Cycling and walking Latin America
If bicycle touring turns you on, climbing the mountains gets you high or you have the Latin American soul, then this website might be for you. I built it of the memories and pictures gathered during several long travels to Latin America and out of pure fascination with this unique continent. Since I always travel by bike, or I crawl up the mountains with an ice ax in my hand, I can promise you a view from a bit different angle – from the perspective of an unhurried traveler, for whom the road matters more than the destination, to the extent that the voyage itself becomes the destination. Welcome to the world of patiperro!
After more than four months I’m back to Europe. I try to accustom again to the world without the Southern Cross and condors in the sky, with no empanadas and salchipapas on the plate, without hummingbirds scouring the flowers and countless pairs of dark eyes peeping from under the fancy hats, with no children carried in colorful scarves, no snowy mountains above my head or never ending, bumpy roads leading uphill… Here you will find a choice of pictures from the Mapuche Land and here from the north of Peru.
Sanqui, tunas, pitayas… or cacti fruits. Although known in Europe, through Middle East and Asia, to Australia – they all come from Latin America. Tunas are sweet fruits of opuntia, originally from Mexico. Sanqui are fruits of a cactus called Sankayo (Corryocatus brevistylus), which grows in Peru and Chile above 3000 m. Blood-red pitayas (Stenocereus) and pitahayas (Hylocereus), also called „dragon fruits” come from Central America. I also recommend marmalade made of Venezuelan datos (Stenocereus griseus). They’re all super tasty and reach in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and antioxidants.
They are a fabulous example of the extreme engineering of nature. From the point of view of evolution, such fragile, energy-squandering creatures shouldn’t exist at all. Hummingbirds had captivated me long before my first travel across the Atlantic and long before I chose biology as a subject of my studies. For ten years I’ve been trying to catch one with my camera, all in vain, and the former fascination gradually turned into some sort of obsession. Hours spent waiting in a heat, stealing through the bushes in a company of swarms of blood-thirsty insects – the field photography in its most masochistic and frustrating breed. This year, eventually, my stubborn attempts brought the results which - needless to say - I’m very proud of, and which can be seen in this photo gallery.
I apologize for any errors, links that lead to nowhere and a very modest English section at the time being. Making a website is a time-consuming task and I still learn how to do things. What you can see here is just the beginning and it will certainly improve with time. I just thought it’s better to share what I already have, rather than hold it, who knows for how long, till everything is tip-top.