Huaraz – Huancavelica: approx 950km (810km dirt/140km paved) and 22,000m ascent
The more this trip progresses, the more I hanker for dirt roads. I seek them for their solitude, their lack of motorised traffic… and perhaps even for their connection with Pachama, Mother Earth. Thankfully, Peru has them in abundance. Far removed from the chaos and freneticism of the Pan American Highway, these are the real veins of country, revealing the most remote of pueblecitos and the warmest of Peruanos.
After 16 days on the road – an endless bout of high elevation climbing across an unrelenting network of rugged mining tracks – Kurt and I have finally arrived in Huancavelica. Thanks are due to the Pikes for pioneering this phenomenal backcountry route, one that follows what is at times feels like the faintest and unlikeliest of paths. It’s a surefire classic for any cross continental rider craving to experience the heart and guts of the Peruvian Andes.
I still have a tonne of stuff to be done before I can post a full report. Until then, these images reflect a few of my favourite views from the road…