One day arrived in Buenos Aires. Needed only one car and one truck and three days from Bariloche. Yolanda flies home after four weeks and more than 4000km hitchhiking together.

Tapia

Tapia

Have appointment with my good friend Torsten in Southern Bolivia. So no time for tango lessons. But watched young and old celebrating it under a pavillon roof. Wonderful. Argentina: A bag full of melancholy.
My host Sandra organized via facebook group a truck to Cordoba. Straight further on to Tucuman in just one day. Towards Salta stuck overnight in Rosario de la Frontera. North of Jujuy beautiful scenery. Couch in Humahuaca. The closer the border the more Indios around.

Daniel's pottery, Humahuaca

Daniel's pottery, Humahuaca

In Tupiza first meeting with T. He hops on a jeep tour through the wild Southwest. Too expansive for me. I explore the mountain ranges nearby. We meet again in Potosi on 4000m above sea level. Liked it more than white Sucre. Tarabuco feria definitely worth to see. Chiche sipped in backyard.

Cerro Elefante

Cerro Elefante

35 hours in hot Santa Cruz de la Sierra. In Buenavista at a swimming pool. Only once short hitchhiking with T. to Yapacani before Bulo Bulo. Walked up to Cristo Rei in Cochabamba, which is supposed to be higher than in Rio.

Cristo Rei, Cochabamba

Cristo Rei, Cochabamba

Second time in La Paz. We see how Bolivia beats the Gauchos without Messi. Deja-Vu in Copacabana. Swimming in chilly Lake Titicaca on Isla de la Luna. Many tourists on Isla del Sol. Quarreling between north and south.

Isla de la Luna

Isla de la Luna

After three weeks luxury trip having a good time Torsten flies home. Alone I go on hitchhiking again. Very successful out of the Andes to Rurrenabaque.

Rio Beni

Rio Beni

It is still far to the Brazilian border. Late afternoon I stand in the dust of Reyes. An empty bus appears. For half price I get a dry rolling sleeping place. Moonshine drive. After 16 hours last exit Guayara-Mirim.



Cerro Castillo

Cerro Castillo

Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy



Moon Valley near San Pedro de Atacama

Moon Valley near San Pedro de Atacama

Street Art La Serena

Street Art La Serena

Niebla

Niebla

La Serena early morning

La Serena early morning

Quellon

Quellon



La Paz

La Paz

Hiking to Huari

Hiking to Huari

Precarnival Oruro

Precarnival Oruro

Salar de Uyuni at Tahua

Salar de Uyuni at Tahua

Nearby Avaroa

Nearby Avaroa



Via Tumbes into this huge country. Fast hitchhiking passing through the North, only in Zorritos we took three days rest at lonely beaches. In Piura the fire brigade hosted us and let us sleep in the spacious cabine of one of their vehicles. In Chimbote a young driver invited us home. He still lives with his parents and is building up his office in the second floor. There we camped in the empty area.

Northern Peru

Northern Peru

Cementerio De Nueva Esperanza

Cementerio De Nueva Esperanza

We also stayed only two nights in Lima. My friend Falk gave me the hint to visit the biggest cemetary in South America. Truly a very interesting place especially on Sundays. Thousands of tombs sit on many hills ’til the horizon. Family gatherings and picnics in happy relaxing atmosphere are all over; lonely elder women and men are in grief and memory of their beloved.

The Astronaut

The Astronaut

The luck was always on our side while hitchhiking. Just in the afternoon we left Lima but we managed to arrive in 450km away Nazca by 10pm, where Eduardo welcomed us with open arms despite late hour. He works as astronom in the little planetarium and met Maria Reiche, the woman from Dresden, who did research and took very well care of the mysterious Nazca lines. We flew over that desert and saw hummingbird, condor, whale and many other figures. A highlight like Cuzco and Machu Picchu!

Near Puquio

Near Puquio

Abancay

Abancay

Two trucks brought us up into the Andes. Beautiful scenery, alpine meadows and snowy peaks in sight. We struggled and hiked then to Machu Picchu, ten kilometres from Hidroelectrico to the bridge over Urubamba River and next morning steep 1700m more. The views are stunning, the ruins themselves less impressive.

Little Machu Picchu

Little Machu Picchu

Well, one day I waved Yolanda goodbye and she flew back to Europe. Just a few hours earlier my uncle Ludwig arrived from Vancouver. His big dream for years to see the fascinating Inca settlement became true in four intensive days. We travelled a bit more comfortable by train and bus, enjoyed also rainy Machu Picchu and strolled many hours through beautiful Cuzco.

Nearby Maras

Nearby Maras

Cuzco late afternoon

Cuzco late afternoon

Now I am again alone on the road and slow down the pace. Stayed one week longer in Cuzco at the language gurus Claudia and James, then to Puno at Lake Titicaca and on my last day in Peru I suddenly stood in hail and rain nearby Juli. Thunder and lightning very close, even busses didn’t stop. An elder man felt probably sorry and released me. The day ended very fine. I took exceptionally a colectivo for the last 20km to the border town Yunguyo and found a warm place to sleep. Next morning I had a pleasant walk in sunshine and fresh clear air two kilometres to Bolivia and know, somehow I have been too short here!

Great view, isn't it!?

Great view, isn't it!?



Honda

Honda

Hornoyaco

Hornoyaco

Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Quito

Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Quito

Quito

Quito