THE RACCONTO DI MARCELLA
Our journey takes shape almost 2 years ago when almost as a game Simone told me: “You know you live once and I want you to be the happiest person in the world? What do you think about leaving everything and going on a long voyage? “I do not think I hesitated a second to say mine:” Let’s do it! “
That said, because my husband and I were so done, without too much hesitation, doubt or perplexity we sold our restaurant, changed the bike and time we were in Buenos Aires waiting for the arrival of our “baby” ship. In this wonderful city, our adventure begins and immediately we are overwhelmed by the reception of the Argentine people; the feeling that links them to Italy and the enthusiasm for our country is so great that from the very first moment it was like feeling home.
Here we have met friends, supporters, travel companions, and hundreds of people who have opened the doors of their home to support our trip or simply to “compart an asado”. It is really difficult to leave this land, also because infinitely great and beautiful; here, we spent about 7 months and roughly 20,000 km. From Buenos Aires, along the roads that cross the Atlantic, we went down to Ushuaia and from here the uphill crossing the Andes to Humauaca (northwest) in a continuous zigzag between the borders of Argentina and Chile passing through the infinite variety of landscapes that offers this gorgeous mountain range: perennial glaciers, lakes, volcanoes, highlands, wages and high deserts.
In Patagonia we begin our Chilean travel experience: Torres del Paine welcomes us to this country and the magnificence of these mountains and all the cordillera lights up our desire for trekking. We are motorcyclists but even before we are travelers!
The engine that animates our journey is the simplest and most primitive emotion in human history: the desire to discover and know; For this, where the bike does not arrive (which comes almost everywhere) we mill Km on foot. Chile is a country with a thousand facets, just think of its extension; A very long strip of land crossing half of Latin America. Landscapes as well as the population change constantly: small villages where people lead a simple life alternate with large commercial cities where life runs fast, at a decidedly “European” pace. Here are some unexpected trips (an accident immediately and a theft), but the rest you know is all in the adventure package !!!
In November 2016, we make our first entry into Bolivia and we make it decisively in a great way: more than 600 km Off-Road, in the Bolivian highlands desert, is definitely complicated to deal with a loaded bike like ours. Ops … maybe at this point it would be good to spend a few extra words on the bike! We travel with a BMW 1200 ADV Year 2010 thanks to the contribution of our technical sponsors has been duly equipped. Moto + full + luggage + auxiliary tires + pilot and copilot both in splendid shape = little more than 500 kg. Result: We arrived at Uyuni with the cracked back cushion but always happy and positive; even this is to be taken into account and all in all our little girl in her first 22,000 km in Latin America behaved very well.
We went through the 4 seasons, from the hot February heat in Buenos Aires to autumn (frozen) in Patagonia and then to the snowy winter of Santiago de Chile, the Alpine Spring in the Cordillera (35 ° in the day and below zero the night) and again the beginning of summer to Uyuni. We have traveled all sorts of roads and dirt roads … in short, we tried not to miss anything in the motorcycle and we came out hardened: even stronger and loads to continue our dream.
We return to Bolivia … no doubt a fascinating land where culture and tradition blend perfectly with the ever-growing modernity. The variety of landscapes encountered, the climatic differences and microclimate of some areas make our stay in the country very varied and very stimulating; The spectacularness already well-known in the world of his Salar; the forest vegetation in the Chapare; The markets of Cochabamba; The modernity of Santa Cruz; Che’s Way; the uniqueness of a metropolis at 4000m like La Paz; Chiquitania with its churches and villages on the border with the Amazon rainforest; the Pantanal and its biosphere; The Yungas and the forest; the Titicaca lake “Bolivia”.
We had roughly estimated our stay in the order of 30-40 days and as often happens in adventure travel the bets remain so and the reality is quite different. Result: We spent 3 months in the country with an intermediate break in Brazil who saw us busy in our first work experience on the trip.
From Bolivia, then, we venture into immense Brazil, climb the country along the coast to Bahia taking advantage of the beauty of the coast to take some bathing at the sea. Bahia is undoubtedly the part of Brazil that fascinated us most, Bahiani’s cheerfulness, its colorful cuisine, reggaeton as well as the very atmosphere that breathes is pure energy and every day is as if it was a party. Here we spent 4 months, contracted for the summer season at a restaurant: Simone at the stove and I in the lounge with a new idiom; Fortunately it was immediately love!
After this experience, no doubt among the most beautiful of the trip, we are returning through this time the southern center of the country, a land of farmers and breeders, to return to Bolivia and to go north. As often happens most of the most beautiful experiences arise by chance and for a series of casualties we meet Father Leonardo Giannelli, a missionary in Latin America for 20 years and currently operating on the field in Santiago de Huata, a beautiful lake resort Titicaca is still little known for tourism. There are so many projects initiated by the parish and there is a lot to do; So we decide to stay one month to make our contribution to the realization of some of these.
With the heart full of exciting memories and unique moments spent with the community, we resume our journey to Peru. We begin the knowledge of a new country rich in history, rock art and a rich culinary culture. In line with our travel style, we abandon the idea of knowing the most beaten places of tourism to dedicate ourselves to others equally interesting; a new season of trekking opens and to inaugurate it is the long Inca route with Choquequirao fate: 64 km of walking paths in 48 hours with important differences (1200m downhill and 1400m uphill). If Simone did not ask for divorce on this occasion I’m sure will love forever !!!
We are currently exploring the Peruvian coast and between a ceviche, a chicharron de pescado, our journey continues north. To date, we have the 18-month travel fatigue, 52,000 km, and a “gitana” luggage. Our heart is full of unique memories, moments, friendships, encounters and affections. Our head is more free and curious about diversity. Living in adventure is a bold, bold and at the same time fascinating choice … we have chosen to live like this: we are happy and with no regret.
On the road again …