Peru

Jammin thru the Global South

Peru, Part 1: Bagua Grande and Kuelap

June 16 – 22, 2010Comprising the heart of the Inca Empire, Peru has become well known for its archeological sites, such as famous Machu Picchu. However, the varied landscape, ranging from dry deserts to rain forests up to glaciated peaks was the main draw for me. The Andes start much further north, but here is…

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Peru, Part 2: Canon del Pato and Huascaran

June 22 – 28, 2010This next part takes me from Cajamarca, down to the coast to the start of the Canyon del Pato, back up to the snow peaks and a ride through Huascaran National Park.Staying with Adam (right) in Cajamarca for a night, through CouchSurfing. We were walking around the streets and ran into…

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Peru, Part 3: Lima to Nasca

June 28 – July 5, 2010From Huaraz, I took the more scenic mountain route down to Lima, through Huanuco. After taking care of some business in Lima, I headed south along the coast to see the lines at Nazca.Heading south from Huaraz the road climbed up to 4,300 m (14,100 ft) and these snow-peaked mountains…

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Peru, Part 4: Abancay and Cusco

July 5 – 9, 2010From Nasca, I climbed back up the Andes, first to spend some time in Abancay before heading over to Cusco, where I stayed on a farm.Stocking up on some bananas for the road ahead.Distance board at Nasca. I was heading to Abancay today.Climbing up in the shadows of the morning sun.Looking…

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Peru, Part 5: Machu Picchu

July 10 – 13, 2010At the farm I was staying at in Cusco, I became friends with Carlos from Lima and he was looking for someone to head to Machu Picchu with and knew the back route to get there without taking the expensive trains. I was up for it and left the bike at…

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Peru, Part 6: Breakdown in Andahuaylillas

July 14 – July 22, 2010From Cusco, I was heading south to the canyons around Arequipa, but I had a mechanical breakdown with rear wheel bearings failing sooner than they should, but it turned out into a nice experience in the town of Andahuaylillas.I was only about 50 kms (31 mi) south of Cusco when…

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Video from Peru: Kuelap to Celendin

June 21, 2010Here’s a video from the dry Andes of remote northern Peru. It’s heading from the ruined fortress of Kuelap, near Chachapoyas through the cloud forest along narrow cliff-hugging roads to Celendin and Cajamarca. A beautiful ride.Click here for more Videos.

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