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Machu Picchu

Chichén Itzá, Cristo Redentor, Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Petra and Machu Picchu – the seven ‘wonders of the world’. I’d been to four of them, and Machu Picchu would make it five. Not a huge amount is known about Machu Picchu,... read more

Off to Machu Picchu

The three iconic places in Peru are Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. In Cusco, as well as being offered massages and shiny shoes at every corner, there are always people trying to sell you a tour to Machu Picchu (MP). Those with ridiculous amounts of... read more

Crawling into Cusco

I’d had a couple of loo visits during the night, and wasn’t feeling great when the day started. I got about 10km, before stopping for over an hour for a breakfast of omelette and coca tea which I hoped would give me the energy I needed to get to Cusco.... read more

Trudging on

I’d been awoken a couple of times during the night, the most noticeable when the roof of my tent collapsed in on me. It turns out that the altitude and temperatures meant it wasn’t rain, but snow that fell all night long. Being a three-season tent, the... read more

Exhaustedly pushing on

I woke up a couple of times during the night needing to go to the loo, and then again at 4am. I’d been told to put my mat on the floor of the room that the caretaker slept in, and given the pile of flags that normally fly from the municipal building to use as a... read more

Dirt road climbing to the sky

I woke up around 5, but didn’t get up until 5:30 when I thought I heard my name being called. That wouldn’t make any sense. Until of course you realise that Juan and his friend Epifanio were awake and drinking. They’d been up all night, and were... read more

Back alone

HJ, who provided the majority of the best photos during our time riding together, continued off on the main road to Cusco while I decided to take an alternate way. I thought it might prove more interesting, and at the very least would include my highest altitude. The... read more

The end?

It was another 100km to get to Juliaca, where we would stay with Geovanni on Warmshowers, and HJ and I would part ways. The ride started with a gentle climb, then a lovely downhill and was flat nearly the rest of the way. I only really stopped for breakfast, and to... read more