Punta Olympica: Triple Heart Bypassing

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Peru, South America | 8 Comments
Punta Olympica: Triple Heart Bypassing

The Peruvian rainy season provides us with ample rainy days to tick our way through Huaraz’s various restaurants, cafes, street markets, (plentiful) panaderias and of course sampling some exceedingly strong ale courteousy of the Sierra Andina brewery. Just as things start feeling a bit too comfortable to contemplate moving, blue skies and clear views of […]

Huancavellica to Huaraz: El Silencio Continuado

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Peru, South America | 13 Comments
Huancavellica to Huaraz: El Silencio Continuado

After 10 days relaxing in Huaraz the weather finally lifts to reveal stunning views of the surrounding Cordeillera Blanca. It seems Peru’s rainy season isn’t conducive to far reaching views. Cloud lingers low down in the valley as we are treated to a series of dull overcast days, and afternoon rain reimisicent of an English […]

Cusco to Huancavellica: Missing Links and El Silencio

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in General, Peru, South America | 8 Comments
Cusco to Huancavellica: Missing Links and El Silencio

After our riotous arrival in to Cusco following the Ausangate Traverse. We ritefully put our feet up in the historic capital of the Incan Empire. Internet fixes completed and sweet toothes sated Cass and I cook up an equally grand plan to take us north to the large town of Abancay. Navigating our way out […]

La Paz to Cusco: The Mountains

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in General | 22 Comments
La Paz to Cusco: The Mountains

By Checacupe we finally branch off the rail trail linking Cusco and Juliaca. A veritable feast of narrow singletrack, railway sleepers and dirt roads. 200kms of riding, hefting bikes across rails and occasional buskwhacking our way across fields. Leaving the towns main plaza we branch off toward Pitamarca and the Ausangate valley, home to the […]

La Paz to Cusco: Riding the Rails

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Bolivia, Peru, South America | 2 Comments
La Paz to Cusco: Riding the Rails

What do you do when you become the new owner of a fat bike? You ride tarmac. Perhaps there was a certain amount of inneudo intended when Cass thrusts a 7 percent beer named “Judas” in to my hand the night before we are due to leave La Paz. Whichever way it makes for another […]

Bolivian Backlog: The Road to La Paz

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Bolivia, Chile, South America | No Comments
Bolivian Backlog: The Road to La Paz

After abruptly jerking you forward, I am once again hitting rewind with the next installment in the Bolivian Backlog that sees us deposited in Bolivia’s capital; La Paz. As with much of our travels in Bolivia it has rarely been in a straight line, jaggedly weaving our way across the Bolivian Antiplano. Leaving the Salars […]

Machu Picchu

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Peru, South America | 4 Comments
Machu Picchu

For the moment at least I am fast forwarding you through my journey from the Bolivian Antiplano and onward to the Peruvian Andes. Leaving Cass behind at the road head in the Peruvian town of Tinqui, 130 kilometers outside Cusco I take a bus in to the historic capital of the Incan Empire to meet […]

Bolivian Backlog:¡Salar Espectacular!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Bolivia, South America | 4 Comments
Bolivian Backlog:¡Salar Espectacular!

As the dirt road peters out, the crunch beneath our tyres signals our entry in to the Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. A vast white expanse of nothingness, measuring over 12,106 sq km. Under the dazzling light our eyes begin to adjust. Stopping for a moment we gaze ahead, the scale difficult […]

Bolivian Backlog: ¡Viva Bolivia!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Bolivia, General, South America | 8 Comments
Bolivian Backlog: ¡Viva Bolivia!

Over a month ago our adventures took us deep in to the Bolivian Antiplano, a land of fluffy Llamas, dramatic landscapes and non existent internet. Here is the first of my attempts to bring you up to date as I currently head north toward the Peruvian border and in to the Corderilla Real. The tally […]

The Lagunas Route

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Bolivia, South America | 8 Comments
The Lagunas Route

Another year older, another year wiser; at least so the saying goes. As we say goodbye to our adopted home of San Pedro De Atacama, we begin the long ramp like climb from the Atacama Desert toward the lofty heights of the Bolivian Antiplano. Heads gently thumping, as the midday sun beats down on us […]

Adventures in San Pedro De Atacama

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Chile, South America | 13 Comments
Adventures in San Pedro De Atacama

Arriving in San Pedro De Atacama on my birthday should have been the thinly veiled excuse Cass and I needed to go out and party after weeks spent on the road. Instead uncharacteristically I want nothing more than an early night and something to soothe a cough and cold picked up over the previous weeks […]

Cafayate to San Pedro De Atacama: Wine, Rarefied Air and Birthday Cake

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, South America | 10 Comments
Cafayate to San Pedro De Atacama: Wine, Rarefied Air and Birthday Cake

Fortified on Torrientes the fruity vino blanco that makes Cafayate and the surrounding Valle Calchaquíes famous throughout Argentina, Cass and I begin our journey in to the high mountains. Stood high above the area’s vineyards the snow capped Andes stand as sentinels seperating the neighbouring countries of Argentina and Chile. Leaving the vineyards behind we […]