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South America by Motorbike

Our experiences on a 150cc Chinese motorbike, a Kenton with 10 HP. Looking back, this moto was a beast: of power and of top quality. Looking back was also… discomfort.

Perhaps the motorbike journey could be seen as our honeymoon. I met Geo while he was in the process of buying a motorbike and on that same motorbike we traversed across South America after we were married (we drove much of the route I earlier cycled). Before that, before we married, we got to learn each other and the Chaco by the very same transport.

The motorbike is a Chinese made Kenton 150cc and only available in Paraguay. The racks are custom made in Filadelfia, Paraguay (2019/2020). The camera is a Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon super EBC XF 18-55 mm lens, 1:2.8 – 4.

Paraguay 2

The Andes’ Calling: Filadelfia, Mariscal Estigarribia, La Patria, Infante Rivarola

Bolivia 1

From Paraguay low to Bolivian heights: Villamontes, Entre Rios, El Puente towards Tupiza

Bolivia 2

Salar de Uyuni Atocha, Salar de Uyuni, Tahua, Tupiza

Bolivia 3

South Bolivia & the Salars Cerro Villa Pucarani, Chipaya, Colchane, Lake Coipasa, Lake Poopo, Lake Uyuni, Oruro, Pisiga, Rio Lauca, Sabaya, San Martin, Volcan Isluga

Chile 1

Salar de Surire & Reserva Nacional de Vicuñas Baños Puchuldiza, Colchane, Guallatiri, Latarana, Mauque, Parque Nacional Lauca, Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga, Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas, Salar de Surire

Chile 2

Salar de Surire in to Atacama, Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas, Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga, Latarana, Salar de Surire, Guallatiri, Parque Nacional Lauca, Putre, Arica, Atacama desert.

Peru 1

Pan American highway (1), Tacna, Pozo Redondo, Camana, playa Platanales, Ilo, Quilca and Atico

Peru 2

Pan American Highway (2), Atico, Lima, Nasca, Pachacamac, Paracas

Peru 3

Cerro de Pasco to Jungle, from Lima to Canta, Huayllay, Cerro de Pasco, Rio Huallaga

Peru 4

The Selva, the jungle of Northern Peru (1), Shumanza, Sauce, Nuevo Esperanza, Nuevo Cajamarca, Naranjos, rio Utcubamba, Tia Lanco, Panamal

Peru 5

The Selva, the jungle of Northern Peru (2), Naranjos, rio Utcubamba, Tia Lanco, Panamal, Las Juntas, San Ignacio, Pomacochas, Bagua Grande, Moyobamba, Yambrasbamba District, Bosque de Proteccion Alto Mayo, river Chinchipe, Jaen

Peru 6

Tingo Maria to Tocache Tingo maria, Chontayacu, Tochace

Ecuador 1


Ecuador 2

Piuntza Loja, Zamora

Ecuador 3

From Piuntza into the highlands of Ecuador, off-road

2018: before all the above, before we married, we got to learn each other and the Chaco by the very same transport.


In between farm work Geo and I seem to have found in each other what could be a missing part. Is that really so? By leading a mundane life in a different setting we want to find out whether Geo and I still fit.

Fortin Teniente Martinez

Abrupt Action Adventure I Leaving the pleasant surroundings of Indepedencia to return back to the farm to help out our friends on Iparoma farm again. We do so by adding a detour to our, already long, trip back to the Chaco.

Cacique Sapo

Abrupt Action Adventure II Now a combination of work, socializing and little privacy makes Geo and me want to be on our own. And so we need to leave the hustle and bustle of a farm again.

Cerro Leon

The Arrogance of the White Man I Another escape is in the pipeline. Geo and I are off to the farthest point North, a rather risky undertaking.

Cerro Leon

The Arrogance of the White Man II With the Enduro motorbike we made it to Cerro Leon National Park where upon returning to the farm we get hopelessly stuck in mud. It’s important to be back in time, as we both return to Germany.

By Cindy

Years of traveling brought me many different insights, philosophies and countries I needed to be (over 90 in total). I lived in Pakistan, went over 15 times to India and when I stopped cycling the world, that was after 50.000 kilometer through 45 countries, I met Geo. Together we now try to be more self-sustainable, grow our own food and live off-grid. I now juggle with the logistics of being an old-fashioned housewife, cook and creative artist loving the outdoors. The pouches I create are for sale on

32 replies on “South America by Motorbike”

Cindy, my heart is leaping with joy hearing that you and Geo are married. I am absolutely thrilled for both of you, and wishing you both a fantastic and happy life together.
With much love Nick xx

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Excellent, the trip is full of surprises …
And I discover cindy as a still traveler telling his roaming
I love this discovery, which hardly surprises me, makes me smile …
The talent is always intact, and I admit that’s what matters most.
I’m glad you’re the “missing part.” on the other hand, I think I also found my “missing part.” 30 years ago …. and it’s still beautiful.


Hi there, thank you for your blessings and happy response : ) We hope we will be happy and satisfied and live a long life together too.

Truck life, this has gone into the fridge for a while, as we Dutch people say. Something came in between and the truck has to wait a bit. But we are sure the truck doesn’t mind as it is an oldie ; )

But a post about it will come nevertheless, as we (Geo that is) worked a lot on it and it has become beautiful! It is made as if it is a cabin, so romantic! Ah, I can wait to start that journey, yet I look forward to it.

What are you up to?

Regards Cindy

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Fantastic! Truck can wait. An oldie os a goodie in my books as oldies are much more fixable and I think more durable too.

Me, I am contemplating a tour up the East coast of Australia… to find my crowd to live amongst. I am done with city madness. But, it is never that simple so I wait for the right moment when the bike is ready and I am ready and weather is good and so on.

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Well, the Iveco is not that old, it already has too many computerized features. Its certainly not a Mercedes or Bedfort. But it has to wait anyway, we have enrolled in running a hotel ; )

Yeah… finding the crowd to live amongst is probably something which has to come to you, by surprise, when you least expected it. City life is terrible, the spiritual madness worst! Can you fix your bike yourself? Weather, obviously, is not in your hands. Well, have a pleasant time anyway : )


Bike hmmm I need to order some parts for the rear disc brake otherwise, yes I do the work my self when time and money allow for it. Yeah computers in cars and trucks are so problematic imho. They need lots of sensors and little servos or relays to make it all work. When it’s newish it does and typically they run great and efficiently but sooner or later grime and wear get in there. Connections start to go faulty, sensors break and servos wear out…. now find that intermittent fault probably caused by dirt or some sensor on the verge of going faulty. My mechanic says to me just keep driving it until it finally breaks. Then we can find that broken part. Intermittent faults are terribly hard to find. You can spend a lot of money changing parts you think are causing problems but you cant be sure. Older vehicles didn’t have these problems. When they broke it was obvious and relatively cheap to fix them. Parts that wore out regularly were known and could be dealt with by carrying spares. Sigh. Computers 😛

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That is why everything from the old days simply works. It was meant to last a lifetiime, and not, like today, last a period. Now things must be in fashion and that are often 30 in a lifetime! since I am now living in a house (temporarily) I get to use machines, like juicers and mixers, from the ’60, and they still work!! Smae with cars and trucks and just everything made in those earlier years. You bought something for a decent price but you knew it would last! Try that nowadays: no way!!

Computers are great, but a pain too! It did not make life easier! yet, I love it also.
Ah yes…. its rather impossible to be without a computer (try banking ; )

Regards Cindy, enjoy your day. Hope its sunny : ))

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Yes, agreed.. about things made properly. Old stuff may not look flashy but mostly, it is made well. I too have a love hate thing about computers. Without them we wouldn’t be able to have this chat…and banking etc. we had a very hot sunny day over 36C. Phew so hot. Hope your day is pleasant. 😀

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Don't just stop here, I appreciate your thoughts too : )

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