Michnus Olivier and his partner Elsebie decided that the rat race is not for them, setting off on their motorbikes on a journey across the globe. He has been documenting their travels through South America with a trusty Fujifilm X-T2, offering us some gorgeous pictures to look at. Follow their travels along at www.pikipikioverland.com/ or on Instagram.
South America is the fourth largest continent and the one with probably the most dramatic landscapes and diverse regions. It hosts deserts, forests, volcanoes, incredible mountain ranges and the world’s tallest waterfall. The people of South America are passionate, lively and fiercely loyal, with a rich and colourful history.
Our journey has taken us from Colombia to the tip of South America and we are working our way back up to as far north as we are able to travel. In the last three years of exploring this continent it managed to creep deep into our hearts.
These are a few images of the countries we have been. There is no special meaning to each, other than just a remembrance of something special in each of the countries. It is just a small taste of what that continent consists of.
Twice the size of France, and with a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries much larger. Colombia is the only country in South America with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as well as being able to boast it being the second most biodiverse country on Earth. The people of Colombia has been some of the friendliest we have met, and one can travel anywhere in Colombia with ease.
For such a small country Ecuador packs a massive punch – the Amazon, the highest active volcano in the world, beautiful coastline and islands with weird animals. Ecuador has over 100 different types of hummingbirds and thousands of orchid varieties.
As a travel destination it is possible to experience the entire country world in only a few days. No wonder so many retired United States citizens make Ecuador their home.
Machu Picchu might be the most famous thing people think off when visiting Peru, but there’s so much more to this country than Inca ruins. Peru is gastronomically excellent, has awesome colonial architecture and their natural resources make it a paradise for eco-tourism. It’s also the country with the most festivals we have seen so far – elaborate and colourful affairs where old and young partake. The six months we travelled there was not nearly enough to experience all there is on offer.
Approximately 360km wide with over 5,000 km of coast on the South Pacific Ocean, Chile has the driest desert in the world but also amazing forest and stunning mountains. And their wine is pretty damn great.
Chileans use a distinct dialect called Castellano de Chile with a variety of differences in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and slang usage, making it difficult to understand with our little bit of Spanish. Chile is also a very easy country to travel and they are geared for tourist. The one cool thing is there are still so many back roads and places normal tourist never see, and these are the ones to visit.
Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world by area, with both the highest and the lowest points of South America located here. At 6,960m, Cerro Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Americas while Laguna del Carbón, at 105m below sea level, is the lowest point in the Americas. The name Argentina derives from argentinos, the Ancient Greek diminutive form for silver (argentos), which is what early Spanish explorers sought. Argentina is all about Tango, Patagonia, colourful mountains and glaciers, and of course the people.