The Spanish Colonisation of Las Americas. How much do you know of this period of history? What, who, when and how will you discover while motorcycle touring this vast and exciting continent? Covering the best part of 500 years, the Spanish colonisation of las Americas is a fascinating period of history. Even now, the effects […]
Seeing the world by motorcycle gives you a completely different perspective on travel. With no physical barrier between you and the world around you, there’s a sense of absolute freedom, and an intimate connection with the landscape that only motorcycle touring can achieve.
As a “professional pillion rider” and trip planner for my rider boyfriend for many years, we’ve rented all kinds of motorbikes on our travels. Back when we were young and naïve, we’d stumble across some ragtag mechanic working out of a roadside shack and convince him to rent us a bike. We didn’t see the bike until it was delivered to the front door of our hostel, the day after we agreed to a “blind” rental.
If you had 52 days to blaze your way through a bucket list motorcycle adventure tour across a single continent (in the true spirit of overland travel), which would you choose?
In our minds, there’s no question. South America has it all.
A very short history of the Guianas
Back in 1499, the Spanish first laid eyes on the mangrove-strewn coastline of the Guianas and its warrior-like Carib Indian inhabitants and didn’t particularly like what they saw.
The gold and silver hungry Spanish decided plundering the Guianas wasn’t worth the effort, although they did make the occasional slave raid.