The Adventure Continues: Ecuador and Peru.

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.

Our Playa Colan Lodge bungalow

Our friend Otto the Mad Hungarian



This nice lady did our laundry and ironed our T-shirts and jeans

Pelicans at sunset in Tortugas

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.

The beautiful switchback highway into the Andes

Beware of cows! And sheep, goats, horses, pigs, dogs and chickens.

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.

Vendor at the train station

Alpaca at dawn at Machu Picchu

The Gang of 3 at Machu Picchu. Hector had to take a miss due to illness.

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.


6 comments on “The Adventure Continues: Ecuador and Peru.

  1. Aird says:

    Sheila and me are having a ball following you on Google Earth!

  2. Jamie says:

    Great photos. It’s really nice to see what you’ve been experiencing. I like your rugged white beard Bob! Save it for tax season.
    Missing You Lots,

    Jamie & Roxy

  3. Splendid photos. Dying to know what the train station vendor is trying to point out to you. Surprised to see you all in jeans and long sleeves at Equator. Terrific altitude climb to Machu Picchu all in one day. Love that sun-bronzed look you all have. May you be safe and happy. Lucinda

  4. Suzy says:

    You know how dreams are really strange, well, last night the fact that you hadn’t blogged in a while was in my dream… I think I wanted you to be somewhere with me and you vividly came in to my dream and said, “i can’t be there right now I am on my road trip”. 🙂 right. ?
    Back to ‘your trip’, it sounds and looks fascinating and exhausting at the same time! I hope you got to spent enough time in Machu Picchu, even the picture of it resonates an amazing energy.
    Love the beard Bob, I imagine it really helps protect your skin from wind and sun burn.
    Thank you for the blogs, I really am enjoying fallowing your journey.
    Safe travels.


  5. Esther says:

    Glad to have an update and nice photos too! Enjoy – I bet the time is flying by!

  6. Stephen Tidball says:

    Great to get the update. Peru gives a whole new meaning of being high. All the best. Stephen

    Sent from my iPhone

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