It's time to ride, right meow!
Alongside Lake Titicaca

September 12-15, 2017

Firmly back on the road again, covering miles and in a groove.


What happened…

Andrew writes: From Urcos to Sicuani we found ourselves up on the Altiplano, though it seemed a bit more like a slight downhill. The weather is colder up here where the air is thin. We passed though San Pablo which advertised a volcano and salt flat, and the town of Pukara was kinda nice, as it had some hotels and whatnot. Having a “real” city with restaurants or street food and whatnot can really make a difference for me out here.

The ride into Juliaca was a bit strange what with the two dozen or so gas stations that we cycled past. We had heard from other cyclists that it is an ugly city, but I didn’t find it that much different from other Peruvian cities. I think maybe if I was entering the city having just come from Bolivia that the outskirts, or the quick ride through town might not be very pretty, but we ended up staying a few days in Juliaca and it was really nice to walk up and down the pedestrian boulevard near the hotel. I think it is a great way to end our stay in Peru. Next up we’ll cycle around Lake Titicaca and enter Bolivia.


Amanda writes: These few days were really nice to get back into a groove. With the reality that we wouldn’t likely see Nici and Philip until we visited Europe it was almost like a new part of the journey. The days filled with cycling where we see much more because we can cover more ground. While cycling on pavement can be boring for some, I love it. The traffic isn’t heavy and the surrounding towns and landscape is still beautiful. We rode past some mountains that used to be glaciers and it was kind of sad to see what was left of them. I wonder if the surrounding communities are impacted by the change in water levels. A few of the small towns had the usual town markets but these seemed to have a higher presence of local farmers selling sheep skins. And I mean fresh off the animal with the blood still dripping off the skin. It’s probably normal in these parts but still a shock for us Canadians.

The aerial view of our rides:





Today’s Photographs

It's time to ride, right meow!
Alongside Lake Titicaca