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The Macho Pisco sticker

February 2, 2012
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Cusco to Puno and the beautiful Lake Titicaca – Day 3

February 1, 2012
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The route to Puno, a small town on the banks of Lake Titicaca, is set to be a relaxed ride of roughly 400 km (250 mi.) mostly on paved roads and beautiful mountain views. We started the day with a slight rain that cleared later to a sunny and cold day, as we were climbing up in elevation.

White snow dusted mountain ranges and dramatic cloudy sky kept the ride once again breath-taking. We were on a roll to get to Puno by lunch, since we had a surprise tour for the group on Lake Titicaca and a visit to the Floating Reed islands on the lake. On the way, we have crossed Juliaca, later renamed by Cliff as “Shit City”, which provided us with some of the more challenging dirt road riding experience of the trip to date. The town was a traffic mess, dirt, potholes and mud puddles in the streets, and chaos like nobody business. The local gas stations were actually a lady sitting at a cross-road, with 4 or 5 plastic containers and a funnel. If you were lucky, they had a piece of filthy cloth in the funnel to filter the dirt out of the gasoline. We managed to avoid using their services and opted for a gas station along the way several miles out-of-town.

Once in Puno, a quick-lunch and on to the boat that took us to the floating islands. The captain’s son, a 9 year old boy was driving the boat. We got a full tourist intro to the islands and were shown around by one of the families that lives on an island. We did the obligatory trip in a reed boat and even got to experience rowing it.

It was great! the people were wonderful and it is something we will probably will not have an opportunity to experience anytime soon.

We had dinner at the hotel with Lama stew, Lama Carpaccio, grilled fish and other local delicacies and went to bed early. Tomorrow, day 4, is an 800 km day (500 mi)  with a boarder crossing from Peru to Bolivia. We also had prediction for rain. Talking about a perfect storm…


MaiPerso adventure to Machu Picchu – Day by day

December 19, 2011
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Some more information on the planned route. As you know, the route is a plan that is likely to change.We are trying to experience the country through the lens of the locals. The places we are staying at will be the best we could find in the area, but not western where possible.

In general, we will have breakfast in the hotel, lunch when we feel like it along the route and dinner at our destination.

We would like to stick together but will not be offended if you want to break off for a romantic dinner or a burger with fries…
Friday Jan. 20th
Gather in Lima for a group hug and debrief. (Hugs not mandatory…)
We will all be in town the day before. We will share hotel locations and maybe schedule lunch or dinner for whoever is available
Saturday Jan. 21st – 50 Mile ride
– Morning shuttle from hotel to the Lima airport and a short flight to Cuzco.
– Acclimatize and a Trip to the Sacred Valley for our next stop. We are going to try and get the bikes at the airport or lunch place, and ride to the Sacred Valley for our first two night hotel
Sunday Jan. 22nd
Machu Picchu day. A couple of hours train ride each way and a long day of Inca exploration.
 
Monday Jan. 23rd – 60 Mile ride
Sacred Valley exploration.
 
Tuesday Jan. 24th – 250 Mile ride
Sacred Valley to Puno, Lake Titicaca. Afternoon exploring the lake and it’s islands.
Wednesday Jan. 25th – 500 Mile ride
Puno to Potosi.
Late morning crossing of the border from Peru to bolivia and ass hauling down HWY 1 through La Paz to Potosi
 
Thursday Jan. 26th – 150 mile ride
Morning visit to the Salt mines in Potosi and a 2-3 hour ride in the afternoon to Uyuni.
They say that your rider test in Potosi include a 2 minute ride on the salt lake, blindfolded…
Friday Jan. 27th – 385 Mile ride
Uyuni to San Salvador de Jujuy. Border crossing to Argentina late morning.
Mountainous terrain with a 7,500 ft. descent
Saturday Jan. 28th – 525 Mile ride
Jujuy to Cordoba at Salinas grandes for our final destination. Return of the bikes
Farewell dinner at the ranch.
Sunday Jan. 29th
Breakfast and early departure to Cordoba airport and back to Lima.
Group hug mandatory. Tears optional…
Taking off from the Cordoba airport