Peru III

We left Chalhuanca with the decision to ride only as far as Abancay as the ride from Abancay to Cusco had been billed as a ride not to miss, so we didn’t want to find ourselves doing it at night fall.  The ride was a relatively short one, we checked into our hotel, caught up on some chores and then enjoyied an evening meal on site.
Tourist Hotel, Abancay.
Tourist Hotel, Abancay.

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We encountered our first incident of ‘wrong doing’ on the journey in Abancay .  Tom and Tracy had left their dry bag containing their camping gear strapped on the bike as we were in a very secure parking area.  But it seems some kids managed to get in and slashed the netting and bag while taking a water purification bottle.  Fortunately the wet bag could be repaired with a bit of duct tape and the bottle replaced, but it was a bit of a security reminder.
Inspecting the damage.
Inspecting the damage.
We left Abancay the following morning enjoying the warm, sunny riding conditions.
Stopping for a frozen mango treat along the way.
Stopping for a frozen mango treat along the way.
...and the people watching...
…and the people watching..

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Lunch with a view.
Lunch with a view.
We arrived at the outskirts of Cusco around 3pm.  What met us was a city in transition.  Construction and disorder were our first impressions.
Once through the outskirts and into the center of the city, things were more organized.  We arrived at our hotel to find that the parking for the bikes was a few blocks away.  Lindsay and Tom headed only to return a short while later still with the bikes.  The lot that the hotel had arranged resembled a junk yard with vehicles parked amid the debris.  The bikes were allotted a space in the midst of broken glass and discarded metal.  The guys talked to management about the situation and it was agreed that the bikes could be left on the sidewalk in front of the hotel where there was 24 hour security.  Everyone felt better.

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We spent a couple of days in Cusco enjoying the sites before taking the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu.
Private enterprise.
Private enterprise.
Beautiful architecture.
Beautiful architecture.
Weaving demonstration.
Weaving demonstration.
The ever present pack of dogs in the square.
The ever present pack of dogs in Almas square.
We left for Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu on the 22nd of December via Peru rail.
Lunch is served.
Lunch is served.
Along the way.

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Arriving at Aguas Calientes.
Market at the train station.
Market upon arrival at the train station.
Aguas Calientes.
Aguas Calientes.

 

Hotel Sumaq
Hotel Sumaq
We arrived in Aguas Calientes  around noon and caught a bus up to Machu Picchu right away as the skies were relatively clear with high clouds.

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One of the main historic trails into Machu Picchu!
One of the historic trails into Machu Picchu!
Back in town enjoying matte tea.
Back in town enjoying matte tea.
After two great days of exploring the sites we travelled back to Cusco to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas morning at church.
Celebration overflows from the church into the square.
Celebration overflows from the church into the square.
Christmas dinner at
Christmas dinner at Hotel Palacio Inca.

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Next morning December 26th, Boxing Day, we packed up and rode to Puna to see Lake Titicaca, a cold and beautiful scenic ride.
Leaving the Cusco area.
Leaving the Cusco area.
A stop in the Park.
A stop in the Park.

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A hail storm.
A hail storm.
A village along the way.
A village along the way.
Puno and Lake Titicaca.
Puno and Lake Titicaca
While in Puno we arranged a Boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to see the Floating Reed Islands.  Historically these were thriving villages, now mainly a tourist attraction, but very interesting to see how a whole culture carved consolidated masses of reeds from the lake, joined the carved blocks together and created islands to build their homes on.
The Islands.
The Islands.

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Back to our hotel.....Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puna.
Back to our hotel…..Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puna.
Outside the gates of the hotel.
Outside the gates of the hotel.
After an incredible ride through an amazingly beautiful and diverse country it was time to cross borders once more and make our way into Bolivia and Chile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment on “Peru III

  1. These images are very beautiful and uplifting. Everyone looks so healthy and happy. 🌞

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