Much Ado In Peru
We arrived in San Ignacio after a long day of dirt riding and checked into the best hotel in town to rest up for a couple of days.
Luckily Peru seems pretty cheap so even dining in the hotel restaurant you will struggle to spend more than $5 on a main course.
I’m gauging from the amount of stares we received, that not many gringos stop in this town.
Moto Taxi with extra bling…..
Met a Peruvian couple on a BMW GS when riding from San Ignacio towards the coast. They didn’t speak English and our Spanish is still rubbish but we managed to exchange some info about our trips.
We rode through beautiful landscape on the way to Chiclayo, getting in some foggy mountain riding before dropping down to lower altitude.
Sharing the road with some wildlife too…
Our first taste of crazy Peruvian traffic – in Chiclayo.
Our hotel was right in the thick of the city with constant noise from car horns and alarms going off.
We found a chicken grill restaurant that evening and had to shout over the table to hear each other over the traffic outside, the TV on full volume and kids running around, apparently excited to see the large fishtank that was centerpiece in the restaurant.
We left on the bikes the next day and decided to head over to a small relaxed town on the beach called Huanchaco.
On the way we noticed how dirty some parts of Peru can be when riding through the smaller towns. Rubbish is dumped on the side of the road and can be seen for miles in some places. Sometimes they burn it which creates massive smoke clouds that blocked out the sun as we rode through it.
Huanchaco. It’s been a while since we were on the Pacific coast and the water was freezing!
We met another Brit on a bike as we were heading out of town the next day.
Chris started in Colombia a couple of weeks ago on his KTM 950 and decided to tag along for the ride…..
….with his sheep.
Riding through the Peruvian desert was pretty hot but also picturesque so we pulled over to take some snaps and take in some liquids.
A llama with extra bling….
Dodging more animals on the road….
We rode up to an altitude of 4,200m before dropping to 3,100m when we arrived in the town of Huaraz in the mountains.
Many of the roads in town were closed due to roadworks, so we had trouble finding a place to stay but eventually found somewhere before it got dark.
We walked around the town later and bought some cheap fireworks. It’s funny the stuff you can find to entertain yourselves after a long days’ riding….
The next day, it was Christmas Eve so we decided to find somewhere a bit nicer in another part of town to spend the Holidays….
Canyon Del Pato is only 100kms from Huaraz so we unloaded the bikes and set off early on Boxing Day for some offroad fun.
35 hand carved single lane tunnels meander alongside a river which makes from some spectacular riding.
As it was only coming up to midday when we finished riding through all 35 tunnels (twice!), we rode back to Huaraz but took a detour to Laguna Paron in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains.
It was hard riding and all 3 bikes got stuck in the sand and mud.
Evidently the mountain that towers behind the lake is the one depicted in the Paramount Pictures logo. Unfortunately the cloudy weather had set in by the time we arrived there so you’ll just have to imagine it instead 🙂
Chris helping the locals (over) load a moto taxi on the way back down the mountain…
We spent the last few days just walking around the town of Huaraz, checking out all the popular restaurants and generally not much else….
The view from our hostel….
Chilling out in the thermal pools in the town of Monterrey nearby….
We still have a couple of days to kick around here before doing some pretty exciting stuff – 2013 Dakar, Nazca to Cusco road, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. I can hardly wait!!!!! 😀