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Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2008, 07:38:54 pm »
Im honoured to have your comments here and in ADV rider. Thanks so much!. :headbang:

No Sir the Honour goes to you and this excellent report.



I come to an area that has miniature sized “mountains”. It’s a bit surreal




Now that is Front Page of any BMW brochure..... :thumleft:

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Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2008, 09:49:10 pm »
Excellent nail biting stuff, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2008, 03:18:36 am »
I negotiate a herd of llamas. No trip in Perú is complete wihtout seeing llamas.




These cuddly creatures always seem to have an indignant air about them. Dont get too close though, because they love to belch up and squirt evil smelling stomach contents into your face if they think youre going to hurt them. And they have a sheep like intelligence too so you can´t put anything past them!
 
There is the very occasional farmhouse up here. I guess theyre the ones who own the llamas.











The mountains in the distance mark the edge of the escarpment down to the coast.








As I get closer, one particuler peak rises above me.









I arrive at a small mine and get my photo taken in biking gear in the pit, much to everyone´s amusement.











A couple of hours later my work here is complete and I must move on back to Lima. The road ahead is a reasonably fast one.









Once again the weather is moving in.









I go past a couple of glacial lakes. The colours are awesome.









I manage to miss the worst of the weather as I go over the top, its not as high as the other pass, 4,600m.









Its a pretty wild and desolte place here, nevertheless.









I ride past this beautiful lake. Julio gets a photo of me.











This is what it looks like the other way. It must be close to 100m straight down into the water from here.









The road drops fast down to the coast from here onwards.









What a great place to have sheep farm!









The gorge narrows and the dropoff increases.









But not for long.









I get to the altitude where the inca terracing begins. Some of the land is still worked today.  Did you know they have over 150 different kinds of potato in Perú?







Here is the farmer with his donkey. This is most comment form of transportation in these parts.

















At last I get closer to civilization again. Here is the first village.













After this I still have over 3400 m to go, but once I reach Canta, the road turns to tar and I enjoy the twisties too much to take pics.



I´ll hopefully do another pass later this week so if you liked this thread, please come back here for updates (or should I post in the main RR section?? after all I am south African  :mwink:)
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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2008, 09:21:27 am »
Jeez, that place looks like heaven.
 

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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #44 on: November 11, 2008, 06:30:44 pm »
Jeez, that place looks like heaven.

DS heaven for sure.

BB thanks for showing us a beautiful part of this planet that many of us never experience for ourselves.

Your photos give a good idea what it must be like there, I think.

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Looking forward to your next trip.
 

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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #45 on: November 11, 2008, 07:25:15 pm »
Thanks again guys. Youre making me skaam with all your comments! ;D

Actually Im riding the same route tomorrow with my wife D on her 650GS and hopefully another american guy who is overlanding from Panama to Tierra del Fuego on a KLR. His bike in in for repaors today, so we´l know in a couple of hours if he´s coming too.

Then, next week I have ride to another different mine (damn work can realy be drag sometimes!! ;D). Next weekend we plan to leave for Ecuador to the north on a 2 week ride & tour, mostly dirt, should be excellent!

So we are getting a LOT of riding in at the moment.
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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2008, 07:31:58 pm »
Yay more ride reports coming from you.  :thumleft:

Just about start reading your rr on ADVrider.
 

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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #47 on: November 12, 2008, 06:53:32 am »
OK BB youv'e convinced me. Already robbed the Bank, waiting now for my rented AK-47 (to be used in a planned cash-in-transit heist) I'll be over there during the 2010 madness

ENJOY
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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #48 on: November 12, 2008, 08:56:00 am »
Once again, great report BB  :thumleft:
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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #49 on: November 13, 2008, 03:17:46 pm »
WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!  :thumleft:

I have been meaning to read this report from the 1st day's post ?? but with ALL the lovely stunning pics my PC didn??t cooperate too well ?? but today I kicked it and viola  :biggrin: ?? I managed to see it all and I wasn??t disappointed ?? so strange how the scenery changes from the hustle and bustle of the towns to the beautiful passes ?? awesome ?? yes please keep on posting ?? love the writing too ?? oh yes, and look out for the sheep now!

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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #50 on: November 13, 2008, 03:37:50 pm »
Great RR cant wait for next instalment thanks
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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #51 on: November 13, 2008, 03:39:03 pm »
Hey BB the report is fantastic - the pictures awesome!! nice scenery and different from what we used to here - great riding country there, go enjoy it all.

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Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
« Reply #52 on: November 14, 2008, 09:32:54 am »
Just read your report WOW ,great pics as well.
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1 = tar
2 = good gravel /pillian friendly
3 = interspersed with sand, mud, sand , bush / not pillian friendly
4 = lots of sand, technical riding 5 = expert only