Chile welcomes us with a nice and organised border crossing. It was so organised that it was not possible to change money of one of heaps of guys who want you to change money. So we had to change money in Arika and we suddenly have been rich with 400.000,- Chilenian Pesos out of the cash maschine :-). But the delight is fast gone, because everything costs just thousands. From Arika we went to San Pedro de Atacama and had some petrol adventures. The time is getting narrow and the as was getting sore, because of many kilometers and the temperature is steadily increasing. In San Pedro it was proud 35°C and in our motorbike clothes we don´t know if we look like chicken on a barbeque. From San Pedro we made a tour to geysirs El Tatio and to the close lagunes - absolutly unique. After two days we went to Argentina to Salta in order to get rid off Christines cast, but that is a seperate story. From Salta we went to the Iguazu waterfalls. For them we have been really looking forward to. The further 1700 Km we went from petrol station to petrol station for 2 days or better from air condition to air condition inside the petrol stations, because we had around 40°C and approximately 60-70% humidity. That was quiet exhausting. The waterfalls are indescribable, you have too see them and it is still hard to imagine. They are just so beautiful. Not far from Iguazu are living a friends of us. We visited them before we did the 1600 Km to Buonas Aires. In Buenos Aires we celebrated Christines 29th birthday with friends before she has to fly home on 11th of February :-((
Now our 3 month together are gone now, for us ist was just too short for South America. It is just not enough time to enjoy all the nice places, areas and impressions. The places, areas and impressions we saw and experienced made us very happy, because you see how good we have it at home and what a beautiful country we have in Germany. Sadly Tobi has to travel now alone. We will see what else he will see and experience.
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Chile we are coming . From Arika we went direction south.
We thought we will never get to a petrol station or we were blind. After using our two emergeny reserve cans and after 70 Km there was still no petrol station so we went to the next village in order to look for a petrol station. Yes, we have one opposite the church. ???? Where, we asked again and finaly we got the petrol out of a 5 liter bottle.
From San Pedro de Atacama we did a trip to the geysirs El Tatio. Breathtaking and very cold compared to the last days. We had -12°C on a hight of 4200 m - BRRRRR.
The colours are from different materials, who comes up from the underground.
Left: Warming the fingers at the little geysir.
Reight: The guides warmed the water for tea and milk for breakfast inside the hot water of the geysirs.
And who likes can have a bath at 35°C water temperature.
Left: Camping in San Pedro.
Reight: On the way to the lagune we stuck in sand.
Reight: For a picture at the lagune. And suddenly the bike broke in the salt crust
Lagune Salar de Atacama
Reight: The border from Chile is in San Pedro. 150 Km further is the Argentinian border in the middle of nowhere.
On the way we pass a salt lake, which they use in order to get salt out of it. Our chance to make some pictures we missed at the Salar de Uyuni.
On the way to Salta
First we get rid off all the salt on the motorbike and all other dirt from the last month.
Salta city center Hard work on the homepage
In Salta we went first went into the hospital in order to get rid off Christines cast. That was not the best idea. The hospital was not how we expected it in a country like Argentina. It was smelling horrible, the plaster came down from the walls and the doctor had for 3 seconds a look to the exray and said Christine has to wear the cast further 2 weeks, than we flew out of the hospital. Now we were thinking what to do, because we need a second professional opinion we can trust. So we went to the hotel and made some pictures of the exrays. On the next day we called our doctor at home, if he could have a look at them. He was so nice and spend his lunch break for us and we could clear it with him. He said after 6 weeks he thinks we can get rid off the cast - Dr. Rupp thanks for that. To get rid off the cast was not that easy, the plastic staff is quiet robust, but the good SwissTool with saw got it. NO the arm is still there.
Further from Salta direction east. On the pasturage on the right and left side have been many happy steaks.
Left: Die Iguazu waterfalls, the biggest of the world. Even Roosevelt said: Poor Niagara
Reight: On the platform we got a free shower - that is refreshing at 35°C!!
From the argentinian side you get nice detail views, because most of the time you are standing right on the edge.In Brasil you have a fantastic view over the whole panorama.
We asked on this place a guide, if he knows how much water that is and he said normaly 2000 m³ per second, but because in Brasil it rained a lot the last few month and at the moment it is about 5000 m³ per second - unbelievable.
In Brasil we visited friends Joao, Eliet and their son Pablo. We have been out for dinner in a brasilian - italian restaurant. The flair was very nice in this little castle - very good!
Left: Small service on the motorbike at Joas home. At 35°C you can wear only as less as possible.
Reight: We got invited to a asado - BBQ with live music. Great when your friends are musicians like that.
Tja, lots of jummy meat and little side dishes for 50 people.
On the following day Joao and Eliete invited us to go fishing with them. The fishing-rod was bamboo and 2 meter long band, bread and the fun starts. Did I say fun? Suddenly something was on the hug and the fun was over - HUAAAAA there is a fish on the line. Tobiiiii what should I do? So we had 5 fishes fun with fishing.
After further 1600 Km in two days and a heavy rain on the way to Buenos Aires we finaly arrived at Dakar Motors. With Ken and Carol from Australia we celebrated Christines 29th BIRTHDAY. Christine knew them from Australia
Left: Buenos Aires, Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest street of the world.
Reight: In a restaurant - lamm asado
Left: Ken and Carol made a jummy stew for all of us.
Reight: Tango on the roads in Buenos Aires
La Boca - the artist area
Here we both had the rudder together in our hands.
The big cemetary in Buenes Aires is something really impressive. These monuments, which are cold mausoleum are huge. If you have a look at the poor area surrounding it is even more impressive.
Good Bye Assado at Dakar Motors
You should know the picture. From Equador we sent christmas postcards, but as far we know only 5 arrived. Later we found out, that people scratch the stamps off the postcard and sell the stamps again. You should stand beside the post officer till all postcards are stamped. We learned, but did not know that these days.
A few pictures from the road:
The country of Lamas. They want to go shopping too.
and zombi lamas
Who else want to join?
Left: The 4 guys in the backround at the cafe in Salta played during 4 hours 3 times music and collected money. But there have been other musicians too and minimum twenty selling people, who visited us in regularly. That costs you sometimes lots of nerves.
Reight: A procession in Salta
On the waterfalls you can get that close to the butterflys and the small cute things come to everything you