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Adventure Atacama - AAP2202

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | Holger Homann | North and South America

Salta - Purmamarca

After our yesterdays welcome briefing we are on the road this morning. From the right Peter, Jochen, Alexander and Marcel. Welcome on this adventure tour through the Atacama desert, the most driest place on earth!

Really? All of the sudden one rides on a twisty road through the jungle...

Our first coffee break, trying the local baked bread...

Luis, our Pickup driver, showing some pics of Ducatis and later we found out that Luis met our Domenico on a road in Italy - el mundo es pequeno!

Roads to somewhere...

...and later in the afternoon our playground in the Cerros de Los Siete Colores!

Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama

Impressions of this lovely village...

Our icy early morning start

First light plays

And again...just amazing!

Jochen faking the fact we will later ride on 4.818 meters, but there is no sign

Alex trying the other way to elevate...

Jochen at his best

Just wow!

Marcel said, this is for his son - some secret talks

Cool troup in cool surroundings, drinking Mate de Coca...this is just for height adjustment!

the desert fueling experience

A coffee in the middle of nowhere... Jochen serving it. Thank you!

Impressions of our flight AAP2202 over 4.800 meters

Volcan Licancabur

Luis, hace frio? Serving a hot coffee en el desierto!

San Pedro - Calama

From the cute, turisty San Pedro to the mining town Calama - with a detour over the moon

Valle de la luna - with overwhelming beauty

it seems to be okay for the moon crew

just amazing

...and a happy fotographer

Luis waiting for us at this little sandwicheria

Jochen waiting for other things...

...and all of the sudden a small sandstorm started in our paradise. Let's get of here and on our way to Calama!

And el viento could just lean into it




...and Jochen, now on the moon

...and just shortly before Calama. Not only a mining town, but also photovoltaic and wind plants. Here we will stay for the night in a small oasis before taking off tomorrow into the desert again, towards Bolivia!

Calama - Colchani

A fresh early morning start brought us into the desert...and in the wide open one enters a Quebrada and finds a small oasis down there..since more than 1.000 years people live here, hiding from the desert storms

At the salar Ascotan...just amazing

Luis preparing coffee and tea for us, super stop!

Vicunas in the wide open...on 4.200m

We passed this friendly police officers before, standing beside the road, waving at us and we all passed waiving back...and missed a small detail a stop sign in front of a railway crossing - in the middle of nowhere, one could see the train approx. 10km ahead - and later while making some pictures of the fantastic landscape, these guys stopped and we got an interview All cool, we just got a special teaching in the middle of nowhere about stop (here pare) signs and they agreed with having some fotos with them.

Welcome to Bolivia!!!

Mad Max III...

Here the sand games started...

Dusty Peter!

Well done, all of you! This was not an easy day, challenging, long, but fantastic memories!

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Tough rides!

Salar de Uyuni

A tranquilo morning start, well not for Louis, fixing the bikes...

After breakfast we took off to the Dakar salt monument, of course a must

and after, the salt games developed..

also funny animals around

...and yes, salt turtles as well...

...insects embracing cactus..

and many more

..and Jochen inventing the shadow games

Relaxed coffee on the Isla Incahuasi..

The obligatory bike wash after the fun on the Salar

Our almuerzo in Uyuni "downtown"

After we returned to our beautiful salt hotel - what a great day again!

Colchani - Potosi

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Riding over the salar..asking yourself "is it snow or ice"..? No, in fact it has the best grip you can imagine...

En el cemetario de trenes en Uyuni

It says that it is the biggest train cemetery on earth. 1872 the train line was built in order to transport the precious metals from the mines...however by 1940 the local industries collapsed and the trains were left to decay. About a 100 locomotives shall be found here in the desert..

Peter making the train..

Jochen inside the train...

we felt already the wind while climbing the first mountain range and on the other side we got into a sandstorm, not that bad though another experience

when the wind eased we stopped for a coffee in the middle of nowhere...but in the middle of red rocks

..changing landscape all day long!


With Alex in the air at one of the canyons..

The altitude demands its tribute...This guy we will just strap down on the trailer and take him to the hotel No, all good, but one can feel the height, everything demands a bit more energy

El Cerro Rico in Potosi - it says that the Spanish conquistadores could have build a bridge out of silver from South America to Spain with the silver they mined just out of this single mountain!

And families are still mining here today silver!

Duzati also here...and good: We got fuel! Always a kind of negotiation for extranjeros!

In Potosi only 1/8 of the traffic...hoy hay un festivo in Bolivia: The Bolivian independence was proclaimed on August 6 of 1825. Pero mucho borrachos en la ciudad... But let them celebrate and they were very kind to us

Potosi - La Quiaca

Dogs meeting in Vitichi...on our way to Villazon

Marcel made a good buy in this small village

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..some fun on side roads

...amazing landscape!

..our lunchstop in Tupiza on our way to Villazon

No we are not in Bangkok or Chiang Mai! )

La Quiaca - Salta

That is how we started in the morning...when we had a "high" of 4 degrees, for sure it would go down again to 1 or 1.5°C. Tough!

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Tourguide recovering again...hands cold, feet cold, everything cold..

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...indigenous sign to the next village

...and changing landscape again...from wide open desert to canyons, various colored mountains and rocks back to open desert and canyons...fascinating these countries!

...and now it is getting turisty...on a small market beside the road..

with nice garbage bins..

Our nice coffe stop which developed to a lunch stop; which was good because lateron the weather changed completely (again

..and finally we had to put a Lama pic many Lamas we passed on our trip


Rain in paradise! Unbelievable and nearly impossible but we had it on the rest of our way to Salta

Our farewell dinner in Salta..

What a great tour with super riders, taking the challenge for such an adventure trip! And it was an adventure combined with lots of talks and fun! Thank you Peter, Marcel, Alex, Jochen and Luis for a super tour, actually you guys made it great! Thank you very much! Holger

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Jochen Lütkemeyer
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 21:09

Great trip with great people ! Thanks again to guide1 Holger and guide2 Luiz for nearly two weeks of daily adventure on a remarkable level of professionalism and enthusiasm. I have been impressed by unbelievable different landscapes in these countries, I always felt save and the complete tour was perfectly organized. Sometimes out of the comfort zone, but never overloaded. We invested our money and our time in this „expedition“ - and it was worth every single Euro and every single minute … Gracias, hasta la proxima aventura, Jochen
Holger Homann
Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 23:23

Thank you very much Jochen and it was an honor for us to have guided this tour for you! It also fills me with pride when the work behind the scenes is seen and appreciated. We are more than happy to be available for you again for other tours on this beautiful earth! You guys were a great discovery team who accepted and dealt with the challenges! And great riders! We wish all of you all the best and do hope to see you soon!! Muchas gracias y hasta luego! Holger
Axel Schneider
Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 22:39

Hey Hey alter Haudegen wünsch dir eine geniale Zeit da drüben !!!!
Holger Homann
Monday, August 8, 2022 at 02:03

Hallo Axel,
Dankeschön und hoffentlich bis bald mal wieder!
Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 01:03

You guys are doing the amazing trip with amazing sceneries, amazing landscaoes, amazing performances and as well as an amazing tourguide
Holger Homann
Monday, August 8, 2022 at 01:59

Thank you Ying!
My best wishes and see you soon!
Michaela Achatzi
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 18:04

Wow , the pictures look great
Holger Homann
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 23:26

Hello Michaela,
top of the mountain here! Thank you!
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:55

Hello Holger,
it seems that you like it in the desert.
Thanks for the great pictures and (video) impressions.
Keep it up and see you on the next tour.
Best regards, Andreas
Holger Homann
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 23:25

Hello Andreas,
thank you very much! For the videos our freelance videographer Marcel is responsible, he is doing a super job!
Hope to see you soon!
My best wishes
Marcel Merfort
Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 02:36

It´s very hard to find appropriate words for the things we are allowed to experience here every day.
Today it´s day 3. I would never have thought that any other day it surpasses the day before… but it did.
Everything is well organized, the locations were heading to are beautiful and the scenery…. there are no words to describe them. You have to be HERE physically to experience with all senses what this environment, the people and the roads are about….
Looking fwd to tomorrow….. gravel roads to Colchani. Kudos to Edelweiss.
Holger Homann
Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 23:22

Hey Marcel,
thank you very much! I enjoy if you enjoy!!
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 11:14

Another tour with breathtaking experience!
Thank you for taking us with you on this great journey!


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