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17. Nov, 2011

Capital bound: Nazca to Lima

Capital bound: Nazca to Lima

Reaching the small town of Nazca having enjoyed an eye-watering 100km descent, it symbolised both a welcome return to oxygen rich air but also stifling dry heat. The next stage of our journey would take us back into the Atacama Desert, which we’d left behind seven weeks before in Chile, as we headed north along the Peruvian coast towards the capital, Lima.

Lounging around a pool in a colonial-style hacienda in Nazca meant we were in danger of never getting back on the road. Forcing ourselves to load up the bikes, we took to the Panamerican Highway with my parents in support for one last day, before they began their journey home.  (more…)

13. Nov, 2011

What goes up must come down: cycling Cusco to Nazca

What goes up must come down: cycling Cusco to Nazca

Peru is a big country, a fact we are slowly realising. The road from Cusco to Nazca took in seemingly endless climbs, vicuna-filled plains and some of the world’s largest sand dunes. The scenery was breath-taking and whilst we were disappointed not to spend more time there, we were relieved on reaching Nazca to be down from altitude at last.

After a relaxing break in Cusco with Paddy’s parents and a fantastic trip to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, we said goodbye temporarily as they set off to Lake Titicaca whilst we climbed back in the saddle. They have driven the road to Nazca already and promised us dramatic scenery, but nothing could prepare us for the size of the landscape. (more…)

12. Nov, 2011

The wonders of Peru: cycling from Kasani to Cusco

The wonders of Peru: cycling from Kasani to Cusco

Peru has stunned us with its beauty, amazed us with its landscapes, saddened us by it poverty and environmental standards and frustrated us with its incessant horn honking. We’ve been pedalling around Peru for a month now and to fit the stories of that time into one post would be impossible. This country is complex and bewildering and we still have 1,300km left of cycling here to discover more.

Bolivia may be South America’s poorest country, but the gap between rich and poor is more obvious in Peru than everywhere we’ve visited since Brazil. The affluence of the big cities like Cusco and Lima is in stark contrast to the reed and adobe homes of the majority of Peruvians. (more…)

06. Nov, 2011

Our temporary support team on accompanying us through Peru

Our temporary support team on accompanying us through Peru

We were joined in Peru, for three weeks, by Paddy’s parents who explored some of the country’s amazing sites with us, as well as acting as our support crew on the hilly stretch from Cusco to Nazca. Here are their thoughts on their time with us.

Our trip to Peru really began when we arrived in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and met Laura and Paddy at the Casa de Mama hostel.  Both bikers looked leaner and fitter than when they left six months ago. It was wonderful to see them looking so happy. (more…)

28. Oct, 2011

Video message from Machu Picchu, Peru

Video message from Machu Picchu, Peru