Our plan was to post two blogs per week. It has been 11 days since our last post and there are two excellent reasons: (1) the Wifi here is poor, at least in the cheap joints we stay in, and (2) we have been riding hard and there is barely enough time to find a hotel, have a cold shower, eat rice and beans and go to bed. Mierda happens!
We entered Ecuador on October 2 and found the time to pose for a cheezy photo at the equator (see below). Our experience in this country was short and sweet – very friendly people and beautiful scenery.
Our time so far in Peru can be divided into two parts: Beaches and Mountains. Great beaches in Punta Pico, Colan, Pacasmayo and Tortugas. We made friends with the hostel / hotel owners and had enough R & R time to recharge our batteries. Good thing. It gets tougher.
Rode east on October 11 straight into the Andes, and climbed from sea level to 4,500 meters (almost 15,000 feet) in short time. Suffered the usual effects of slight nausea and short of breath. The roads are impossible to describe – sweeping vistas but hard to take in while managing the millions of switchbacks and avoiding large trucks and countless animals on the road. 870 tough kms. in two days to get to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu.
Not simple to get into Machu Picchu. Took a whole day to get close, then up at 4:30 AM the next day to enter the site at 6:30. Now, I have traveled a bit and lose interest quickly in museums, but I have to say Machu Picchu surpassed my expectations by a lot. I will not go on. If you have the chance, go there.
The mountains have been exhilarating. Tonight we are in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (wonderful name), the largest lake in South America and the highest lake above sea level (12,500 feet) in the world. But we are are really looking forward to sea level and the beaches of Chile.
TTFN Amigos! – Che Bob Marley Matheson.