Passing by mineral rich mountains and like-wise, turquoised lakes. Their stillness reflecting the riches in the peaks.
On Jaime’s fetching classic Vespa scooter in Medellin, Colombia.
Speaking at a school in Bagua Grande, Peru about India and my trip. They were quite excited and kept peppering me with questions about the food, culture and history. They even asked me to sing the national anthem of India and in return, I asked them to sing Peru’s national anthem 🙂
The handsome cathedral in the central Parque Caldas in Popayán, Colombia. All the buildings in Popayán are white.
Dancing in Plaza Bolívar in Cartagena’s old town, under the statue of El Libertador, Simón Bolívar who is credited with kicking the Spanish out of South America and bringing independence to present day Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela in the early 19th century.
Enjoying a meal on a farm outside Cusco, where I stayed thru CouchSurfing.com and helped build a bed for the community project.
The wave crashing and releasing its energy against the land, propelling me forward at Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Peru.
Riding the beautiful back roads of northern Peru and enjoying the Andes, rising and falling over mountain ranges.
Climbing up into the Andes in southern Colombia, near Pasto.
Sunset on the hike down from Machu Picchu. Besides the ruins, the location is well worth the effort to get here.
Volcan Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador at 6,268 m (20,565 ft) and the road peaked at 4,300 m (14,100 ft). Its peak is the furthest point on the Earth’s surface from its center due to the bulge at the Equator from the planet’s spin (think of a spinning ballerina).
Sunset at Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Since it was discovered only in 1911, it escaped damage from the Spanish colonialists and still has many mysteries to be solved.
Sunset in Cusco, the once capital of the Inca Empire and the longest continuously inhabited city in South America.
Meeting up with a German couple in Peru who’ve been riding around the world since 2007. We rode together for a few days.
A chocolate booth at the annual confectionery festival in Cuenca, Ecudaor. Everything looked so good. I sampled a variety of sweets and chocolates.
The cliffs at Miraflores in Lima, where the strong ocean wind against the raised cliffs provides for some great paragliding.
The main cathedral in Quito, Ecuador where there’s a painting of the last supper with cuy (guinea pig) as the main course. Quito was the first city to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1978.
Rushing waterfalls and volcanic rocks making for interesting riding in the Peruvian Andes.
Fresh grilled pig at the market in Otavalo, Ecuador.
At the summit in Parque Nacional Huascaran where the snowline starts at 5,000 m (16,400 ft).
Stunning sunset lighting in the main plaza of Celendin, a colonial outpost in northern Peru.
The colorful potatoes of the Andes. Did you know there are over 4,000 kinds of potatoes?
The numerous tunnels in the Canon del Pato, Peru.
The wall at the fortress of Kuelap near Chachapoyas, Peru, built around 1,000 AD.
Iglesia de San Antonio in Cali, Colombia.
Alpacas, a relative of the llama and this variety with the cool dreads is called Suri.
Rainbow in Ecuador
From the summit at 4,835 m (15,860 ft) dropping down in spirals all the way to the coast in Lima, Peru. Lots of mining activity going on with mineral rich mountains.
A grand fresco by the entrance of the cathedral in Huari, Peru depicting a gruesome Hell and encouraging all sinners to repent before entering the house of god.
sanDRina blending in with the lush setting in a valley at around 3,050 m (10,000 ft) in southern Ecuador.
On the hike towards Machu Picchu.
Exiting Parque Nacional Huascaran and enjoying the sunset ride back to Caraz, Peru.
Ripe lemons at Helmut’s house in Andahuaylillas, Peru where I spent a few days sorting out a mechanical break down.
Panorama of Laguna Quilotoa, a crater lake which formed after a violent eruption in 1280 of Volcan Quilotoa. It sits at a height of 3,900 m (12,800 ft), is about 3 kms (1.8 mi) around and 250 m (820 ft) deep. The clouds and conditions were constantly changing.
Riding thru the Canon del Pato and enjoying the geologic stories on display. Heading to Hauraz, Peru.
Hatunrumiyoc street, known for its huge Inca stones that make up the foundation of most buildings in Cusco as the Spanish found it convenient to do so. The city was constructed in the 12th century by the first Inca king, Manco Capac on direction from Inti, the sun god, to find the navel of the Earth by seeing where the ground would swallow his staff and there he founded the city that would be the capital of the Inca Empire.
The desert at Reserva Nacional de Paracas, south of Lima, Peru.
Parque Nacional Cajas near Cuenca, Ecuador, known for its misty peaks and chilly lakes. Can you see the figure of the Virgin Mary in the rocks?
Gold artifacts of the Zenú people at the Gold Museum in Cartagena, Colombia.
Traveling down the PanAmerican Highway.
Out on a day ride with the local riding crew from TouringColombia.net’s Medellin Chapter. At El Peñón de Guatapé, a large monolithic granite rock, rising 200 m (656 ft) above the ground.
Jay Kannaiyan is an adventurer turned coder. He loves exploring our world on two wheels and building products and services to improve peoples’ lives. Along the way he’s been a product design engineer, entrepreneur in the adventure travel and air quality space, and now a full stack software engineer. He cares deeply about building community, nurturing idle time, and sharing good food. Have you heard of his chicken curry?
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