Holibobs with the famalam: Cusco and beyond

We cycled into Cusco a full week before Sarah’s parents¬†were due to arrive, so we had some time to kill. We stayed at Hostal Estrellita, known to be a hub for passing cycle tourers, and met 2 other¬†cyclist couples from the UK – Laura and Herbie (Pedalling to Patagonia); and Sarah and Tony. We spent […]

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To Lima by bus: Cajamarca to Lima

Cajamarca to Lima Our bus left Cajamarca for Lima at 4pm, so we had the day to run a few errands. A little anxiously, we went to collect Freddy’s crumbling cycling shoes and Sarah’s dog-bitten rear pannier from the cobblers. To our pleasure, the man had done an excellent job. Both items had been carefully […]

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Our Andes swansong (for now): Leymebamba to Cajamarca

Cycling days 68, 69 & 70 With our big trip decision made and our flight to Patagonia booked, we could concentrate on our final Peruvian pedal strokes for some time: the three day ride to Cajamarca – and a memorable three days riding they were! The first two days of the route involved a 30km […]

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A BIG trip decision!: Tingo to Leymebamba

Cycling day 67 Tingo to Leymebamba With only 50-ish km to get to Leymebamba, we had a leisurely start to the day. We visited the restaurant over the road again for breakfast and both had tasty vegetable tortillas (essentially an omelette) with rice. We then loaded up the bikes and were cycling out of Tingo […]

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Hiking to the pre-Incan fortress of Kuelap

We decided to take a day to visit the mountaintop pre-Incan ruins of Kuelap, which some refer to as a Macchu Picchu with fewer tourists. From our base of Tingo, there is the possibility to cycle to ruins up a 37 km dirt track, but we decided to give our bums a break and hike […]

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Bikes on a boat: Jaen to Bagua Grande

Cycling day 64 Jaen to Bagua Grande Prying ourselves away from our lovely hotel with its super fast wi-fi and English TV channels, we managed to be on the road by 7:30. The nearby panaderia wasn’t open at this time, but Freddy knocked on the locked door and was able to get hold of some […]

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Peru via southeast Asia(?): Namballe to Jaen

Cycling days 62 & 63 (& rest day in Jaen) Namballe to San Ignacio We had a pretty lousy night’s sleep in Namballe. Loud music was played in the adjacent square until the early hours, so we didn’t wake up feeling particularly fresh. We had a quick hotel room breakfast of peanut butter and banana […]

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