exit from the country we made on December 25/08 wasn’t still registered on the system. It appeared as Suzi still was into the country surpassing the permit-time and putting me out of the rules. The functionary finally gave her entrance, with my compromise of having to go to a custom main office to fix the problem. I found this is a problem that would happen when you exit the country by a remote border as Laguna Verde where they haven’t cyber-system. I went to customs main office in Santa Cruz, where I was told they couldn’t close my exit –only at borders-, that it was my fault for leaving the country by a port with no customs (!¿!?) and that surely I would receive a fine at the next exiting border. I remember Laguna Verde migration port had a locked vehicular barrier. The strange issue is the migration officer at Laguna Verde received my Suzi’s temporary permit saying nothing and allowing us to leave with no problem. I left that office very bored and asking myself if I would have the same problem when entering second time Ecuador as I had left by La Balsa, a remote no-system port in the jungle. The question will remain in my mind until Ecuador.

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Posted by Santiago Lema at 06:54 PM GMT
31. Chuquisaca

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Leaving Santa Cruz I headed for Sucre, via Samaipata and Vallegrande.

El Fuerte de Samaipata ( Samaipata Fort ) is a structure that has channels, basins, and high-relief sculptures carved out of one big rock.
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Amigo: ahora puedes leer la historia completa en mi libro "La Suramérica que recorrí". Ve a www.palibrio.com. Las fotos, míralas aquí.
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Salí de Santa Cruz hacia Sucre via Samaipata y Vallegrande.

El Fuerte de Samaipata es una estructura en una gran roca que tiene canales, pozos, y esculpidos en alto relieve.
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Posted by Santiago Lema at 07:12 PM GMT
32. Costa Pacìfica

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It’s a long ride down hill from the border to Arica. The road, just stupendous.
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Amigo: ahora puedes leer la historia completa en mi libro "La Suramérica que recorrí". Ve a www.palibrio.com. Las fotos, míralas aquí.
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Es una bajada larga por una carretera estupenda desde la frontera hasta Arica.
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Posted by Santiago Lema at 07:47 PM GMT
 
 

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