Photo Story: Andes Adventure With a Bike & a Beetle

Mar 30, 2019
by rodrigokaspary  

Biking between the Andes mountains is a dream for a lot of people. And I'm happy to be near this place, so I can drive there in my own car...

My name is Rodrigo Kaspary, I'm a Brazilian mountain biker and photographer. The idea of crossing the Andes with the beetle has been in my mind for a long time, and taking the bike with me would make it even better.

I drove around 7,000 kilometers from South Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. With my 1974 air-cooled beetle, floating through the time, living a dream crossing the dry mountains and playing around there with the bike.

Lonely roads between dreamy scenerios

I went through incredible days, met great people and relearned a lot of things about life, with some people that live in villages more than 4000 meters above sea level, without electricity, internet, and any kind of those normal things of the "modern" world. It's hard to believe that we have to go so far to learn things as simple as the fact that we need so much less to live than we are accustomed to.

Simple way of life

Inside a house where I was invited to stay. The floor was dirt and had no running water but it had a spectacular comfort brought by its simplicity.

Lonely outside. The "village" has only one house and only two people living there.

The adobe buildings are low to conserve the heat.

And yes, with all those mountains to ride, it is hard to choose one. But, I had been thinking for a long time that I would like to ride down a volcano, and then, the dream come true.

Riding down the Antofagasta Volcan

But, and as the rules say, you have to go up to get down.



Riding around the Antofagasta Volcan Crater

Amazing scenarios all around, endless options and priceless freedom.



Hard to describe
It's hard to describe.

With such wilderness, in sometimes hard conditions because of the low air pressure, the wind blowing and sometimes making a sandstorm, there is no way to stay outside.

Hard to be outside with a freezing cold wind

Some places were exploited in the past by miners, and when business was over, there were only the buildings remain to tell the story.


Even if you do not see a single person, the llamas are always waiting for you.



Or also the starry sky


After Argentina, then was time to go to Chile.

Somewhere back in time

Naturally could not lose the classic Moon Valley


Resting in the moon valley

And play a little with colors and the Lost Bus.

Los bus in the middle of the Moon Valley

Lonely roads cross the altiplano to the way back home, where the great companion sometimes is only the hostility mixed with the feeling of freedom. It's time to depart from the fairytale.

More of dream roads

Sunset in the middle of the high andes

More photos coming soon in @rodrigo.kaspary

Cheers!

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82 Comments

  • 50 0
 Awesome write up and great photos! Thank you for sharing!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! So glad you enjoyed Big Grin
  • 26 2
 It's always a good idea to carry a bike when touring with an air cooled VW. When I had my '71 Bug, I found it much nicer to ride to the nearest repair facility than walk.
  • 16 0
 Exactly! You catched it! hahahaha I would not write about this, because we are on a bike site, but i have had a lot of problems, and i could only return home because i could fix all the things. There was no fuel pump, because of the low air pressure, it doesn't work! So, i put a gallon on the roof top, and the gasoline goes down by the gravity into the carburetors. The brakes, i need to pump every period of time to give them life, and trust me or not, i dismounted a part of the engine in the middle of the trip! It's not so easy play with such old thing, but is fun, even if you need to wait 24 hours in the desert for a help Razz
  • 17 0
 With or without a bike - this guy is a REAL good photographer.
  • 1 0
 Dankechoen! Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Double dittoes here! Terrific adventure, story, and photos!! Many thanks!!!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks! So glad you enjoyed Big Grin
  • 5 0
 Wow, incredible photos and total inspiration for future adventures. Thanks for sharing.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! So glad you enjoyed! Great to be a way of inspiration!
  • 2 0
 Awesome post! In this world we now live, where humans are so disconnected, paying more attention to everyone else's activities via social media, than their own, your adventure is a stark reality of how simple things really can be, and happiness achieved. You have a bright future ahead in photography buddy! Keep clicking the button and spinning those cranks! Oh yeah....I almost forgot....put your phone down people....life's passing you by way too fast.
  • 4 0
 Great pictures and lovely story, please keep sharing it
  • 1 0
 Thanks! So glad you enjoyed!
  • 5 0
 This is sooo sick
  • 1 0
 Thankssss!
  • 3 0
 Beautiful photos, and amazing adventure! Looks like you've got a good thing going on down there ????
  • 1 0
 Yes, amazing! And i have not only maked it the way down, i also slept one night on the volcano! Razz
  • 2 0
 Nice photos! Nice beetle, bring a spare carb and distributor you will be fine. And metric spanners and a floor jack and skateboard and... ...
  • 2 0
 2,5 liter oil
  • 1 0
 20W50
  • 1 0
 @drumnbike: 15w40 hahaahh
  • 3 0
 Excellent article! Ride on man!
  • 1 0
 Thanks man! Cheers!
  • 4 4
 Crossing into Chile wearing an Argentina T-Shirt...the Chileanos must have loved that! Awesome photos from the most free continent on earth
  • 11 0
 It's the flag of Uruguay.
  • 5 1
 bro you say chilenos, jaja because what you said means chilean but holes cheers viva chile. and we cool with are bross from Argentina no beef
  • 2 0
 @maiduska: yeah, that the one, Uruguayos, Argentinos, Brazileros, Chilenos, we are all surAmerica...
  • 3 0
 @maiduska:
Chilenos is the proper way to said,
Its spanish. Chilean is the linguistic adaptation to english language.
  • 3 0
 @hrv: Amen to that! We're all united for the love we share for freedom and biking!
  • 1 0
 @erubio: that is exactly what i just said bro, he had originally wrote chileanos, hens the the correction
  • 2 0
 All the rage and prejudice die when you're in a beetlewith a bicycle on the roof
  • 3 0
 rad beetle!!
  • 2 1
 Thanks for sharing! Looks like a rad adventure and the Andes are beautiful ????????
  • 1 0
 Yes, pretty nice place to play!
  • 3 0
 Yup ! 100% epic photos !
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 0
 I love this man.congratulations.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Amazing photos, enjoyed the write up.
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 3 0
 That is so damn cool.
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Great article, spectacular photographs, and one cool bumble bee !!! thanks for sharing Smile
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Parabéns pelo feito fotos incriveis, legal ver alguém aqui da região fazendo isso.
  • 1 0
 Muito obrigado!
  • 1 0
 Que pahoooo, great pics! Where they all timer triggered or how’d you manage to get the “selfies? Welcome to Chile !
  • 1 0
 I had two big friends, tripod and timer controller Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Não tinha visto a matéria completa
Ficou show de bola!!
Parabéns Rodrigo e saudações do Rio Grande do Sul!!!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome trip!
  • 1 0
 Yes! Sure!
  • 2 1
 Beautiful pics ..good job
  • 1 0
 wow...sierto, muy lindos fotos y que bien disfrutado! Way cool
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 3 1
 Very Nice work rodrigo!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 1
 Killer project, I really enjoyed it!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Great photos, enjoyed this!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Nice work Rodrigo, keep up the adventure alive Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Thanks! This is the idea!
  • 1 0
 Inspirational! Thank you for sharing!
  • 1 0
 So glad you enjoyed!
  • 1 0
 Sensacional!! Baita viagem e ótimas fotos!!
  • 2 0
 Muito obrigado!
  • 1 0
 Belas imagens Rodrigo! Aproveitou bem a viagem!
  • 1 0
 Muito obrigado!
  • 1 0
 wonderful photo and editing skills. could give us a ted talk
  • 1 0
 Thanks bro!
  • 1 0
 Great stuff! Awesome photos!!!
  • 1 0
 E é meu amigo!
Excelente!!
  • 1 0
 Valeuuu cara!
  • 1 0
 Beetle ????
  • 2 0
 Fusca.
  • 2 1
 YEAH boy
  • 2 0
 yessss
  • 1 0
 love this
  • 1 0
 Thanks!

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