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Uros and Taquile islands, Lake Titicaca and inner reflections. Last weeks in September 2013.

PERU | Saturday, 5 Oct 2013 | Views [1012] | Comments [1]

Two weeks in Puno - not a bad place to spend more time than you think you need to. Due to James's stolen passport we "sat up camp" in Puno to wait until the new document has arrived in Cusco. James is bussing it back to Cusco to pick it up and then we ... Read more >


Over the last high pass in Peru "La Raya" and then all the way to Puno. (20th - 21st of September)

PERU | Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | Views [2549] | Comments [1]

The "rough" part of the purr from my new chain and cassette soon turned into a problem called "chain suck"  created by the steel middle chain ring, because it had been worn and didn't agree with the new chain we had installed in Cusco. James had ... Read more >


Good bye Cusco - Urcos, Sicuani and the Hot Springs of Occobamba.

PERU | Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Views [2736]

It wasn't easy to leave our little Cusco Nest, but we tore ourselves away    and I was happy to be on the road....back on my Surly, listening to the strong purr of my new chain and cassette. Being off the bike for one and a half weeks ... Read more >


The day in Machu Picchu. (September 12th 2013)

PERU | Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | Views [2214]

If I had to pinch myself to realize the fact that I pedaled my ass to Cusco, what do I need to do standing in the midst of Machu Picchu? I don't have much to say to that - but here it is M.P. (my initials as well, in case you haven't noticed): ... Read more >


Traveling to Machu Picchu! (on the 11th of September - James' B'day)

PERU | Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | Views [604]

We took the local bus, van, what- ever you want to call it....leaving the bicycles in our little Hostal Estrellita. Good choice as I realized we are climbing a long, high 4300m pass to the little village of Santa Maria. (A five hour drive) We hopped ... Read more >


Cusco - pinch, pinch, pinch me!!!!

PERU | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | Views [2184]

The excitement of getting here and the excitement of being here is the same. I am falling in love with the city and myself in it! The fact that I cycled here from my house in Forest Knolls feels next to impossible. I wouldn't do it again - no f....ing ... Read more >


Leaving Andahuaylas on Monday the 26th of August climbed up the pass, down to Kishuara at 4000m and

PERU | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | Views [1037]

What a roller coaster! This country has the highs and lows of extremes. Lamas greeted us on top of this pass...seemed like they were smiling at us before they ran away, but that is solely our interpretation...   Kishuara wasn't anything much ... Read more >


Ocros to Chincheros and up another pass - down to Andahuaylas.

PERU | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | Views [1258]

We rode all day in the rain but fortunately in lower elevations - couldn't see much of the surroundings though... The night was spend in Chincheros. Which was a quarter of way up the next pass. Coming down from Ocros we encountered numerous road construction ... Read more >


Photos: Cusco, Machu Picchu and the rest of Peru.

PERU | Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Something "funny" about the dry season. (dry season in Peru: May through September)

PERU | Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | Views [1493]

Raindrops all night - at times real heavy and threatening on the thin tin roof of our dumpy little hosbitaje in Ocros - made me feel like staying in spite of the dumpiness.. James got up and argued we need to go...can't be that bad...look, the rain ... Read more >


Ayacucho and the first night after leaving town -heading towards Cusco. (23rd - 27th of August)

PERU | Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | Views [1335]

Sweet town - good to spend some time though I learned after a days rest I get even more tired -maybe I mentioned it before, but the endorphins are keeping me energized and then I crash...like a sugar crash.  Anyhow Indre and Waldemar and James ... Read more >


On our way to Ayacucho

PERU | Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | Views [2286]

Wednesday August 21st Another dreamy day on a bike - actually this one is even more dreamy than the one from Junin to Huancayo, because there is hardly any traffic and the road -following the Rio Mantaro again or still (I don't even know...)-  ... Read more >


Huancayo (from 15th of August - leaving on the 20th of August)

PERU | Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | Views [538]

Now, I am sad to leave this place. We keep extending, but it is really time to go! From the moment we arrived, this buzzing city feels right in so many aspects. First of all it has a range of restaurant. One can eat a bit "fancy" with higher prices ... Read more >


All the way to Huancayo via La Oroya and Jauja (August 14th - 15th)

PERU | Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | Views [1280]

We left Junin an hour later than our usual departing time needing the sun to be a little higher for more warms. Loaded with goodies from the market we hit the road at 9am. Hot in the sun - cold in the shade in thin air...like being on the moon I imagine.... Read more >


Alto Plano - Junin!

PERU | Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | Views [2220]

Resting and eating chocolate hearts in Huanuco until the bugs start biting and the itch is back to  keep going......(Huanuco - Junin, Sunday 11th - Tuesday 13th of August 2013) I had a bit of a hang over from the chocolate hearts...one too ... Read more >


LLata and then the road was PAVED....(4th -6th of August)

PERU | Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | Views [898]

Gorgeous canyon down from Llata along the river, gentle and sweet and then  passing a tunnel on semi steep switchbacks on dirt but - none - the -less - down and again along ....maybe the same river, I don't know the names of all these rivers, canyons ... Read more >


From Huari to Llata (1st -3rd) including a meltdown!

PERU | Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | Views [510]

....and more of the same. Up until now we were able to get enough information about the road ahead and prepare mentally for the roads and conditions. All in all it is really hard to know what is waiting for us out there or - in some cases- the information ... Read more >


From Chacas to Huari (27th-29th)

PERU | Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | Views [783]

So glad the road over the mountains was paved, but now the dirt has us back and we find ourselves pushing the bikes again when the going gets tough - especially us girls! Pretty worn out and tired of climbing all day (yes, we are attempting another ... Read more >


Before the pass: A day in the tent (July25th)

PERU | Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | Views [578]

As we started climbing and the sun beat down on us we gained elevation quickly, but the road into the mountains of the highest pass (Punta Olimpica) in the Huascarán National Park was paved and gentle. Surrounded by snow capped mountains the views ... Read more >


Punta Olimpica (26th of July)

PERU | Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [1829]

It was COLD - the morning had arrived with clear blue skies and clear heads - all of us had adjusted to the altitude (we camped at the meadow at 3800m) and we felt strong and ready to go. The mountains were calling. Thin, crisp air - climbing ... Read more >


Three days off in Caraz (17th - 21st of July)

PERU | Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [568]

The first day we discovered a bakery with the most delicious chocolate cake. The second day we bought a whole cake for the four of us and The third day we gobbled it all up.  


almost in Caraz....

PERU | Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | Views [798]

.....and the next morning the dirt road again down, down, down to the same river we spend the night at the hot springs (baños) a few days earlier. It got hot and dry - desert like and the canyon we rode through for hours on dirt roads was something ... Read more >

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continuing Huamachuco to Caraz

PERU | Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | Views [703]

Back after lunch and dinner and a big huge piece of chocolate cake I keep writing ....(Caraz 20th of July) After riding through the security of the last big mine the road seemed to improve, it got wider, more groomed, even and for the first time in ... Read more >


Huamachuco to Caraz in eight days (10th of July to the 17th of July)

PERU | Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | Views [900]

Peru -a hard road to travel.   these are the toughest roads and the most beautiful views of our earth I have ever seen or encountered and we haven't even gotten to the Cordillera Blanca which are supposed to be the most beautiful mountains ... Read more >


The road from Cajamarca to Cajabamba

PERU | Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | Views [1089]

You just gotta love those names.. To my surprise it was all paved, gentle and easy climbing. We went through two pretty big river valleys flying down to 2000m and then back up again -twice- close to 3000m. Good weather clouds and sunshine accompanying ... Read more >


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