• 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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  • Vilcashuaman

    Soras to Vilcashuaman

    On the rest of my way to Vilcashuaman I continue with the usual Peruvian style of first climbing high up just so I can descend deep down into a valley to cross some river. And what a deep valley it is -- it takes me day and half just to climb ...

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  • Road to Moyta

    Abancay to Soras

    From Abancay my route continues towards a nice historic town of Vilcashuaman. In principle there is a semi-direct road to Uranmarca and then to Vilcashuaman. However, Pikes' extensive notes mention that this road is missing a bridge over a major river. As the notes were written some time ago I ...

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  • Climb from Pichibamba

    Cotabambas to Abancay

    The last stretch to Abancay brings in climbs, amazing scenery, fast descent on a pavement and an additional bonus of an unfixable tire puncture.

    August 1

    The potatoes strike back! At least, in my breakfast which apart from them also includes a boiled egg. Full of energy I thus launch ...

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  • Descent from Chinchaypuijo

    Cusco to Cotabambas

    Now with the obligatory sightseeing in Cusco done as well as done with the hiking "holiday" my plan is to return back to some good mountain routes. But first I need to get back from Cusco to Abancay.

    July 28

    I hoped to finish all my business with Cusco today ...

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  • Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

    The Salkantay trek continues with a visit of Machu Picchu -- the famous Inca ruin. The "lost" city is definitely an impressive sight which makes you wonder about the greatness of the people who built it. And the hike to Aguas Calientes along a railroad is interesting as well. There is ...

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  • Salkantay

    Salkantay trek

    If you are like me and you like grand mountain sceneries, the Salkantay trek is surely a must-do trail ending in Machu Picchu. While it is certainly possible to do the trek on your own, I did it with an agency (not needing to carry a tent and food is ...

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  • Confetti

    Year on the road

    Today's post is untraditionally timely (compared to my usual 4-month processing delay). This is because today is a day to celebrate -- it's the first year anniversary with my Merida. Exactly one year ago I set off with my bike from Ushuaia towards the north and thus started one ...

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