Two years after our last trip in Zimbabwe, Doove and I met up in Lima for another adventure. Together, him and I have been on pretty fun trips, such as the Himalayan Roadtrip, so we met up in Lima, Peru for what's hopefully going to be another trip for the books!
This blog will be co-wirtten by my good friend Doove and myself. Here is the start of our trip in Peru written by Doove:
The first hitch came when we couldn’t take a bus down to Arequipa where we were due to collect the motorbikes. The reason being that there had been a 6.4 earthquake the week before and landslides had blocked the Pan-American Highway. This was also slightly concerning since it was part of our planned route, but we reckoned the bikes would be able to go places buses couldn’t. Anyway, we got a flight instead and met Geert to collect the bikes which are epic 650cc Suzuki.
Day 1: Location: Arequipa to Chivay
Distance: 102 miles
Pretty stoked, we set off towards to Colca Canyon in the afternoon and quickly rose into the Andes to over 4000m. Of course we kept stopping to take pictures of the random volcanoes and things we came across. This was fine until we realized we still had a fair way to go and the light was closing in. That morning we had told Geert from PeruMotors we planned to never ride in the dark and aim to be at our destination by 4pm… it was 6pm, the sun had set and we had about 30km still to go, sorry Geert!
Day 2: Location: Chivay to Majes
Distance: 142 miles
The next day we planned to get on the road by 7am to get the best chance of seeing condors in the Colca Canyon at 8am. Needless to say, we didn’t leave until 8.15am and took a while to get to the site (more picture stops) but even so we were treated to some epic fly-bys by these huge birds. The afternoon was spent making our way through the mountains to eventually descend towards to coast. At one point, my bike wouldn’t start but we managed to get it going with some push starts. That night we tinkered with the bike and by some miracle, managed to fix it.
Day 3: Location: Majes to Chala
Distance: 189 miles
As it turned out, we hadn’t fixed my bike and it wouldn’t start again in the morning. However, it was Sunday and so no mechanics were open – another day of push starts. At the first attempt we managed to clip handle bars and cause to slowest motorbike crash in history. All would have been fine had the bike not trapped my foot, taking all the weight on my big toe. Carlos laughed and then lifted the bike off. Thanks friend. The rest of the day was spent riding along the Pan-American Highway which was spectacular with massive waves to our left and huge sand dunes to our right. Thankfully, we managed to get over the bit were the landslide had been, otherwise it would have been a long way round!
We are currently on the road with little connection to the internet but we will try and do our best to keep this updated!