The route through Peru

Posted: April 29, 2012 by Ben Weber in English, The Journey
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<—– Bolivia and the “Death Road”

Entering into Peru from Bolivia at the border town of Desaguardero (a short 100km cycle ride through the Andes from La Paz), we will work our way north for over 2,500km until we reach the border with Ecuador.

None of us have spent much time in Peru – Natalia and I spent a couple of days or so in Lima about a year ago, where we enjoyed the Cerviche by the sea along with the views of the paragliders and the surfers – so we are not completely certain about the route that will be taken, and after we have cycled along the edges of Lake Titicaca and proceeding to the Cotahuasi Canyon, we have three options:

  1. Continue going north through the Andes
  2. Go north along the coastal route, via Lima
  3. Go north along the eastern lowlands

Each route will present their own challenges. Whilst the altitude up in the Andes for the first option will be high at over 3,000 metres, we should be nicely acclimatized after our time going through Bolivia, so this would most likely be the easiest of routes physically speaking, though the weather may be temperamental (we will be in the country during April, so just as the rainy season in Andes there begins to dry off).

Going along the coast and we will be presented with a completely different scenario with the weather in the southern and central coastal region being largely dry and cool, though as we go north towards the border with Ecuador, temperatures can reach up to 38C or so and the amount of rainfall increases. We get the added bonus of cycling down from the Andes, which could be quite fun…

Then the third route, going down from the Andes into the tropical low lands, where the weather is much more equatorial. It would be interesting to see the diversity between the more tropical forested areas and the arid mountainous regions, though we would have to keep in mind that we would have to cycle back up into the Andes before reaching the border with Ecuador near San Ignacio. Roads look less reliable in the eastern areas with occasional breaks in them – not yet fully certain as to whether fully possible.

We will be confirming the exact route as time goes by, though in the mean time we would be really interested in hearing from anyone who has cycled (or travelled by any means) from south to north (or vice-versa) in Peru, or has experiences of the different regions. I imagine that option three would be the most interesting (maybe even adding on a bit more too include some time along the coast in the north – just to see more of the diversity in the country). It would be great to hear about your experiences in the country, and your thoughts about the possible routes. Please feel free to drop us a note!

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