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Peru Summary

September 1st, 2011 by sunflowers

Peru felt a lot poorer than the rest of the countries I had been travelling through maybe in part due to my first toilet experience. I was lucky enough to ride for a few days with Court and Sylvan which allowed us to camp in the desert and off a main street in a port side village. Other than wild camping it was interesting to notice how different Latin American males reacted to men on bikes. When I was with the two guys and the bikes we would have dozens of Peruvian males around us and when I was by myself no one. I used to think that for them it was like seeing a cat ride a bicycle. They saw me but didn’t really think a girl would be on a loaded bike.


Peru is a country of adventure. It is the only country that I didn’t meet up with other bikers which was ok as my sister flew out from Korea to join me for five weeks.


Some of my favourites were the complex in El Brujo (much better than the one in Chiclayo), the mountains in Huaraz (the most memorable view was riding in with the sun setting on the mountain range), sand boarding in Huacachina, the cemetery near the Nasca lines, Condors at Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and Manu Reserve in the Amazon Basin.


And of course the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (the funny bird is the Cock of the Rock from the Amazon Basin and the last one the Inca salt pans at Maras).

I found Peruvian cities to be the worst biking experience on my trip. I had been really scared about riding to Lima due to the number of stories I heard about being stopped by the police but other than unpacking my luggage a couple of times (Costa Rica and Mexico) I never had any problems with the police. A tip for Peru is a local told me when they give you a fine if you pay it at a station (not sure where) you only have to pay a small percentage of the fined amount and you never have to pay them on the spot.


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