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political sign language, part 2

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people and bikes

PERÚ: JUNIN I arrive in Junin hoping for a little comfort. I’ve been in my tent, mostly in fairly marginal campsites, just about every night since I left Huaraz and – aside from the springs at Viconga – haven’t seen hot water in that time. Since I am not really in favour of cold water, […]

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el silencio

PERÚ: CAJATAMBO — OYON — YARAJHUANCA — HAUYLLAY — ONDORES — JUNIN I emerge from the Huayhaush in something of a state: I am becoming more than a little upset and confused by my status as a gringa tourist in Perú. My fundamental discomfort with tourism and the tourist industry is normally relatively neatly sidestepped […]

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bikepacking for girls*

PERÚ: CHIQUIAN — CAJATAMBO On the eastern side of the Pastoruri pass there are three options for heading south: 1/. follow the main highway  – fast and paved – to Huanaco and then to Cerro de Pasco: 2/. follow dirt roads to the east of Huayhaush and then through the Cordillera Raura – areas with […]

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zig zag logic

PERÚ: HUARAZ — LA MERCED — RECAUY — HATUN MACHAY — PASTORURI — CHIQUIAN HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS Straight lines and direct routes simply don’t suit me – I am not that pragmatic. HATUN MACHAY On reaching the highway I overshoot the turn off to my chosen route south towards Cusco over the Pastoruri pass, by […]

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people and bikes

PERÚ: HUARAZ I haven’t come across that many other cyclists so far during my South American travels but it seems like maybe that is about to change.

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in and out of huaraz

PERÚ: IN AN OUT OF HUARAZ Huaraz is not a pretty town – most of it was destroyed in the 70s by a massive earthquake and the city which rose phoenix-like from the ruins is a rude mass of raw concrete block and cheap brick constructions, a forest of exposed steel reinforcing sprouting from flat […]

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on feet

PERÚ: CEDROS DE ALPAMAYO My circuit by bicycle of the Olimpia and Llunganuco passes with their spectacular mountain backdrops left me wanting more. I long to get closer still to those peaks and investigate their icy mysteries in greater detail. Emboldened by my six day trek in the El Cocuy National Park in the north […]

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political sign language

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loop the loop

PERÚ: HUARAZ — CARHUAZ — SHILLA — PUNTA OLIMPICA — CHACAS — ACOCHACA — YANAMA — VAQUERIA — LLANGANUCO — YUNGAY — HAURAZ

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