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5 Reasons to go cycling in Bolivia

Looking back at our cycling experience in South America, Bolivia has definitely been one of the highlights . Why? The main reason is probably because it wasn't 'easy'. The altitude, the rough roads, the lack of hygiene all meant we had to work hard in this country. And I've said this many times before, but the toughest moments are the ones I remember best, make me the proudest and become the highlights of our cycling adventure. Enough said, just go cycling in Bolivia and don't miss out on these 5 highlights.

Review: Cumulus Teneqa 700 Down Sleeping Bag

Before we left on our long distance cycling journey we needed a new sleeping bag. One that can keep us warm on the Bolivian Altiplano, doesn't weigh that much and has a good price/quality ratio. We came across the Polish brand Cumulus and decided to give it a go, since it was affordable for us. But a down sleeping bag with the best components being that cheap? It just sounds too good to be true... or doesn't it?

Epic Adventures

Most memorable stories from the road.

  • Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    I love the mountains and I curse them. They make me happy and then again they suck the energy right out of me. But, there's something inside me that wants to concur them. Something inside me that tells me to go for it, to cross passes above 4500 meter altitude. I am the happiest person in the world once I've reached the top; yes, it's all worth it.

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  • Laguna route, Bolivia

    Laguna route, Bolivia

    "Isn't it beautiful?"
    The icy winds are slamming into my face, my lips are split, my toes are freezing cold and at over 4600 meter I am pushing my heavily loaded bicycle through deep sand.. I can't see the beauty anymore. I'm alone with my thoughts...

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  • Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    I find myself deeply tucked away into my coat. My hat almost hiding my eyes, only the tip of my nose is visible and facing the cold air. In front of me is Elmar cycling exactly in the same way. The snow is blowing horizontally, straigth into our faces. I feel the flocks melt on my cheeks.

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  • Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Sossusvlei, Namibia

    It's still dark as we wait at the entrance of Sossusvlei. We've arranged a ride with the 4x4 drivers working at the famous dunes, since we cannot enter with our bicycles. It's a bit chilly, but we know it will be blazing hot again once the sun rises.

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  • Ladakh, India

    Ladakh, India

    Jeezzz, this is too much! It hurts.. I'm nackered. I lift myself up from the saddle and use my own weight to push the pedals round. With a last effort I manage to keep the cranks turning and I crawl further up into thin air. I can see the pass.., I saw it this morning for that matter! It's still 20 painful kilometers away from me. In the distance; the Tachlang La with no less than 5331 meter one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It would be so much easier to just turn around and quit, but I just won't...

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