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Slovenia is a wonderful country to travel by bicycle. The landscapes, its forests and lakes are incredible and its mountains majestic.
Going through it with a pedal stroke has been a highly recommended experience.

We made this part of the country by secondary roads, bike lanes, asphalted tracks and dirt roads in good condition.


Here you have the stages broken down.

Stage 1 (Bovec-Kranjska Gora)

We left the town of Bovec, cradle of canyoning and rafting in that area and we went through a road that goes up briefly to take another secondary on the right and continue up through various villages to reach the main course of the climb where we expect 25 curves with a good slope. Little by little and small plate are going up, until you reach first a lookout and then the great Vrsic Pass where there are a couple of bars and space to rest and drink. After this there is a huge and fast descent where the curves are washed for more grip and we are coming to the village of Kranjka Gora where we spent the first night.
The municipality of Kranjska Gora is located in the valley area of ​​Zgornjesavska, also known as Gornjesavska Dolina, or as Dolina, a typical alpine valley and has all House Slovenija Avto, one kilometer from the center of the village and we found the price quite tight. The accommodation is quite good and breakfast too. We had dinner in the center of town where there are several restaurants.

Located in the most northeastern corner of Slovenia, where the borders of Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet, the valley is surrounded by mountains to the north and south. To the north are the peaks of the Karavanke mountains and to the south the Julian Alps. To the east its boundary is a little after the city of Jesenice, where it opens onto the Radovljica valley, extending westwards along the Sava and Slizza rivers, to the west of Rateče. To the north, the Wurzen Pass in Podkoren leads to Arnoldstein in Carinthia (Austria), to the south the Vršič Pass leads to Trenta, in the Slovenian coastal region.

Stage 2. (Kransjka Gora - Bohinj)

After leaving Kranjska Gora and crossing this beautiful town, we caught a bike lane until we reached the town of Mojstrana, where we did not find any kind of services. We take an excellent secondary road in ascent that will take us to know some great forests, until twisting to the left by a descent to 18% where at the end of this and when arriving at a small locality where there are hardly any farms it is in the middle of a bar where we had breakfast.
We continue straight ahead by a track in excellent conditions until we reach some ruins and from here by small towns to the magnificent Lake Bled, where it has all the services and where we ate, on terraces facing the lake.
From here we left by a road that despite being August and Sunday takes little traffic, although soon after we left to take local roads until these secondary roads take us back to the main road.
We drive about 8 kilometers with hardly any traffic on the main road and we go out again to face a small climb and enjoy the small towns of the North of Bohinj Lake, barely more than two kilometers away from the main road to appear in the lake and stick a bath.
After the bath we took the road to the Hotel where we stayed, which is on the same road.
The hotel is called Sobe Cuskic and we sleep 4 for € 80 (Booking)
Ribčev Laz 30, Ribcev Laz, 4265 Bohinj, Slovenia

Stage 3. (Bohinj -Ljubljana)

Very rolling and quiet stage that will take us from Lake Bohinj to the Slovenian capital.

Leaving our accommodation and returning a few hundred meters back we caught a bike path parallel to a river that leads us to a town where we find a bakery to buy breakfast and in front of a cafe where we make the first stop of the day. After these first kilometers and leaving this town we enter a beautiful secondary road with no traffic until we go up a track, once we reach the hill begins a dizzying descent in which we caught the track on the left to lengthen a bit the descent, and go through some beautiful places. We go up a few meters and again we face a steep descent by road and we go through beautiful and small towns away from the madding crowd until we reach the town of Skofja Loka where we eat at a good restaurant and then do some sightseeing around the city. There they indicate us a small road parallel to a main road with hardly any traffic until arriving at the capital where we catch in the outskirts a bike path that takes us to the very center of the city. We deviate to where we have the hostel that is on the outskirts of the city, about three kilometers from the center where we spend the night.

Stage 4. (Ljubljana-Postjona)

We leave from the capital by a secondary road and immediately we find a bike path parallel to the road that takes us for 20 kilometers along the margin.

When we reach the town of Vrhnika we enter the town and go to a road, which is the only option that we see clearly although fortunately we do not find too much traffic and so we drive a few kilometers to reach Logatec where we have breakfast. From here a small road is caught and then we find a detour to the left for a clear climb to go through a forest road without any traffic and beautiful until you reach a restaurant where we caught a dirt track in perfect condition that leads to the exit of the road that leads to Predjama Castle, which we visited. After this we took the road to Postjona on a road with some traffic due to the proximity of the caves and a little before reaching Postjona turn left to reach a campsite where we had booked a bungalow. The campsite has a small shop, swimming pool and a good restaurant.

Stage 5. (Postjona - Stanjel)

We left the campsite and this time, instead of following the road, we deviated along a track in good condition until we reached the town of Postjona to visit the caves. We left the bikes in front of the lockers with padlocks along with another dozen cyclo-tourist bikes. The duration of the visit to the caves is two hours and it is worth visiting them.
We continue on a road without traffic until we reach the town of Razdrto where we eat. Excellent place to stop along the way and in which we talked with a family of German cyclists. After this we caught a few kilometers of road and then we deviated by a magnificent asphalt track and so we travel many kilometers down a river side until we again go to a secondary road that will take us to the town of Stanjel.
In this locality there are no services although in the Hotel they gave us the option of calling a Slovenian "Telepizza" and they brought it to us. The Hotel has a good breakfast, wine and beer for dinner and with laundry service.

Stage 6. (Stanjel-Tolmin)

Perhaps the most authentic and beautiful stage of all we did. Maybe also the hardest.

From the beautiful town of Stanjel we immediately leave the road to go to find a secondary road that in several excellent descent corners in which we will test our brakes will take us to the town of Smarje. Simply sublime.
We continue on paved roads passing through small towns that do not appear on the map until we reach a more main road where we walk just 3 kilometers to again catch a secondary road without any traffic and start to go back after Lokavec through some incredible forests and thus with good ramps, narrow road and beautiful views we will reach a town where a little further on is the pass. Once here we started one of the best descents I've done ... long and hard with views of rivers and lakes.
At the end of this descent we find a small town to eat and from here we continue without any news until Tolmin. You can spend the night in this town or go a little higher and spend the night where we did it. Although it is somewhat higher, it is worthwhile to enjoy the tranquility of the Triglav National Park. That yes, buy food in the super market since they do not serve dinners.

Stage 7. (Tolmin-Bovec)

Last stage of our return to Slovenia.

We descend from the rural house towards Tolmin by a narrow narrow gorge. The landscapes are spectacular, and a little before arriving at Tolmin we deviate to catch a secondary road without any traffic that takes us through several villages and towns in this beautiful area of ​​Slovenia.
The first part is quite flat so the kilometers pass serene until we reach the city of Kovarid where we have breakfast, in a small cafe next to an information point where we pick up some free guides and do some last minute shopping. From here we return to a bridge that passes over the river Soca and follow a small paved path that goes to a campsite and where soon after you can take a detour to go to the waterfall Kozjak, about twenty minutes walk from where we left the bike. We continue along a sand track where you have to squeeze your teeth a bit, although the views of the river are worth it. We go to the road where there is some traffic so when we get to Trnovo we take a detour to a camping area where the boats that raft down the river Soca disembark. We get full crossing the river by a bridge on a fairly stony uphill trail of about three kilometers somewhat hard but soon lead us to a much better track parallel to the right bank of the river and so we reach a paved path that leads to Bovec.

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Good accommodation a kilometer away from the center and across the road. Very quiet, cheap and cozy, breakfast quite correct.
Good family treatment. They have place where to lodge bikes although as it was raining and the bicycles came full of mud we left them in the street, in a small garage. Although they do not do dinners they call you a Slovenian "Telepizza" more than correct. The homemade and fantastic breakfast. They also sell wine or beer for dinner (water and soft drinks, of course)
Si después de llegar a Tolmin os quedan fuerzas y ganas hay que remontar unos 4 kilómetros y 250 metros de desnivel por una angosta y preciosa garganta hasta llegar a estos apartamentos. La verdad es que vale la pena el esfuerzo ya que la tranquilidad es máxima. Eso si, hay que aprovisionarse en Tolmin ya que no sirven cena. Apartment Abinkar offers accommodation in Tolmin, 45 km from Villach. The property is 33 km from Bled and free private parking is offered. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. The kitchen is fitted with a microwave and a refrigerator. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is provided. Other facilities at Apartment Abinkar include a barbecue. Udine is 43 km from Apartment Abinkar, while Kranjska Gora is 31 km away. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is 54 km from the property.
Bled is a town located on the shores of Lake Bled and located in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia. It is located a few kilometers south of the Austrian border and about 50 kilometers northwest of the country's capital, Ljubljana. Bled has 11,300 inhabitants, according to the 2002 census, 5,164 in the village itself. Bled is especially famous for its glacial lake, which attracts numerous tourists throughout the year. In the surrounding forests there are several castles and churches. From the castle of Bled, you can have a panoramic view very enjoyed by tourists. As a tourist center, it currently offers a wide variety of sports activities, such as golf, fishing, horse riding and hiking in the surrounding mountains. The presence near the north of the Julian Alps, besides favoring both summer and winter tourism, allows a milder climate, protecting the area from the cold north winds. Due to its pleasant climate, the region has historically been an important center for recreation and health, being visited frequently by the European aristocracy.
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Bohinjska Bistrica
Bovec (Italian Plezzo) is a Slovenian municipality, within the Goriška region. In 2007 it had 3,138 inhabitants. It limits the Friulan municipalities of Tarvisio, Chiusaforte and Resia and is crossed by the Isonzo river (Soča). It is included in the Triglav National Park. The municipality is divided into 13 settlements or naselja: Bavšica, 'Bovec', Čezsoča, Kal - Koritnica, Lepena, Log Čezsoški, Log pod Mangartom, Plužna, Soča, Srpenica, Strmec na Predelu, Trenta, Žaga, Zavrzelno.
Pastas de todo tipo a buen precio
Buen café italiano.
Cafés y bollería en una terraza en donde poder vigilar las bicis.
Camping in the middle of a very quiet forest. The bungalows have a sink and shower. There is a grocery store and a restaurant. It has a pool.
The Castle of Predjama (in Slovenian: Predjamski grad or Grad Predjama, in German: Höhlenburg Lueg, in Italian: Castel Lueghi) is a castle constructed inside the mouth of a cave in the southwest of Slovenia (45 ° 48'54 "N 14 ° 7'40 "E). In Slovenian jama (pronounced iama) it means "cave", therefore its name means "castle in a cave". It is located approximately nine kilometers from the city of Postojna. The Castle of Predjama The castle is in a spectacular location, before a precipice of 123 meters. Queen over the Lokva stream like an eagle's nest. Although in fact the castle dates from the late sixteenth century, there was already a construction in the same place since 1202. The interior of the castle offers a medieval image. Although life at that time was difficult and unhealthy, it offered what in those times was most valued: security. Behind the castle there is a cave, called La Cueva under Predjama Castle, which made possible the construction of the castle. This cave also allowed its inhabitants to have a safe back and that gave the castle a great strategic advantage with respect to possible enemies. In the highest part of the cave there is a small gallery that had a secret exit and an evacuation path. It is the one that the gentleman Erasmo Lueger used during the siege of the castle to provide food. One of the curiosities of Predjama Castle is its insertion in the geological environment, karst type. The man could build a castle of this type only in Carso and with this he also sought security and mimicry with the natural environment. This symbiosis was a success and the legend tells us about it. In 1570 they built the castle in the shape we know today, commissioned by Ivan Kobenzl. 240 years later he was inherited by Count Mihael Coronini and in 1846 he was bought by Prince Windischgrätz. At present, the company Postojnska jama doo is in charge of the management of the castle. Many Slovenian writers wrote about the castle: Janez Vajkard Valvasor: Slava vojvodine Kranjske (1689) Franc Malavašič: short story Erasmo de Cueva (1845) Miroslav Vilhar: play Jamska Ivanka (1850) Saša Vuga: Erasmo de Predjama trilogy (1979) The legend of Erasmo de Predjama [edit] In the second half of the 15th century there was a struggle between the Austrian Emperor Frederick III and King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary. The stubborn and proud knight Erasmus in this fight supported the Hungarian king. One day, the Austrian emperor decided to behead a friend of Erasmus and that, in revenge, killed a relative of Frederick III. From there, things changed in the life of the gentleman. Erasmus had to escape and found refuge in Predjama. He challenged the Austrian emperor with attacks on merchant caravans. So Frederick III ordered the lieutenant of Trieste Gaspare Ravbar to find him and kill him. Thanks to the footprints in the snow that Erasmus left behind, Ravbar found him in Predjama Castle. With his army he besieged the castle for a year and a day, without success. During that time the lieutenant did not know that Erasmus had a secret outlet. The knight used one of the galleries behind the castle that led to the outside. He went to Vipava, where he picked cherries and then offered them to the desperate army. Gaspare Ravbar did not know how to defeat Erasmus. The solution was found in one of Erasmus's servants who decided to give his master away. When Erasmus went, as Valvasor wrote, "to the place to which the Turkish sultan can not send his representative," the servant lit a lantern and thus indicated where the knight was. That was the end of the so-called "Slovenian Robin Hood". Toilet where, according to legend, they killed Erasmo de Predjama. The legend also tells that Erasmus is buried where the parking lot is located today and next to the small church of María de los Siete Dolores, from the 15th century, which with its restored frescoes today represents one of the most beautiful examples of the architecture of the city. Late Gothic in Slovenia. In his grave grows an enormous lime tree, which was planted by his girlfriend in his memory.
The Postoina Cave is located very close to the Slovenian city of Postojna. It is a set of 20 kilometers of tunnels and galleries. It is the largest cave in the Carso region (Kras in Slovenian and Karst in German, from which derives the name Karstic relief), as well as being the most visited cave in Europe. Visitors who come to the cave today can learn details about the origin and history of caves, tunnels and galleries and can admire their stalactites and stalagmites, some of which have ended up joining pillars, folded and bent like curtains and other interesting shapes. In 2013, Slovenia issued a 2 Euro commemorative coin celebrating the 800th Anniversary of its discovery.
You pass the bridge and climb for about twenty minutes. Worth it.
Perhaps the most authentic restaurant we found. Run by two elderly people and homemade and exquisite food. Menu at a very good price.
Accommodation a little stale, is a typical hostel where you sleep well but breakfast leaves a lot to be desired.
Guest house somewhat far from the center although well priced and with kitchen and washing machine. Interesting to buy food in a supermarket about 100 meters next to a pub. Searched on Booking.com Dolomitskega Odreda Basket
Pequeña localidad.
Kobarid (in Italian Caporetto, in German Karfreit is a locality and a municipality with the same name in the western region of Slovenia, in the High Valley of the Soča (in Italian "Valley of the Isonzo"), near the border with Italy. Kobarid is known for the famous Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian Retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel Adios a las armas. In the center of the city of Kobarid is the award-winning Museum that remembers the Battle. In the adjoining archaeological site of "Tonocov Grad" there are constructions from the time of the Roman Empire.
Dvorana Vitranc
Lake Bohinj (in Slovenian: Bohinjsko jezero) is the largest lake in Slovenia.1 Lake Bohinj is located in the municipality of Bohinj, in the northwest of the country, and is located within the Triglav National Park.2 Lake Bohinj is 4.2 km long and 1 km wide maximum.3 It is a glacial lake dammed by a moraine. The largest of the streams that flow into the lake, the Savica River ("small Sava"), 4 feeds on the Črno jezero (Black Lake), the largest lake in the Triglav valley lakes. In the northern part of the lake there are a few underwater springs, the best known of which is the so-called Govic fountain. The drain of the lake is the Jezernica, which fuses with the Mostnica to form the Sava Bohinjka (which in turn fuses with the Sava Dolinka to become the Sava).
Ljubljana1 (in Slovenian: Ljubljana, pronounced About this sound / ʎubʎa: nʌ / (? · I); in German: Laibach / 'lɑɪbaχ /; in Italian: Lubiana / lub'jaːna /) is the capital and largest city of Slovenia . In 2008 it had 270,828 inhabitants, 2 3 spread over an area of ​​275 km². Born as a Roman military camp of the Legio XV Apollinaris in the middle of the 1st century BC. C., 4 its character of city was consolidated with the foundation of Colonia Iulia Emona years later.5 After successive destructions, in the 6th century the ancestors of the Slovenes settled down, and in the XI century they fell under the dominion of the francs.6 Since 1278, after its conquest by Rudolph I of Hapsburg, the city passed into the hands of the Habsburgs, a situation that lasted until 1797.6 During the Napoleonic period, Ljubljana was the capital of the Illyrian Provinces and between 1816 and 1849 it was the Kingdom of Illyria.7 In 1918, after the First World War, it joined the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and after the Second World War became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, forming part of Yugoslavia.8 In 1991, after a war, Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia, being Ljubljana the capital of the country since then. Its historical and monumental heritage, as well as various cultural celebrations that take place throughout the year, among which the International Summer Festival stands out, make it a city that receives both national and international tourism. Among its most representative monuments are the Cathedral, the Castle, the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and the Bridge of the Dragons, as well as the set of modernist buildings. The architect Jože Plečnik signed many of the most outstanding buildings in the city. Ljubljana has a developed network of roads and railways, in addition to an airport with international flights and immersed in expansion works aimed at expanding its operational capacity, currently overflowing.9 The University of Ljubljana, founded in 1919, has its headquarters in the city, and in the 2006-07 academic year it had more than 63,000 students.10 In 2004, its library added 1,169,090 books.2 It also has various international cultural institutes, such as the Cervantes Institute (Spain), the British Council (United Kingdom) or the Goethe Institute (Germany) .11 As the state capital, Ljubljana hosts the headquarters of the government (National Assembly and National Council), ministries, institutions and associated agencies, as well as the official residence of the president of Slovenia.12 The city is a member of UCLG, UCUE, Eurocities, 13 URBACT, Civitas Forum, 14 Les Rencontres, European Cities Marketing15 and Global Cities Dialogue.2 16 On the economic level, the city maintains an outstanding position at the national level, it is home to the country's main stock market, the bank of Slovenia and the numerous national companies.
Lokavec (pronounced [lɔˈkaːvəts]) is a settlement on the northern edge of the Vipava Valley northwest of Ajdovščina in the Littoral region of Slovenia.[2] It lies below the slopes of Mount Čaven, below the Salt Mud Slide. It includes the hamlets of Bitovi, Brith (or Britih[3]), Čohi, Gorenje, Kuši, Lahovše, Loretovše, Mizinška Vas (Slovene: Mizinška vas), Paljki (or Palki[3]), and Slokarji.[4]
The village of Lokve is situated in a valley surrounded by a forestat an altitude of 965 meters in the northwest of the Trnovo Plateau. It is only 20 km away from Nova Gorica and it can be reached from Ajdovščina, Idrija, Čepovan and Most na Soči as well. In the northern part of the village a hill called Veliki vrh (Great peak) or Škol (1190 m) is closing the view towards the Čepovan valley, in the east there are Mali Češevik (1104 m) and Ilovica (1166 m), and in the south of Lokve there is Prezren (1128 m), in the south-west lies the Trogar hill and in the north-west Črni vrh (Black peak) (1066 m) and Koprivnica. In the heart of the valley there is a hillock where already in the 18th century a small chapel was built and where nowadays a church dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua stands. Lokve and its surroundings are situated in an entirely karstic region. Thus, there are no water sources at all. However, in the past there were many pools, the so-called kal or lokev, which were formed on the argillaceous earth. The first inhabitants – herdsmen – used those pools for the watering of their animals. Only two natural pools are still existing; one of them is Goveji kal (Beef pond) in the north-eastern part of Lokve. In the past the inhabitants of Lokve and its surroundings worked in the field of forestry, charcoal burning, the producing of wooden tubs and glaziery (there are still some remains of glažuta in Mojska draga). The area in the pith of the Trnovo Forest is fairy-tale like the whole year round. Spring light greeen tunnels of trees cover cycle tracks and footpaths. The shadows of huge treetops offer peaceful refuge from the summer heat. Mountain tracks invite to the near summits (Poldanovec – 1303 m, Mrzovec – 1406 m, Golaki – 1495) also those visitors who demand steeper ascents. Autumn fiery colours invite us to take a walk and to prepare for the white winter idyll when again we can decide to go on the longer or shorter routes for cross-country skiing in the calm forest. However, the fairy-tale is not over yet. The village of Lokve offers pleasures of the mini-golf, tennis, volleyball and seven-a-side enthusiasts as well as those who want to take a walk around the village on the path, which was once used by foresters that supervised the forest surface (Path behind the wall). Nature enthusiasts will probably be attracted more by an interesting glade at Mala lazna which can be a starting-point for hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers or the natural botanical and forest reserve, called Paradana, and its famous Velika ledena jama (Great ice cave, 385 meters deep) which was once known as a golden cave for ice that was exported even to Egypt. All the visitors will be without any doubt tempted by the exquisite homemade food (bread, venison,…) and the night's lodging in Loke and Lazna.
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Good price and homemade food. The city is well worth a stop and inn.
Soca
The first documented mention of the city dates back to 973, when Otto II gave the place to Bishop Abraham von Freising. Loka means hillside or vega in Slovenian, hence the approximate translation in Spanish is "vega episcopal". Located strategically at the confluence of the Selska River and Poljanska Sora, it received the city status after being elevated to an administrative center by the bishopric of Freising. The wall, with its five towers, dates from the 14th century. Beyond the numerous fires, plague epidemics, wars and other catastrophes, the 1511 earthquake was particularly destructive, destroying the city almost entirely. A bishop named Felipe quickly rebuilt it, giving it the shape it currently holds. The bishops continued to be the owners of Škofja Loka until 1803, when it became Austrian hands.
Due to its good traffic-geographic and strategic position, Štanjel was important from the youthful Iron Age until today. The population has enjoyed the greatest flowering in the Romanesque era when it extended through the grove against the peak of Turn. The hill was fortified again in the 11th century - 12th century. - Even today you can see the ruins of the tower on the peak of the Turn hill. There are very many Gothic elements that show that the locality had already reached the amplitude of today. The remains of the castle date back to the Middle Ages but only at the end of the 17th century did the Cobenzli counts give them the definitive image. Because of the Turkish invasions Štanjel was protected by a wall at the end of the 15th century.
Tolmin (Italian Tolmino, German Tolmein) is a locality and a municipality with the same name in the western region of Slovenia near the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka rivers. The old part of the city that gave name to the whole region. It is the largest settlement in the Upper Valley of the Isonzo (in Slovenian Zgornje Posocje). It is also its economic, cultural and administrative center. Its main attractions are the old quarter, a modern sports park, and the ruins of the thousand-year-old castle Kozlov Rob.
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    Aldarion Aug 29, 2015

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Muchas gracias por este fantástico trazado company!

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    manucc3 Oct 27, 2015

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    gracias por toda la dedicación y esfuerzo que as puesto en hacernos felices con estos paisajes. sin ti sabes que ni hubiese sido posible! 100% recomendable esta pedazo de travesia en bicicleta!!

  • Txurrus Aug 15, 2017

    Hola Alfons el 25 de agosto partimos a Eslovenia a recorrerla en bici, veo que os recorristeis la parte mas occidental del pais me da la impresion que andasteis mucho por asfalto ¿ es asi ? al parecer tambien la hicisteis a finales de agosto que tal tiempo os hizo agua, calor, lluvia. son caros los alojamientos, os hizo falta reservar con antelacion o hay oferta de sobra. Bueno cualquier informacion importante te la agradeceria.
    Saludos y gracias por tu tarck

  • Novorider Aug 7, 2018

    Hola, yo voy a ir en coche pero soy ciclista y motero y no descarto volver en el futuro.. aún así me ha gustado la dedicación que has puesto y el nivel de detalle.
    Muchas gracias por compartir!

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