[S2 – Eps. 69] Trying to get out of Bolivia because corona virus COVID-19 outbreak – ESCAPE!

[S2 – Eps. 69] Trying to get out of Bolivia because corona virus COVID-19 outbreak – ESCAPE!


Okay, drastic change of plans as of tonight, at 12 o’clock Bolivia is going on a lockdown because of Corona virus Are you going out of the country? – Yes so I don’t know what is going to happen at the border Good morning internet! It is 08:10 in the morning and welcome back to the channel! I am in La Paz, Bolivia and I decided to stay here about a week which is long for me but there are quite a few things that I want to sort out I want to explore the city, I want to see some things, so that’s why I thought: you know what? This is a good place to stay for a little bit right now I am on my way to: the gym! I took a 7 day subscription to the gym unlimited access pretty much in an attempt to become a little bit more fit because, I’m getting tired of being out of breath the whole time.. and I figured, if I do exercise here at altitude.. by the time I go back to sea level, I’ll be like some sort of super woman because exercising at altitude creates more red blood cells so.. it should be all really good for me Right now, this morning, it’s Zumba class again, so I’m going to get my groove on and do some Zumba So, look who I just encountered on the street! I met her at the last Zumba class her name is Miriam and so we are now walking to the gym together And what are you going to do after the Zumba class? After Zumba I’m going to train the shoulders. Shoulders and abs… I don’t know if I can do more after the Zumba.. Like yesterday.. my entire body hurts so much! That class is very early, so I never took it. That class with the trampolines I never did it, and I don’t know how it is, but they say it’s very tiring It’s crazy! What are you going to do? Do you wan to do more training after or not? I want to, but I don’t know if I can! No you can do it! Eat an energy bar after the Zumba class and you will be stronger It’s similar to this but as a bar Like a cookie.. Okay, drastic change of plans! I just got back from the gym and when I was leaving I was talking to some locals there and they told me that as of tonight at 12 o’clock Bolivia is going to on a lockdown because of Corona virus so far it looks like they are only going to ban flights in and out of the country so I don’t know what is going to happen at the border probably the land borders will stay open but it is likely that they will discriminate against certain nationalities and the corona outbreak in the Netherlands is quite bad at the moment so maybe they will say: no more Dutch people! So anyway, I’m not going to risk it so I’m going to leave! I just quickly packed up all my stuff it is now 10:30 so it’s really late for me to leave but I just don’t want to wait until tomorrow and then find out that I cannot leave Bolivia anymore I really want to make it to Peru if I’m in Peru for some time that’s okay, Peru is a big country a lot to see there, so I don’t mind if Peru goes on a lockdown while I’m there but I’m almost out of Bolivia, so that will be a bit of a waste of time if I’m stuck here for a couple of weeks I had a full day planned today, I was going to show you the city, go in the cable car, and I don’t know.. show you La Paz basically! that was the plan for today but yeah, change of plans, corona virus is interfering with my plans and I rather get in to Peru today so yeah.. I don’t really know where I’m gonna go.. or which border crossing I’m going to take.. I just didn’t have any time to think about a new plan, really.. but anyway, I’m just going to pack Dhanno and then hit the road and then I’ll see what happens I guess I don’t think I ever packed in such a hurry.. or left a country in such a hurry It is now 11 o’clock and 100 kilometers to the border with Peru and I think when I reach the border, or when I pass into Peru I’ll figure out where I’m going to stay I’m also a little low on fuel but I think I’ll just fill up from my extra petrol cans to save some time or maybe getting petrol in Peru is a better idea so I’m leaving La Paz in a hurry! well at least Dhanno is all sorted I had her speedometer fixed, as you can see that was a piece of cake as expected, the cable got a little bit damaged probably a rock or something so.. they fixed the cable for me eventually I will have to replace the cable because a repair like this is.. you know, it’s more of a temporary repair but it will do for now and I also repainted my extra petrol cans so Dhanno looks all good again and yes, I am aware that in the United States the petrol cans have to be red but I am still many, many months away from the United States and many, many repaints I think! So it’s a shame I have to leave La Paz in such a hurry I was really looking forward to showing you a little bit of the city and why I quite like this city but I think, this shows that you always have to be flexible in your travels and there are always things that you cannot really foresee, like protests or right now, a corona virus and you just have to adapt to the circumstances I guess well it looks like I’m not the only one trying to flee La Paz although this is probably just normal traffic around this time.. I don’t know It’s pretty hectic up here Busy, busy, busy La Paz I’m driving straight through the market.. Sometimes.. my navigation is sending me through the weirdest places but okay, there is another motorcyclist in front of me so I guess it’s okay…? Ah, even buses! Yeah, normal road here Well it actually seems like more people are trying to get into La Paz then out, so … I think I now passed the most critical part it should be less busy from here I am now out of La Paz and on my way to the border I can already see Lago Titicaca here Lake Titicaca super famous lake I am about 9 kilometers away from the place where I can take a boat I have to cross a little bit of Lake Titicaca and then on the other side is still Bolivia then I have to ride a little bit more and then hopefully I can cross into Peru I only have to cross a little bit I think from there until there.. I think something like that or from here until here..? No, it’s probably… I don’t know, yeah.. probably from here to here that I have to cross not sure how this works Are you going to Copacabana? Excuse me? You going to Copacabana? I’m going to Peru To Peru? – Yes Via Copacabana? that’s the plan.. Because they told me that tonight.. Bolivia is going to close the borders for flights because of corona corona virus so that’s why I’m going to cross today You are from here? Yes, over there, on that side But Copacabana is fun, it’s beautiful Yes, I know, but.. .. maybe the border is closed tomorrow Yes, that’s possible But why are they closing it? You think that there is Corona virus? No, I don’t, but.. But the government of Bolivia says they will close the borders It’s politics, that’s all.. It’s all over the world the same A lot of countries are closing their borders at the moment First time here or you always come here? Second time now, first time was 8 years ago But it’s beautiful and fun here, right? The lake, Copacabana It’s beautiful Okay then, I’ll leave you.. thank you! Thank you! So I made it across and now it’s a little under 50 kilometers to the border with Peru So I’m now riding through Copacabana the border is 10 kilometers from here okay..I am at the border I’m here Hello! How are you? Good afternoon Are you going out of the country? Yes, I’m going to Peru Okay, come on in. – Thank you Thank you So, except for the temperature measurement that was an absolute piece of cake they just stamped me and Dhanno out and they were like: ciao, ciao now let’s see if we can get into Peru where do I go? Sir? where do I … where..? Here? Okay Thank you Alright it took about 45 minutes, I was unlucky because just in front of me there was a bus .. so getting my passport stamped took quite some time then customs was super, super easy they didn’t check my luggage or anything just gave me a temporary import permit so that means that both Dhanno and me can stay 60 days in Peru 2 months so let’s see what happens with corona in 2 months time if I can leave Peru then, but .. that’s so far in the future, we will see.. but for now.. I can say: welcome to Peru! I made it into Peru I am pretty happy about that let’s just fill up here because I’m almost empty And also this one.. Uh-Oh.. Hello – Hello The motorcycle permit . – Yes No.. the paper that they gave you at the border.. at the customs This one.. It’s from today Right here.. In this corder? Okay 50 or 60 dollars For one year? For one year No, I think I will stay about 2 months And you permit is until? Until June I saw? May? It’s also 2 months 2 months, 60 days Of course, you can buy it for 60 days also Thank you! Bye! Alright, so they just wanted to see the temporary import papers of Dhanno which I got at the border I thought they were going to ask for my bike insurance because I don’t have that yet for Peru they told me at the border that I couldn’t buy it there and I have to buy it in Puno so I thought: oh.. they are probably going to fine me but they said: no, no.. yeah, just buy it in Puno and they gave me directions on where I can buy it which is good because I had no idea until this point SOAT yes The police pointed me in the right direction Hello! Good afternoon! I want one for 60 days, is that possible? Two months Alright, so.. insurance is all done that was a piece of cake so Dhanno has two months insurance in Peru so that’s all good but I tried to get a simcard as well but there is only one place in town where you can buy a simcard as a foreigner you know, that’s always a bit of a thing and there was a huge, huge line so I made a decision: I’m going to stay here I was planning to ride to the lake but the thing is, if I now skip Puno and I continue riding then I don’t know where I can find the next opportunity to find a simcard with internet so I’ll stay the night here and tomorrow stand in line to get the simcard It’s late anyway it’s already 18:00 hours that is much later than what I normally ride so I think it’s time to call it a day so I’m going to look for accommodation now let me see somewhere here Ah here it is: hostel Titicaca okay Perfect and this is my room and I have quite a nice view, look I think this morning, when I went to the gym, I did not expect to be in Puno in Peru, in the evening time! What a weird day! Normally, border crossings.. I always take them seriously and I’m always well prepared and now it was just like: okay, okay, let’s get into Peru before the border closes the ride itself was not super interesting today but the main point was just to get into Peru and now, for the coming two months I don’t have to worry about border crossings so yeah, we will see what happens with the whole corona situation around the world but for now, it’s all fine I’m here in Peru and I’m also quite excited to be in a new country I wanted to do a little bit more riding in Bolivia, but you can’t have it all so sometimes that’s just the way it goes and it’s also part of motorcycle travel that unexpected things may happen and you have to change your plan again and again and again! My plan is that tomorrow I will at least sort out a simcard before I move on further into Peru so that was it for today, I hope you like this video if you did, please give me a big thumbs up and subscribe down below and then I’ll see you in the next video!