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Duck canyon and Peru’s melting glaciers

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I was not really taken with the northern coast of Peru. The huge grey sand dunes were stunning in the far north at first, but seemed a bit monochromatic and monotonous after hundreds of kilometers of unchanging landscape. It was…

Finding friends in Huanchaco

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Recently, we talked about how much we enjoy those authentic experiences when we meet and really connect with the people who live in the countries we are visiting.  Unfortunately, at the pace we’re traveling at, it’s hard to form a…

Ten gallon hats in Cajamarca

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Cajamarca is the largest town we visited in Northern Peru. It is located at 8900 feet and is a charming town with lots of Spanish colonial churches and monasteries. And while the town was great, what I really loved was…

Atobá-de-patas-azuis

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Que surpresa tivemos ao encontrar na costa do Pacífico, relativamente longe das Ilhas Galápagos, o Atobá-de-patas-azuis! São lindos demais, além de nos deixarem chegar muito próximos a eles…  Mas este encontro também nos deixou tristes. Por negligência humana frente…

Northern Peru Adventures-Part 2

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So you might be wondering why we are so far behind on our blog. I remember when I was reading other overlanders blogs, South America seemed to be where they stopped blogging or got way behind. We are committed to…

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

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Lago Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is said to be the highest navigable lake in the world.  In other words, it’s big.  And it’s the loveliest shade of deep sapphire blue.After crossing into Bolivia, we…

Northern Peru- Indiana Jones Adventures

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We chose to cross into Peru via the small border of La Balsa which is in an Amazon basin from which we would climb back into the Andes. The road from Ecuador to the border was an adventure in itself;…

The last rides in Peru

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Time to push south.  We hear that the rainy season starts around the first of November in Bolivia and if we want to ride the famous Death Road I’d prefer it be dry.  Some last photos of this beautiful country…Peru…

Pisac, Peru

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After you’ve visited Machu Picchu, most other ruins might not seem as impressive. Sort of like having the best meal ever and then going for a PB&J…. We leave Cusco after a few lazy days and decide to head into…

Cusco, Peru

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Cusco is a beautiful city from what I remember of my trip here 4 years ago. Sure I remember all the tourists and the shops and pushy sales people and massage therapists on the streets, but I also remember the…

Across southern Peru

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After stopping for lunch in Nazca the town, we keep moving on the PanAm that has now turned east and climb up and out of the desert dunes to the high mountain plateaus of southern Peru.Not far out onto…

Moray – Peru

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Da para imaginar que ha 500 anos atras os incas usavam esses terracos para a agricultura e que cada nivel tinha uma temperatura diferente, o que possibilitava um melhor desempenho das diferentes especies! Moray fica no Vale Sagrado, proximo a…

An oasis and desert drawings in Peru

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After 3 days in Lima we keep moving south. Paracas National Park on the coast sounds incredible but there’s not a lot of roads there and the sand riding sounds like way too much work for me and my heavy…

Lima, Peru

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Lima is a city of 8 million plus people and from what I remember from a brief visit a few years ago, it was lovely.Other riders and ride reports have been warning us for months, suggesting we “avoid” Lima…

From Huaraz to the coast of Peru

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In Huaraz we are able to catch up for a night with James from Pedaling for Pennies, a man riding from the USA to the bottom of South America to raise funds for cancer research. We have a nice dinner…

In the Cordillera Blanca of Peru – Part 2

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Just after the Llanganuco Lakes there is a campground, and a small parking area where buses and collectivos park and unload the people who hike the Laguna 69 trail from here. We pass this parking area at the 2nd or…

Canyon del Pato, Peru

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Canyon del Pato is one of those places that overlanders are all told to be sure to put on their “must see” lists. We decide to take a couple of days to ride the canyon and camp inside thanks to…

Huanchaco, Peru and Chan Chan

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We run into Sam and Erica who are overlanding in a great truck and XP camper at a campground in Huanchaco. I have to say some days it looks like a palace compared to bike travel. I’ve forgotten the luxury…

From Cajamarca to Huanchaco

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Time to keep moving…so we pack up and head west toward the coast and some ruins and cities we want to visit. We leave Cajamarca fairly early one morning and plan to turn south at a small town called Chilete.…

Cajamarca, Peru

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We spend two nights in Cajamarca and try to make the most of it by seeing some of the town and the surrounding area.  It’s a lovely high mountain city surrounded by small villages and centuries of history. As with…

Leymebamba to Celendin, Peru

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So early the morning after we arrive in Leymebamba we are off for the next town, Celendin, which I refer to affectionately as Celine Dion. We know the road will be scenic, because we keep hearing this from everyone, but…

Leymebamba, Peru

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The road to Chachapoyas was a two-lane asphalt road, and a great ride as it followed the curvy edges of a winding river. We left the river to climb some switchbacks to the town itself and stayed a couple of…

Chachapoyas and Kuelap, Peru

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Chachapoyas is a lovely colonial-style town. The central plaza has lots of tour companies, cafes and shops.  I see a few gringos out and about, but mostly it’s locals, maybe because it’s the off-season now. We are back up in…