Peru, Interrupted. Pt. 1 – (a photo heavy post)

It was a welcomed interruption from the constant travel that incited survival mode. Ride. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. After hurrying through northern Peru, I was happy to be meeting a friend in Arequipa. He rented a motorcycle from Peru Motors, and after sorting out issues with his bike as well as mine – pushing the distance in the heat caused my fan to shake itself to death – we were off to enjoy the country for a two-week diversion.

We opted to visit Chivay first, ascending the 16,000ft pass. The altiplano was probably my favorite road in Peru, even though it was soooo cold.


If riding through a light snow was not enough, some off-roading in mud was an exciting way to kick off the adventure. it took 5 of us to pull the KLR out…luckily there were 3 other motorcyclists passing by to help…


and of course stopping for some alpaca to cross the street…


After sneaking by the $70 soles entrance fee (that no one seems to tell you about), we rode to Canon del Colca, which is bigger than the grand canyon.

Promises of electrical storms detoured us from getting very far that day…unfortunately there is no where good to stay between Chivay and Puno, so we tried to make the best of a situation in Imata. (That story will be omitted since bad weather created bad ideas…)

But eventually a quick stay in Chucuito at Lago Titicaca to warm up and thaw out and recover from the previous nights festivities.


On our way to Cusco, we were re-united with the merry band that helped us on the altiplano… and off again they went to Ushuaia were they came from.


We headed north to Cusco for the night, and i found I liked it more than I thought I would with it being such a big city and all.


Then off to thru the sacred valley, but not before exploring some farm roads with beautiful views of Cusco…

A night in Pisac to explore the agricultural Ruins:


Up next…Machu Picchu and the finale…

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  • jeff on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

    good photos…I did the Sacred Valley with a mtn bike tour.Huayna Picchu also known as Wayna Picchu (Quechua: “Young Peak”) is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called lost city of the Incas, and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.

    According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. Huayna is steep BUT DO IT IF U CAN!

  • George F on Mar 23, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful photos. I’m now following you to learn as much as possible.

    • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

      Thank you…if you ever have any questions, I am happy to answer!

      • George F on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

        Hi Alison, yea, one question, did you have a budget for each day and if you did are you able to maintain it? and if you don’t mind what was the planned budget? Please e-mail it to me at GeorgeDOTFerreira @ gmailDOTcom instead of here 😉 Any info I can get will be great, Thanks

  • beckistolzberg on Mar 18, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful photos, Alison! Naturally, you’ve piqued my interest in your “situation in Imata”. Curious mothers want to know… 🙂

    • ctirpak on Apr 02, 2013 Reply

      OK, better late than never, but I’m with your Mom … inquiring minds want to know!

      • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

        Some things might have to remain a mystery…or better shared over a beer 😛

      • beckistolzberg on Apr 13, 2013 Reply

        A cold beer and a warm heart await you… Love, Mom 🙂

  • rexjc on Mar 17, 2013 Reply

    Great Photos!

  • Haywood on Mar 17, 2013 Reply

    Really nice photographs… I’m jealous!

  • Terry White on Mar 17, 2013 Reply

    Nice photos, hope to be there within the year

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