Adventurer: Juli Hirata is a biologist, world citizen and bike traveller

4 April 2022

Visit Juli Hirata on Instagram

About you

Juli Hirata is a biologist, world citizen and bike traveller. To be in the wilderness is her great pleasure and from this passion she started the project Extremes of Americas, a solo bike ride that started at Prudhoe Bay (Alaska), the north most point of Americas, and is heading the south most point of Americas in the Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. She is visiting the most important national parks and protected areas of the American continent and so far pedalled almost 24.000 kilometres on her bike. Juli is a bike traveller since 2002 and travelled to Brazil, UK, Marroco, Spain and Turkey.

In Americas, she rode her bike and wild camped in 16 countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Suriname, Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). From the Caribbean coast to the almost 5.000 meters high Peruvian Andes, she is on her way to the south.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

To travel is for me the most beautiful form of resistance and feminism and my way of being free.

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

I’m travelling by bike so, my travel mode is in itself an adventure.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

No rush, places and people along the way have their own time and it’s important to respect this “time” to really enjoy the place.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

I can’t travel without my bike. It’s the best way to travel and of being in contact with nature and with myself

What destination are you eager to go back to?

Yes! So many! I loved Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica!

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

It can be a bit cliché but I do trust my gut and instincts, although I almost don’t stay in cities I try always to be aware of my surroundings when at it.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

Every place and person has its own time. I always reserve at least a day to “get lost” in the place, walk slowly and have ice cream at the main square observing the locals it always helps me to become a little part of the place.

What’s your favourite word in another language?

I like “Mayu” that in Quechua means “River”

When and where are you next travelling?

I’m in Peru and riding my bike down south to Bolivia

Understand your cover

Conditions and exclusions apply to every cover level and optional pack. View our Combined Product Disclosure Statement and Financial Services Guide for full details. Sub-limits apply. Not sure? Our friendly team are here to help. Get in touch


We support women who challenge the gender pay gap

Since Day 1 Travel with Jane has been about levelling the playing field for women in Australia. In 2020, we’re taking the fight global. Stay tuned to learn how you can support the women who tackle the gender divide here and abroad.


Love cool stuff? Subscribe to our newsletter

Join our mailing list for exclusive invites to travel insurance sales, competitions and giveaways. Plus travel inspiration and tips for women who love to travel & make the world a more equal place.