If I'd have to escape from the real world and hide myself somewhere I'd go to Urmiri. No electricity, no phone, just big mountains, long trails, lots of cactus and a hot spring with an old hotel where close to your bed you find a candle and some matches, just in case you want to go to the toilet during the night. Well, that was Urmiri two years ago, when I went there for the first time. Now the progress arrived even to that part of the world and you can get some mobile phone network if you climb on the top of the waterfalls where the hot water flows down.
But if my life is going to stay in the real world (as Alistair of Gravity Bolivia defines it) I'll just keep going back to that place to enjoy the sick trails Alistair found there. The first time you hit them it's kind of scary because they are narrow, sometimes exposed and mostly they turn around cactus with very long thorns that are waiting to pin your tubes and your hands.
Once you get used to this, you bomb through the dirt and the dust like a rocket, gasping for some air if you are riding behind somebody or just cruising the 1500 vertical meters down to the valley.
The trails are used by the locals to reach their small villages, we met a bunch of them during our stay there and it's always great to see the smiles on their faces when we stop and talk to them.
This year we discovered a new trail, on the opposite side of the mountain. Alistair explains it very well in the video, anyway it's only because of progress (a mobile phone aerial has been set on the opposite side of the valley - and a new road has been built to go there) that we were able to be shuttled up there and enjoy a sunset ride we will hardly forget. A slalom between the cactus in huge clouds of dust. A kind of a dream for every rider used to the alpine wet weather.
Even after this downhill we all knew that one of the best parts of the day was still to come: the beer in the natural hot springs of Urmiri! As we were the only hotel guests (like two years ago) we had the pool only for us. Fresh beer, hot water, trails tales and two more days in Urmiri to ride. We could not complain.