SOUTH AMERICA. Motorcycling through Peru. We entered Peru under gorgeous conditions alongside Lake Titicaca and headed north through the Peruvian countryside. We took a couple days rest in Cusco to drift through alleys, stop in squares, and rest on stone stairs to take in the beautiful sights the city has to offer. And after paying a visit to Macchu Picchu, we made our way into the Andes.
We quickly learned after buying our bikes that it’s easy to draw a route on a map, not so easy to put into practice. This is especially true in Peru, where a 400km stretch in the Andes could take days to wind through. This sometimes meant we’d ride through rain at midnight, stopping to hug our engines for warmth every few minutes until we found a place to sleep. In another, more terrifying case we’d get shot at as we set up camp at 2am with our headlamps on — it turns out a warning shot is the preferred method to get someone off your property near Ayacucho.
All along the way though we’d stop to marvel at the sites and surroundings of Peru, whether they were untouched Inca ruins in the flatlands, sheer cliffs in the Cordillera Blanca, or just awe-inspiring vantage points given the elevation. And once we reached the mountaintops, Andean pueblos were a sobering and welcome glimpse into a life unchanged by the modern coastal cities.
For those interested, here’s our route through Peru: Copacabana - Puno - Juliaca - Marangani - Cusco - Curahuasi - Abancay - Ayacucho - Huancayo - Cerro de Pasco - La Union - Huascaran National Park - Huaraz - Chacas - Yanama - Cordillera Blanca - Yungay - Cañon del Pato - Santa - Pacasmayo - Sullana (8300km total)