Riding from Lima south through the Peruvian southern desert is a once in a life time experience. The contrast between the never-ending sand and the black asphalt is mind boggling to say the least, and this contrast goes on for hundreds on mile’s/Km and hours on end.
Your will feel temperatures of over 100F/40C, it is now that our support vehicle comes in very handy. We have a programmed 15 minute stop every one and a half hour to take a short brake and hydrate our self’s, this will keep us alert and comfortable.
This ride will take us from north to south along the Pan-American highway heading to the Peruvian Bolivian border. We will enter Bolivia either through “Desagaudero” or “Copacabana” depending on the hour of the day we arrive to Bolivia. After a 3-hour border crossing we will head to “La Paz”, and later on head to Uyuni.
We have planed several visits along the way to see and interact with local culture. Bolivia is an incredible county to visit and ride through, and definitely should bee on every ADV riders bucket list.
La Paz, Bolivia, will take your breath away; both literally and metaphorically. The city has the highest elevation of any government city in the world, at an altitude of 3,650m. Here is where our Royal Enfield Himalayan feel in there natural habitat, these motorcycles where purpose dinged to cross the Himalayas in India, this route is over 3800m over sea level.
La Paz is situated in western Bolivia, on the ‘altiplano’; an extensive highland plateau between the western and eastern ranges of the Andes. La Paz is built in a canyon, carved out by the Choqueyapu River, and is a drainage basin of the Amazon River.
Although La Paz lies just 16° south of the equator, its great altitude results in a cool climate. Regardless of the time of year, the average temperature in La Paz varies by just a few degrees. Daytime temperatures tend to be between 13-19°C, with October and November the warmest months. However, the city experiences a large diurnal temperature variation. Depending on exact altitude, and the time of year, temperatures typically fall by 10-16°C at night. On the suburbs of La Paz, lies El Alto at 4,000m, where the average minimum temperature from May until September is below freezing. Even in the warmest month, the average temperature remains below 10°C, at altitudes above 4,000m. The maximum temperature recorded in La Paz was 27.0°C, with the coldest ever temperature dropping to -12.5°C. Generally, precipitation is low, with the city commonly experiencing showers during the summers and drier winters. In total, La Paz receives around 250mm of precipitation each year, with more than two-thirds of the total falling from December to March, with the risk of destructive mudslides high at this time of year. February and March are the cloudiest months, with less than 5 hours of sunshine each day.
The “Salar de Uyuni”, located in the Daniel Campos province of Bolivia, this master peace of God looks like it belongs on another planet.
Stretching for more than 4,050 square miles, it is a little smaller than the state of Connecticut, and it is the world’s largest salt flat. These salt flats are formed from several prehistoric lakes that dried up some 10.000 years ago, leaving behind hexagonal patterns of salt.
When nearby lakes overflow, or in the rainy season in April, a thin layer of water covers the expanse, transforming it into a massive reflective mirror that makes for jaw-dropping, dreamlike photos.