Reaching the small town Nazca having enjoyed an eye-watering 100km descent, it symbolised both a welcome return to oxygen rich air but also stifling dry heat.
Laura and Paddy's adventures by bike
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.
Peru has stunned us with its beauty, amazed us with its landscapes and frustrated us with its incessant horn honking. The leg from Kasani to Cusco was a eye opener to this complex and bewildering country.
We were joined in Peru 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.