The back road to Peru: Vilcabamba to Namballe

Cycling days 49, 50, 60 & 61 Vilcabamba to Yangana From Vilcabamba there exists a quiet, increasingly paved, but damn hilly road that leads to Peru through the mountains. As well as having very boring scenery, we’d been advised to avoid coastal northern Peru for safety reasons. Apparently, cycle tourists have been targeted by gangs […]

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Hippy New Year!: Loja to Vilcabamba

Cycling day 48 and New Year’s in Vilcabamba Loja to Vilcabamba It was New Year’s Eve! The day’s riding was to be fairly short, but we still wanted to leave early-ish. Bored of bread we fancied a breakfast out, but nowhere near our hostel was open, so we hit the road and hoped we would […]

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Christmas in Cuenca

Still suffering in the stomach department, we both decided to go to a laboratorio clinico, to get our ‘heces’ analysed. Here, they check your sample for parasites and other bacterias that might be causing you problems. You have a take a small sample of and put it into a tiny plastic tub – both tricky […]

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Back into the Andes: Mendez to Cuenca

Cycling days 42, 43 & 44 Mendez to Amaluza The next day, we awoke in darkness and began cycling in the dim light of dawn as we knew we had a stinker of a ride ahead. We would be re-entering the Andes, climbing (pretty much) all day, with the hope of reaching the nearest town, Amaluza, […]

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Skirting the Amazon: Baños to Mendez

Cycling days 37, 38, 39, 40 & 41 Baños to Mera The following day was Baños leaving day. Gosh it’s hard to wake up early when you’ve had a few lie ins! On top of the usual restocking of food and water, we had quite a lot of other stuff to sort out – like […]

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A birthday in Baños: Pujili to Baños

Cycling days 35 & 36 (& days off in Baños) Pujili to Ambato We could definitely have made it from Pujili to Baños in one go, but we decided to break up the rather unpleasant journey along the Pan-American with a stop in Ambato. We also wanted to be in Baños for Freddy’s birthday (12/12) […]

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The Quilotoa Loop: Toacazo to Puji

Cycling days: 31, 32, 33 & 34 Toacazo to Sigchos  We left Toacazo at around 8am. We had some good climbs to tackle throughout the day as we continued deeper into Ecuador’s western cordillera. Our route took us through beautiful countryside with mountains covered in fields – it seemed every last scrap of land was being […]

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Cotopaxi Calling: Tumbaco to Toacazo

Cycling days 28, 29 & 30 Tumbaco to Machachi  The morning’s alarm wasn’t set properly so we slept in. Way in. The early start we had planned went out the window. We’re still dreaming of the day we arrive at our destination for lunchtime. Eventually, after a tremendous amount of faffing and chatting, we finally left […]

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A visit to Quito

After a leisurely morning eating fruit and drinking chocolates with fellow bike tourers at the casa del cyclistas, we took a couple of buses from Tumbaco to Quito central. The journey took about a 1.5 hours and cost $0.5 each. We were warned about pickpocketing on buses and told that thieves can even slash bags […]

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