Ride out from Chivay to experience Colca Canyon and see the condors
Dist: 42 km; Date Mar 2014
Enjoy the small town of Chivay and then set off on the 1SE highway to the southwest. After about 40 km of unpaved road through small towns and beautiful scenery you’ll reach the Mirador Cruz del Cóndor where, if your timing is good, you catch views of the condors swooping over and into the canyon.
An almost entirely off-tarmac ride through some towns and landscapes that you might otherwise miss
Dist: ≈370 km; Date: Feb 2014
Leave Ayaviri on the 3GS after passing the Reserva Ecológica La Moya and crossing the river. It’s a well-graded dirt road that begins with a very long straightaway of 54 km to the town of Humachiri followed by a stretch of the same to Llalli. After Llalli Ruta 3GS begins t...
Visit the famous and eerie Nazca lines and then ascend into the Andes to Cuzco via Ayacucho
Dist: 911 km; Date Feb 2014
The best and most stomach-wrenching way to see the Nazca lines is by taking a tour in a small prop plane. There are also a couple of places along the Inter-American Hwy where you can pull out and climb a nearby hill for a vantage of the odd markings.
If you’re ready for a little excitement after a long stretch on the Inter-American, try this
Dist: ≈20 km; Date: Feb 2014 (partial)
I actually did this in reverse and didn’t quite make it to La Capilla after a crash in deep sand sapped my detour time to meet back up with Jess on the Inter-American. So if you do this loop, let me know how it was.
Riding south on the Inter-American, you’ll come to a ro...