Monthly archive May, 2014
Parish notices, May 2014

Parish notices, May 2014

Throughout this trip, we’ve been tracking our daily distance and elevation gain. Now, we’ve finally got round to posting the data on this site. To put it mildly, it’ll be of scant interest to the majority of our readers, which is to say those of you not currently touring or planning a tour through Latin...
Forks

Forks

From Huaraz, the main gateway town to the astonishing Cordillera Blanca, there are two main ways to reach Loja, the first city of any consequence in southern Ecuador. If you turn right after Yuracmarca, you’ll take a winding mountain route through Cajamarca and historic Chachapoyas before crossing the border on to a badly maintained road...
¿Algo más para beber?

¿Algo más para beber?

Following Ruth’s recent piece on Peruvian food, here’s what we’ve been drinking on our way around the country. (If you’d like to know what we drank in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, click here.)     Café Like Brazil, Peru grows a lot of coffee. The selva (jungle) region provides the perfect climate both for...
Eat this

Eat this

I’m in a shared colectivo taxi stuffed with hands of bananas, sacks of rice, bike panniers and two other passengers, both dozing. Today’s route, which begins with a 2,200m climb up a giant cleft of a valley into ragged highlands, is too much for me, so I’m taking public transport while Will rides. His journey...
The ups and downs

The ups and downs

The road north we chose to take from Huancayo after Semana Santa winds its way up to an altitude of 4,150m. It was a bleak peak when we reached it on a windy Tuesday a few weeks ago; most Tuesdays are windy up here, and these are not the sort of winds you’d be glad...
Month 10

Month 10

10 April – 9 May 2014 Countries Peru (total 7) Distance 1,168.81km (total 10,894.09km) Climb 13,816m (total 83,199m) Longest day 119.91km, Cerro de Pasco to Huánuco in Peru (longest so far: 160.11km) Climbiest day 2,124m, Huánuco to Chavinillo via Punta Unión in Peru Top speed 64.4kmh (fastest so far: 66kmh) Punctures 1 (total 18; Will...
Snaps - April 2014

Snaps – April 2014

Another bunch of photos taken during the last 30 days that didn’t fit anywhere else in this journal. Click on any image for a version in a higher resolution. There are many more on our Flickr page, which we’ve at last updated; or, for past months in this ‘Snaps’ series, please click here.    ...