October 2003

Collecting Pam at the airport was easy and straightforward. Getting maintenance stuff was more difficult, but after a few days I was on my way north to the Atacama region where I crossed the Andes mountains to Argentina. Basically I turned south until I reached Tiera del Fuego, the island at the end of the world where I celebrated the end of the year. The only way to go from there is up. Visiting the glaciers and the 'Caretera Austral' of south Chile', the 'seven lake route' in Argentina, passing Buenos Aires to Uruguay, into Brazil where I followed the coast to Rio de Janeiro and a bit further north. Near Bello Horizonte I circled west and south to the waterfalls of Iguaçu, de Jesuit missions and into Paraguay where I crossed the Grand Chaco to reach Bolivia. In the footsteps of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and Che Guevara I visited the oldest silver-mine, the largest salt-lake and the most dangerous road in the world. Continuing north into Peru's Machu Pichu and Nazca, followed by Ecuador and colonial Colombia. South again into Venezuela to see Angel Falls and further to Brazil and the Amazon river. Back to Colombia to search for the lost city and a sailing-boat to take me across the Darien Gap.