• Madeleine

    Vichaycocha to Oyón (PGD part 6)

    September 9

    It doesn't happen often that I wake up much sooner than I should have. But today is definitely such a day. Not because I have woken up in the middle of the night. No. I simply woke up at the standard time, packed my things and prepared ...

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  • Downhill from Abra Alpamarca

    Casapalca to Vichaycocha (PGD part 5)

    Peru Great Divide continues with some stunning lagoon views. And not so stunning views of black clouds chasing me. In the end everything turns out fine though.

    September 6

    In the morning I am saying goodbye to my second bike stand as it is bent beyond repair. It looks like ...

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  • Abra Suijo

    Tanta to Casapalca (PGD part 4)

    In this two-day stretch of a road towards the busy carretera central I am saying final goodbye to Reserva Paisajistica Nor Yauyos-Cochas. But what a beautiful goodbye it is.

    September 4

    After I get breakfast at Tanta I am ready to do some foot work (and happy it is pedalling ...

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  • Trail to Llicococha

    Ticlla trek

    Trek around Nevado Ticlla is an expectionally beautiful activity in Cordillera Yauyos. And quite an underground affair -- the number of relevant Google search results can be counted on fingers of your hands. Fortunately, there is a great book The Andes: A Trekking Guide by Cathy and John Biggar describing this ...

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  • Around Vilca

    Laraos to Baños del Inca/Tanta (PGD part 3)

    Peru Great Divide continues with spectacular canyons, lagoons and terrace-like waterfalls. But before that I need to do some business in Huancayo so I take a bus/minivan there and this turns out to be an adventure on its own.

    August 27 (Huancayo visit)

    My plan for today is to ...

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  • Descent to Acobambilla

    Huancavelica to Acobambilla (PGD part 1)

    This short two-day warmup is the first part of the famous Peru Great Divide route. Contrasting to the previous three days this part features golden-grass covered hills instead of the rusty mountains full of mines.

    August 22

    In the morning I say (a temporary) goodbye to the four cyclists and ...

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  • Laguna Choclococha

    Licapa to Huancavelica

    From Licapa I continue riding through a mining country to Huancavelica. This time I am taking a "quick" paved option which goes around breathtaking lagoons.

    August 19

    In the morning I am only slowly preparing for the road. Originally I planned to leave Licapa on nice backcountry roads from andesbybike ...

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  • Abra Ritipata

    Paras to Licapa

    One pass. That is all it takes to transform scenery of big valleys and canyons into a colorful mining country that remind me of Agua Negra pass between Chile and Argentina. But don't be mistaken -- while the climb isn't as long as then, the 1600m climb to Abra ...

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  • Ascent from Uactahuran

    Vilcashuaman to Paras

    My route through southern Peru is dominated by deep canyons/valleys and high mountains. And this section isn't an exception -- the views are always changing although there is one constant -- they are always stellar.

    August 13

    In the morning I trick myself and two times at that. First, yesterday ...

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